Having lived as a vegan for several days now I am unsure whether I am more full of lentils or full of myself. Ever heard of Veganuary? Despite being wildly catchy I hadn’t either, until I saw a poster on the tube urging me to get involved. It was a combination of compassion for animals, concern for our planet and attention seeking that made me sign up.
And so here I find myself, leaping into January a new (temporarily) vegan me. Having told a shameful number of peers about my Veganuary plans, I had no choice but to follow through.
January 1st was a toughie. I woke after New Year’s festivities to a house full of my friends eagerly awaiting my first vegan move. As I had not yet sourced my vegan supplies I was at a loss of what to have for my breakfast. After 30mins spent googling whether Sainsbury jam doughnuts were vegan I was left disappointed… then I remembered, bread is vegan, so is peanut butter and so is jam. Maybe this isn’t so tricky after all.
Three days in and I’m starting to get the hang of it. I’ve had chocolate chia pudding, vegan chilli, Southern Indian curries to name but a few. So far, I am feeling pretty vegorgeous!
Along with making my friends giggle and making me the centre of attention at meal times, being vegan has many other (slightly) more important benefits. These are among the most alarming veganuary themed facts I have found:
- By going vegan, one person can save approximately 995,593L of water a year
- A dairy farm with 2,500 cows produces the same amount of waste as a city of 411,000 people
- For every 1 kg of fish caught, up to 5 kg of unintended marine animals are also caught and then discarded as by-catch
- A person who follows a vegan lifestyle produces the equivalent of 50 per cent less carbon dioxide than a meat-eater
I must admit, as much as I am enjoying my new vegan hobby, I doubt I have the commitment to keep it up beyond the end of the month. For this I am sorry. But, even if all of us just got on the vegan wagon for a month or a few days a week it really would make a remarkable difference. Go on, sign up, its actually rather fun. And with that, I leave you with a link:
BTW all our dips are now vegan