New Year, new challenges and new focus! It’s no secret that I’m vegetarian. I don’t preach about it though because I am a firm believer in choice but, I do have my own, personal reasons for living my life as a veggie and you may recall a few years ago I wrote about why we chose to raise Gabriel and Willow as vegetarian too. Well for a few years I’ve pondered as to how well dairy products actually sit well with me, both physically and ethically. Sure, by not eating meat I am playing a part to support my beliefs that animals should not be consumed, but what about the dairy trade and it’s often mistreatment of animals? I don’t say mistreatment lightly either. It’s fairly abhorrent. Calves being torn away from their mothers at birth, reproductive systems of animals being exploited through genetic selection. A cow’s natural lifespan is about 20 years, but cows used by the dairy industry are typically killed after about five years because their bodies wear out from constantly lactating (or being pregnant). Some are kept in cramped pens or tiny crates, where they’re prevented from moving much so that their flesh will stay tender, it’s grim. I could go on, but I won’t because I don’t need to.
Taking these issues into account, there are actually usually one of three reasons why people turn Vegan. Animal suffering, ecologicial detriment of raising animals and/or finally diet purposes. For me, it’s all three. I don’t repress my awareness of animal suffering, nor ignore the issues relating to the environment either but I also am keen to be healthier and to possibly feel better about myself and my diet too. When I sat and thought about these reasons logically, why wouldn’t I bite the bullet and try Veganism?
Last year I attempted ‘Dry January’. I lasted around three days; for varying reasons but mainly the problem was that I didn’t actually want to stop drinking, I enjoy it.. I just felt like I should for a while! Veganism is different, it’s something I support, in its principle! So this January I have decided to give Veganism a try. A month of no dairy or animal products which may lead to a complete change in lifestyle. Who knows? As a complete coincidence from some research I came across the Veganuary page on Twitter and their website. It’s actually been a campaign to be Vegan in January since 2014! If like me, you fancy giving it a whirl they have some really cool information on their page, a newsletter full of recipe ideas, starter kits, FAQS and fact sheets and also, a huge list of well-known products that are ‘accidentally’ Vegan.
I’m pretty excited to have a new challenge for 2017, a little scared and overwhelmed about all the planning, researching and cooking I need to do, but most of all I am happy to be taking part. I have created recipe ideas boards on Pinterest for inspiration and I am really pleased to see that Quorn have in fact increased their Vegan range this last few months too!
So wish me luck! Follow my month’s blogs to see how I get on with this culinary adventure! Happy New Year dear readers!