This journey started off on a great note. I really couldn’t have predicted anything going south for whatever reason. However, this week has taught me that ‘slow and steady wins the race’. I definitely wanted to be that vegan who just goes cold turkey on meat and is automatically living on a 100% vegan diet, until I started reading the labels on the ingredients and food items I still have in my kitchen from before the transition began more thoroughly.
Mishap 1 — remember the white sauce powder I mentioned in my recipes post? Turns out the one I was using is actually vegetarian with milk, NOT vegan. What a flop. I only realised this two days ago.
Mishap 2 — silly old me would unconsciously still use Flora margarine when making my mashed potatoes, only to again finally realise, Flora margarine contains cow’s milk. Goodness gracious.
Mishap 3 — you definitely need to check the labels on your spices as well. Turns out the Robertsons’ mixed herds spice I often use is made and packed in a factory that uses cow’s milk… I know I know, who would’ve guessed?
Mishap 4 — unless you personally order the vegan cake option for a family event, chances are, the cake will be vegetarian so just be aware of that. I love cake so I kinda just blocked it out of my mind and ate it. Sigh, this is more difficult that I thought it would be.
Mishap 5 — if you have a sweet tooth and always find the party packs too tempting, definitely start making your own vegan treats at home. I shamefully had many treats and sweets this past weekend that definitely contained cow’s milk, oh the horror.
Mishap 6 — MEAL PREP is the most important part of being vegan, especially in the transition stage, and especially if you have a day job and not much time at home. When hungry, chicken cravings are known to be a real thing, DO NOT SUCCUMB. Pack filling lunches, prep your meals, and save the animals. I am proud to announce that I did not succumb to the cravings but I wish they hadn’t happened at all. I am certainly taking my meal preps more seriously now.
Mishap 7 — well this one is a biggie, I have started researching cruelty-free and vegan beauty brands, toiletries and household products. Unfortunately, turns out almost 90% of my current beauty products, toiletries, and products aren’t cruelty-free or vegan — most of which are still fairly new/ recently opened. Even my seemingly harmless hair food from Mizani is NOT cruelty-free, I’m hurt. Anyway, once my current products have ran out, I’ll only be investing in cruelty-free, sustainable, and vegan products. I thought this part of the transition would happen after a couple of weeks but realistically, I still have a long way to go. [My dad and his wife also said something about my brown leather jacket and boots — don’t at me right now, I need more time.]
Transitioning to a full vegan diet is actually not as easy and simple as I thought it would be, let alone the complete vegan lifestyle. Definitely not an overnight thing but I rate it’s worth it. It has also sparked my interest in living a more sustainable lifestyle in general. For instance, I was not aware of how much plastic I use on a day to day bases. Something as small and little as a tampon is wrapped in plastic guys. Cotton buds and straws we readily use then easily discard without thinking much about it — plastic. What kind of world do we want to leave for the generations to come? Something to think about.
For more information on cruelty-free, vegetarian, and vegan brands visit Cruelty-Free Kitty, Is It Cruelty-Free, 9Lives, Beauty Without Cruelty, and Vegan SA. For a quick look at brands that are NOT cruelty-free, Cruelty-Free Kitty also has a list on that — and definitely have a look at Joan Morais.