WARNING! Halloween horror for a vegan
I was led to believe that being vegetarian was challenging. Since becoming mostly vegan and doing the October Meatless Monday Challenge, I realize just what a breeze it is to be vegetarian. Apart from some lard lurking in pastry and the occasional gelatin dessert that jiggles, it is relatively easy to find nutritious and interesting food to eat. Maintaining a strictly vegan diet that is healthy, however, is the real challenge, especially if you are travelling abroad.
…all the tea in China...
For all the Meatless Mondays in November I will be presenting common challenges of the vegan diet and issuing a related challenge for those who wish to try it on for size.
First up, what is veganism and can vegans travel?
Veganism is more than just a diet, it’s a lifestyle. Hallmarks of veganism are compassion for animals and avoiding consumption of animal products and by-products (food, clothing and toiletries made with and/or tested on animals). Many vegans are also active in ending animal cruelty around the world.
When I travel, I often find myself taking pictures of dead animals (as evidenced in the photo above). I figure these photos will be put into a wall of shame to show people exactly what they’re eating and where it comes from. I’ve heard many carnivores remark, upon seeing such photos, that they vow not to eat meat again (or at least until the image of the mangled animal is released from memory). Vegans know they will not be eating meat. When they travel, however, it is not always certain what they will be eating.
Challenges of vegan travel:
- an extra suitcase may be required to pack vegan energy bars, snacks and supplements to eat while on the road
- some of these foods are held onto ’till the last minute so in case of emergency there is something decent to eat when there are no other options left
- language barriers may make it difficult to determine whether there is animal product in your food
In spite of these challenges, many vegans have lived to tell their travel tales and are a great resource for others curious about vegan travel around the world.
This week’s challenge?
On your next vacation, go vegan on a Monday just for the experience of it. Make it truly a Meatless Monday.