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Why I’m going Vegan

Hold up guys, don’t panic! Footsteps on the Globe is not turning into a vegan lifestyle blog. My passion is still very much inspiring all of you office dwellers to follow your travel dreams whilst still working your 9-5 (as I do). I know this isn’t part of my usual travel programming but I’ve decided to mix it up a little with a change of pace on the blog for the next few weeks.

Food isn’t something I talk about a great deal on Footsteps on the Globe as part of my adventure reporting so when I decided to try going vegan for 30 days, I thought it might be an interesting experiment to blog and vlog about my journey.

For those of you that aren’t sure what veganism is…in a nutshell, it means I will not be consuming any products that come from animals, including meat and dairy for the next 30 days.

Why you ask? Well footsteppers, you’ll have to watch the video to find out ?

Tell me, are you a vegetarian or vegan? What are your experiences of travelling with dietary requirements (if you have any)?

About the author

Hi! I'm Mel a full-time Marketeer and part-time adventurer. I’m a British travel blogger who loves nothing more than immersing myself in different cultures and exploring new places. My goal is to inspire all of you office dwellers to follow your travel dreams whilst still working your 9-5.

  • Josh @ Lookdwn.com

    I went Vegan for January or #Veganuary. It was good fun and really insightful. You can check what I learned on my post over at http://www.lookdwn.com

    • Mel

      Oh cool! I’ll go check it out :)

  • Bobbi Gould

    I just don’t think I could ever give up the bacon! Good on you though:)

    • Mel

      Haha! Bacon seems to be the deal breaker with most of my friends/family that I talk to actually. Recently someone said to me they couldn’t do it because “bacon was life” haha each to their own own as you say :D

      • It’s so much easier giving up bacon when you hang out with real pigs and realise tucking into one is like eating a dog – pigs are so much fun, very smart, curious and affectionate :) And yes, I too used to think bacon was too good to miss. Only a year vegan here – how things change! ;)

  • I was vegetarian for about 15 years but health issues (not caused by the diet) mean it’s better for me to now eat a complete diet. I’d say to anyone, as in all things, make an informed choice and do what’s right for you.

    • Mel

      Absolutely, totally with you on that Toni. You must do what is right for you in your life and for your body. You need to listen to what your body needs because at the end of the day it’s the only one we’ll get! Are you ok, all clear on the health issues now?

  • Good luck!! I have a few friends that have gone vegan and they enjoy it. It’s something I personally would never be able to do as I love food and cooking. I do admire people with the determination to stick to it!

    • Mel

      Thank you! It has been interesting observing different reactions to it of those around me. I’m sure people think I’m just going to take they meat away or something when I’m with them haha! It’s all personal preference at the end of the day. It seems to be going well so far though :)

  • I would have difficulty going full vegan. I would miss cheese way too much! I do have a friend who runs a vegan food business in Brooklyn, and if she fed me for the whole month, I could probably manage because her food is so good!

    • Mel

      I thought I would miss cheese too actually, I didn’t realise how much I was eating of it to be honest! But as long as I eat enough healthy snacks, the cravings dropped off massively after the first few days. I would love it if I had a vegan friend who could feed me haha! I’m doing a lot more cooking now which I never did before. I enjoy it but can be time consuming after a long day in work lol!

  • Tamara Wilcox

    It hasn’t been on my bucket list, but why not? I’m sure it won’t hurt you at all. I once went on a no-dessert challenge for a year with my daughters. But when I only lost 8 lbs over the course of a year, I decided that was enough of that! Currently on a no-processed-sugar plan. That DOES definitely make me feel better! Good luck!

    • Mel

      Oh gosh a year is definitely an achievement and 8lbs is a great results! I seriously need to cut down on desserts, this is a really good idea. Processed sugar sends you crazy and so up and down in energy. I didn’t realise how much processed sugar I was eating until I started this challenge. Seems to be going well so far though :)

  • Best of luck with this new venture! That’s definitely a big decision! I’m not vegan or vegetarian, but I do have a hideous shellfish allergy, so that’s definitely something I have to worry about when traveling.

    • Mel

      Thanks Natalie! Luckily I’m not allergic to anything but at least shellfish isn’t hidden in anything and there is loads of other seafood you can try :)

  • Good luck on your adventure. I’m with a lot of people, giving up my bacon would be very, very hard! Your travel stories will evolve as you take on a new experience. Best of luck to you!

    • Mel

      Thanks Sara! I hope so, I’m intrigued to see how realistic it is to travel as a vegan and how strict people are with cutting both meat and dairy out when on the go because when I’m travelling I literally have whatever is available and now I would have to be more aware of what I’m having. This could also be a good thing as I’m cutting out on a lot of bad ‘go-to’ foods like crisps, chocolate and white bread items like muffins or pastries.

  • DeafWanderlust

    I am not vegan but I have a few friends and family members who are. I give them a lot of respect for following this lifestyle because as much as I want to and have tried, I couldn’t. I know its going to be quite a challenge but I believe you can do it. I would definitely try vegan again in the future. Maybe I should follow your footsteps and just focus on 30 days. Good luck!

    • Mel

      I understand, it’s definitely not for everyone and if you’d said to me 4 years ago before I went vegetarian that I was going to end up going vegan for a month I would never have believed you, I LOVED my cheeseburgers haha! It’s going well so far though, I feel really good. I set 30 days because I thought it was a decent amount of time to implement a real change but not so long that I would feel it was impossible. Try it for 30 days, you never know, you may enjoy it ;)

  • Penny Sadler

    I try to eat as well as possible not matter where I am. I’m not vegan or vegetarian, but I could easily be vegetarian. Except for cheese! :)

    • Mel

      Cheese is always the deal breaker for veggies thinking about going vegan. I had a LOT of cheese before this experiment but funnily enough I’ve stopped craving it, which is good seeing as I’m just past week one haha!

      • Cheese is actually addictive and most vegans seem to find it easier to adapt to dairy-free cheeses if they stop eating all cheese for a while – then the alternative won’t taste as different. I am lactose intolerant so never ate much dairy anyway but I find it easy to stay away any milk/dairy when I think of the wee calves not getting their ‘breastmilk’ from their mommas. Or the male ones getting shot for veal as not any good for dairy industry. Mind, not all vegan cheese is edible… Vegusto is my personal fave :)

      • Mel

        I must admit I’ve really come round to vegan cheese, I like Violife because you can put the slices in sandwiches which makes it easier to pack a lunch for work. I’ll have to give vegusto a go :)