Just the weekend to get through and then I have a decision to make about whether I want to continue with a vegan diet. Knowing there are non-vegan chocolates skulking around the house I suspect my decision will be swayed by the lure of sugar. However, gone are the days of all or nothing thinking and I welcome the term plant based to describe my intentions.
While a vegan diet excludes all animal products, there’s more to veganism than what you eat. The vegan lifestyle avoids anything that will have caused harm to animals, from shower gel to lipstick to clothing, being a real vegan is a formidable challenge and one that I’m probably not capable of. Plant based, however, is a term used specifically in reference to diet and following a plant based diet means that the majority of your food is derived from plants. That word majority giving a margin of discretion, and for me that margin will most likely be filled with chocolate and ice cream.
When I was younger I was vegetarian for many years before being tempted by chicken korma amongst other things. From there I drifted further away from being vegetarian, until after treatment for breast cancer when I began drifting back. I don’t want to overthink this, I don’t want to be one thing or another and that is why plant-based is such a good catch all. Call me a lazy vegetarian or a rubbish vegan if you will but I don’t have the mental processing power to be fully committed to anything these days and surely doing my best is good enough.
Anyway, how did day 5 go? Normal breakfast, houmous (homemade) salad bagel for lunch and having reached almost 47 years without eating from McDonald’s(!) I was tempted by the offer of a free Spicy Veggie Wrap, which McDonald’s were using to promote NVW. Oh and there was some fruit throughout the day as well.