This website is about my journey rather late in life, towards health, weight loss (maybe) and a vegan diet.
Avoiding Animals Products Is Tough
I realise that in everyday life, it’s difficult for us to avoid food containing animals or their secretions. So much is done behind the scenes in terms of food preparation, manufacture and procurement that if you are striving to eat a vegan diet, you should not beat yourself up if there is milk in a random biscuit, or parmesan in a shop bought sauce.
You can’t always get it right. But you can start by trying. The more you try the easier it gets.
Whether or not you believe that technically, slaughter can be humane, in practice it never is. It’s time we examined our willingness to take part in widespread animal suffering when many of us have the wherewithal and ability to eat something else.
The site is about the information I’ve gathered on how to go start eating a plant based diet, that becomes a vegan diet over time, and how to improve health.
It’s also about saving money. Eating a simple vegan diet is cheaper than eating one with meat, fish and dairy in it unless of course you get meat, fish or dairy products for free.
Why Vegan Drawer?
The reason I called the site Vegan Drawer, is because I wanted to write about a number of different angles on veganism so I thought I’d chuck them all into a virtual drawer. Sometimes recipes, sometimes weight-loss, sometimes health, but also some harder-hitting topics too.
My writing style can be quite acerbic, and that is not everyone’s cup of tea. So, I’ll keep articles that some people may find too tough to read in a separate part of the site called the Bottom Drawer.
I’d like to thank one of my WordPress students, Bren Hamilton, for the idea of a Bottom Drawer.
These are the everyday recipes that I make. I cook them at home for my husband and friends. None of them are difficult as I don’t have time or the desire to create complex food. Most people seem to like them though.
Some recipes will be based on what my (Jamaican) mother cooked for me when I was a child. Others will be from my (English) father’s background. I’m also influenced by Italian, French, Spanish, Indian and Middle Eastern food and by the dishes I’ve eaten on my travels.
Many of the recipes will be low-fat as I need to eat a low fat diet to lose weight. Sad but true. I love olive oil, but it does not love me.
I have some favourite cookbooks and have veganised some of the recipes I like best. I will include a link to the book or website I found a recipe in/on if it has influenced what I present to you.
I also hope to feature some guest recipes from friends. If you are friend, with or without a vegan website, please let me know if you want to feature a vegan recipe. The idea is to encourage you to cook vegan food that can be made by anyone, every day, easily and with minimal fuss. Every single person that makes the effort to move to a vegan diet helps to reduce the numbers of animals tortured and killed.
If you aim to live a life more aligned with the ideal values of equality, peace, anti-racism and anti-speciesism, eating a vegan diet will bring you a step closer to those values.
Other Vegan Topics
I will include the occasional review of any restaurants we go to, and the vegan related ideas I read about and encounter online or with other people, directly.
Healthy Vegan Eating
The site also attempts to address the question of eating for health as I try to improve my own well-being. I’ll write about what I learn regarding healthy eating on the way, and the people who help me. The knowledge I pick up may help you.
My personal goals are
- a more youthful appearance (LOL)
I believe that a vegan diet is healthful. So many people get through life sick but seem to accept it as normal. Someone with IBS may not think eating meat and dairy contributes to their IBS. Does a thirst for blood override common sense? I don’t know. From what I’ve read, meat and dairy have everything to do with IBS. This is especially true if your goal is to make the condition worse.
Eating plant-based whole food is the best way to minimise the chances of developing serious illnesses. It doesn’t mean that as vegan consumers we won’t ever be ill, or that we will avoid cancers and other chronic conditions. The facts are that over a whole population, those eating a whole food plant-based diet contract major illnesses significantly less often than those who plan their means around animal flesh or fluids.
I’ll point out resources where you can find extra information on why a vegan diet is best for health. A whole food vegan diet is a kind of win, win, win, win situation. It’s :
- good for your health
- good for animals
- good for the environment
- good for your finances
I come across products that end up becoming invaluable to me. These are usually personal hygiene, food, kitchen or beauty products.
Before I started eating plant-based foods and striving towards a vegan lifestyle, I didn’t worry too much if the non-food products I bought were vegan or not. Now, I do try to support producers of vegan products because they are the future and their values are in the right place. Their values are not ugly.
While we all support it, and I certainly have done so mercilessly in the past, it is ugly to build a business around animal death. This includes cooking them and dressing it up as cuisine, or chasing them around making sure they are terrified, before you rip them apart with a pack of dogs, or gun them down for fun.
Finally, thanks for reading this about page.