I’ve had an interest in a vegan or vegetarian way of thinking about food for a while now, so I’ve decided to move to a vegan diet for the next 30 days starting on Monday. There’s a number of reasons and benefits for changing the way I think about food, but there’s two primary reasons that I want to make this change.
- I rely too heavily on meat and dairy to build meals around. I want to change this. This is a way for me to cut out those things and work out what I really miss, what’s really important to me. I enjoy fruit, yoghurt and muesli for breakfast, so I know that I’m going to miss the yoghurt. I also like eggs for breakfast every so often and milk in my coffee, so I’ll miss those. But it’s only 30 days. If by day 15 I’m really craving some eggs or cheese, than that’s ok, I’ve only got 15 more to go.
- I don’t envisage this being a long-term change. I’m a steak, chips and a beer man when I go to the pub and I don’t want that part of me to change. I do however want to eat more meals that don’t include meat on a much more regular basis. So for me, that means making exciting and interesting vegan or vegetarian meals. This will be a good way to learn and experiment with different foods and different ways of cooking.
There’s a ton of resources out there for vegan recipes and living a vegan life, including this brilliant website, https://veganheaven.org/. So I’m kind of excited to start giving it a go.
The long-term goal of all this, is to simply stop depending on meat and dairy so much. I’m not at a point where I’m willing to give it up entirely, and I may never be, but I feel this is a step in the right direction.