thinking of becoming mostly-vegan

Pri­mar­i­ly due to this wom­an’s blog Have you ever seen such beau­ti­ful food? Apart from the moral rea­sons for adopt­ing such a lifestyle (which, though com­pelling, have thus far not over­come my ardent love of cheese), these ele­gant recipes have appealed to my aes­thet­ic sense, which has, for the bulk of my adult life, been drawn to sim­plic­i­ty. And here you have one of the sim­plest diets: healthy, uncom­pli­cat­ed, unpre­ten­tious and unprocessed food.

So, I’ll try this for a while (though I say “most­ly” veg­an because any all-or-noth­ing type of diet will set me up for dis­as­ter once I inevitably fall off the wag­on). I invest­ed in a rice-cook­er and pres­sure-cook­er, and look for­ward to being that much more healthy (as soon as I stop doing stu­pid stuff like eat­ing an obscene amount of cashews as a snack. What was I think­ing?).

7 thoughts on “thinking of becoming mostly-vegan”

  1. Being veg­an is fun for approx­i­mate­ly 4 years. Then you go to Decent Piz­za and get a slice with jalapeños and black olives and an enor­mous quan­ti­ty of cheese. With a beer.

  2. Don’t do it!
    Every veg­an I have known has been unhealthy and eat­en bad­ly. For many peo­ple, veg­an means “whole­meal”. Don’t do this for health rea­sons. It’ll be so hard to get decent, nutri­tious veg­an food with­out mak­ing it yourself.

    I was a veg­e­tar­i­an for around 8 years, and I did­n’t eat any­thing con­tain­ing bat­tery or oth­er dodgy meat prod­ucts, like may­on­naise (learnt to make it instead!) and any sweets (can­dy con­tains gelatin, and pigs are kept in con­crete bunkers).

    That was hard enough, but I kept a 100% record for those years (go me!)

    So if it’s for health, go veg­gie, and don’t cop out with bacon and chick­en, as they are the worst treat­ed animals.

    Good luck! And nev­er stop eat­ing cheese. It’s the best food in the uni­verse. Ever! Just imag­ine what SPACE cheese would taste like…

  3. Peter: So, I take you’re no longer veg­an then? Tsk, tsk… 😉 Well, I’m not known for my strong willpow­er, so we’ll see how far I go with this.

    Mis­ter­char­lie: How have the veg­ans you’ve known eat­en unhealth­ily? And what do you mean exact­ly by “whole­meal”?

  4. You should fol­low your con­vic­tion and try veg­an­ism, it can be very reward­ing if you have the right moti­va­tion to do so. Peter’s post is a good exam­ple of the prob­lem many veg­ans face: if you have a sol­id ratio­nale for your choice, it will be less like­ly that you’ll throw your hands up at some point and eat dairy — veg­an­ism is not about self denial, but should be a pos­i­tive act of self empowerment.

    As for health issues, you do need to be able to cook and have an aware­ness of good food under this diet, but I would argue that most peo­ple should learn those skills as part of life any­way. Yes there are unhealth “junk food veg­ans”, but I would argue that pro­por­tion­ate­ly there are more healthy veg­ans than in the meat eat­ing community.

    Cheese is often seen as a clinch­er for many peo­ple, myself once includ­ed, but I think you’ll find that it’s not real­ly that hard — plan well to have a good num­ber of recipes when you make the tran­si­tion so you’re not caught out with­out a good plan for each evening, par­tic­u­lar­ly in the first few months. Yes, you will find it hard to eat out — on occa­sion and depend­ing upon where you live — but it can be planned for. I worked exten­sive­ly on occas­sion in rur­al Aus­tralia and man­aged to eat 3 meals a day.

    Check out this blog also, http://veganlunchbox.blogspot.com/ and remem­ber to get involved wtih an onling group, to trade tips and have social sup­port: a lot of peo­ple will knock your deci­sion, many because they are con­cerned you have some type of moral high ground that they lack.

    Good luck!

    Peter Chen

  5. Yes, going veg­an does­n’t have to be about denial, but it is good to have some things up your sleeve to help with the cheese crav­ings. Jo Stepa­ni­ak’s “The Uncheese Cook­book” is amaz­ing in terms of pro­vid­ing con­vinc­ing cheese replace­ments, and once you have the basic ingre­di­ents in your cup­board (tahi­ni, yeast flakes, onion and gar­lic pow­ders, mus­tard pow­der), you can sat­is­fy that crav­ing, and make a pret­ty mean piz­za too. There are also com­mer­cial soy cheeses avail­able (I’ve heard that “chee­z­ly” is very realistic.

    As for the health thing, I haven’t looked back (two years now). The first thing to hap­pen was that my sinus­es cleared (along with the atten­dant headaches, etc.) for the first time in my life. If you make sure you eat lots of good things like greens, flax seeds, and yeast flakes, and just pay atten­tion to what you eat, then you won’t be unhealthy. I give blood every 12 weeks (which is tax­ing on iron lev­els for any­one), and always have sol­id lev­els. If you eat noth­ing but white bread, chips, and “omni subs” (veg­an sausages, burg­ers, etc.), then you won’t be healthy, but nei­ther will your omni­vore counterparts.

    Any­way, good luck with it all, and email me if you would like any advice.

    Jo.

  6. Wow, Tina, I think it’s great that you’re con­sid­er­ing a most­ly veg­an diet, and I’m hon­ored if my blog had any­thing to do with it.

    I tend to think that being veg­an isn’t about denial but about discovery–finding all the foods in the world that are veg­an but which I prob­a­bly would nev­er have looked for if I were still eat­ing ani­mal foods. I’m sure that being veg­an isn’t for every­body, but it’s cer­tain­ly not as tough as peo­ple often make it sound. Well, at least not tough nutritionally–finding restau­rant food in a small town in the mid­dle of nowhere is a dif­fer­ent story! 🙂

    Good luck to you, and thanks for vis­it­ing my blog (and espe­cial­ly for let­ting me know about the prob­lem with the cous­cous directions).

    Susan

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