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How Vegan Is Vegan Enough?

There’s this thing with vegans eternally trying to out vegan each other, not all vegans granted but a certain strain of nazi vegans that are always feeling the need to attack those they don’t deem as ‘vegan’ as them.

Vegan nazi’s who don’t wear faux fur condemning those that do, vegan nazi’s who only eat whole foods and won’t eat meat free substitutes to things like sausages and burgers condemning those that do. I mean, sometimes, you just can’t win.

As for the meat free substitute debate, well a lot of vegans, like me didn’t give up meat and animal products because they didn’t like the taste, it was to do with morals, being animal lovers and wanting to live cruelty free so what’s the problem with eating something that might taste similar but is plant based.

I’ve had meat eaters say to me that a vegan sausage can’t be a sausage because it isn’t made from pork, well since when did pigs grow in the shape of sausages? Pigs are animals, sausage is a shape, same goes for burgers or nuggets or goujons, they’re all shapes, I prove my point and it doesn’t matter whether they’re from seitan, tofu or vegetables, they’re cruelty free and taste delicious

So that being said, the question is, how vegan is vegan enough?

Well The Vegan Society’s definition of ‘vegan’ states:

Veganism is a way of living which seeks to exclude, as far as is possible and practicable, all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose.

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It’s about doing the best you can to live a cruelty free lifestyle.

Vegans don’t eat meat or fish or poultry, they don’t eat dairy or eggs or honey, they don’t wear leather or fur or wool and they don’t wear cosmetics that are tested on animals or contain any animal products.

I personally think the concept of humans drinking cows milk is just plain weird, I mean cows produce milk to turn baby cows in to big cows, why would anybody want to drink something that has the potential to turn them in to the size of a full grown cow?

A vegan diet is not only proven to be healthier for digestion, complexion and weight, a full vegan lifestyle is straight up healthier for the soul.

If you’re taking part in Veganuary on your bid to become vegan, good for you, just do the best you can, don’t be too hard on yourself if you slip up, if it’s easier, slide in to a vegan lifestyle gradually, you might just be more inclined to stick with it.

Apparently 2019 is going to be the year of the vegan and with all the major supermarkets upping their vegan game, there couldn’t be a better time to take the leap.

The Vegan Life Live show is taking place in March this year, I’ve been for the past few years and it’s a great day out and a perfect chance to sample products and get ideas.

Don’t listen to the nazi vegans or the preachy vegans, do the best you can to be as vegan as you can be and that’s a good starting point. 

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Look our for leaping bunny on cosmetics and household products. http://www.crueltyfreeinternational.org/LeapingBunny

Foraging

There really is something immensely satisfying about foraging, finding your own wild food and what better way to eat organic seasonal food than to get it from where it grows naturally.

Growing up in Norfolk, I was always picking plums to eat on my way home from school and in the Summer holidays, blackberries to take home for my mum to make in to a crumble, and fresh peas from the farmers field (that technically might class as stealing rather than foraging, probably best not to do that) to snack on straight from the pod.

Another favourite past time was going strawberry picking, granted it’s not really foraging as you had to pay per punnet but you’d always manage to eat about as many as you picked along the way and then even after my mum had made jam, we still ate strawberries for breakfast, lunch and dinner for the next few days.

Living in London, it’s still amazing what you can find. Parks, wooded areas and riverside walkways are all great for foraging.

I went out to my local park this week with the dogs and stumbled across a patch of fresh mint, I picked a few sprigs and used them in a pea & mint soup, a zesty summer garden veg pasta dish and fennel, broad bean, courgette & mint risotto.

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Tips for foraging

  • Always try a little of your find first, just to make sure it agrees with you.
  • Only pick what you need, wild food is a source of food for wild life, birds and insects, you don’t want them going hungry.
  • Keep in mind that dogs do pee up against trees and bushes, pick from up high and always wash your finds thoroughly.
  • Be careful with mushrooms, a lot of the edible ones look almost identical to the poisonous ones.
  • Take a guide book to help you identify what you’re collecting.