I'm not a vegan but I like to eat vegan food
I eat meat.
There, just had to get that out the way before we dive into this little discussion, and to avoid causing any confusion regarding whether you can invite me to a backyard barbecue or another type of get-together along those lines.
So, over the past year I’ve noticed a big shift in my taste and the foods I enjoy. I used to be the type of person who ate meat twice a day, seven days a week. It was my main protein source, and considering my health status at the time (which is a topic for another day), this was probably the best thing for me. I was also a regular consumer of dairy, at around 1-2 servings per day, and had a fondness for soft-boiled eggs.
Currently though, I probably only eat meat about 3-4 times a week, I’m on a dairy-free kick (acne can burn in hell), and i’m trying with all my strength to cut down my egg-intake because I probably eat a dozen eggs every week. I’ll be honest, it’s real tough. Those little oval-shaped guys really fill an oval-shaped hole in my heart. Eggs aside, I just don’t have the penchant for meat like I used to. Sometimes I want it, other times I don’t.
I have been doing some thinking lately, trying to pin down why it is that I genuinely prefer to eat more plant products than animal products, and this is what I came up with.
Meat is freakin expensive!
As of right now I am not responsible for paying for all my groceries, but one day I will be and if eating less meat will cut that bill in half, I’m gonna do it.
I do in-fact give a sh*t about the environment.
I don’t want to turn this into a PSA about climate change, about I truly believe that if everyone cut back on their meat consumption, even just a tiny bit, we would see a major impact.
It’s easier than ever to vegan.
It’s impossible to walk down the street these days without the word “vegan” metaphorically slapping you in the face. There are vegan versions of just about everything now. Cheese, milk, burgers, omelettes, ice cream, hot dogs, deli meat, yogurt, chicken wings, pudding, ranch dressing…. I could go on forever. Meat-free pepperoni is even a thing now too, so like I said, no avoiding it.
They are absolutely delicious!
I have never met a plant-based food that I didn’t like. Tofu, tempeh, beans and, of course, nuts! Seriously, whenever an animal-free option is available, I take it. If you were to look at my discovery page on Instagram, you would really understand the ferocity of which my obsession with vegan foods is. Nut butters, banana nice-cream, bean burgers, tofu bowls, edible cookie-dough, you get the picture. It’s a whole thing, and it gets me very excited.
Now, I’ve never identified with the term “vegan” in any way, but I have thrown around the words “mostly plant-based” before. According to what I said in the previous paragraphs though you could say that “flexitarian” would be the best way to describe my diet. Either way, I don’t choose to label my food-tendencies so that I don’t feel confined to enjoying only plant-derived products.
To sum up the whole point of this in one neat and tidy sentence: I love eating a Chicken Stir-Fry from Barcelos as much as I love eating The Macro bowl at MeeT, it just depends on the day and what I am in the mood for.
On that note, if you have any vegan, non-vegan or other kitschy food places that you think I would enjoy, please send them my way. I’m all ears.