THE vegan lifestyle isn’t cheap, especially when you’re new to it. But once you get into the habit, and planning your meals, it gets easier.

Fatigue, bloatedness and overall sluggishness is the best way to describe our vegan journey so far.

I didn’t think it was going to be this difficult, but the possible healthy pay-offs are reason enough for us to continue.

November is Vegan Month, hence our willingness to participate in this popular lifestyle. After all, it’s a choice - one that we will continue to take on for the rest of the month.

Going vegan can definitely have an impact on your body, good and bad, especially for beginners. Experts say your body will either adjust to the sudden change or try to fight off the new eating plan. In our case, it was the latter.

We reacted to it differently, even though our experiences were similar on some days.

For the first week, the aim was to familiarise ourselves with vegan products and to create easy meat- and dairy-free home-made meals.

For the first few days, I wasn’t doing well. On day two, I was ready to call it quits.

Every year I do the 21-day Daniel Fast - a diet of just fruit and vegetables. This felt like that and I thought I would be okay with it, but I wasn’t.

I was extremely bloated and had to force myself to eat because I got tired of veggies and fruit.

On the third day I had an upset tummy and I had no appetite during the day, until I had the Fry’s vegan steak and kidney pie. My body needed a familiar taste.

Since then I have sought to find and cook food that tastes similar to what I’m used to and since then, I have been walking around with a vegan spring in my step.

I love the Checkers’ Simple Truth convenient meals, because I’m a lazy cook. I had the coconut veg curry and roti. To my surprise, I really didn’t miss the meat. It was filling and most importantly, it was tasty.

I’ve become more health conscious and started reading the ingredient list on all food packaging.