There’s a new word on the block: ‘V’ for vegan. Suddenly every restaurant and cafe worth checking out is offering new and exciting food/beverage options we’ve never had before. Motivated by health, environment protection and animal rights, this movement towards more ethical and healthy food is sweeping the globe. It’s more than a trend, we can safely say that veganism is here to stay.
Reducing the amount of meat and dairy you eat has proven health benefits and the rise in plant-based food options is great for anyone looking to get healthier in 2017, whether they are a strictly ‘vegan’ or not.
One stumbling block to lessening meat consumption is often the misconception that food becomes too boring. I would totally agree, if it was still 1979. The vegetarian movement that started in the yoga and hippie communities in California was forged on lentils, brown rice, lettuce and mung beans and those trailblazers really did have to miss out on many things. I hope they are now enjoying the wild plethora of amazingly creative food that has burst onto the culinary scene. Our minds and horizons are being expanded one tasty vegan morsel at a time. The aisles of our shops are stocked with vegan ice cream, yogurt, cheese, chocolate, meatless-meat and dairy-free everything. You don’t have to forgo anything you once loved – it can almost all be made with alternative and nourishing ingredients.
These days, eating vegan is not only healthy, better for the planet and kinder to animals, but also incredibly cool. You only have to take a look at the menu to see how the restriction of animal products is pushing boundaries and breaking new ground. There is a vegan pizza restaurants in Sydney with lines out the door every night and they don’t have meat or cheese on their menus at all.. yes really! Plant-based burger joints, superfood sushi hubs, raw food cafes, juice bars, the list is really endless. My favourite all-plant burger bar has a cheeseburger that tastes exactly like it should – but no animals were harmed and it’s better for my health. A double win!
Still, the word ‘vegan’ can spark fear in some hearts. It seems too scary, too radical, the end of everything people love to eat. In reality it doesn’t have to be that way at all. Some people may choose to remove animal products from their diet entirely, but making just one small change and one small commitment to your health can make a world of difference. There are many creative ways to incorporate veganism into your diet: reduce meat consumption to three times a week, swap dairy milk in your coffee for almond or soy, only eat meat on the weekend, swap milk chocolate for dairy-free. My friend’s husband made a choice to stop eating bacon, it’s been a year and he says he doesn’t even miss it. That’s what I love about the world we live in, we can make the rules, sample and swap and have the best of everything.
So next time you see a vegan option on the menu, why not give it a go? It doesn’t mean you’re changing your whole life, you are just trying something new. A whole world of recipes and ingredients may open up to you. I’m already a convert and love this kind of cruelty free and healthy food. I predict you may integrate healthy plant-based options into your life more than you think, but hey, let’s just see what happens… Eat up!
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