So, the time has finally arrived, I am about to embark on my Vegan food adventure, not just for “Veganuary” but beyond and hopefully for the rest of my life!
As this is the first post and there is little imformation for me to share about my progress I will instead share a bit of background on the why’s, etc.
I have been vegetarian for over 20 years now, and I feel that the time has come to make the move away from the dairy products I love for my own health, the animals that suffer as a result of the dairy industry and for the future of the environment.
I don’t expect this step to be particularly easy, I love nothing more than a good slab of mature cheddar and the squeaky saltiness of a bit of grilled Halloumi, but my waistline and heart are not thriving on my existing love of these things, my wii fit abuses me every time I turn it on, my blood pressure is steadily creeping it’s way into the danger zone, and so it’s time I took responsibility and stopped this self destructive behaviour, change my diet for the better and exercise more! I am in my mid forties and the peri-menopause has started to kick in with gusto, as a result my energy levels have nose-dived and my love of white foods like dairy are not helping stabilise my hormones in any way.
I originally decided to go vegetarian all those years ago because I did not like the suffering caused to animals for my plate, I do not eat anything I would not kill myself and I believe that I can survive perfectly well and healthily without the need to kill or injure any animal, and so if there is no need to cause suffering and kill, then why do it? However, I have been ignorant or ignoring the suffering of the milk milk cows, the separation from their calves and the other effects of the dairy industry on the welfare of the animals and the damage to the environment. Veganuary has a page dedicated to the plight of the cow here if you would like to know more. So there is my next reason for making the switch.
The UN researched and published a report that concluded that “Livestock’s contribution to environmental problems is on a massive scale and its potential contribution to their solution is equally large. The impact is so significant that it needs to be addressed with urgency”. There is a link to the report here Livestock’s Long Shadow: Environmental Issues and Options. I have no doubt that our individual choices pooled into a collective conscious decision can have a profound impact on the future of our planet and the lives and quality of life our grandchildren will have. We can no longer bury our heads in the sand and pretend we can continue with our current consumption, consumerism and greed without catastrophic consequences to everyone in the very near future. It’s time to stand up and be counted, take responsibility for our own individual choices and make the changes we need to without hesitation.
A few video resources worth taking a look at:
So my reasons are now vocalised, I am as prepared as I can be and I will share my experiences on this blog with you as I progress along the journey of discovery and self discovery.
Cravings, Musings & General Notes
As I start out, it’s worth me noting where I start from and how I feel as I begin.
At present, as I begin, my energy levels are low, my mood is unstable, my blood pressure is high, I am overweight, but my general health is excellent, I have not suffered with any major illnesses or even a cold for a number of years. I have migraines from time to time, mostly triggered by hormones and I am well into the peri-menopause which has been creating some pretty serious symptoms for me in the way of memory loss, breath-taking anxiety attacks, fatigue and other emotional and physical symptoms.
I have prepared for this change of diet by making sure I have a good pantry stock of the main ingredients I will need, one of the challenges for me will be sourcing vegan ingredients as the area I live in is remote and not well served for those choosing a diet not comprising of roasted meat on a daily basis!
I have invested in a couple of good vegan and raw recipe books and I enjoy cooking and experimenting so I don’t see that as an obstacle. Neither will a hectic lifestyle and lack of time be a problem as I am a yoga teacher and my work hours are not extensive. So those are a few of really good benefits for me.
Energy & Mood Rating
I will be publishing a Progress Chart with BMI & Weight stats once a week.
Next week I will publish what I have eaten throughout the week, with links to recipes where they are available.