I Go Vegan For A Week! – No Sweat: EP26

I Go Vegan For A Week! – No Sweat: EP26


I’m trying to focus and do get some work done but I’m finding it very, very, very hard to do so. I still feel a hunger pang and I feel headache-y,
and I feel a bit brain foggy, and my vision is a bit like, blurry. Unfortunately, I forgot that tofu is also
egg tofu. So basically I can’t eat this. And I ordered eggs, so now my food is tainted. So I’ve tried many different diets and 1 diet
you guys keep asking for is the vegan diet. So I’m going to try it out in this episode. The vegan diet is becoming increasingly popular
over the last few years. People have made the change due to health
reasons, environmental reasons, as well as ethical reasons because there’s this whole
movement against animal cruelty in the food industry. In a nutshell, the vegan diet is a plant-based
diet that excludes all forms of animal products. And that doesn’t just include meats. It also
includes your dairy, so things like cows milk and cheeses, includes eggs and even honey. Basically anything that is produced or is
a by-product of an animal. One of my biggest concerns with this diet
is eating out, because I think as a vegan, you almost have to be hypersensitive and aware
of what goes into your foods. Things like the oils they’re using, whether
there’s butter or whether they might have put chicken stock in your food. You don’t know, so you always have to keep
asking. And I think that that’s just an added pressure
to this diet. I’m really curious to see how this vegan diet
is going to work on my body and whether or not I might actually start liking this lifestyle
despite all the concerns that I have, I’m really excited. So without further ado, lets go! Good morning! It is day 1 of going vegan. Usually for breakfast, I would have myself
an egg and some oats, but this morning I’m gonna be having a vegan protein shake instead. And I think that one of the biggest challenges
is going to be to cut out dairy and egg for me, because it’s quite a big part of my diet.
As well as meat because I eat quite a high protein diet naturally. I’m going to be having this vegan protein shake. See the difference in the nutritional content
is that the vegan protein shake always has a higher amount of carbs. This is what it looks like. It’s green. I have a bunch of blueberries. And then I also have some almond milk. Gonna add in some natural peanut butter. Also have some flaxseeds. And there you have it, my vegan breakfast. Not too sweet, it’s nutty. There’s a lot of
texture to it because of the fruit and the flaxseeds. I really like it. If you like the taste of
the ground and wheatgrass, and spinach, then this is like heaven in a cup. Okay so I just finished my shoulder workout
and I’m now at the Clicknetwork office. And normally after a workout,
I have a high protein meal. I eat a lot of chicken breast and veggies
and some carbs, but today I’m going to be having Daal. Daal is actually an Indian dish. It’s made
mostly of lentils, spices, potatoes, celery and this is a very common Indian dish. My mom actually made this for me and we made
a huge pot of it, and she put it over some rice. And I’m gonna have it with some spinach. Hopefully this fills me up. I think the biggest challenge I’m gonna be
facing is to get used to not eating so much protein. Here I do have the protein but it’s definitely
not the same. I would say in this amount, I’d probably get
about 13 to 15 grams of protein? Compared to chicken breast where I’m gonna
get a good 30 to 40 grams of protein from about 150 grams of chicken breast, which I usually eat. I know that a lot of vegans actually say there’s
a lot of protein in the plant-based foods, which I agree. You can get the protein but is it gonna be enough? And I’m gonna put it to the test for the next
few days. So I just finished like my vegan meal, and
I’ve been doing some work for the past like 10 minutes, and I’m still feeling super hungry. I didn’t realise that I finished the whole thing. But this is like definitely not very filling.
