Monday, 18 February 2013

A Month of Veganism: The Background

Today at lunch time I was hungry as I hadn't brought any food to work. I went to the supermarket to pick up some groceries, and I also brought some freshly cooked, hot BBQ chicken. To cut a long story short, I didn't really enjoy it, and decided I would be vegan for a month.

As I am going to Brussels at the start of March, and would no-doubt want to eat meat there (or more, wouldn't want to try and figure out how to ask "is this for vegans?"), I decided I would start on the return from there. That would also give me some time to prepare.

Prepare. I thought that could be quite important with such a change to my lifestyle (for a month - though I should probably note at this point that a month will be 4 weeks, but will be referred to as a month as it's easier to say, and makes it sound like I'm doing it very slightly longer than I am).

For initial preparation I took to the interwebs, and did what any budding vegan would do (pun intended), and searched Google for "how to be vegan". The second link contained a "How to Become a Vegan: 10 steps". This sounded perfect.

I took a look at the first step...

I couldn't ask for a better step 1! I knew exactly why I wanted to become a vegan (for a month). For that reason, I decided to take this as a reminder.

Also... I think vegans are meant to have super powers or something. I'm not sure how factual that is though, so don't quote me on it.

I had pretty much done this by accident. I went to the doctors about a car crash I had, and she didn't seem to care very much. She certainly didn't say I was anaemic, so I think I've covered this step.

This is something that sounds time consuming. I decided I would look on the back of my multipack of Snickers.

I didn't see anything on the back that specifically said "for vegans"... so I assumed that they must have forgot. Which causes a bit of a problem... what do I do when food packaging has forgot? I consulted the interwebs again.

The Internet has told me that Snickers are not actually vegan... and it wasn't an oversight by the packaging manufacturers. I'm not actually sure if this is true, but I will give them the benefit of the doubt, as it does say that it has milk fat in it.

I decided I would eat the last of the Snickers bars, just in case I forget over the next month, and only realise one day into my vegan attempt.

Recruit a friend... that shouldn't be too difficult. The first person I asked was my friend Adam. Instant win!

As for step 5... this made me lose all respect for the webpage, so I closed it.

After completing 5 steps exceptionally well (which allows one to conclude that I would probably have completed the last 5 steps with a similar level of ease), I feel I am prepared to be a vegan. My veganism will commence on the 13th of March, and conclude on the 4th April.


  1. I'll be watching! As you know I do the veggie bit for Lent ... I will eventually post all about it but at the moment I am too weak ... (Lent is a week old tomorrow)

  2. I think your months are going quicker than mine, my month (4 weeks) would run from 13th March to 10th April!!! xx

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