Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Why I Am Not A Vegan

There is something I've been meaning to tell you but let me explain why. I am not a vegan... 

I am not a vegan

Yet.

I have been a vegetarian for about 16 years and tried to avoid products tested on animals for the majority of that time. Since learning about the horrors of the dairy and egg industry I heavily reduced the amount of those products I ate. 
I would say I eat vegan around 80-90% of the time but there are a few things I use and consume that are far from vegan and the silly thing is, it is all junk I do not need in my diet. I sometimes (rarely) eat chocolate. I love creme eggs! Sometimes I am a lazy snacker and will grab a couple of custard creams instead of something healthy. The reason I am not vegan? Laziness.

Living in a house with two other vegetarians and a meat eater, we often all eat veggie bolognese or something else using Quorn and pasta made with eggs. It is obviously convenient for us to all eat one meal and Quorn is easily available in our small town shops. The good news is that Quorn have added a few vegan products to their range so hopefully this will not be a "problem" in our house for much longer.

Last year sales of vegan products in the UK went up around 400%. Crazy! This year I feel there has been a major trend towards veganism with many chain restaurants now offering vegan food that isn't just chips and salad. You may have seen in the news Ben & Jerrys offering vegan friendly ice cream, even McDonalds are bringing out the McVegan burger. Whether you are morally against either of these companies is a different conversation altogether. What I'm saying is that veganism has become more accessible and easy than ever and I think that's awesome.

I am not a vegan.

Tomorrow I will be.
Curious cows in New Zealand
Curious cows in New Zealand
Tomorrow is the start of World Vegan Month. For years I have been saying "this year I will go vegan" and this year I did a successful Veganuary. With the obvious rise of the vegan, I feel I have ran out of excuses. This year is MY year.

To help me out I set a date of the 1st November to give me time to plan and prepare. I joined a Gloucestershire vegan group which has opened my eyes to how easy it is to eat out as a vegan even living in such a rural area. Like really, I live in the middle of a forest but look at the vegan options a local restaurant has offered me for Christmas dinner. I was stunned! My non-vegan partner has even ordered from the vegan menu this year.

I know there are going to be some slip-ups but hey, I'm only human and as I've said before. Veganism is about action and intent, not perfection.

I intend on blogging about my experiences of going vegan so watch this space. Being a cruelty-free blogger, I know a lot of my readers are vegans so if you have any tips or advice, send them my way.

Feeding rescued ponies at Dean Farm Sanctuary
Feeding rescued ponies at Dean Farm Sanctuary
Are you a vegan? If so, why did you go vegan and what are your top tips?

Helen x 


16 comments:

  1. I am not a vegan or even a vegetarian, but someday I would like to be at least vegetarian. My family would never let me be vegetarian, but when I am more on my own, this is something I will strongly consider. Some of my friends have tried being vegan, but with little success. However, I applaud you for striving to do what you believe in, and hoping for you that this time veganism will stick for you.

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    1. Thank you. Living with and sharing meals with people who don't eat the same as you can be difficult. Maybe offer to cook a veggie friendly meal for everyone once a week? My dad eats meat but he will happily tuck into a good meat free meal.
      Good luck!

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  2. I am not a vegan, however I am increasingly changing my diet to the veggitarian option! I just like cheese too much! Good luck on your new life style, and I can't wait to read about your progess and your advice!

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    1. Check out Bute Island Foods. They do an amazing and delicious range of dairy free cheeses. Sheeze is a good brand too and a lot of supermarkets do their own versions.

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  3. I have been vegan on and off for about 10 years, and I have the same problem - it's laziness. Being vegan takes effort for the first little while, and I'm not great with meal prep. I need to get better with my choices. Thanks for the post!

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    1. That's amazing! Well done. Sometimes I'll just have beans on toast. Healthy and delicious.

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  4. I respect anyone who is strong enough to be vegan or vegetarian even. I just try to monitor my eating habits and exercise to live my healthiest life.

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    1. Awesome. Little steps in the right direction. Even just cutting out one meat or having a totally meat free day once a week is all progress.

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  5. I really want to be vegetarian. I'm moving out soon and I plan on completely changing my diet and lifestyle. I won't be eating any meat, cutting back on dairy, and will try to buy as little processed food as possible. I really enjoyed reading your post! <3

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    1. Thank you. Being vegetarian in 2017 is incredible easy. Check out the vegetarian and free from sections in your local supermarket and you'll be surprised at the variety.

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  6. I am not a vegan but there are some days that I prefer vegan meals over what I normally eat. It does take more effort to prepare those meals or search for them at restaurants but I have definitely had some yummy vegan meals!

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    1. A lot of my omnivore friends choose the veg option when we eat out as it often seems more interesting than the meaty options. I disagree that it takes more effort to search for meals. This would have been right 5 or even 3 years ago but now you can get a good vegan meal almost anywhere :) It's fantastic!

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  7. Ah well done on going vegan! I've been a vegetarian since birth and I do want to become vegan. I'm working hard on slowly changing to non-dairy based products, etc. and hopefully I'll end up vegan in the near future!

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    1. Wow that is amazing. I went vegetarian when I was 13 and my mum turned veggie a week before me. I know a few people raised as vegetarians and vegans and I think it's incredible, especially those that keep those morals as they grow up. Good on you!

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  8. I used to be a veggie but had to give it up as lack of choice was annoying. I dont think i could go vegan myself

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    1. Next time you go into a supermarket, check out the veggie and free from chilled and frozen sections. The variety has grown so, SO much over the past year alone. Being vegetarian was not difficult at all and virtually all restaurants have vegetarian (even vegan!) options now. McDonalds, Zizzi, you name it!
      As I've said before, just cutting out one meat group or having a totally meat free day once a week is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint and live a kinder, less cruel life.

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