I’m always looking at what I can do to be better with food. I’ve gone through various periods of being vegetarian because, every so often, I feel like my body needs a meat break. However, one thing I have never tried is going vegan. It’s not that I don’t want to, in fact the idea of veganism does intrigue me. However, I have thought in detail about why veganism may not be for me.
I’ve wanted to talk about whether I could go vegan for a while, whilst also voicing my concern. Therefore, when Health Labs contacted me asking to sponsor a blog post* regarding their new vegan test, I felt that now was the time.
Who are Health Labs?
Health labs are a website that allow you to test different things about yourself. Be that allergies, deficiencies, STD’s, diabetes… The list goes on. Essentially, you:
- Order the test you want online (No doctors referral needed)
- Enter your zip code to find your local health lab (They have over 4500 all over the place)
- and get your results sent to you within 1-3 days
One thing that sets them apart from similar websites is the fact that they have a vegan test. This allows those who are vegan to test for any nutrient deficiencies that are more common amongst vegans. This way, you can monitor those nutrients and ensure that you’re taking the correct supplements/alter your vegan diet. Unfortunately, I couldn’t test this for myself because their tests are only available in the US. However, we both agreed that since it was something that appealed to me and I have quite a large percentage of US readers (They make up my second largest viewership), it was still worth letting you all know!
Oh also, they gave me a (Completely non-affiliated, literally only helps you) 25% off code, so use Jasmine25 for 25% off all vegan testing!
A quick note…
Before I go into my reasons for not being vegan, I would like to stress that while I encourage debate I am a human being and I do not want to be attacked. You are welcome to give your opinions and share constructive criticism, but please do not call me a horrible person for eating meat. I appreciate and have mad respect for every person that is vegan and, as you will see, I try where I can. So, keep it positive please.
I know that it’s an amazing thing…
I know that we need to save the animals and our ecosystem. I’m aware that it has health benefits and is a far more accessible lifestyle nowadays. In all honesty, I try as hard as I can whenever I can. However, I do have my worries and fears.
I have had past issues restricting food groups
I mention in older posts that I have gone through every fad diet under the sun. My previous unhealthy relationship with food has led me to cut as many food groups out of my diet as possible, in an attempt to lose weight fast. I’m a lot better with my mentality when it comes to healthy eating now. However, I still have down days and I’m aware of my limits (Post on this soon). One of my biggest worries is that if I started removing so many foods from my diet, my mind would switch to unhealthy real quickly.
I worry that I’d struggle with meals
I love cooking and experimenting with food is one of my favourite things. However, when it comes to cutting out animal byproducts, I wouldn’t even know where to start. I feel like this would be less of a problem now, as I am a massive fan of Sophie from Glow Steady’s recipes which are all (Or mostly… I’m not sure) vegan. However, before really getting into blogging, this was a large concern for me.
I live on a student budget
As a student, I live off of a very strict budget when it comes to food. I work on getting the most out of as little money as possible. Cutting out meat would be fine for me, but the second you start cutting out everything animal related, my shopping budget would increase. I may be able to avoid this with a lot of planning and scheduling. However, the second I get bogged down with uni work, I resort back to old shopping patterns because I simply don’t have the time for intricate planning and deal hunting.
I don’t know how my body would take it
And that’s where the Health Labs test kicks in. I don’t know, I’m trying to get a lot better at knowing my body and understanding what it does and doesn’t need. I’ve been dying to do one of those intolerance tests and seeing how intolerant I am to different things. My worry is that, because I’m not fully equipped to convert to veganism yet, I wouldn’t properly nourish my body. I haven’t done enough research yet to maintain a balance of nutrients in a vegan diet. Until I’ve had time to do that research and planning, it’s just not a viable option for me.
But I do want to change.
Over time, I’ve tried to slowly incorporate more animal free lifestyle choices into my diet. When at uni I opt for almond milk, I only eat meat 1-2 times a week and I’m slowly making my way around Linda McCartney’s range. I want to take this further, and I really want to try creating some vegan recipes of my own. Perhaps I’ll set myself certain days of the week, or start swapping out more products. The truth is, I don’t know if I’ll ever go vegan. It seems like a lot more commitment than I’m ready for at this moment in time. However, I definitely want to move further down that spectrum, and I’m excited to see where that takes me.
Thank you so much to Health Labs for sponsoring this post! If you’re from the US go give them a browse and use code Jasmine25 for 25% off all vegan testing!
Does anybody have any positive plant based suggestions for me? Let me know in the comments!
Lots of love,
*DISCLAIMER* This post was sponsored by healthlabs.com. However, all opinions are my own. I pride myself on being honest and genuine, and only work with companies that I feel are a good fit for me or my audience. If you would like to read more about how I work with companies, you may do so here.