How easy is it to go vegan? Read BBC Good Food’s tips for following a vegan diet and learn how to cut out animal products and create vegan recipes using specialist substitute ingredients. Fresh vegetable selection Who took the challenge? Marianne Voyle, BBC Good Food sub-editor: My partner and I rely heavily on meat for all meals. I’m also a cheese addict, so was keen to find out if I could manage without it. The challenge: follow a vegan diet for two weeks Meat production has quadrupled worldwide since the Sixties, with major environmental implications. Following a plant-based diet […]
The first hurdle was telling friends and family – the words ‘bland’ and ‘lack of protein’ were thrown about, and I worried that socialising might be hard. After some research, I concluded that protein wasn’t a problem – there’s enough in veg, beans, nuts and seeds. It’s harder to get omega-3 (it’s present in chia seeds and walnuts, but not in the same active form as oily fish) and The Vegan Society recommends vitamin D and B12 supplements. Concerned about losing weight, I spoke to Kerry Torrens, Good Food’s nutritional therapist, who advised me to increase my portion sizes.