You’ve almost made it!
For some it gets easier the longer you’ve been checking labels for, but for
others it remains an uphill struggle. So how did it go, and how will you be moving forward?
We share our office with other
companies, so we challenged a devout omnivore to take on Veganuary. They took a
lot of persuading, but free Vegums for the month sealed the deal... They kindly
agreed to lettuce know how it's bean going: from what they were struggling with to what they were enjoying most, we got all the gory details so that we could give some
tips and pass them onto you!
[responses edited for clarity and continuity]
“As cliche as it sounds, I do like to try different things and set
myself challenges. I strongly feel that as a nation we eat too much meat, and
even if I don’t disagree with eating animals on the whole I definitely think
we’re over-farming. I also wanted to offer a gesture of support as someone
who’s privileged enough to relatively easily adapt to a vegan diet!”
- What made you agree to do it?
(apart from us forcing you)
So what are the effects of
Intensive farming is used to create
a higher yield using a lower input or area, and it’s a huge deal-breaker for
people thinking about going vegan. It’s an umbrella term that covers factory
farming (often disguised under the phrase ‘confined animal feeding operations’), but that’s not its
only negative impact. Huge amounts of harmful pesticides and insecticides are
used, soil is eroded, forests are destroyed, and disease is rife amongst the
livestock in cramped conditions.
Photo by Samanta Barba Alcalá
“I’ve considered vegetarianism because it seems like a more comfortable
lifestyle with a more balanced approach. I’ve been put off of veganism because
it strikes me as a struggle.”
- Have you ever considered
So has Veganuary confirmed this
assumption or made you realise it’s false?
“I think it’s true in the sense that you do have to make the effort
to check ingredients and watch what you eat initially, but I haven’t actually
struggled to adapt my lifestyle - it was practically seamless compared to what
I expected and it’s made me realise that life goes on regardless.”
“To give up? CHOCOLATE! I like Vego and other alternatives, but I
still really struggle when the cravings hit. Otherwise, the only thing that’s a
bit of a pain is checking the labels for everything because there are animal
products in items you wouldn’t expect there to be. It’s great that lots of
chains offer vegan options now but it’s still a bit of a pain finding local
places where I can eat; especially when I’m with omnivores.”
- What’s been the most difficult