Every year from the 17th of September to the 17th of October I embark on a fast. I have been doing it all my life and the origins are debatable but, as a Hindu of Tamil descent, it is a tradition in my family. For some, it is a huge sacrifice to give up meat and alcohol for an entire month but for me it is a great way to take a step back from my ordinary life. I become a homebody and focus on myself during this time.
This year I thought I would take it a step further and do a full vegan month. Vegans do not consume any animal products or byproducts so meat, fish, dairy, eggs and honey are all of limits. I intend to be mindful of everything I consume and will give up dairy for the first time. I will be preparing most foods at home so I will post about cool recipes I find and will definitely be on the hunt for a good cheese alternative.Cheese is always a source of comfort during my fast so it will be interesting to see how I adapt
You probably wonder what the point of a vegan month is, if I don’t intend to become vegan at some point. My motives for this are to find great tasting plant based alternatives that I can carry on adding to my diet after this month. To eat more servings of fruit and vegetables, and form a habit of it, in order to reach my micro nutrient targets. I also want to learn how to reach my macro nutrients in a completely plant based context so that, after this month, I can reduce my daily intake of animal products.
I love testing myself and if there’s one thing I’ve learned with my diet experiments is that each new diet makes you aware of certain things. If you combine all the things you learn you can easily navigate your way to a way of eating that not only satisfies you but keeps you in good health and allows you to reach your goals.