So, today is Ash Wednesday, the 1st of March and the start of my vegan lent. I thought I might start things off by telling you what I’m (not) going to eat over the course of the next few weeks, which reasons speak for choosing a vegan diet and how I intend to do it all.
1 – What does a vegan diet entail?
A lot of people see a vegan diet as ‘restrictive’. However, vegans only avoid two kinds of foods: dead animals (meat, fish, sea food…) and any other animal products/anything animal-derived, which means no dairy, no eggs, no honey… That’s it basically. That’s what I’m not going to eat until Easter Sunday. What I am going to eat is all other foods: vegetables, fruit, legumes, grains – you name it!
2 – Why go vegan at all?
There are various reasons for going vegan (be it full- or part-time): ethical reasons, health reasons and environmental reasons. Many vegans think it is wrong to exploit animals, reject the idea of animal farming and/or are concerned about animal welfare. They see the benefits of a plant-based diet (whole foods, vitamins, reduced risk of heart diseases and so-called diseases of civilization. And they now how mass production of meat, eggs and dairy contributes to global warming.
For a brief overview read this article. If you need more in-depth analyses of the various problems revolving around meat and dairy “production” I highly recommend Jonathan Safran Foer’s Eating Animals. German-speakers might also want to have a closer look at Artgerecht ist nur die Freiheit by Hilal Sezgin. If you’re more of a visual type check out Cowspiracy, a really great documentary which focuses on the global implications of eating meat and dairy. You can watch it for free on Netflix. For a first overview check out their infographic.
3 – How do you survive a plant-based diet?
This one is easy to answer: by eating great food. As I am already a part-time vegan (I’ve been trying to cook as vegan as possible for the last few year), I know it is possible. Vegan does not only mean salad and freaky vegetables. You can eat vegan and have it all. At least as long as you cook for yourself. (Eating out is still an adventure – even today, depending on where you live or stay, it can be either great or a disaster.)
I regularly get some inspiration from the internet. Vegan food blogs are awesome. ❤ Here are some of the recipes I’m loving lately:
Lentil Mushroom Walnut Balls from Oh She Glows (my non-vegan and even non-vegetarian friends loved them)
Oh Em Gee Veggie Burgers from Oh She Glows (which my non-veg(etari)an friends also adored)
And there is so much more out there, so much inspiration, so much help and motivation. I’ll keep posting links to lovely recipes and interesting background information over the course of my vegan lent. You can also expect a review of How Not to Die within the next few weeks. The book has arrived today and I can’t wait to read it. 🙂