Perhaps I should’ve brought a larger portion. Luckily I brought with me an apple, so I’m
gonna have this. Oh no, is this diet gonna make me hungry? Maybe I should’ve brought more rice. I am starving and I just wanna grab my chicken breast! But I can’t have this. I’m also contemplating
having some Greek yogurt, but this is also not part of my vegan diet. So for my little snack today, I’m gonna be
having some chopped bananas and I’m gonna have it with some almond butter. So this is so nice, and I wanted to have more
of it so I planned to have it with some Meiji crackers that were lying around my kitchen. But then I looked at the ingredients list,
there is butter. I guess I won’t be having this. So yeah, you gotta be very careful. I guess
like if you’re a vegan, you gotta be almost like extra OCD. So I just got home, it’s about 10:30pm and
I have not had dinner yet. Was thinking of grabbing some foods but I
didn’t wanna break my diet and there were also some tarts at the table. But honestly I was super hungry, and I was
tempted to eat but I stuck to my guns and I was like “No, I’m not giving up this
vegan thing. I’m gonna do it all the way.” So I was able to pull together my vegan dinner. I’m having tempeh, which is basically soy beans. And I’m having it with some veggies, spinach and pretty much the daal that I had from this morning. And I put some white cabbage on top. I’m just trying to make sure that I get as
much fibre in as I can. Because I am definitely not full from today. My assessment about being vegan for day 1 is that not that much change in terms of my energy levels. But I will say that I did feel hungry a lot of today. I don’t know if it’s because I have been running
around a lot, or the fact that the vegan diet doesn’t provide me enough energy. Then again, it’s only been day 1 and I am
excited to see how I do for the next few days. Good morning. I just finished training my
clients this morning and I have not had any breakfast because I was kinda in a mad rush
this morning. I was feeling really tired. Didn’t really
wanna get out of bed. I did manage to grab a banana before I headed out. I did go to the cafe and tried to get breakfast
there but everything has some animal product in it. The annoyance of trying to get a meal and
just having to say ‘no’ to everything is just frustrating. We’re really busy today. So we ordered some Grab Food from Simply Wrapps
which is only like the best salad and wrap place ever! This is honestly my favourite health food
and like salad wrap place, because there are just so many options. It’s pretty value for
money and they always give like a huge portion size. Look at the size of this wrap. Just look at it. It’s like literally the size of my face. I got myself some mesclun salad and inside
I have romaine, zucchini, beetroot, celery, chickpeas, pumpkin, and tofu. So I’m getting my protein source from tofu
and chickpeas today. And I just think that this vegan diet is super not-filling. And I ate the entire wrap, and I don’t usually finish my entire wrap. I’m actually looking for food so I actually
found this organic chickpea puffs and this is vegan friendly. It says on the back. I’m so hungry that I resorted to snacking. This diet is definitely one that you have
to graze a lot. You definitely have to keep snacking and eating. It’s day 4 of going vegan, and it’s a Sunday morning so I’m on my way to train my Sunday morning clients. But I must say that on this vegan diet, I
am feeling a lot more lethargic than usual. I don’t have the same amount of energy and
I can’t attribute it to just the diet because I did have a very busy week. But at the same time, I did constantly feel
pretty hungry throughout the past 4 days. And I never felt satiated after a meal so
perhaps I need to eat in a higher volume? This morning I’m having some almond milk,
so I’m gonna drink this to give me some energy. And then I’m gonna go to Grandma’s house. I have not told her that I’m going vegan so
I feel so bad because she probably made me some rendang or something and I’m probably
gonna have to say no. Definitely, if you’re going vegan, you have
to plan in advance. You must tell people like, “I’m vegan” or
prepare your own food and go. Grandma: Why you cannot eat meat today? Tyen: Because I’m going vegan. You see she makes such nice chicken rendang
and I really cannot eat it. Grandma: You should’ve told me, I would’ve
done something for you. Tyen: It’s okay, Grandma.
It’s okay, don’t worry. Alright so this is my lunch for today. I’m
having veggie, tofu, broccoli and carrots. And Grandma actually made this potato dish for me. And then she made some basmati rice as well. Alright, vegan day 5, and for breakfast I’m
having some oatmeal, some bananas. And I’m gonna put in some cinnamon. It’s a Monday and I’m on my way to the gym
to kick start my week with a workout. I’m gonna rely on carbs for most of my workout today. Today is a very simple, like cardio and abs
session, so I just a quick sweat before I get on with the rest of my day. Alright, so I’m just done with my workout.
In terms of my energy levels, I do actually feel that I had a lot more energy this morning
working out. And I guess that’s actually due to the increase
in the amount of carbs that I was eating. I ate fruit before my workout. I just think that with the fast sugars, I
definitely would have more energy and I kind of expected this. I think regardless of whether or not you’re
on the vegan diet, definitely having carbs before your workout gives you the extra energy
to push even more. Alright I’m having a little afternoon snack. I’m having some kiwi and apple. I don’t think I’ve had so much fruit in a
week in such a long time. Morning, it is day 6 of the vegan diet and
I have got to say that I don’t think I wanna continue this diet? This morning, I felt super, super, super bloated.
