Hi everybody! I hope you’re all doing fantastically well. Today I’ve actually got a (sort of) different topic to talk about. It’s my progress towards becoming vegan! I’ve never actually spoken about this on my blog; but on guest posts I have discussed sourcing clothes more sustainably and also my transition to purchasing cruelty free makeup, which are just some of the steps I’ve taken towards a more ethical lifestyle. Having watched ‘Cowspiracy’ on Netflix, I have really come to realise the harmful effects of meat and animal consumption on the environment, an effect that goes far wider than direct harm to the animals themselves. I didn’t know that livestock affects the sustainability of the planet, especially given the large quantities of methane gas that they produce and the cost of transporting/feeding them.
At the moment I’ve been focusing on making small, gradual changes to my diet. As I’m not much of a cook, I’ve been generally trying to take animal products out of my meals and finding replacements; so for example I now take the chicken out of my stir fry and instead add extra vegetables for a super tasty stir fry. My favourite strategy for trying new vegan foods is to choose vegan options at restaurants, as you don’t need to worry about difficulties with preparing the food. As an awful cook, this is my biggest worry but it’s something that I’m gradually coming to terms with. Beans on toast is vegan, so it’s all good! Nevertheless, I recently chose to visit Earths’ Kitchen, in Sutton Coldfield and I have to say it was absolutely incredible! I had a BBQ flavoured jackfruit wrap, filled with vegan cheese and a hash brown. You wouldn’t have even known that the ‘cheese’ wasn’t actual cheese!
Animal products can also have negative effects on our physical health; with a variety of intolerances and allergies to such products. Did you know that the World Health Organization (WHO) ranks meat as being a grade 1 carcinogen? (Source). To be honest, I was really shocked when I found this out and it completely changed my outlook on animal products. I recently found out about a variety of vegan panels set up by HealthLabs.com. They sound absolutely incredible, with a ‘Should I Be Vegan?’ panel available for non-vegans, where the focus is on identifying animal-derived allergies and consequently determining whether becoming vegan would be beneficial. For those who already follow a vegan diet, there is a ‘Vegan Nutritional Maintenance Panel’, which identifies vitamin and mineral deficiencies in your diet and provides guidance for rectifying these. This is such a fantastic idea, as ensuring that I still have a maintained, balanced diet is something I’m really worried about in regards to a vegan diet. I know that there are plenty of animal substitutes out there, but it’s really important to ensure that you still get the correct nutrients. For anybody who may be interested, you can also get 25% off these tests with the code ‘CHLOE25’.
Do you eat a vegan diet? I would love to hear some meal suggestions in the comments box!
*This post is sponsored by Health Labs, although all thoughts and opinions are still my own.