Hello! Today I’ll be completing The Veggie Tag. The questions cover a bit of personal backstory and some of the practicalities of a meat-free diet. If you’re a vegan or vegetarian and would like to share your answers than please feel free!
1. Are you a vegan or a vegetarian and how long have you been one?
I’m a vegan! I first went vegan about 7 years and had a couple of relapses to vegetarianism initially.
2.What were your reasons for becoming a vegan/vegetarian?
I went vegetarian as a teenager, as I was eating chicken virtually every day with my parents and it just seemed excessive. I went vegan a few years later, initially purely for ethical reasons after researching milk production. It took me literally about 30 seconds on Wikipedia to feel disgusted and resolve to veganism; I remember thinking vividly “that is fucked” as I read about it, and then feeling incredibly stupid as the information was so easy to access.
Since then my feelings have increased and the more I learn about the environmental impact of the meat/dairy/egg industry, the confusing and vague laws around animals, the amount of misleading labels in the food industry, the questionable ethics at play in many aspects of food production, the more I know being vegan is the right choice for me.
3. What are your favourite tips for staying healthy with a vegan/vegetarian diet?
Learn how much you actually need and what you should be eating. Most people have a vague idea but it’s rarely fully accurate, so just learn what you do need to eat and where you can get those things. Use some sort of tracker to make sure you’re getting the right nutrients if you need – there are loads of free apps that do this. I’ve actually been far healthier since being vegan because I pay attention to what I’m eating.
4. Whats your favourite vegan/vegetarian recipe?
Vegan chocolate chip cookies (vegan marg, soya milk, dark chocolate, golden sugar, plain flour, baking powder, cinnamon and nutmeg if you wish). I also make a lot of curry!
5. Would you ever bring meat back into your diet?
No. Before I went vegetarian I only ate chicken and fish (white meat) so there’s a lot of meat I’ve never even tried – burgers, pork, bacon, lamb and so on. I’ve never wanted to try any of those foods and I don’t miss chicken, so combined with my feelings and beliefs, no, I don’t think I would.
I hope you enjoyed hearing a little more about my veganism – and if you’d like to join in the tag then please do!