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.
‘Dyfal Donc I dyr y Garreg.’
Understandably, when people first become aware of the dangers of a modern Western diet, and the benefits of a plant-based lifestyle, they panic. Once they’ve got over the shock that is. I understand because I felt exactly the same way. Cutting out all animal protein from my diet sounded like it was going to be really difficult, even with my vegetarian head start. And it would have been really difficult, if I’d tried to do it all at once. The above quote, which my Welsh tutor taught me, inspired me to make the change an easier way. It translates into English as ‘It’s a steady tapping that breaks the stone’, and is a great philosophy to live by. Just like the ant who couldn’t carry the whole leaf on his back, it’s easier to break things down and take them one step at a time. For me personally, my first step was to cut out cows’ milk. Then I got rid of cheese, found alternatives for eggs and so on until I was eating plant-based. For me, the conversion didn’t end there. In fact, I don’t think it will ever end. My most recent steps have included replacing my make-up and cosmetics with more ethical, plant-based alternatives and changing to biodegradable baby wipes (which by the way are so much better than normal baby wipes). Taking baby steps towards living healthier and more ethically has definitely worked for me. Not only is it easier to make the changes, I’m also less likely to revert to bad habits. I’m heading in the right direct, one tap of that stone at a time.