So it’s now 2015 and I bet most of you are already started to ‘detox’, get fit, go on a diet or even give up alcohol for a month.If you’re a vegetarian, how about giving up on eating/wearing ALL animal products like dairy, eggs and honey too? Veganuary 2015 is the brainchild of Matthew Glover and Jane Land, who launched Veganuary last year.I know many of you think we’re hardened vegetarians and we eat quite a bit of vegan food already, but that’s not entirely true.My kids could never give up meat, let alone cow’s milk and cheese.I do eat the odd slice of bacon and ham now and then otherwise I do eat more veggie and vegan meals than my kids.They do try more vegetarian options when at school and they rarely complain when we have a few days of completely meat free meals.
Having weighed over 11 and a 1/2 stones at the beginning of September, which according to the NHS BMI calculator, I was dangerously obese.I am 40 years old and I’m only 4″ 10.After 6 weeks of walking 40 miles a week doing the school run, I reached 10st 10lb.I seem to be dancing around that number the last few weeks and I have no doubt I’ve put on more since the kids broke up for the Christmas holidays and the amount of food and drink I’ve eaten has been astonishing.
The 40 mile school run has now come to an end.The girls start a new school in the new year and I’ll be doing more around the house and garden now I have 3 hours back in my life each day.But being more active is obviously only part of my weight issue.After reading a really interesting article about the myth of detox diets, I realise that all I need to do is eat more fruit and veg, less sugar, fat and bread.I did do Veganuary last year after doing World Vegan Month the previous November, I had a lot info, recipes etc under my belt.The thing that made things difficult for me to continue was expense, my love for cheese and making a vegan meal plan that the kids enjoyed too.
This time round I’m not going to look for cheese alternatives as much as I did last time, as Vegan cheese is expensive and it’s hard to find a good alternative.Instead I’m looking forward to eating a variety of fruit and veg with the use of interesting herbs and spices instead.I won’t be going out of my way to buy vegan chocolate for the sake of it, I’ll be saving myself that treat for the end of January and more over I’m not insisting the kids join in.They are very open to eating veggie and vegan meals but it’s just not worth the agro and I don’t want food to become an issue for them.
I have been replacing cow’s milk in my diet with mainly soya, although I’m going to give oat and coconut drink another go.As Kip has a nut allergy, it’s not worth trying almond milk.Honey alternatives are maple syrup or Agave, both expensive but as I’m already saving money by not buying meat I’ll be using both.I stopped having sugar in my tea at the same time as I stopped having cow’s milk in November 2013, so cutting back isn’t an issue for me.
There is a very good Veganuary Facebook group that you can ask to join if you’re already a vegetarian or indeed a carnivore wanting to learn more about veganism.No question goes unanswered and the info given is phenomenal.You can also follow them on Twitter and Instagram.
The aim of Veganaury isn’t about the being perfect vegan, not everyone is able/can be totally animal free but we strive to have a more plant-based diet. I’ll be starting vlogs on my YouTube of how I get on and I’ll be writing about the good and bad about going vegan.
Have you ever wanted to go vegan? Are you already a vegan who could pass on some tips?