I like to think my choice is well informed, balancing pleasure, nutritional needs, budget and a respect for the environment. But researching this piece made me realise how hard this can be, how contradictory and confusing.
And finally, this article touches on the concerns for the individual in swapping their diet for the promise of a "better" self.
This is what causes me anxiety about the Veganuary campaign, the power of social media is a potent force and not everyone has the strength to resist its allure. A lot of people lead very healthy, active and happy lives on a vegan diet, but any and all diets need to be balanced, to give you everything your body needs and, in this writer's opinion, should also give you pleasure in your food.
So, if you are well informed and sure that you are getting what you need, throw yourself in to Veganuary and don't be surprised that it is tastier than you think, but please make sure you know what you are doing.
And if you type vegan or vegetarian into the search box at the top of the screen, you will find some recipes to try out! We are all for a more plant based diet, but please do not ask us to give up cheese!
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