I always wanted to be the girl Andy Williams picked out of the audience, and danced with real close, at the end of his show. Which is showing my age of course. Listen to this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KBVBg0If46U if you need a reminder. No clips of the closing sequence, but some of you will remember how it went. Oh how I wanted to be that girl in the black and white polka dot dress with the circular skirt and the can-can petticoat.
And then – I wanted to be taller, thinner, more clever, always the one who got the handsome man.
And now – I just want to be me. So I remain short, not thin, averagely clever but I really do think I got the handsomest man. He is not Andy Williams. He is far better. So I win!!
And so – this Veganuary month is almost finished and what have I learned?
- I do not have to eat meat, I choose not to eat meat 99% of the time
- It is not difficult or time consuming to prepare and eat plant based meals
- I like soya milk, especially when I make it myself
- Making soya milk is easy
- Shops that call themselves ‘vegan’ in general have a very limited stock of ‘real’ food
- People who come for dinner can eat for the whole evening and not notice that they are eating plants (not animals)
- the arguments about balancing ecosystems and ‘positive’ stuff that relates to meat production, employment and countryside management can be countered by arguments that are just as valid about GM production, methane production, animal welfare and agri-business
- Generally, you will eat more vegetables, roughage and whole grains in a good and well balanced vegan diet, than eating a meat based diet
- I feel much better for it, I really do
Today has been a busy day. Those of you who know me, will know that I cram a lot into a day. Those who know me well, know the reason for that. However eating vegan has not affected my energy levels nor my stamina – Today I started at 8. I’ve had a tricky phone conference setting up a new piece of work, which took an hour; done two hours work at the computer, been for a march round the block, driven to Norwich and had my eyes tested, had coffee with my good friend and fellow-traveller, driven home, drafted out a report, marched round the block, sorted out the lovely man who is replacing our fence, taken delivery of a Raleigh Shopper for David’s bicycle renovation projects, ordered two dial-phones for my mum, driven back to Norwich, done a one hour radio interview, come home, lay on the sofa, checked out the child care requirements for tomorrow, written this blog.
I have not starved during this vegan way of eating, and neither has food preparation has taken hours and hours.
Today I have consumed:
Oaty porridge with pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, almonds and figs with half a pint of soya milk
Two apples, two pears and an orange
A chilli and bean burrito stuffed with salad from the vegan stall on Norwich market
A slice of wholemeal toast with tofu cream cheese, tomato, bean and alfalfa sprouts with walnuts
About 2l of water
I am about to take a mug of hot almond milk infused with maca powder and coco nibs to bed with me. Me and Julian Barnes have a date and I don’t want to miss it.
Ordinary life – as lived by a temporary vegan who is considering indefinite leave to remain.