I’m not usually one for “New Years Resolutions”, because I find as soon as you label something as a resolution it seems that temptation is everywhere and it’s much harder to commit! So rather than make any “resolutions” I decided to approach 2016 with the aim to be the best human I can.
One of the ways I thought I could do that was to always buy food/a hot drink for someone sleeping rough on the streets in London if I could see a shop nearby – a few times I’ve given people food I already had in my bag, such as “cereal” bars or nuts. I may not have unlimited spare money, but I do have food in my cupboards and somewhere to live, and they have neither, so I figured it’s the least I can do to help a little.
Another one of my “resolutions” was to take part in Veganuary, which would reduce the amount of damage I contribute to the environment & demonstrate my compassion for all sentient creatures.
I was first introduced to the idea of Veganuary at Vegfest London last year (and to be honest I’m pretty surprised I hadn’t heard of it before)! I had thought about going Vegan in the past but I didn’t have the determination to do it, and actually commit. But I wanted to challenge myself this time around and dabble in the #NewYearNewMe hype I see posted all over social media towards the end of one year and beginning of the next.
Starting 2016 as I mean to go on – not taking life too seriously and being the best human I can be… Beginning with being vegan ☺️ @weareveganuary I CAN DO THIS 💪 Coconut & vanilla shake, a bowl of grapes and a banana as a very very very late breakfast and I'm on my way to feeling a little less delicate after NYE celebrations 🍾 (please excuse my uneven brows and last nights makeup)
I was brought up Vegetarian (much to the dismay of many omnivores I’ve encountered through life), so for me the whole eating meat thing has always been a big no no for me. I don’t think I’ll ever understand how/why people do it, it makes me feel icky, not once have I looked at a meaty or fishy meal and felt in any way intrigued to try it, anyway, each to their own.
(Cheeky little side note: not to worry, I won’t “preach” to you about Veganism, if you don’t preach to me about “needing meat to survive” if you’re at all tempted to give me lecture, please have a read of my Vegetarian 101 blog I posted on ‘World Vegetarian Day’ last year to check that I haven’t heard your argument before, thank you kindly.)
It's been a few weeks since I posted one of my homemade last minute lunches – think it's time I change that! ✌️ Today I had a perfectly ripe avocado (the dream), juicy tomatoes, oatcakes with Vegan Garlic & Herb 'Sheese' (which tastes identical to Boursin) and a small portion of lentils & kidney beans on the side. Delish 😋
If you read my first Vegan Pizza blog you’ll know I was a bit of a cheese fiend growing up, so the thought of “giving up” something I consumed almost daily was totally terrifying – so of course my first food shop included a selection of Vegan cheese to try out and all of which were pretty delicious. Don’t get me wrong they don’t taste identical to their comparable dairy counterparts, more like a slightly different variation of the same flavour (if that makes sense?).
It’s not been plain sailing, and I am by no means perfect (and I’m pretty sure I won’t ever be), and ya know, being a human I will slip up from time to time, by accident or because of poor judgement. For example drunkenly eating a couple of milk chocolate digestives thinking they were dark chocolate, only to find out a few days later that dark chocolate digestives aren’t Vegan either, so that’s that out of the window, doh!
I would also like to take this opportunity to say that I understand health/financial issues could cause problems if wanting to live a Veg*n lifestyle and I entirely respect that. Some of my best friends are meat eaters, and that’s okay (relevant: my blogging BFF Lissa, actually wrote about what she learnt from Veganuary from an omnivores point of view – read it here & make sure you have a browse of the other Veganuary posts on her blog too). Although I believe not eating meat is the best choice, I’m not going to force that opinion on anyone, I’ll just subtly show them there’s a better way by making them jealous of all of my delicious homemade ‘Lu-Easy Meals’, or the pictures I upload to on Instagram of dishes I’ve had at restaurants to sway their negative opinion of the boring “rabbit food” Veg*ns eat 😉 (p.s. Veg*n = Vegetarian/Vegan)
People have been asking me if I feel any different after my month of no animal products, and I actually really do. I feel less lethargic, and less bloated. I feel fresh (and look it too, “apparently”), aaand I get really excited about making meals (okay, I’ve always been like that)… But really, I can’t get over how I’ve been able go from a cheese addict, and someone who would always have a biscuit when there was a packet floating round the office, to not having any of it at all, and I feel really good about it. I feel much more in control.
Veganuary have estimated that there were 2.1 MILLION animal-free meals consumed in January – how amazing is that? Imagine all of the animal lives that have been saved because of it! Pretty damn awesome.
So, rather than this being a resolution, I’m calling Veganuary and beyond, my ‘New Years Revelation’, and if anything I’m slightly annoyed I’ve not done it sooner. I’m just trying to be the best human I can be, that causes the least damage to the environment & the planet, and loves all of the creatures.
If you’re at all intrigued to give it a go – you should. Even just to challenge yourself for an amount of time, to prove that you can. That was my thinking behind it, just to show myself I could commit to a whole month, and I bloody did it… And you know what? I feel pretty damn proud about it too – I sorta feel invincible now! Anyway, now I’m going to leave you with my favourite Vegan quote from George Bernard Shaw, who once said: “Animals are my friends… And I don’t eat my friends.”
Have you had any ‘New Years Revelations‘? If so, what are they? I wanna hear from you in the comments!
Until next time,
All pictures my own.