In March, I will have been vegan for three whole years. If you’ve known me a long time, this is kind of a big deal. That’s three years without Galaxy chocolate, pepperoni pizza and chicken select meals from McDonald’s. With this, however, I’ve never exactly been a ‘foodie’. Not gonna lie, I’m not entirely sure what a ‘foodie’ is. I’m just going to assume it’s someone who’s really into their food and will try everything (maybe I am a foodie ffs never mind). But – I can honestly say, hand on heart, I’ve never missed any meat or dairy.
I thought it would be hard and I kind of stayed vegan for longer than I thought because people said I wouldn’t be able to do it. I’m stubborn, what can I say? But, like I’ve said a million times before, it’s actually really easy and everyone needs to chill the f out.
I’m rambling, I’m rambling. Here’s the topic at hand: fake meat.
I am so very partial to a fake chicken burger, nuggets, sausage rolls, mince… you get the gist. And one question I see pop up on many vegan social media pages is: why would you want to eat something that tastes like meat if you’re against meat?
Lemme get one thing straight – I have a plant based diet, yes. I still like the taste of meat. If we can combine the two and I get to eat a hotdog without an animal having to die, I’m so in.
One of my favourite things to do is create food that tastes exactly like a meat dish but is made completely from plant based foods. Like lasagne, burgers, full english breakfasts etc. I love making vegan bolognese and saying to my dad “HA YOU’RE A VEGAN NOW, YOU HIPPIE”. I mean, me and my mum find it much funnier than he does but he does say it tastes the same as ‘normal’ bolognese (whatever that is???).
So, here are some meat facts that no one asked for:
- Animal food production (including dairy) is one of the biggest causes to climate change
- No animal is ever killed humanely (lmao wtf is free range).
- It increases your risks of diseases including cancers and diabetes.
- Most meats have hormones in them. Especially beef as cows are injected with all kinds of nasty stuff to make them grow faster.
- Humans aren’t actually made to eat meat. We don’t have the teeth or the hunting instincts for it.
- We really don’t need meat for protein. We can get our protein where the cows and pigs get their protein. Ya know, from the plants.
So let me be diplomatic for a second: I do understand the whole ‘but we’ve always eaten meat’ argument. It’s comfortable, you’re used to it and you’ve always done it. You’re Nan and Grandad have always eaten it and they’re healthy and strong. Okay, whatever. However, as time moves on and changes, we have information that we didn’t know of before. Like there was a time when we didn’t know smoking was so bad for you and people didn’t know about healthy diets. From what I’ve heard from older generations, there was no such thing as ‘having your 5 a day’ in the 60s and 70s and the only takeaways they really had was the chippy. So as we introduce different cuisines into our lifestyles, learn about food – what’s in our food and where it comes from, it’s natural progression to eliminate the bad stuff.
As I’ve said before on here, I’m not actually too bothered if I turn someone vegan. If you’re interested and want to know more about it, I’m always more than happy to help out. But if you’re never going to be vegan and you hate us all – see ya x