Week 1: Vegan & Plastic-free Life

When I was about 14 years old I went to an open-air cinema in Paris with my mom. It took place next to Les Abattoirs de la Villette which was a former slaughterhouse in the north of Paris. Jokingly my mom said, „I hope it is not a documentary about the slaughterhouse back in the days“. Well, it was! Unconsciously it stayed in the back of my mind until April 2009 (I was 17 by then), when I saw another documentary about slaughterhouses which was the first wake up call. About a year later I was mainly eating vegetarian and sometimes fish (I just loved it too much!)

Now about 9 years later, it is the 10. April 2019 and I am still not eating meat. Yet I eat fish once in a while when I am eating out but when I am at home I try to cook vegan. These days I have been thinking a lot about the environment and the big plastic problem. I had the documentary „Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret“ which you can find on Netflix for way too long on My Watch List, so today is the day I watched it and wow… I decided to try to eat vegan the following days and also try to reduce my plastic waste. One sentence I took from the documentary was:

„Is that really what I want or do I actually want something more?“

Day 1: So this morning I obvs started with breakfast, while preparing coffee I realized with how much plastic we come in contact without actually realizing it. The coffee beans are in a plastic bag, the dishwashing liquid is in plastic and the product itself even has microplastics in it. Regarding the food, I thought bread and jam can’t be wrong but checking the label I realized that even here there is gelatin.
Maybe it is just better to prepare your own meals and eat less processed foods. So I looked up some recipes for the next days and tried to pick things that 1. I would like 2. With ingredients I know 3. Recipes with ingredients I partially already have at home. Here is what I chose for the next days: Maple Brown Sugar and Cinnamon Overnight Oats, Easy Vegan Peanut Butter Oat Bar Recipe (No-Bake!), Vegan Banana Bread Oatmeal , Mediterranean Baked Sweet Potatoes | Minimalistbaker, Vegan Garlic Pasta | Minimalistbaker and Creamy Coconut Lentil Curry

In the supermarket I realized again how much plastic is everywhere, it’s really crazy! Fruits and veggies are packed into plastic nets, most of the other products like pasta, sweets, coffee, yoghurt, juices, everything is in plastic. Instead of plastic I got orange juice in a Tetra Pak but wait ..is that even recyclable? It is mentioned on the packaging but to be honest, by now we should all know that these big companies can say whatever they want, so I googled and found this Why Tetra Paks aren’t Green (even though they’re recyclable).

Back home I cooked the Vegan Garlic Pasta which is not bad but won’t become one of my favourite meals. Later I had leftover Christmas chocolate, more plastic and there is milk in there -.-

The lesson today; there are plastic and animal products literally everywhere!!! I need to make more research. Regarding the grocery shopping, backpacks and cloth bags, glass bottles and steel or aluminium cans are our friends!

Day 2: Today I would not have bread and jam but I prepared vegan banana bread oatmeal the recipe is for two servings so I filled one into an old jam jar. At the same time, I also prepared 2 servings of maple, brown sugar and cinnamon overnight oats as you can keep it a few days in the fridge and done is done 🙂

After some work, I had the leftovers from yesterday for lunch.

Day 3 & 4: For breakfast, I had the oats I prepared and for lunch, I made the Mediterranean Baked Sweet Potatoes and it is so so SO GOOD!!! And more leftovers for dinner.

Day 5-7: On day 5 I went to my family in France, well you might have guessed that keep on eating vegan did not work out. It seems that whenever someone does not eat meat people love to add extra cheese everywhere ..so I ended up having a super bloated belly and feeling ill because of all the cheese.

End word: I will keep on trying to eat vegan and avoid plastic which should be easier once I am at my moms‘ place. Step by step I want to learn how to find alternatives and avoid plastic.

Update from 26. April: After spending 10 days with my family I did not manage to eat 100% vegan but now that I am at my moms‘ place I cooked some vegan meals and so far it is going all right.

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