Why? Well,. as I mentioned in my first blog post (here, in case you missed it), I never ever imagined that I would become a vegan! So I think my decision took people by surprise- even myself. I also realised that being vegan was surrounded by stereotypes and glamourised Instagram pages that made it look kind of difficult!
Naturally, the first place I turned to for inspiration, information and ideas was the internet.
I had a look at some of the vegan food pages on Instagram and they made it look complex! I do not have time to be making avocado roses at every meal and ‘unicorn’ everything! Between working full time, trying to keep my (albeit small) household running smoothly, going to the gym and trying to take care of myself, it doesn’t leave a lot of time for messing around in the kitchen!
One of the reasons that I never thought I would become a vegan was because I thought it would be difficult to make ‘vegan food’ and some pages did not help with that assumption!
Having said that, I do find cooking to be quite cathartic and sometimes bake when I am feeling stressed.
I also noticed that a lot of the vegan Instagram pages were just re-posting other people’s content, and sometimes not even crediting the person who owned the photo, hence making it look as though the photo was their own, which I don’t really understand?!
I wanted to show people that being vegan isn’t difficult or complicated, and you do not have to eat avocado roses, ‘unicorn’ cakes or elaborately decorated smoothie bowls! It is perfectly fine for your food to be ugly as long as it is tasty and nourishing. I love and enjoy putting effort into making my food look insta-worthy but definitely do not have time to do that for every meal.
So my photos may not always be beautiful but they are real! This blog and my Instagram are my honest account of my vegan lifestyle.
I also wanted to help get rid of some of the stigma associated with being vegan. People are always so surprised when I tell them that I am a vegan. I am not sure if it’s because I’m not skinny & pale, or because I shave my underarms and wear deodorant and makeup, or just because I don’t look like someone that people would normally associate with a ‘vegan’. Either way, I am enjoying breaking the stereotype!