So we recently took the big step and our whole family became vegan, something a few years ago I would have never imagined happening! We feel excited lighter and maybe a little bit smug about our health and the fact we are now inflicting less suffering on the world. So here is my tongue in cheek guide to doing that and being a little smug about it at the same time!
We became vegan initially for health reasons. I wanted to lose a bit of weight and also wanted to improve my and my family’s health. The more I read about diet and health the more a
The first and most important step to being a smug vegan is being healthy. EAT LOADS OF PLANTS, seeds, nuts, beans lentils and starchy
Secondly, go in for this prepared. There are two ways you can handle this vegan business, research and practice first or hit it cold turkey. We did it slowly. For two years before becoming vegan I researched and
Deliciously Ella (amazing and simple but extremely smug, and not in a funny way), Thug Kitchen (very cool vegan dudes from LA with an emphasis on Mexican cuisine), Clean food dirty girl, and a lovely London group who run yoga and vegan brunches: Kali Cooking. Excitingly Brighton now too has a yoga supper with vegan food. Downward dog yoga.
I was listening to a podcast by the no meat athlete the other day who noted that by becoming vegan and then sticking to that lifestyle choice you really need to eventually come at it from a health perspective. It’s easier to stick to something you can see the results of daily in how you feel healthfully rather than more abstract ideas such as the planet or animal rights.
Physically and mentally I feel fitter, lighter and happier knowing where my food comes from and how it makes me feel. My children are almost always mucus free and rarely get stomach bugs. We are all clearly thriving.
Thirdly and obviously animal suffering: I used to eat free range organic meat that I told myself and anyone who would listen was the reason why the way I ate meat, albeit occasionally, was okay. Maybe I thought they actually surrendered themselves to the farmer on the day of their death. The more organic free range I bought the more I heard about what a great life they had but I never heard about their death. The fact is that no animal wants to die, be taken from their young/ parents and enslaved on whatever beautiful farm they’re on (that’s if they are very lucky and not factory farmed). Did you know cows have best friends? They even take walks with them! They are herd animals.
Dairy is no better; in
Finally the environment: They produce a massive proportion of the world’s greenhouse gases, not to mention the amount of rainforest being pulled down to raise animals for meat or dairy. Plus if one more person blames the rainforest on vegans I am gonna lose it! Soya beans are primarily grown for cattle feed, plus they are used mainly in meat and dairy products to cheaply bulk them out. So yes be responsible with your soya consumption or just drink alternative
What to Cut Out First.
To keep on track watch some slaughterhouse or dairy farm footage…. Know your food and where it really comes from.. Watch some documentaries. “What the health” and “
4) Finally be a smug vegan socialite, in person or online. We live in Brighton so it’s pretty damn easy for us to find a vegan community. We have a Whatsapp group where we share recipes and nutritional advice and just enjoy being superior to everyone else (sort of kidding….)
So there you go that’s how to be a smug vegan, the revolution is coming. There’s been over a 350% increase in vegans in the UK over the last few years. Each day more and more people will question where their dairy, meat and fish
By Sarah Perez