All posts tagged: veganuary

Veganuary 2019 | Sweet Potato Peanut Stew, Fake Nando’s and Food Shame

*taps mic*.. this thing still on? If anything was going to bring your old pal Cate out of the woodwork, it was going to be Veganuary. I’ve delved into the depths of my brain LastPass folder to recover my WordPress password, I’ve dusted off my keyboard, I’ve remembered how to string a sentence together. Let’s do this. So, how’s it going? By far the easiest transition to Veganuary I’ve had to date. I don’t know if its down to the mass uptake of the challenge nationally, the delight I find in novelty of any kind or just my body’s sheer desperation for an increase in vegetables after a month of surviving on whisky and crisps, but it’s been entirely painless. I’d like to say that a widened availability of vegan products has contributed to how I’ve found my first week as it has for many others, but to be honest I’ve hardly touched them. I haven’t even gotten a Greggs vegan sausage roll down my gullet yet. I’ve rediscovered my love of food prep and signed …

Veganuary 2018: The Good, The Bad, The Controversial

Fucking finally, January is finished. I’m sure you’ll excuse extreme profanity in the case of this particular month, it’s been relentless and at least three thousand days long. The Controversy With the end of January comes, as always, the end of my stint of temporary veganism. This is good news to many, I’m sure. As the popularity of Veganuary rises, so do the voices of people that criticise the concept or take the piss out of participants. Some of these complaints are valid (for example, I recently learned that veganism can and has been used as a smoke screen for those with eating disorders, and promotion of it can be harmful to those people), and some are mean spirited and unwelcome. This is the first year that I’ve considered not getting involved in future years. Despite my love of embracing vegan cookery once a year, it’s become apparent that many people associate it with the wave of restrictive weight loss dieting that hits us each January. This disturbs me. Long time readers will know all …