In a previous post where I summarized my 30 days as a vegan, I mentioned that I didn’t think a long-term vegan diet was for me. I’ve recently changed my mind on that for a few reasons and I’ve been eating a mostly plant-based diet for a while now. I’m not quite a full time vegan yet, I’m still finding it hard to find good quality food when we’re out, but I’m getting there.
Towards the end of my 30 days as a vegan, I started to feel really good. I felt like my energy levels were better, I was sleeping better, I was waking up in the morning with more energy and my general mood was improved. I mentioned this to someone and they remarked that these benefits were all in my head. Perhaps that’s true, but even if that’s the case, isn’t it still worth it?
One of the other reasons for wanting to switch to a plant based diet, is I have watched and read a lot of content that has changed the way I think about the animal agriculture industry. Cowspiracy and What the Health are two excellent documentaries that really show the damage that the animal agriculture industry is causing. Before watching Cowspiracy I had no idea the amount of environmental damage animal agriculture causes. Because of this, I feel like a plant-based / vegan diet is more sustainable in the long-term. Even if people just ate slightly less meat and dairy, it would make a huge positive impact to the environment.
When I’ve mentioned to people that I eat a mostly plant-based diet, I’ve had a variety of reactions. From the hugely supportive, like my wife who is coming along for the ride and cooking some excellent vegan meals, (her tofu San Choy Bau is awesome!), to people who just shake their head or say they could never do that because they love steak, ribs or some other red meat too much. I used to be a massive meat and dairy eater, having meat and/or dairy with almost every meal, so I get it. These days I could care less about meat and dairy. You’d be surprised at how little you miss meat after a week or so.
Sometimes it can be hard, I’m still finding it difficult to get food that doesn’t contain meat or dairy when we’re out, but it’s getting better. I’m not a “full-time” vegan just yet, but I want to be and I’m looking forward to it.