EAT | two years of veg
/ an all vegan breakfast, incl. a vegan face mask from Lush /
this May (more or less), it will be two years of me being a vegan (4 years since i went on being a pescetarian, 3.5 y of being a vegetarian) and despite the society's skeptical view on veganism, i am still here, alive and (relatively) healthy and definitely not underweight or starving. seriously, according to the results of blood tests i got a while ago, all my mineral / vitamin levels are normal; and i haven't noticed any drastic change in my health since going vegan. contrary to what most people think, i even gained (quite much) weight, but that's rather caused by the fact that i'm lazier than ever when it comes to exercising.
and even though it's been such a long time already, people (including my friends and family members) still ask me what i actually eat and if it isn't hard 'when you can't eat anything'. and guess what, it's super-annoying. is it that hard to understand that i simply don't eat or use anything containing animal products and that there is still heaps and heaps of food i can eat?
but it's pretty simple, see:
what vegans can and do eat:
- veggies (fresh / dried / frozen / grilled / cooked / baked)
- potatoes, sweet potatoes etc.
- Asian noodles (rice or regular, as long as they don't contain eggs)
- pasta & spaghetti
- buckwheat, couscous, bulgur and all that stuff
- pastry (that doesn't contain milk and eggs; and yes, such pastry really exists and is regularly sold, for example pretzels, yum!)
- egg- and cheese-free pizza (yes, that also exists)
- tortillas and salty nachos
- potato crisps
- French fries
- lentils, beans, chickpeas etc.
- other meat alternatives such as vegan sausages, pepperoni, cheese, the so-called soy meat etc.
- plant-based milk (rice / coconut / almond / soy / hazelnut / macadamia nut / ... ) and yogurts and ice cream and whip cream and and and
- oats (regular or buckwheat or rice or any other kind possible) > oatmeal!
- vegan pancakes and cakes (eggs can be easily substituted by bananas or flax seeds or many other things)
- Oreos (seriously!)
- Speculoos caramel cookies + the cookie spread
- peanut butter
- dark chocolate (Ritter Sport Marzipan is the best)
- dried fruits
- vegan jelly candy (Katjes now offers most of their products without animal gelatine, yay! my fav are the pig- and rabbit-shaped ones ♥)
- digestive cookies
- rice cakes
- some jams
- juices, smoothies
- alcohol (yes, i've been asked about this quite a few times) - pretty much any kind apart from those containing egg or milk and Guiness beer which is refined by isinglass, a thing made of fish bladders, ew
and a lot of other stuff i probably forgot
it's pretty okay, isn't it? of course, it can be harder when you're eating out, but luckily more and more eateries have vegan options! and i'd rather stick to French fries than knowing that i am pretty much responsible for a murder / rape / assault of an animal that can't defend itself.
and by the way, for me at least, food is the least problem.
medication, in fact, is much harder to find veganized. especially as i am allergic to all dairy products and most of the pills contains lactose as a filler. but that's another thing.