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.
‘Anyone can hold the helm when the sea is calm.’ – Publilius Syrus
If you have time to sit down and watch TV for 30 minutes, you have time to cook some whole food. That’s what I say to people who tell me they don’t have time to eat plant-based. As for convenience, it takes as long to drive to the take-out/order delivery as it does to cook the food yourself. Special vegan meals such as Christmas dinner are certainly a lot quicker to prepare than their meat counterparts. Here in the UK, people start preparing and cooking their turkeys the night before, and the whole process seems to involve a lot of basting and resting. Some people seem to pay more attention to the turkey than they do their own family. I can prepare a nut roast in under 30 minutes, and then use the cooking time to do something else.
Plus, don’t forget, as soon as you start eating plant-based, you’ll have more energy to work in the kitchen. You’ll get excited about food, and you’ll want to find more time.