In November 2011, I made the decision to progress towards a plant-based diet and lifestyle. Since then, I have learnt so much about where our food comes from, and what it does to our bodies and the environment. Along the way, I have encountered many obstacles and challenges. I have also been asked lots of questions, most of them valid and a few off them more than a little odd. One of the aims of my blog is to chronicle my experiences as a plant-based traveller. So, hopefully these Plant-Based Pauses will provide a little more explanation and maybe answer some questions that my readers may still have.
‘We live in a society where pizza gets to your house before the police.’ – Anonymous
Wait a minute, didn’t I tell you a few months ago that you can lose weight by eating plant-based? And now I’m telling you to eat more? That’s right, by living plant-based you can have your cake (or carrot) and eat it. With the exception of nuts, plant-based food is generally much lower calorie density than animal-based food, so you can eat lots and lots of it. As for the nuts, unless you gorge on cashew nuts three meals a day or nuts particularly make you pile on the pounds, I wouldn’t worry about it. Since I switched to a plant-based diet, my portions have doubled. Eating more good food also prevents me from being tempted to eat unhealthy snacks.
Be prepared for some shocked looks from omnivores. I have male, rugby playing friends who are three times the size of me and eat a lunch half the size. I quite often get asked ‘How can you eat so much?’.
When eating out in non-vegan restaurants or with omnivore friends, remember to ask for bigger portions. Omnivores will give you the same size portion as them but meat free. Or, even worse, exactly the same plate only minus the meat. Be prepared for smaller portions by carrying some healthy snacks with you. When I attend special functions like weddings, my handbag usually contains lip gloss, safety pins, cashew nuts and vegan energy bars.