Guest Blog #2. The Hangry Vegan - Discoveries of the Veganuary Virgin
"Easy, peasy veganising! I was astounded as to how easy it is to turn ANY meal vegan"
New Year was approaching, and I thought to myself, do something good for yourself and good for the planet. That will put you in good stead for the year. Then as I sat on the tube, I noticed the Veganuary sign, and that was it. Cold turkey on meat and dairy. New Years day, was a harsh and hungover awakening to the vegan world, when I’d not gone shopping and after staggering to the fridge realised to my horror – I can’t have a cup of tea! What have I done?! But things improved, I’m still alive and have not turned into a lettuce leaf this month.
I’ve found the array of food I could eat to be limitless, I was never hungry, and only had one slip up the entire month - I didn’t realise honey was an ‘animal’ product for a week. Sincere, stupid person, apologies. Veganuary has been an incredible success for me, but has also been full of surprises…
- Easy, peasy veganising! I was astounded as to how easy it is to turn ANY meal vegan. There was me thinking I'd be super slim from all the salads, fruit and stir-fry's… alas. It was not to be.
- Vegetarians no share food! Well, I'm sure they do, however I was so shocked when I realised that vegans can’t eat 99% of specialised vegetarian items in the supermarket. Why does there have to be egg and milk powder in everything hey? Why don’t these companies kill two birds with one stone (can’t think of a more vegan friendly phrase), and tailor these products for both veggies and vegans diets?
- Vegan this, vegan that! Why must people debate your veganism (with a negative stance most of the time) as soon as it gets brought up? They don’t do it for vegetarians? Nobody cares, but vegan? Different.
- Turning into a falafel! Whilst I appreciate that most chain restaurants provide a dish for vegans now (kudos), why does it always seem to be... falafel?! Don’t get me wrong, falafel is good shit! But if I had to order it one more time, I might actually BE talking to you as a falafel right now. One with the falafel.
- Community social media! My FAVOURITE part of Veganuary? The community online! The vast majority are so eager to support you, offer tips, recipes and help you along!
- Beware of the vegan keyboard warriors! One of the biggest surprises for me, and I mean NO offence here, nor am I tarnishing everyone with the same brush... was aggression. I found a lot of very, passionate vegans shall we say, to be very critical of the not 100% perfect vegan-y or vegetarian efforts, or ‘choices’ of other people... which can come off, aggressive. Any step people make with cutting down on meat/dairy? Encourage.
- Vegan stigma! The flip side of the coin. I never knew, there was a negative stigma towards vegans. But there is, as... difficult? Self righteous? Someone I shamefully know said, "protesting and over-opinionated people who don’t understand evolution". I even found out that some good friends are vegan, but don’t mention it, or say they’re vegetarian because it is in some way... easier. SO bizarre.
- Dubious meats! The world of ‘vegan meat alternatives’ has been very hit and miss for me! Shout out to Linda McCartney sausage rolls – I love you. Violife cheese – you’re melty and great. But, I have to say it. VEGAN BACON IS GROSS.
On that note, I’ll shut up, because soon this will be a book. However, I would like to make one wish for the future of veganism and vegans everywhere... Someone, please… for gods sake… get the people who make bacon flavoured frazzles (those bacon flavoured crisps/chips if I lost you at Frazzles, which are accidentally vegan but fucking deliciously bacon like), to contact the vegan bacon making people, and say “hey… lets make a delicious love child that all the vegans and veggies can buy”. Because vegan or not, life tastes better with bacon. We just need cruelty free, vegan bacon.
The Hangry Vegan
You can follow the.hangry.vegan on Instagram. Go and say heeeeey (see if she is actually a falafel yet) and show her some love! You can also follow Emma on her regular Instagram (Eado) and have nosey at some of her stunning travel snaps - Definitely Vegan x