My Vegan journey so far
I turned vegetarian 30+ years ago (I guess I was 13) when my best friend at school said she’d seen a TV programme about the meat industry (she moved back to meat shortly after leaving school but I never did). My wonderful Mum enjoyed the food she made for me that she soon became vegetarian too. Mum has always been interested in food, health and food combinations. She soon overtook me and moved on to soya milk, soya yoghurt and soya desserts although never fully vegan. So I’ve been closely acquainted with Alpro for decades.
November past, a Facebook friend posted that she’d signed up for Veganuary and so once again I followed suit. But me being me I couldn’t wait for January and began making changes immediately.
Now at this point I must emphasise that I feel a bit of a fraud. As although I haven’t been vegan in the past I have never drunk dairy milk as standard. In fact I don’t have any milk in my drinks, so that makes it easy. Because of my Mum’s choices I had been using commercial soya and then almond milk in things like cereals, scrambles, pancakes and Yorkshire puddings. Alpro was my standard yoghurt, and due to my constant weight battle I’ve gone for years at a time without cheese.
So why am I here at all?
Well when I signed up for Veganuary I was also signing up to help other people make the change and of course to support my friend. I started researching, asking questions, reading explanations and generally finding out the details of the vegan lifestyle and the choices available out there. By December I more or less considered myself vegan and discovered all sorts of wonderful vegan and accidentally vegan treats.
My personal agenda?
After pigging myself on Vegan treats and vegan processed foods during November and December my Veganuary challenge to myself is to dump the processed and go natural. As such I’m not planning to buy ready made vegan foods only ingredients. I’ve prepared my first vegan cheese mix today and it’ll mature within the week. I also hope to perfect my seitan making skills and add a little variety and a bit more protein. I’ve never really concentrated on before.