There is something I’ve been meaning to tell you but let me explain why. I am not a vegan…
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|
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|
Are you a vegan? If so, why did you go vegan and what are your top tips?