If you’ve read my blog for a while you’ll know that I eat a lot of vegetarian and vegan foods, post mostly vegetarian recipes along with vegan challenges, blah blah blah. Basically, veganism is something that’s been on my mind for a few years now. Over the last few years, veganism has really boomed and more and more companies are jumping on the bandwagon and coming up with amazing and tasty vegan options which is amazing considering veganism was bearly even spoken about not that long ago.
Common worries about veganism…
One thing that has always worried me about cutting out foods is vitamin deficiencies, I remember when I had my first midwife appointment when I was expecting Lily, one of the first things she asked was if I was vegetarian or vegan and went on to say how difficult it is during pregnancy to maintain the correct vitamin levels. This really got me worrying a bit about a meatless diet and it’s stuck with me a bit. I have a chronic illness so I’m knackered and in pain anyway and the added vitamin issues would probably finish me off, haha! I recently found out about healthlabs.com and the tests they have tailored specifically for vegans to check for any deficiencies etc that ordinary blood tests may miss. If this is something that interests you then they have very kindly offered you guys 25% off these tests if you use the code GEE25. This would be a great way to get reassurance about our levels!
I’ve seen a lot of arguments about the cost of a completely vegan diet. Some saying that it’s cheaper, while a lot of people are saying it’s more expensive. I definitely found the latter to be true when I tried to go vegan. Plant milk alone costs almost double, the cheese triple and although the market for vegan food has absolutely blown up over the last few years even the hike from vegetarian meat substitutes to vegan ones are more expensive. Convenience foods especially are more expensive with an average cheap cottage pie ready meals coming in an about a quid whereas the cheapest vegan ready meal I could find was knocking on three. I think while there are a lot of health benefits from eating more plant-based foods it is not particularly pocket-friendly yet, especially when you are in a family unit where only one of you is vegan.
Lack of Vegan Options
Eating out is always a task with any dietary need/preference so it’s not surprising that a lot of people worry about the implications of becoming vegan may hinder the ease and enjoyment of eating out. While there are a heck of a lot more vegan options in restaurants now than there was a few years ago they are still quite limited, unfortunately.
Finding Cruelty Free Make-Up/ Toiletries/ cleaning products
This was one of the things that didn’t occur to me at first but there are so, so many brands that still test on animals which mean their products aren’t vegan-friendly. Becoming vegan is a lifestyle, not just a diet meaning the costs involved in buying vegan-friendly food as well as personal and home products means the costs can mount up, especially if you have a family.
Tips to live a kinder lifestyle:
- Choose more eco-friendly and cruelty-free cleaning products – Check for the bunny on the back of the packaging, my favourite cruelty-free brands are Method, Umberto Giannini, and Ecover!
- Switch cows milk for a plant milk or milk alternative
- Switch vegetarian Quorn Pieces for the vegan kind – They taste the same and although it may seem like a very small change, every little helps and all that.
- Buy faux leather jackets/shoes as opposed to real leather
- Transition gradually rather than overnight – slowly making switches, more often than not, is a lot easier than trying to do it all at once