Why am I vegan – series introduction

Sorry for the long pause in blog posts, but a recent promotion to sous chef has made me work a lot more, leaving even less time to think of delicious new recipes to share with you guys. I just need to get into a new habit with these extended work hours and i promise i will become more consistent. And thus creating  greater and better content as well, sounds perfect to me.

Today i thought it would be interesting for you to get more insight in the thoughts that have surrounded my transition from being meat eater and meat lover to being vegan. I want you to see what changed my mindset, hopefully this will give a better understanding of why one would chose to make such a dramatic change in their life. Maybe even inspire others to make the same transition as me. I hope you enjoy my becoming vegan story. This is my introduction and my story of becoming a vegan. I will follow up with 3 post explaining more in depth, the driving factors behind my choice. Today i will introduce you to the journey i was on, and hopefully give you some inspiration on what to read and what to watch if you want to enlighten yourself on the topic.  

I have always been interested in health, and so i have done a lot of research over the years trying to understand how we could prevent diseases through our diet. It was just a natural interest of mine. One of my favorite shows back then was a show called “The Food Hospital” where a nutritionist and a doctor helped people with chronic conditions to find relief through their diets. The results they produced were amazing, and this connection between health and food was something that i kept with me. It really made an impact, and to this day i am still convinced that the best we can do for ourselves and our health is to find a diet that is right for us.

This is where the trouble for me began. Because of the jungle of information available on what a healthy diet is, i was at a loss. It was overwhelming and confusing. I often confused weightloss-focused diets with being healthy, and that is certainly not always the case. I have tried so many different diets and i never stuck with them for more than a month. Because that is what they were, a diet. I wanted to do them but i was never able to keep doing it. I cheated, or ate things i knew were bad for me even though they technically were okay for the specific diet. This time around i am older and wiser and I now understand the fact that because my body was missing calories and was running on fat, it craved carbs which lead me to binging on sugar infested processed foods. Not good and not sustainable.

I always thought of eating fruits and vegetables as being healthy, this is after all where we get almost all of our nutrients from. So no matter what diet i was on, i always cooked with a lot of veggies, but i was still on diets all the time. One day i was just tired of restricting the amounts of food i ate and worrying about my diet. So i went online and watched a bit of youtube to console myself. This is where i stumbled on Bonnyrebeccas channel. I watched a couple of videos of hers and fell in love with the way she consumed food and her relationship with food. She was making, healthy and delicious vegan food and eating a lot of it. And this just sounded amazing to me. She was advocating a vegan, high carb low fat diet, the absolute opposite to the biggest diet craze at the moment, the paleo diet. Inspired by her, I started cutting out many of the animal products i ate, amped up the amounts of vegetables and legumes i was eating and also started feeling a lot better. I was still eating a couple of animal products occasionally, but vegetables and fruit were the main parts of my diet. For some reason i was not fully prepared and committed to going vegan even though i knew that it was better for me. I knew it was because i could feel how it affected my body when i ate animal products. I just could not find the motivation.

When i look back at the beginning of going vegan, i was falling straight back into old habits, and so i was destined to fail once again. I was binging on shitty foods, and feeling bad when i was hungry because I was not comfortable with eating more than I did when i was not vegan. All of this i had done on other diets before and i knew they were bad signs.  Well this time i managed to change it. One of the first days i was looking for excuses to eat something that came from an animal. So i clicked on Bonnyrebeccas video: “5 reasons you shouldn’t go vegan” because i was looking for all the downsides to veganism to give me a good reason to quit. That is not what i got, instead i was introduced to all the aspects that veganism has to offer. It is not just health, and especially not just a diet. It is a lifestyle. This video changed how i approach this change. It also changed how i see my diet. It inspired me to made it my lifestyle as well. The two factors, besides health and wellbeing, which were the catalysts in making veganism a lifestyle for me were the animals and the environment. As i said from the start, this is a series, I am going to cover all three of those topics, but in different posts. This way you will get an in depth  insight into what motivated me to go fully vegan.

Hope you enjoyed or maybe even found it inspiring or helpful, let me know what you think and what your thought on veganism are. I am looking very much forward to making another one of these soon.

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Crispy oat and cocao cookies with sweet peanut butter topping // Vegan

Sometimes you just want a little something special for your sweet tooth. Today i found some vegan chocolate chip cookies at a health shop in town, and they were so good! But looking at the ingredients i realised, i could make something like this myself. So i did. I went straight home with an idea in my mind of the product i knew i wanted to end up with. So i tried and tried, and ended up making these bad boys.A simple yet fantastic recipe, for a crispy and chewy cookie with the taste of cocoa, coconut and oats. If i must confess, we ate the entire portion within a couple of hours. IMG_20170303_164532.jpg

I decided to use dates both for flavour, sweetness and an added nutritional boost to the cookies. I really like the chewiness that it added and the caramel-like aftertaste. All i all i am really proud of how these turned out. It is one of those simple recipes that just taste like a lot of work. Definitely something worth trying out, you will not regret, i promise.

But i have to say, the peanut butter topping is the deal breaker. It elevates the cookie by adding another layer. Something else, a combination of cocoa, oat and peanut butter. Together a safe combination of flavours, what could go wrong?

Now let us go on to the recipe!

Cocoa and oat cookies with sweet peanut butter topping

Ingredients for 15 cookies:

  • 3 dl Oats
  • 3 tbsp Coconutflour
  • 1/2 dl Almonds
  • 6 Fresh dates(or dried, but then they need to be soaked in water)
  • 1 tbsp Maple sirup
  • 3 tbsp Plant based milk(I used oat milk)

Topping

  • 1 tbsp Peanut butter (Depending on how you would like your topping you choose crunchy or creamy)
  • 1 tbsp Plant milk
  • 1/2 tsk Maple sirup

Preheat the oven to 180 celcius.

Blend all the ingredients for the cookies together until you have an even mixture. You should be able to form the dough to little balls, if that is not possible, add more milk. Then make cookies, approximately 4 cm in diameter and 1/2 to 1 cm tall. Place the cookies on baking paper and pop in the oven for 13 to 15 minutes.

When the 15 minutes are over, take out the cookies and let them cool. The topping is made by heating the milk and just stirring until the mixture is even. The topping should be added shortly before serving to keep them as fresh as possible. Serve and enjoy!

Hope you will enjoy these lovely little snacks, i definitely did.