Today I will …

officially begin my parttime ‘vegan’ journey.

Yes, all hippies unite, I’ll join you! As a long time vegetarian obviously the transition to veganism is not that impressive, but still, I thought about it for a long time. Also, I’ll commit to being vegan for only three days a week. As you will understand by now: The Better World is all about baby steps. 😉

A balanced vegan diet provides everything your body needs.

About eighteen months ago we saw Forks over Knives, an interesting documentary. In short: it argues that animal products are bad for health (and environment). In particular, tumors appear to grow comfortably on milk products. This information kept haunting me and as with many steps, first I was only thinking about going vegan for a long time. Then I started looking for vegan recipes and considered what would be the impact on my lifestyle. Apparently, I am someone who must first be truly mentally ready. After that, the decision is usually a kind of conclusion rather than a beginning. The advantage about that is the step seems obvious and usually integrates into my lifestyle really quickly.

Crying over a truckload of chickens being driven off to their slaughter, and after that coming home to eat a fried egg, doesn’t seem to add up …

Moreover, altogether I can conclude that this step will not be too big! The glass of milk at lunch already crashed about 15 years ago and we only bake in oil. But I do love a fried egg (of course free range and without antibiotics, et cetera) and the occasional lovely container of yogurt with fruit, oats and even chocolate. Of course, I’m also aware of all the ‘hidden’ milk in all kinds of sauces and I have to deal with chocolate … This is precisely why part-time is the right choice for now. Plus, I won’t be extra annoying to cook for when I come to visit. 😉

Currently about 70% of all agricultural land is used for livestock (to feed them); use of (human) food would be much more efficient.

Obviously this is a step you do not take lightly, especially if you’re not a vegetarian, but you can at least think about it. Even one day of vegan food contributes to your own health and to the environment. Studies indicate that a varied vegan diet requires about a third of the land needed for conventional Western diets. That would feed so much more people!

Again, it’s my journey, my steps; and it’s what excites me, but it’s ok if you want to roll your eyes. Are you looking for more background information? I really recommend the documentary Forks over Knives. Do you have more information or delicious vegan recipes for me? Don’t hesitate to share them with me!

These posts are in no way meant to show off, but solely meant to share my journey with you. 
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