It’s that time of year again: Veganuary 2021, where people worldwide are encouraged and given the opportunity to try plant-based / vegan lifestyle for the month of January. If you register for Vegannuary, they will send you many useful tips and recipes to try out.
Our personal challenge for Veganuary: We are not completely plant-based (I’d say we’re 80% there). Our downfall – cheese and eggs.
Our challenge this Veganuary is to replace eggs and cheese with vegan (wholefood) alternatives. Because we believe in a whole food diet, making vegan cheese can be time-consuming and expensive, so we prioritise it for our customers.
We try where we can, but sometimes the ‘convenience’ of cooking for omnivores makes it easier for us to use dairy cheese when cooking for ourselves and leaving our homemade plant-based cheeses for our vegans customers. Unfortunately, making excuses will not get us anywhere. We feel that Veganuary gives us a reason to try to make a difference in our lifestyle choices, and hopefully, many of the changes will remain.
We were inspired by Dr Neal Barnard to also reduce and try to eliminate the use of oils in our cooking and baking, this may be the biggest challenge, but we are willing to give it a try!
Dr Neal Barnard has done extensive research on the health benefits of healthy low fat, high fibre plant-based diet – we highly recommend that you read or listen to some of his research and ideas.
If you’re joining Veganuary this year, whether it’s for health, environmental or ethical reasons, good luck! Every choice makes a difference!