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Veganuary Week 3

It’s the third week of Veganuary for our vegan team members, and we are learning more and more as the month goes on! We recently discovered that some vegans don’t actually eat avocado due to the exploitation of bees – and also that a plant based diet is actually different to be vegan. It’s really interesting to keep learning more, and we’d like to thank our customers who have been helping us with this along the way.

Lisa

I’m actually starting to find being vegan a lot easier – this week has enlightened me very much, and I’m quite enjoying the vegan lifestyle! I must admit – I slipped up and did have an afternoon off as I went to Leeds for a day out, which had been planned for a while – and I did end up eating some none-vegan food. I thought that it would be really nice to go back to eating cheese, chocolate and meat – but interestingly, it just left me with a bad stomach, and wanting to continue being vegan to be honest! It’s funny what two weeks of change can do to your mind and body. I feel much better this week, as the initial couple of weeks left me with bad headaches – but I feel like I am starting to see the benefits now and the symptoms have died down.

I think so many people have the perception that being vegan means eating boring, limited food – but I have found the absolute opposite! You can do so much with veg, and especially now the major supermarkets have such big vegan ranges, it’s so much easier now than ever to go vegan. My favourite meal has still got to be Aldi’s mushroom bolognese mix; I just added it with some tomato pasta sauce and some penne – it was so good! There’s also a lot of accidentally vegan garlic bread which really helps. I’ve also had spicy bean burgers, and a mushroom sausage casserole with champ mashed potato – just delicious!

Something else that I wanted to touch on was that this week I decided to take some time to watch some videos about what goes on in a slaughterhouse. Although it was really horrifying, and very upsetting, I would really recommend watching this if you’ve ever wondered why so many people choose to go vegan. The ways in which animals are treated in these places are still passed off as humane, and it’s just terrifying to know that to be honest. After watching some of these videos, I’m really considering changing my diet to much more vegan/vegetarian friendly once I have finished veganuary. I’m not sure I could just keep going as vegan straight away; but I’d like to think I could do this gradually.

James

All in all, not a bad week; some cravings for meat, but easily dealt with by a Vegan Sausage Roll. Prepping the food is becoming easier and bulk cooking at the weekend really helps.

I actually feel much more healthy and I am losing weight. I think sticking to this for only a month is really good for self discipline, focus, and proves to oneself that you can follow through and complete things.

I have cooked a Kale and Tofu spiced dish, Vegetable Bolognese on Bean Curd Spaghetti, and tried a plant based Vegan Pie with Potato Wedges.

Ian

This week I have been working away in Scotland, and found it difficult to find a vegan meal to eat in Marks and Spencer (that I didn’t need an oven or microwave for); so I had to fall back on sweet potato wrap. 

Other than that I had no problems, and kept on trying new things; #veganpower.

About Lisa Bone

Design & Marketing Associate for Choc affair. I am 23 years old and live in the beautiful city that is York! I love baking and creating new recipes for the Cocoa Corner. My favourite chocolate just has to be our Salted Caramel Milk Chocolate - it's extremely more-ish - so I have to be careful if there's any about!