It’s been a whole week trying to keep an eye on what I eat. I usually do it but, as you already know, this time it was different – I was choosing a plant-based diet, with not a single animal product or ingredient on it. That has given me a lot to reflect on…
This week, I have been thinking a lot about where would be the best place in the world to be vegan. I am Spanish and I bet it’d be more difficult to be a vegan in my country — and, especially, in the small town where I come from — than being a vegan in Oxford. Try being a vegan where no one else even knows what that means!
I cannot stop thinking of the blog post written by Tom Owen, from Triodos talking about a colleague offering him some cake. When I first read it, just a couple of days before starting my pledge, my reaction was an “Oh, no! I hadn’t thought about that at all. How am I going to do it in an office where there are always birthday cakes around?”
Although I am used to avoiding cakes, it was obviously more challenging this time. And the same applies to my weekly shopping. I won’t give any names, but there are stores where finding vegan food is much easier. The question that springs to mind is: shouldn’t it be like that all the time? Even if we are not vegan, are we (consumers) not allowed to have transparency and enough information about what we are taking home?
As you’ll see, I have got a lot out of this week, and I have a lot more that I could tell you about it if anyone wants to listen to it, but I think I will leave it here for now.
I don’t know whether I will become a vegan — as I say, I think that must happen gradually — but I am happy that these 7 days have made me more aware of how my lifestyle impacts on the world; and I will continue taking small steps, one at a time, to make my lifestyle more sustainable and healthier.
Isabel Benitez, member and staff of The Phone Co-op. The Phone Co-op (www.thephone.coop) is a partner of The Vegan Society. Visit http://www.thephone.coop/vegan to find out how your phone bill can support The Vegan Society.
Text & images copyright: Isabel Benitez. Views expressed are Isabel’s own and do not necessarily represent Vegan Society policy.