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health Public Food Market just outside of overnight isn’t realistic. Going vegan is a Casemates. The Health Store on Cornwall’s process. It can take years to fully transition Lane also has an organic produce section because it requires a complete overhaul along with an array of meat substitutes of the way you think about food. Some and cheeses. people find part-time veganism controverWhen we think about farming and sial and don’t approve, but it’s a great first where the animal products we consume step. Cutting down your animal product The best ways to ease your transition to come from, we tend to think about Old consumption in any way possia vegan diet is to challenge yourself and MacDonald and his farm. A unible helps animals, the environdevelop your cooking abilities. All it takes verse in which grassy farmlands We would ment, and your health. You can is a recipe and some time to acquire basic with cows grazing leisurely in the still like to do things like only eat animal cooking skills that benefit you for the rest open air exists, where happy pigs believe in products when you dine out, or of your life. Roasted vegetables are so easy are rolling around in the mud, the fairytale perhaps try and include more to prepare, for instance, there’s really no and where chickens rest in cosy, view of veggies and less meat portions to way to mess it up. Interesting salad dresswarm coops laying their eggs. animal meals. Every little helps. Whether ing are scarcely any harder, and you won’t It is unfortunate that this is not you care about eating ‘food with farming, believe how good vegan tacos and lasagne the case - farms like these hardly faces’ or not, I think we can all tastes. Relax and learn to love to cook, exist anymore. Instead, cows are where agree that involuntarily ingesting explore new cuisines, and be adventurous kept pregnant and pumped full blushing all the hormones and other things with food. Most importantly, be easy on of hormones to produce an abplump farmers pump their animals full yourself. Don’t view a vegan lifestyle as normal amount of milk; pigs are maidens milk of is less than desirable. the finish line, but as an evolving raised in concrete cages inside smiling cows. After all, would you let process of conscious eating. windowless metal buildings, and After all, someone come up in to two hundred and fifty thousand would you laying hens are piled in one, single building, you in the street and inject you Putting veganism into practice let someone with some unknown substance? before the produce is neatly packaged will require a little patience, come up in with labels such as ‘Organic!’, ‘Free Range!’ some knowledge of nutrition to you in the For those of you interested in and ‘Farm Fresh!’. I’m sorry to tell you they (which is easily learned and is making a change, taking part in are about as free as a convict on death a most rewarding study) and street and the ‘Veganuary’ campaign (veganrow. On average, each caged laying hen perhaps a bit of help from other inject you uary.com) might be the kick-start is afforded only 67 square inches of cage vegans who have acquired local with some for you. Veganuary, as the name space - less space than a single sheet of knowledge. Once you begin, unknown suggests, is a month long pledge letter-sized paper. And the male chicks? you’ll need someone to rant to substance? to go to the green side. The start Shredded alive like unwanted junk mail. about how many times a day you of a new year is a great symbolic Photographs of industrial rows of cramped get asked where you get your opportunity to start again. Before doing so, protein. Whether your support lives next pens imprisoning solitary animals would be prepare yourself for this culinary advenenough to shock those of you who would door at vegan restaurant The Kasbar on ture; read as much as you can on the substill like to believe in the fairytale view Calle Comedia, or is through a Facebook ject. If you’re going to give up cheese for of animal farming, where blushing plump page (‘Seeds Of Change’ being a great local an entire month, you might as well learn a maidens milk smiling cows. vegan group), you’ll widen your world of little in the process. vegan-friendly products, recipes, and local restaurant options. So your desire to go vegan may be strong, I know, you’re worried you’ll have trouble but perhaps, like me, you hold back. You’re living in a small Gibraltar where specialty too worried about what family, friends, This isn’t about perfection, it’s about vegan products aren’t widely available. Not progress, so don’t worry if you slip up and and co-workers have to say and you feel that there’s anything wrong with having a the main obstacle is not so much dietary, consume animal products, whether accivegan soy patty or soy burrito - which they dentally or deliberately. To live as a vegan but a social issue, you don’t want to do sell in Eroski by the way - but inconvenience people in anyway in a non-vegan world takes both courage it’s neither healthy, affordable, and eating out is often an issue. and curiosity. It’s the nor practical to sustain yourParents are difficult to convince. small, daily self on those types of foods. Of all the people we interact choices Instead, familiarize yourself with with, undoubtedly they have the we make new kinds of ingredients. You of strongest desire for one’s well time and course won’t love or even like evbeing. To many people, especially erything you try, but the name of to us in the Mediterranean, a diet time again the game is to try as many new without meat is considered to that either foods as possible, and to have be unsustaining and unhealthy. support or fun doing so! I have found, however, that the undermine majority of people are interested our ability in improving their health, losing Going vegan will inspire your to make weight or avoiding diabetes, supermarket shopping in a difpositive cancer and other illnesses. I am ferent way. Both Morrisons and changes. a firm believer that it’s the small, Eroski sell basic vegan staples like daily choices we make time and grains, beans, hummus, tofu and time again that either support or undernut milks. Both have good produce secmine our ability to make positive changes. tions, although you can also find produce elsewhere in town such as our small local vegetable and fruit shops and our Gibraltar I understand that going completely vegan of humans, other animals and the environment” – and how can that possibly be a bad thing?

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GIBRALTAR MAGAZINE JANUARY 2018

The Gibraltar Magazine January 2018  

New year, new issue. We're back, and we have some inspiring articles in store for you. On the cover this month is Colonel Blashford-Snell,...

The Gibraltar Magazine January 2018  

New year, new issue. We're back, and we have some inspiring articles in store for you. On the cover this month is Colonel Blashford-Snell,...