I stare anxiously at the melted strings laying elegantly on the plate before me, picturing its gooey and buttery texture bouncing against my taste buds. I imagine devouring the beautiful grilled cheese, bite by bite allowing the warm cheddar to drip from my lips as I wonder — how could I possibly survive a full week without you?
Here at Food For Thought we were inspired by My Vegan Story and took on a challenge to jump on the latest trend and go completely vegan for a week. We’re here to share our experiences: the ups, the downs, the struggles and of course, how we overcame the absurd cravings.
Studies have found that cheese is one of the most addictive foods — explaining why it hasn’t escaped my mind since giving it up last Sunday.
In attempt to overcome my cheese cravings I tried the cheese alternative, Dr. Cow Tree nut “cheese,” I discovered on a popular vegan blog. It was tasty but didn’t have the same effect of traditional and irreplaceable cheese.
My number one tip is to avoid the substitutes and stick to fresh produce, you’ll get more out of the whole experience and won’t be let down by the not-as-good replacements. Stick to the naturally-vegan options such as: fresh fruits, veggies, and whole grains. Choosing fresh over processed will help achieve your health goals and make progress towards a sustainable you.
My second tip is to meal prep. The vegan journey is impossible to conquer without adequate preparation. Before embarking on your journey head to the grocery and plan out each and every meal. Make sure to make up for your lack of proteins by stacking up on nuts, beans and tofu. It’ll make your journey a lot easier if you can open up the fridge and have some delicious carrots and hummus to snack on rather than dwelling on your lack of animal products.
The journey to veganism is no walk in park. It requires a lot of time, effort and obedience but the pros definitely outweigh the cons. It takes time to reach this goal but once again, take everything step by step and enjoy the journey. Try to live a plant-based life for week — indulge in the ooey gooey grilled cheese — then jump back into the lifestyle.
Veganism isn’t only healthy but it saves the environment and the animals. Cheers to being healthy, going green and having a big heart.
Food for Thought.
p.s. – feel free to comment any suggestions for trends you want to see us try — we’re always up for the challenge.