One month has passed, since I finally took a step forward and put my long-cherished plan into action: On April 1, 2010, I decided to become a vegan.
Sure it was a major change, but to me, it felt like the logical and natural step I had to take as an ethically motivated vegetarian. Even before I had moved to Regensburg 1,5 years ago, I planned to leave out the “etari” (‘vegan’ as “the beginning and end of ‘vegetarian'” as Donald Watson has coined it – founder of the Vegan Society) once I would live on my own. And since I have already stopped buying leather quite a while ago, have had non-dairy products for my obligatory breakfast cereals and have informed myself about veganism in theory and practice, I just needed to apply the theory to my everyday life.
Apart from feeling better and eating more healthily, now I know much more about the form and function of the food I eat. Another positive side effect would be my ambition to improve my – beforehand rather basic – cooking skills. The increasing success rate in creating tasty meals was an inspiration to combine my “old” hobby with the new one and take pictures of some of the dishes.
Some resources I found useful:
- Vegane Nährwerttabelle (German, vegan.at)
- Plant Based Nutrition (English, vegansociety.com)
- Forum für Produktanfragen (German)
- Langley, Gill: Vegane Ernährung. Göttingen, 1999.