Why I’ve Gone Vegan | My Plant Based Diet Journey

Why I’ve Gone Vegan | My Plant Based Diet Journey

2018 saw the rise of Veganuary (Vegan January) across the Twitter and Instagram Sphere.

But alas, I didn’t join in, I want too, I had every intention of doing so but January saw me pretty Ill.

I was seeing a gastroenterologist as I was very ill and having a server flare up with my ISB to the point I was having tests and a colonoscopy to see if I may have been misdiagnosed and actually have IBD, they also took biopsies to see if it might be micro colitis.

So, January was a bit of a losing battle when it came to my bowels and eating and I didn’t fancy changing my diet completely in case I got any worse.

So even though I really liked the idea of going Vegan for January it just didn’t happen.

I’d also just like to state that I use the term vegan loosely. In all honesty, I’m someone on a plant-based diet rather than being an actual vegan. Veganism is a way of life, a way of thinking and a way of being rather than just the diet and food you are consuming.

How To Get A Good Night Sleep

How My Eyes Were Opened

The last weekend of January was like any other really. It’s was a Friday night, I had cracked open a bottle of wine, and was spending a lazy couch night with my other half binging on Netflix.

While he popped to the shops, I decided to flick through the documentaries and came across “What The Health”, at this stage I had not headed about or known its content.

Shortly after I started the BF returned and had the instant remark of “What have you put on now” (he knows I love a documentary haha).  But we were both instantly engrossed with it.

All I’ll say is if you haven’t seen it you need too! It’s eye-opening! It really made us think long about what we were putting in our bodies and we decided then we wanted to change things.

How To Get A Good Night Sleep

The Transition

I didn’t go straight into a plant-based diet. I decide to transition from Vegetarian to Vegan, but I had already stopped eating most dairy product a while back due to my stomach issues.
Transitioning gave my body time to adapted and also time for myself to research and prepare.

Preparing is so vital. I spent hours looking at vegan recipes and getting my vegan shopping list together, I had no excuse to fail.

How To Get A Good Night Sleep


I have found YouTube and Pinterest a great source of information on Veganism and going on a plant-based diet. Channels like That Vegan Couple, Grace Fit UK and Deliciously Ella has been informative and have inspiring recipes.

Tips Prep & Plan Like A Boss

Make sure you have researched some good recipes and make a detailed shopping list for your first Vegan shop.
And don’t think that it’s going to cost the earth. Farmers markets are a great place to get your fresh fruit or veg and is so much better quality and cheaper than supermarkets.

Freezing your food is a great way to reduce waste. I also love but the frozen chopped garlic, chill, onions, ginger etc. from supermarkets as well. It’s a game changer. If you had a long day and not feeling prepping all the veg or the meal then you can just get these ingredients out the freezer and whip a quick meal.

I’ve just invested in a soup maker (also does smoothies) and it’s such a great investment. Another great way to do easy meals.

Eating out hasn’t been much of a challenge. Most places have their menus online so you can check beforehand and plenty of places have vegan options or are willing to cater upon request.

How To Get A Good Night Sleep

The Key To Treating IBS

This is no word of a lie. The last week, since I have gone complete plant-based, has changed my IBS life completely. For the first time in say 7 years, I have normal bowel movements! I didn’t think I would ever feel like this again. No stomach pain, hardly any bloating, I don’t feel sick or ill or have any other ISB symptoms after eating.

I have tones of energy and genuinely feeling fantastic.

I’ll keep you updated on my progress and give you a more detailed post on my IBS issues.

How To Get A Good Night Sleep

Weight Loss Results

Here are my results after my first full week on a plant-based diet. I’m pretty chuffed to get these result in just 7 days.

Weight  -5lbs

Body Fat %  -1.1%

Waist -2.5cm

Hips -2cm

Chest -4cm

Tummy Pooch -2cm

I’ll keep you updated on my progress and give you a more detailed post on my IBS issues. 


*Disclaimer – I am not a medical professional or nutritionist and these tips are purely from my own experiences. Please speak to your GP or medical professional if you have any dietary concerns.

Don’t forget to add me on Instagram – @leonie.parker –to follow my travel adventures!

You can also find me over on Twitter – @LeonieXParker, Facebook And Youtube