We just did our food shop and had to remind myself to put down the eggs! I’ll be taking part in Veganuary again this year for the second time, except I’ll be doing it properly this year.
Last year we pretty much ate vegan junk food (too many Bourbon biscuits to think about) for the first four weeks then went back to Vegetarian as our energy levels were shot – entirely our own fault for not doing the research properly and made the naff excuse that we didn’t have time (were too lazy) to prep meals and snacks properly. We have since however near enough cut out cow’s milk and we don’t eat anywhere near as much cheese, our Christmas dinner was Vegan this year too with a Linda McCartney vegetarian roast (homemade nut roast in the past if you fancy putting a little more effort into it), but there is obviously much more work to be done.
I want to try it properly this year because we both have physical lifestyles and we enjoy climbing mountains and we know it’s possible to maintain this, it’s just learning how and ensuring that we are getting the right vitamins and minerals. We have a trip planned to Morocco in April to climb Toubkal which stands at 4,167m, not a strenuous or technical climb but a climb non the less, and I want to show that it can be done and we can do it well. I already get to feel somewhat smug when people ask us ‘how do you sustain your lifestyle with no meat’, half way up the hill side as everyone is puffing for breath and we’re still smiling.
Basically – we’re going to have to eat more good high quality plant based food, more often – but that’s hardly a bad thing, right?
2018 is apparently going to see a rise in meat free lifestyle, not to mention there’s been a 360% rise in Veganism in the last 10 years – and I can totally see why. We’ve been vegetarian for a few years now and it’s getting easier and easier with access to amazing recipes and for those who must have the meat feeling, better substitutes. Not to mention the impact on the environment. Also, vegan food is Instagram-able AF #meatfree #crueltyfree #veganlifestyle etc etc.
Why not give it a try? There are only 31 days in January – that’s not long really…
One final note – I love this read on how Vegan activists are bringing down the meat industry; https://www.plantbasednews.org/post/vegan-assault-animal-ag-major-challenge-2018
I’ll keep a diary of this one of course, what I ate each day etc, benefits, trials and what not so watch this space for updates.