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23.9.16

Why I'm Going Vegan


After thining long and hard about changing my lifestyle for the better and doing the 'right thing', at least in my eyes, I felt that veganism was starting to call my name. I haven't eaten much meat for years, never really had the taste for it, and can certainly go without it. With all the campaigns on television for Cancer being connected to processed meats and bacon, it does really start to make you question WHY these things can be causing health problems. 

The slaughtering of animals is another big reason as to why I didn't want to continue eating meat. Every living thing on this planet has a right to be here, and I just didn't want to be part of an unethical industry that to me, just seems quite archaic now, and really not justified or necessary. Meat is NOT everything, and it certainly isn't good for you, especially when poor malnurished, diseased animals are being killed and their food being sold to the general public...why would you choose to put this into your body? To me, it's baffling, yet I would never ever try to force my opinions down anyone's throat. It's not about that. It's about maybe inspiring someone, it's about making people question it a little bit more. It's not about being preachy. 

Becoming vegan won't be easy. I'm a cheese-a-holic!! Yet, I'm giving it a shot and I've put together a list of the foods that I think would be super beneficial to have in your kitchen if you are wanting to turn vegan. Here are some of the basics, and some of them can be simpler to acquire than you think! 

  • Grains (quinoa, rice, bulgar wheat, cous cous) 
  • Veg (anything you like!!) 
  • Fruit (anything you like!!) 
  • Potaotes (perfect for baked potatoes, but wash the skins first and eat them - so nutritious)
  • Tinned tomaotes (you can do so much with tomatoes)
  • Lentils
  • Oats 
  • Seasonings (chillies, garlic, ginger, basil, rosemary, corriander...)
  • Alternative milk (rice milk, almond milk, coconut milk

Look at places like Wilkinsons or garden centres where you can buy seeds to grow your own vegetables! It will save a lot of money in the long run and all your food will be untouched because you've grown them yourself! If you would like some vegan recipes I'd be happy to give those a go because I know more and more people are wanting to try veganism and remember that it is a super rich and healthy diet, and you can gain so much energy without eating meat! Give it a go and see!

Also big shout out to Simon at ILikePress for an invite to the #OnRoundhay festival at the weekend. I found an incredible little food stall, that did vegan food called Yakumama and I had the best cauliflower tacos ever! John Lewis was in partnership, so also check them out too, they're opening up their huge store in Leeds next month which is definitely not to be missed. I know I won't be missing it! The festival offered lots from John Lewis, from cooking school to chefs preparing food live for you to watch, lots of fun things for kids, tons of music and a really lively summery atomsphere...thank god the rain held off! 




 

Also check out my YouTube video about going vegan! Again this is just a lifestyle choice for now, and everyone has different ideas of what is healthy and of course, that's totally fine! We are all entitled to live our lives the way we wish, but if you want to know any more of the benefits of going vegan then I'll probably start a little series on going vegan with recipes, ideas, supplement tips (if necessary) and much more about my journey! 

Be happy and live well!