being vegan: The Last Day

I had meant to write everyday about my 30 days of self-imposed veganism, about how it had affected my day-to-day routine, my health, moods, weight and happiness but the truth is that after the first week it really wasn’t that big a deal. Not eating fish, meat, dairy and eggs (are eggs covered by “dairy”?) was surprisingly easy, largely I suspect because I’m quite a fussy eater anyway in that I don’t eat a great deal of processed food and tend to cook from scratch.

The biggest potential change will be my attempt to extend the care I’ve been taking in planning what I eat and examining food labels back to my non-vegan diet. I’ve said that overall I’ll eat less meat and when I do I’ll *try* to make sure it’s free-range. By and large this probably means not eating out or just not eating meat when I’m out as I have yet to find a Chinese restaurant offering organic or free-range products. Quite a few times I’ve looked at the food labels on processed food in the super-market to see whether I could eat it and not and although they may have passed the no eggs, no dairy, no animal product tests the sheer number of additives has put me off buying them.

Maybe the most useful thing to write about going forward is how I get on trying to be a more ethical eater following my bout of veganism. Watch this space.

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One comment

  1. Tracy

    Hi! Why not continue to eat vegan? It’s better for your health, for the environment and for animals.Also, just a quick note: “Free range” doesn’t mean that the animals are treated humanely. From http://www.goveg.com/organic_eggs.asp: Hens on commercial cage-free farms are not kept in cages, but they still have their sensitive beaks cut off with a hot blade and are crammed together in filthy sheds where they will live for years until their egg production wanes and they’re sent to slaughter. They never go outside, breathe fresh air, feel the sun on their backs, or do anything else that is natural or important to them. They suffer from the same lung lesions and ammonia burns as hens in cages, and they have breast blisters to add to their suffering.(And the male chicks are killed when they are born since they can’t produce eggs.)And listen to this for more info:http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/VegetarianFoodForThought/~5/146258995/free_range_eggs.mp3It's great that you went vegan for a time, but please consider continuing it. šŸ™‚

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