My new year’s resolution for 2017 is to be a Tunisian Vegan and so far I’m learning to enjoy this experience even though I face challenges on a daily basis. Here are some of the things I learned:
- Vegan products in Tunisian are impossible to find. I have been craving some dark chocolate for more than a month and I had to actually ask my sister to send me some because I can’t find any here.
- Cooking can be one hell of a fun experience. I have been living by myself for more than five years and I have always disliked cooking for one person. But since embracing the Vegan journey I came to actually like being creative with the food I cook.
- You can make anything by yourself at home. I have been struggling with few options related to breakfast food but after visiting few YouTube pages I learned that I can make anything including Almond milk! Yessss people I managed to make my own delicious almond milk.
- Avoid invitations to dinner or lunch in Tunisian restaurants at any cost! I repeat, avoid any dinner or lunch invitations in a Tunisian restaurants. Last week I was invited to dinner and had no way to cancel it so I was not happy with the NO Vegan options and I spent more than ten minutes explaining that I don’t eat meat, or Tuna or cheese or eggs. The waiter gave me a funny look and asked if I was dying any time soon!
- Family is your support system when you decide to make a drastic change in your life. I have to admit that my sisters’ encouragement is an important reason why I’m doing this. So thank you girls for supporting me!
- Friends, Tunisian friends in particular, will not get the point of going vegan but the secret is to be patient and be open to node and say we are friends and we are free to do whatever makes us happy regardless of how society things of what we are doing.
- Losing weight will be a positive result of this shift. You will learn to love yourself more and see that the quality of your sleep will be way better.
- If you used to love cheese like I did before that shift can be a bit tough in the beginning but the best way to move on and enjoy being vegan is to make healthy options (including changing all the snacks to healthier ones) and stay away from unhealthy temptations.
- Your budget will be way easier if you stick to eating healthy options at home and making sure you know what you are eating. I never pay attention to how many calories I’m eating but I’m learning to distinguish the taste of things I eat mainly because I stopped eating sugar and salt but that’s an option and not part of being vegan J!
- Veganism is a journey of self-discovery and self-love; you will learn to like what you eat and be creative in the food options. I’m hoping to write a follow up post in few months from now with a before and after picture of me! Stay tuned and feel free to reach out if you have any questions!