I had my ashtanga teacher training a week ago and following the principles of yoga. AHIMSA, the most practical way of practicing non-violence is being vegan. The shala does not allow meat products inside.
I’ve been wanting to try plant-based diet for a long time and I immediately grabbed this opportunity to do it. Everything was handed to me, breakfast, lunch and dinner. So here’s how it went.
Breakfast was prepared by our teacher, a glass of smoothie and fruit, usually apple or orange.
There was one day when we were given vegan bagel and vegan butter and to my surprise it tasted really good, better than regular butter even. I’m actually on the hunt for this.
Lunch and dinner was by the sexy chef. I was surprised with the variety of vegan meals that they offered.
The first day we had vegan kare kare with vegan bagoong. The karekare was the same minus the meat while the bagoong was made of fermented fruit, papaya I suppose. I wanted the bagoong to be saltier but it was still good.
Another one that was interesting was tofu satay
The tofu was a bit fried and was served with peanut sauce with salad and rice on the side. It was surprisingly filling.
Another one that was surprising was the monggo. I’m used to regular monggo with pieces of pork, but this had langka (jackfruit) instead. One of the best monggo that I had.
Pasta was a common dish, some with peanut sauce, another as a tomato based pasta and as expected, pesto.
The vegan cheese was almost true to the taste. It just had a faint spice that makes it different.
They said that the vegan cheese was a form of yeast, I have yet to research on that.
The last day was amazing. We had vegan barbecue and curry with chickpeas and my heart and tummy was very happy.
The bbq tasted like real meat. It didn’t have bad parts or hard to chew parts everything was good. I just couldn’t stop talking about it.
What are the changes that I felt
For starters, my bowel movement was amazing. It was consistent in the morning and it goes just naturally. It always feels light in the morning.
I also felt stronger. It was a yoga teacher training which means it requires us to study, practice yoga asanas and practice adjustments all in 12 days. There was no hot water for shower and I showered at night. Usually, if have a cold shower at night, I’ll have colds the next day but I didn’t for the whole 12 days. Also, I forgot to take my vitamins throughout the training.
I didn’t have dysmenorrhoea as well, and not a single pimple was seen. I usually get one or two before my period but I didn’t.
However, I got hungry from time to time. Probably getting a little more portions would be good but that’s easy to solve. The pros outweighs the cons.
Would I become a vegan?
Maybe, I’m trying to transition or at least eat more plant-based meals and decrease consumption of animal derived products.
I’m not saying I would be, but I like to. I know how it feels and it feels good.
Maybe I should change my blog domain soon. Hehe