A lot of water retention and I don’t know what it is but I jumped on the treadmill after I trained my clients. I tried to like sweat out all the water retention
but my stomach just feels really bloated and it’s kind of uncomfortable as well. I kind of did a bit of research about Veganism
and the first week of going vegan. And this is a very common trait that a lot
of people going vegan first experience. So it’s not really sodium because I’m not
really adding salt to my foods. But it’s more like the high fibre diet. Because of the increase in fibre, you gotta
drink a lot of water and not only that, soy bloats you. The increase in the amount of
sugar bloats you. So my body is not used to all of these new
factors and it’s definitely responding in a way that’s bloating me, it’s breaking me out. In general, I don’t feel like that lightness
that everyone is experiencing. Alright so I’m in school right now and I’m
in between classes and I’m experiencing a really bad brain fog. I have a bit of a headache. I feel really
lethargic, very tired. I’m trying to focus and do get some work done
but I’m finding it very, very, very hard to do so. I’ve tried to supplement with coffee and caffeine,
but I still feel a hunger pang, and I feel headache-y, and I feel a bit brain foggy,
and my vision is a bit like, blurry. And I feel as though as like I need to eat
something a lot more substantial. And that’s really weird for me because I do
feel like I’m eating enough fats and enough protein in my diet. And I am eating a lot of volume, I’m trying
to drink as much water as I can, just to feel full. But then again, I still don’t, and I am having
a huge struggle right now trying to focus. And I think to continue doing anymore work,
I’m definitely gonna need to eat. Okay, so this is my ‘Cai Fan’ (Economic Rice). Unfortunately, I forgot that tofu is also
egg tofu so basically I can’t eat this. And it was just a second nature for me to
order egg. So I accidentally ordered all these so now
my food is tainted. I guess the only thing I can eat now is the
veggie, and the rice. I’m just about done with my leg session after
school. I feel super strong today. I was lifting weights that I haven’t lifted
in a very long time. And I just felt extra motivated. I attribute
that to the higher amount of carbs that I’m eating, but that being said, throughout today,
I was feeling constantly hungry. No hate to vegans, but I could pretty much
eat a cow right now. Post workout meal and I’m at Simply Wrapps again. This is my second time this week.
This is totally not sponsored but Simply Wrapps, you are definitely one of my favourite salad
places in Singapore and I am in love with your salads and your wraps. I just wanna put it out there. So I’m done with my week of going vegan. I think that it was just really hard for me
to maintain especially when I was going for events. And when there were social gatherings whereby they just give you food that you kinda just have to eat. It’s not like I just wanted to indulge and
make it like a cheat day, but the food is there and you know, you’re celebrating with
your friends. The last thing you wanna do is excuse yourself
to go to the nearest salad place to buy a salad and eat in front of everybody. I was so hungry at that point of time, that
was the day I really identified why it was difficult to go vegan. And I think that there are definitely options
for you, but I think that just in terms of Singapore it’s not readily available to me. Do I wanna restrict myself when I’m hungry?
No! If you’re hungry, you should definitely just
go and eat. This is not even about finding the healthier
option, if you know what I mean. It’s actually about finding the vegan option. I feel that you’re in so many situations,
you’re able to find the healthier options, but a lot of the time that might not necessarily
be vegan if you’re trying to go on the vegan diet, so that was actually the real struggle for me. One of my biggest gripes of this diet was
the fact that I felt constantly bloated throughout. My body doesn’t react very well to eating
beans and legumes. When I was eating so much of beans and tofu
and vegetables, things that are super high in fibre, that definitely kind of affected
my digestion. It did make me constipated and it made me
very gassy and bloated. Maybe I’m experiencing a lot of difficulties
with this diet because my body is not used to it, and it’s now in kind of like a little
adjustment period and I definitely have to wait a lot longer for me to fulfil the full
effects of this diet. So my assessment of it might not be 100% accurate. I do think that I gained a bit of weight on
this diet because I was just constantly filling my body with carbs and sugars, and wasn’t
getting the proteins and the eggs that are fat burning foods for my body. If you think of the term ‘balanced diet’,
you wanna have a balance of protein, carbs and fats that are right for your body and
right for your fitness goals. However, I was really just filling my body
with a lot of carbs and not getting enough protein. My fats were a bit higher because of the sources
of protein I was getting from. Overall, I don’t think that the vegan diet
is a balanced one. And I don’t want any vegans watching this
to get angry with me. I know there’s a lot of variety to your diet
and I know that you feel very strongly about the philosophy behind your diet, but I just
gotta say that as a girl, living in Singapore, who’s rushing around and trying to find food
outside, I do personally find it such a challenge and I do love my chickens, I do love my fish. I absolutely love having eggs in the morning
so I’m not ready to give that up for this diet. After going vegan for 1 week, I can safely
say that this diet is not sustainable for me. Overall it is a challenging diet living in
Singapore because your options are limited outside. I think that if you’re going into this diet,
looking to lose weight specifically, then you’ll be solely disappointed because it’s
not the diet to lose weight. I personally have this friend who actually
went on the vegan diet for 2 years and it screwed up her hormones so badly, she went
to the doctors and he was like “No, this diet is actually not one that works for your body.
You are deficient in this, this this vitamin…” She had to go on shots and it took her so
long for her body to recover, so I think if you’re actually going on this diet, definitely
consult like a dietician or your doctor first because it’s not one that works for everybody,
especially if you have certain deficiencies. So that’s all I have for today’s episode. If you’re practicing vegan or you’ve tried
this diet, do comment down below your thoughts and experiences because I’d love to learn more. And if you guys don’t already know, we’ve recently launched our first line of No Sweat merchandise. So we have some yoga mats and resistance bands,
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