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Being Vegan: #WordlessWednesday #WednesdayWisdom

May I do unto others, as they may do unto me.

“Veganism is not a sacrifice. It is a joy.”

-Gary L. Francione

Spinach wraps- vegan
Spinach wraps – Being Vegan is biting into a whole new world of deliciousness. Prepared with love by my recently turned 23 year-old.

 

Broccoli in Romesco- Vegan food
Broccoli in Romesco made with tender loving care by yours truly.. Recipe courtesy: HealthNut, Bhavna

 

 

Zoodles in Primvara - Vegan food
Zoodles – Zucchini noodles with a dash of cashew cheese tossed in primavera sauce (freshly prepared tomato sauce). Garnished with blueberries and lettuce. Put together by yours truly. Recipe: HealthNut, by Bhavna

 

Poha-Flattened rice with veggies
Poha, a flattened rice breakfast tossed in loads of vegetables and garnished with coconut.
Made lovingly by my home help, who is now away on vacation.

 

Ratatouille - Vegan ratatouille
Ratatouille, a vegan innovation by the 23 year-old again.

 

 

Breakfast - Uttapam
Uttapam – rice pancake garnished with fresh grated beetroot, onions and finely chopped coriander with sides of tomato and coconut chutney (dips). There is also freshly pickled turmeric and sprouts. And a side of lemon shot for the immunity! 😉

 

Tiny Buddha - Vegan
From last week’s #WW post on Buddha Doodles.

 

Being Vegan

 

I finally turned vegan last month after much deliberation. I chose to go vegan because I do not support animal cruelty and my digestive system had stopped processing and accepting meats, or animal products (milk especially) in any form, for a while now. Add to that gluten, as well.

I have been mostly vegetarian since last year. I was an avid meat eater for 47 years of my life; born in a Bengali household that love their fish and meats as much as they love themselves, or anything else. They take pride in eating the fresh catch of the day, tempered with innovative spices. I have eaten most meats I could lay my hands on. I could eat octopus, pork trotters, frog legs, venison, snails, bamboo worms etc.; nonchalantly. This was when we lived in the Philippines and Singapore. I was open to experimenting in a big way with my food; hugely inspired by Andrew Zimmern’s, Bizzare Foods. And my experimental taste buds!

The Vegan Journey

My 23 year-old has been on a vegan journey close to two years. Even as a teenager she was vegan for sometime. I believe  she inspired my journey, while I charted its course. My teacher and friend, Nithya Shanti who has been vegan for 15 years now, eventually helped me walk the final journey, with his words and inspiration.

I did not take up veganism as a fad. Rather it came to me at a time when my health was not top of the pops, for extended periods. In the past one month, since I went on a vegan and plant-based diet I realise I feel far more better, healthier and lighter. Initially my energy levels were low, especially as it’s been just 4 months since my surgery, but it was finally about choosing the right energy giving vegan foods (proteins are a must).

Having said that, any of you planning to tread this journey of plant-based eating, please take it slow and easy. It helps to be in touch with a health coach who can guide you with various options. I was blown over by the innumerable vegan options that we have; ones which are easy to prepare and lip-smacking delicious to savour.

My health coach, Bhavna Kapoor is exceptionally good, and has helped me transit wonderfully, without being rigid and overtly tough. Bhavna has always told me to chew my food slowly and mindfully and that’s one big step into conscious eating and living. I give gratitude to every morsel, every farmer, retailer, delivery person who brought the food to our doorsteps, for a while now.

Sustainability, Climate Change and Veganism

Since I am a sustainable warrior who takes multiple steps to live sustainably, this new facet of my life will play a huge role in reducing my carbon foot print. Researchers at the University of Oxford found that cutting meat and dairy products from your diet could reduce an individual’s carbon footprint from food by up to 73 per cent. The estimated impact of eating meat every day costs 1 animal life, 1,100 gallons of water, 40 pounds of grain, 30 sq. ft of forest, and 20 lbs CO2. Every day you’re a vegan saves the equivalent.

 

Have you considered a plant based diet? 

What does veganism mean to you?

Would you ever consider turning vegan to save the planet, or for health reasons?  If not, that’s okay too. To each their own. 🙂

Do you think vegans make a big deal about being vegan? 😉

Would love to hear your thoughts, my dear readers and friends in blogosphere.

