When I first read about veganism and tried to understand why they avoided all forms of meat, I was really impressed and touched. It’s rare to find people out there that would make such drastic changes to their lifestyles for a greater cause.
Then I was challenged to go vegan for a week. Once again, I salute whoever who is able to do this long-term because spoiler: I can’t and I admit I failed miserably in this. While my other colleagues were able to do it at least for a few days, I wasn’t even able to do it for a full day.
In my quest to look for vegan food, I also realised – like my colleagues did – that vegan options and replacements can actually be quite expensive in Malaysia. Being the person I am, I wasn’t willing to spend more than RM5 on a meal (unless it’s something I’m really craving). But having said that, Indian cuisine makes vegan food quite accessible – the only probelm was that I always eat too much rice when I eat Indian, and that makes me sleepy! Not the best if I needed to get work done in the office.
To cope with the difficulty of finding vegan options and balancing my demanding work, I ended up ordering my normal food and just removing the animal products from it. It may have 100% captured the point of going vegan but at this point I just wanted to see how my body would physically cope with a vegan diet. It also saved me a whole load of time and energy!
As an aside, a friend once told me that our bodies take up to three weeks to adjust to any new dietary changes we’re making. Since this challenge was only for a week, I felt extremely tired and demotivated to even move from my seat from the first day I went fully vegan without meat, eggs, or dairy.
Conclusion is, I don’t think I’m ever going to attempt being a vegan again. Being a vegetarian is pretty easy for me because I have done that for a good eight months. I even managed to do the no-sugar diet for an entire month! But going 100% vegan is just a little too much for me, personally. Hats off to all the vegans out there.