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.
‘A professional is a man who can do his best at a time when he doesn’t particularly feel like it.’ – Alistair Cooke
Generally speaking, I don’t like routines. I prefer to live spontaneously. Having said that, since converting to living plant-based I’ve grown to appreciate my new routine. It means that I’ve nearly always got something suitable to eat when I need it, and it’s helped me to cut down on my waste and use of disposable products such as take-out cups.
I’ll admit, it’s not been easy getting used to a new routine. Just last week, I realised very late one night that I hadn’t bought any snacks for the following day at work. Luckily, I’ve also learnt to use my initiative in such situations. I now know which coffee bar in our office building sells healthy vegan snacks without having to desperately search the whole site.
My typical day starts with a good breakfast, which is usually a bowl of buckwheat topped with agave, fruit, flaxseed and chia seeds. Unless it’s really hot outside (which accounts for about three days a year here in the UK) or I’m running late, then a bowl of gluten-free cereal will do. I prepare my lunch the evening before, so that gets thrown in my bag along with my water bottle and some snacks. I never go anywhere without my water bottle these days, and on some days I’ll also fill a flask with some coffee. I cook most of my meals fresh at home, and to save time during the week I make big batches of dishes such as pasta sauce and risotto on the weekend. Having this basic routine has really helped me to live plant-based.
I’m not completely tied to my routine, though. After all, I love to travel and that would be impossible with such a rigid existence. When I’m away from my ‘comfort zone’ I quite often have to adapt. It means that I sometimes eat some strange and questionable meals, and I might have to use the occasional disposable cup or grocery bag, but I try my best.