It’s a good thing my dinners are more likely to look like this:
My colleague Mike had written a short piece for the paper last week about a mum who’s vegan and who had decided to eat only raw food for a month to raise money for charity.
Then, he found out that she also feeds her two-year-old son a vegan diet.
It turned out today, he’s going to write a feature on that fact. It sparked a huge (good-natured) argument in the office, with me and another bloke maintaining that no diet is “healthier” than another just because of the rules that govern it. Yes, if a two-year-old is not getting the essential nutrients, he will suffer. But those are by no means confined to animal products – and what about all the toddlers you see happily munching on McDonald’s? Is their diet more healthy than a vegan child’s?! I love my colleagues because we can have really strong “debates” over things like this, rubbishing each other’s opinions but still all knowing it’s not personal 🙂
Lines of thinking seemed to be “but what can you eat? It would just be vegetables” and “but how could you possibly eat enough nuts and berries to be full and healthy?” I was listing some of the delicious things you could eat and somehow, it came about that I would be vegan for a week in order to write a follow-up feature.
People were looking doubtful and saying they’d never be able to do it and they didn’t think I could but I’m quite looking forward to it. Of course, there will be a distinct lack of chocolate raisins and Mullerlight yoghurts (eek) but it’s only for a week, it’ll be really interesting to write and it might make a few readers think…
I’m really up for the challenge too! It’s not like breakfasts like this will have to change much:
Nothing non-vegan in the baked apple… or porridge, of course:
And, with a few tweaks, my dinners will be fine too, especially as I got some nutritional yeast in this week’s box of goodies so all I’ve got to sort out is lunch…
I’ve got a feeling that ham and Philadelphia in pancakes (made with egg whites) might not be entirely vegan… 🙂
Any lunch suggestions would be very welcome!
If you’re a vegetarian or vegan, is there anything you miss from your former diet – and if not, what couldn’t you give up?