1. Becoming vegan has been very interesting, I’m learning about a whole different way of eating. With this, I have had to make some changes to my family’s grocery shopping. Usually, my parents are the ones who do most of the grocery shopping for my family, so it’s been a change for me to be more in charge of what we are buying. I have also been trying to make different vegan snacks and meals, such as this one (see image below). Cooking isn’t something that I particularly enjoy or do very often, but being more in charge of my own food has been a nice change.

When we go shopping now, instead of buying meat or eggs, I have to substitute it with things like tofu or beans. Coming from a family who already eats a lot of vegetables, we aren’t buying too many more of those, but what is a change is how many legumes we have been getting. Lentils, beans and peas have become staples that I eat almost every night because they fill you up and are high in protein. While on this diet, I’ve also been eating a lot of tofu, and yams. Tofu is a great meat substitute and yams add a great flavour to lots of vegan recipes. My favourite way to eat them is sliced thinly and baked in the oven with oil until they are chewy and crispy!

Being a vegan doesn’t mean you have to miss out on meat products and dairy products altogether, there are many great substitutes. Tofu and tempeh are both soy-based meat substitutes that can be cooked in tons of different ways, there are plenty of different kinds of milk, such as soy, almond, rice and cashew, and you can even make these yourself in a blender! There are also replacement cheeses, I haven’t had such a great experience with these in the past, but they are a good option for people who love cheese too much to give it up.

Here is a list of all the things I bought on my first shopping trip.

Here are some pictures of the meals I have been eating for the past week and a half. They have all been quite good and contrary to popular belief, not bland at all. In my experience, once I stopped eating meat, I stopped craving it and haven’t missed it since. I’m not even that far into the vegan diet and the idea of eating *flesh* seems kind of gross to me.