Veganuary: An Interview with Faith Thompson

Veganuary: An Interview with Faith Thompson

^ A photo of Faith & Josh, being the opposite of vegans, eating a ton of fish.

As you guys know, Josh and I decided not to take part in Veganuary this year. Mostly just down to not being organised enough at the beginning of the month.

I love reading people’s updates of how they are getting on, so I thought I’d interview my best friend Faith, who’s taking part this year. Catch up with how she’s getting on and if she thinks she’ll make it to Jan 31st!

What made you decide to take part in Veganuary?

I’m doing it as a Christmas detox. Since the festive period I’m pretty sure if you cut me open I’d bleed Brie. I’ve been watching a lot of food documentaries recently that seem to suggest a purely plant based diet is what we’re meant to live on and Veganuary was a good excuse to try it within timed conditions, having an end date makes eating this way less daunting.

Have you ever taken part before? If so, how did it go?

I took part 2 years ago when the idea of cooking for fun was alien to me. Due to my inexperience and honestly pure student laziness I lived off plain baked potatoes and veg soup. Despite losing half a stone, it was probably one of the most miserable months of my life. I didn’t do my research so didn’t even realise (most) pasta is vegan. I wrote up my experience for a trashy student newspaper focusing the article on my bowl movements for cheap laughs. The article haunts me till this day.

What are you most excited for in the upcoming month?

In all honesty I’m excited to shift some Christmas weight. Over the last 5/6 months I’ve lost a stone and a half but the weights no longer shifting. I hope doing Veganuary will start the ball rolling again and stop my constant cheese consumption.

Are there any foods you think you’ll really miss?

Mayo. Mayo on jacket potato. Mayo on chips. Mayo on tuna. Mayo on pasta. Mayo on mayo.

Tell us about what you’d normally be eating on a day to day basis.

I eat pretty healthy day to day. Breakfast is cereal with soya milk always as much tummy is a bit funny with milk in the morning. Although I do have a latte with normal milk every single day, that’s the only milk I allow myself. Lunch I normally have a Hienz cream (wah not vegan) of tomato soup, its like nectar is to bees for me. Cannot get enough, has to be Hienz too. I currently have 7 tins in my cupboard, untouched waiting for the 1st of Feb, or soup day as I’m re-naming it. Dinner often something tuna based, I don’t buy meat but eat lots of tinned tuna.

What do you think you’ll struggle with the most?

I work at the student pub and all the food that gets rejected we get to scoff in the kitchen. I worked the other day and LOTS of chicken strips were left over, also some chicken burgers, some gammon and 2 portions of cheesey chips got sent back. All the burgers have burger sauce in which contains egg so even the bean burger is off limits. I would do freeganary but the food doesn’t ever get binned, just another member of staff eats it so it wouldn’t really be freegan-ing.. I’m going to struggle with the self-restraint when there’s rejected cheesey chips on the bench and I’m alone in the back on pot wash.

Have you noticed any changes to your mood or body?

We’re day 12 and I haven’t lost any weight. I weighed myself at the gym last night and no changes. I’ve had essays so haven’t been to the gym for a week so maybe this played a part. My mood however there has been a huge change I AM SO TIRED. Over Christmas due to my body clock I got up before 8 o’clock rain or shine ready for the day. On Monday I set my alarm for 7.30, accidently turned it off instead of snoozing it and fell asleep for 3 hours. Normally I’m never tired enough to sleep late. Also every evening when I get home I get straight into bed from being so tired. I must need to change / add something.

What are you hoping to get out of Veganuary?

Last time I liked being able to relate to my vegan friends when we went to restaurants instead of huffing like everyone else. It made me able to appreciate the limited options (I’ve had a lot of plain portions of chips) and the hostility towards vegans. Everyone always responds to me saying I’m doing Veganuary with ‘WHY WOULD YOU DO THAT?’ or ‘WHATS THE POINT?’ and I respond with ‘Its only for the month’ which calms their unjustified anger. Really I’m copping out of having the vegan debate with people because I can’t be bothered, people are very closed minded on the subject of food choice. By attempting veganrary for a month it made me understand the hostile vegan life.

Finally, do you think you’ll make it to January 31st?

Done it before, I’ll do it again. Watch this space…

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  • I’ve always been interested in this and just never really attempted it…yep lazy. I have cut down on meat generally, it’s so hard on my tummy to process. It sounds like it requires a fair bit of thought, unsurprisingly! Very cool to see someone going through it and hearing their thoughts. I wonder is the who tired thing a lack of the right vitamins & proteins. I’ve vegan friends that take supplements to help and inhale large quantities of various veggies etc.

  • Tillie – Tea, Cake and Make

    I find it really interesting how a lot of people see veganism as a way of losing weight! So many people I know get really disappointed with the fact that they don’t lose weight by doing veganuary or trying to go vegan, and I tell them that weight loss isn’t the aim, it’s more about nutrient intake, the environment and of course, animals.

    Was really great to give this a read and find out your friend’s reasoning and would be interested to see how she fares!