As I already cycle each day and try to reduce my energy consumption, I’ve decided to adopt a vegan diet for the month. I already rarely eat meat, so the challenge will definitely be finding soy alternatives for my dairy- I love yogurt! Veganism has always interested me, but this is the first opportunity I’ve had to change my diet as I’m living independently. I won’t, however, be giving up leather goods like shoes and handbags- ethical veganism wouldn’t be sustainable for me.
I was struck by the number of Swedish students who mentioned meat consumption as a challenge to sustainable development. Australia has also had to address issues with meat in the past year since abuse in Indonesian abattoirs of cattle exported from Australia was broadcast. I’m interested to see whether veganism will give me the health benefits proponents boast about- as Alan AtKinson argues, sustainable development centers around links between the economy, the environment but also well-being.
Wow Elizabeth, you seem really ambitious! The 30-day-vegan-challenge is actually quite ‘known’ so we are sure you can find a bunch of information online if you search for it. For example this one must be great inspiration for you: http://veganeasy.org/Recipes. Great to see that you also take the opportunity to connect this challenge to your own background and some of the things you already picked up in this short time at Cemus. Looking forward to see how you will handle it!
As I have been recording my experiences in a tumblr account as I’ve gone, I will admit that I forgot to update this forum. I have really enjoyed the challenge- it has encouraged me to try some great new recipes and embrace a very healthy diet. I have cooked a number of the recipes from the website you recommended, and they’ve all been yummy (though I’ve tweaked most of them by adding chilli, ginger and more greens). My favourite part of the challenge is that I have met lots of other vegetarians, vegans or even people who enjoy the occasional vegetarian meal, and we’ve been discovering all the places around Uppsala where you can eat good vegetarian meals. Kalmar’s Friday night restaurant is a favourite! I think I’ll be relaxing my diet a little so that I can try some of the Swedish specialties while I’m here, but I think I will continue eating mainly vegan meals because I feel healthier.