I'd considered going Vegan a fair few times, on-and-off over several years. I think it was always the complexity of it that put me off: apart from vegetables and grains, everything like bean burgers and raw desserts seemed, well, a bit of a faff if I'm honest.
I read something a while ago about how difficult the process is to make things like lentils edible, requiring extensive cooking time. They claimed it was a sign we shouldn’t be eating them, and at the time, along with my previous concern it rang true – call it an excuse if you will.
However, after going out for another, animal-friendly but delicious meal last weekend, and having an amazing, rainbow of vegan food laid out around, I finally realised: if it was this easy to pick up vegan food in the supermarkets, it’d be easy. Everything we buy takes time to make, we just don’t see it: Burgers; chicken kievs; double cream – all of these things require a complex manufacturing process. The only difference is that the supermarkets make them readily available for us in their final form where as, currently, similar vegan food must be made from scratch.
I love healthy food, and have rejoiced at the increasing availability of it in supermarkets and local shops in recent years – wouldn’t it be great if vegan food became this readily available too? I quickly realised there was only one way to solve this: to make the jump and go fully-fledged vegan, therefore increasing the demand, and thus the pressure on supermarkets to meet it.
I’m now one week into my veganism, and, as expected, feel great. My conscience is as clear as my skin, and I’m thriving knowing that I’m finally going about my days in a way that will help save the World, rather than destroy it. Hopefully one day, in the not too distant future, I won’t have to travel as far as London to pick up a slice of vegan cake.