Reflecting upon my goals as a vegetarian, I often wonder how long it will take me to become vegan. Ultimately, I plan to cut all animal products out of my diet, consume mostly vegetables, and minimize my relationship with unhealthy carbs. In the last week, I’ve tried to adopt a vegan diet, just to give myself a new challenge. I’m sad to say that by day two, I failed.
While I don’t eat dessert regularly, I love tiramisu, cheesecake, flan, or any dessert rich in flavor and dairy. These are my “treats” on a really rough day or if I just want to enjoy something sweet over drinks with my friends. As one of my non-vegetarian friends came to visit, we went out to eat at a popular restaurant and I couldn’t resist ordering a mini-shot of tiramisu. I crave creamy desserts when I’m out to eat, and it’s quite difficult to say no.
But here’s the good news: I haven’t desired milk or cheese in the same capacity, as I only consume these products with cereal and sandwiches. Once those items were eliminated from my diet, it’s been quite easy to maintain their absence. And thankfully, I’ve never been one to drink milk by the glass or eat individual blocks of cheese unless I’m at a social event.
It’s likely that the success of my vegan journey will be dependent upon extensive research and supplementing my dairy cravings with something healthier. While this time around I ventured into veganism to just see the level of difficulty, the next time I plan to prepare and gather more information. While veganism isn’t impossible, it’s definitely a challenge.