Love, light and laughter <3 <3

Natasha Serenity Sinha 🙂

 

 

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22 thoughts on “Being Vegan: #WordlessWednesday #WednesdayWisdom

  1. Hi Natasha aunty! My father, Dr Dilip, is part of Nitya Shanti’s Conscious community in which you were also there. I think he told you about me and my sister. He asked me to see your blog and I did. I absolutely loved all of them! I’m eagerly waiting for a new one. He must have told you that I have a blog too, so if you have time I would love for you to check it out.
    Here is the link!
    https://rewakshirsagar.blogspot.com/

    1. Dear Rewa,

      Thank you for your sweet, kind message. I surely will check out your blog and I totally love the name.

      Lots of love and good wishes. More power to your pen. ♥️♥️

  2. What colorful photos and so well framed. The food looks healthy, fresh, colorful and cheerful.

    People always laughed when I said I am non-vegetarian as I only like chicken, once in a while and that too in small quantity. I can go months without it. Courtesy pandemic it’s more than a year now My hubs is a shudh desi shakahari (pure vegetarian) so no such indulgence at home. I am quite fine with it. My milk consumption is limited to half a cup of tea but I do enjoy some other dairy products.

    I feel one should have plenty of vegetables and fruits in their diet and if they do like meat, indulge in it moderately & occasionally. I am not game for experimentation here.

    It is commendable how you switched to veganism and it is a blessing to have people who inspire you make it happen. Things happen when they are supposed to. When we look back we can see how things in our life shifted gradually but surely to take us down that path.

    Wishing you a colorful & healthy July Natasha
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  3. Natasha,

    It would be difficult but I would consider a vegan diet if my health warrant the change, otherwise I’m content with eating both veggies and meats. 🙂 The best of luck to you on this journey. We each need to find our happy path to what works best at various points in our lives. Stay well and enjoy summer’s beauty, dear friend!

  4. Fabulous images of these recipes.
    The idea is that in accordance with what we eat is our health.
    So we have to be very careful. Equilibrium is mandatory!
    Nice to have a health coach! And I like vegetables too.
    Thank you for these ideas, dear Natasha!
    Happy WW! Have a fabulous July! ❤️

  5. I wish you could cook for me. All those things look amazing. I tried to be a vegetarian with the hope of becoming vegan, but gave up. I need to work on it some more. Yesterday, I watched the movie Chicken Run with my great-nieces hoping they would decide they won’t want to eat chicken. 🙂 XO
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  6. Being vegan / vegetarian is a personal choice, first and foremost. I’m not convinced that we will save the planet if we don’t eat meat at all – there are many others that pollute 100 times more.
    Personally, I rarely eat meat or meat products, and only pork, chicken or fish (not any kind of fish). I don’t feel the need for meat.
    The dishes you presented look delicious! I’m sure they’re delicious. I like all the ingredients you mentioned, so I would love the food.
    I wish you well, dear Natasha! ❤️ Big hug! ❤️
    Love and Light!

  7. All of that food looks great! I do eat a mostly plant based diet, but not quite veterinarian, let alone vegan. I think I could become at least almost vegan if I didn’t live with carnivores 😉 I do attempt to limit meat of any type to one meal a week, but don’t always succeed. When I am handed a package of meat and told to go heat up the grill (I do all of the grilling) it is hard to say no… I’d also have a hard time giving up cheese. But I can see and and agree with all of your reasons!

  8. My daughter and her family have been vegan for many years, so being an ex-chef and avid dinner party host, I’ve collected a lot of mouth-watering recipes. As she says, there’s more to vegan food than and falafel and quinoa salad! Whilst I’m not yet a convert myself, I am increasingly using ‘artificial’ meat in my meals – helps to lose weight too!
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  9. We are doing less and less meat as we get older. I would probably be more vegetarian than vegan, but who knows. Everything looks fabulous.

    Thank you for hosting the Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop.

    Have a fabulous Wordless Wednesday and rest of the week, my friend. ♥
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  10. Your diet is surprisingly varied. My feeling about vegan was that it would be very monotonous. Yes, a coach would be essential to assure well-rounded nutrients. I once attended a conference at a facility which was run by a religious group which was vegetarian. I did not know until later that the delicious “chicken” was actually some kind of tofu. Its texture really imitated meat.

  11. Dear Natasha!

    Congratulations on your effort to switch to vegetarian food. It seems to be a good way, but we are guided by what a great Romanian bishop, Teoctist, said: “Of all things a little.” So, in addition to vegetables, we also eat meat, but not daily and not everything. We prefer fish and poultry.

    Have a fine week! With love, Zina! ♥

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