Welcome back to That’s What Pea Said… I can’t believe that this is quite possibly the most impressive Veganuary to date and yet we’re stuck in a UK Lockdown and unable to give some of these exciting new treats the welcome to the market which they deserve… Regardless, it’s an exciting time for veganism! I thought I would take this opportunity to re-share and refresh the Veganuary Blogger Tag, please feel free to copy and paste for your own use – share your links in the comments so I can have a nosey…
I can’t believe that we’re a week into Veganuary & I haven’t even mentioned it?! IKR?! What kind of a vegan am I? well, let me tell you – I’m a super busy vegan with terrible time management, more ideas that I can physically commit too & a passion for promoting self-care & wellbeing whilst saving animals & the planet…
Are you a Vegan?
I most certainly am! hang on… why else would I be answering this?
When did you become vegan?
I’m rather lucky, I was raised in a ‘strict-vegetarian’ household… We only used household and cosmetic products which had not been tested on animals and did not contain animal ingredients. To be honest, I rarely consumed dairy and eggs, however I consciously began to remove them from my diet when I was 15.
Why did you become vegan?
I became vegan for all the cliche reasons, predominantly for the animals, but also my health and the environment. I remember seeing a cartoon on MySpace of two children drinking milk from a cow & that was when I had the ‘not your mum, not your milk‘ moment. In addition to this, my Dad was incredibly green, so learning the effects that the dairy and eggs industry has on the planet, was another indication that I ought to remove them from my diet.. In turn, I learnt about the cruelty behind leather, silk, wool and feathers.
What was the hardest part about becoming vegan?
I haven’t really faced any difficulties and because I’ve been vegan for about 15years everything has since become second nature. Initially, the food choices were limited, especially eating out – but this is no longer the case, there are so many cruelty free options. I’m not used to having so much choice, it’s fabulous!
Is it difficult to be vegan?
Absolutely not – anything you can do, I can do vegan!
Do you let certain things “slide” from time to time? (for example, use/purchase non-vegan items. etc.)
Nope – it’s not necessary to let things ‘slide
How do you deal with people who are close minded about your lifestyle?
Generally, this isn’t something I face… If they don’t like my lifestyle, that’s their issue – not mine.
Do you support Vegetarianism and or (“something’s better than nothing’s”)?
I believe that everyone’s journey is different & although I’d love for everyone to instantly become vegan, realistically this isn’t going to happen. All changes, however small, are positive and will hopefully evolve
What is your opinion of the meat and dairy alternatives?
I think they’re brilliant and getting better, which more options becoming available. I’ve never eaten meat, but there seems to be an alternative for everything, even eggs! There’s no need to eat animals…
What is your opinion about palm oil?
Palm oil is something which I’m looking to reduce/remove from my diet. It’s generally tough to eliminate it entirely as it’s in so many products, however – things are getting easier as more people are becoming aware of its environmental impact & this is hugely positive, until then sustainable is somewhat the way forwards.
Do you feel judged by other vegans sometimes? How do you deal with it?
I think there’s definitely an issue with some people thinking they’re more vegan that somebody else – however I don’t tend to worry about this. We’re all fighting the same cause and it’s important to remember this.
Do you enjoy being a vegan?
Abso-Bloody-Lutely! I literally love everything being vegan ♡
As you can see from these photos alone, there is no shortage of vegan food (honestly, there is SO much incredible food readily available) & I can happily assure you that anything you can eat… I can eat vegan