I have been vegan on and off all last year as my children took the plunge after watching 'Cowspiracy'. I eventually got round to watching it in December and am now totally convinced that for the good of the planet we need to have plant based diets.
As a former smallholder and living in rural England my main focus was not the opposition of killing animals for food however with the combination of the facts about the environmental impact of animal agriculture and a re-evaluation of my christian pacifism I realised that a plant based diet was the way to live in harmony with my principles and faith.
The huge revelation is how easy it is, how fulfilling and how tasty…. unfortunately it is such fun vegan cooking that I am afraid that I wont loose weight!!! I want to help other people see how much better this lifestyle is but realise that everyone is on their own journey… no amount of pressure could have got me here, I needed the facts and time.
I have to add that radical and overly fanatical veganism has put me off in the past. The way that some vegan friends have made it look such hard work and have made things difficult for everyone by their rigidity…. The withering look as I forgot and nearly put ‘cow juice’ into their cups when they were guests in my home rather than a gentle reminder that they prefer their tea black. I chose to accept the hospitality that I receive from others, within reason, while at the same time sharing with people my own life choices.
Meat and dairy consumption along with sugar is an addiction that anyone who has ever given up smoking will tell you needs help and encouragement not ridicule and hostility to ‘come off’.
So thank you Veganuary for making it such fun and so easy with all the lovely recipes.
Lets make this the new normal.