So, I’m not going to shppeeeeal off my opinions on the farming industry, the effects that it has on the world and ourselves (you can see for yourself here, here and here). Instead I’d like to share with you how I went from a diet that consisted of salami and cheese (from the packet) – don’t judge – to a completely natural plant based diet. Even though this all pretty new to me, and I’m not an expert in nutrition, cooking or food by any means, what I am is healthier, happier and a better human being for doing so.
The fundamental three guidelines I followed:
1. Educate yourself, properly.
It is so easy to turn a blind eye to what goes on, because, of course nobody wants to sacrifice they’re duvet days with Ben & Jerry and a 14″ Pizza. But the more aware you become, the more chance you will replace the meat with qworn, the pop with juice and the crisps with kale – its really that simple. All of the documentaries listed here (available on Netflix – some U.S) will make you think twice about what you are consuming, even if you no have interest in coming over to the green side they are worth watching – probably with a box of tissues at the ready.
- Forks Over Knives
- Crazy Sexy Cancer
- The Cove
- Earthlings (I haven’t watched this – I couldn’t even handle the trailer)
2. A good cook book will be your bible.
Crazy Sexy Diet isn’t necessarily a cookbook, more like a living manual (for me anyway). It is so sharp and informative, I try to keep it on me at all times because it’s so jam-packed with everything you need to know. and you need to know it ALL.
Deliciously Ella, Britain’s very own Queen of clean living – this was my first go to blog for healthy dessert options at Uni. And now she’s taken the world by storm, her cookbook is definitely one for the collection. She also even has many recipes on her blog here.
Keep it Vegan and Aine Carlin keeps it simple as well. I’ve probably found my self going back to this one the most – if your anything like me – quick and easy does it. I lovvvve the ‘Something Special’ section – great if your hosting dinner parties.
V is for Vegan, yep it is. It’s also valuable, varied, vibrant, very very very very vowlicious (ok I ran out of V words). You get the drift. Lots of mouth-watering recipes with that extra zing.
3. Having a partner in crime always helps.
Indeed it does. Especially when you have just devoured yourself in knowledge and ready to take the step out of your comfort zone. That’s why I’m here for you. I’d love to hear stories, recipes, inspirations – all of it – as I show you mine.