As the month comes to an end, it’s time to reflect on how well my New Years resolutions are going. As I mentioned in my new years post, I wanted to spend 2019 focusing on doing new things; making new memories; having new adventures. Basically I wanted a year of new new new. Which started with the classic: Veganuary.
The month started off really well, as I wrote about here… It’s pretty easy to eat vegan in a city as liberal and accommodating as Brighton, especially when your family members are also eating veggie/vegan.
And then it got to the 19th January- the day I went to Amsterdam… It started with a fried egg with my breakfast at Gatwick Wetherspoons, and only went downhill from there. I’m not gonna lie, I didn’t even try after that- I was eating pancakes, stroop waffles, pizza slices… And it did not make me feel great: emotionally, and also on my tummy. Amsterdam broke me a little bit. But in reality I only have myself to blame. So to all vegans across the world- I failed you. I’m sorry.
And what was worse, was having to tell my mum, and fellow veganuary-er when I got home: “I thought we were doing this together!!! This whole time I’ve been avoiding that smoked salmon in the fridge because I didn’t want to let you down!!!!!!!!!”
So while writing this post to keep everyone in the loop with the happenings of my life, this blog post is also written with the purpose of formally apologising to my mother (and again- all vegans across the UK, and the world)… So yeah- I’m sorry babes xxxxx.
I really do only have myself to blame, but if the Brighton Greggs’ would restock their bloody vegan sausage rolls, maybe everything would have been okay post-Amsterdam. But today as I walked into Greggs and saw those fateful words: “vegan sausage rolls – out of stock,” I just couldn’t deny myself of Greggs pastry goodness anymore… So I got a cheese and onion slice. I apologise again lads, I let you down, I let the cows down, but most of all I let myself down.
Moving on from that dramatic piece…
Onwards and upwards eh? My short vegan journey has taught me a few things; for starters, cheese doesn’t go on everything, so stop putting it on everything; secondly- vegan food isn’t all vegetable stew based meals. In fact I’ve had some incredibly nice vegan burgers recently (Patty and bun– OMG PENG).
So for future me what does this mean? I will be cutting down my intake of non-vegan products as I am still eating vegan meals about 80% of the time since I’ve been back in England, and I believe I can carry this on for the benefit of my body, the planet, and the animals. I do still want to give up dairy full-time, but going completely cold turkey didn’t work for me, so instead I will edge it out. I will let you know how this goes in the future, and maybe one day I’ll be a good little full-time vegan. That’s the goal really.
So I think it’s safe to say I failed Veganuary, however with February just around the corner, I’ll be starting a new challenge- so make sure you keep up to date with my life, and follow meeeeeeeeeeeee if you would like my little updates on how I’m being all adventurous and stuff.
Thanks for reading!
p.s. the featured image is my Umami avocado breakfast from Dignita in Amsterdam. Was very tasty. Wasn’t vegan though. Oops & sorry again xxx