Vegan at Taco Bell

Seems like the question most often asked of vegans is, “So…what do you eat?” The answer “Anything plant-based” doesn’t seem to help much, for whatever reason, but it covers a LOT of options. Some of those options are fast food (yay!). Today I’m going to tell you how to go Vegan at Taco Bell. (I promise I’ll have some healthy smoothie recipes soon, but I’ve actually been getting a lot of requests for a Vegan at Taco Bell guide!!)

Vegan at Taco Bell | Orthodox and Vegan

Black Beans & Rice, Fiesta Potatoes with Guac, and the Frito Burrito made vegan at Taco Bell

Things to Know Before You Go

How to Order Vegan at Taco Bell | Orthodox and Vegan
-The Taco Bell drive-thru has a little screen that shows your order as it’s being entered, including any substitutions, additions, or subtractions. This is very helpful as you can see if the clerk makes an error – if you asked for no cheese but the screen doesn’t read No Cheese, say something!

-Taco Bell has a nifty online menu that lets you see all your options in advance (and in some areas you can also order online). They have a huge menu, so it’s less overwhelming if you have an idea what you want before you show up.

-Taco Bell fries items containing eggs & dairy in the same oil used to fry items made with vegan ingredients. This is why certain items that don’t contain animal products themselves cannot be certified vegan. From what I’ve seen in my research, they do not actually fry any meat products in the oil.

Certified Vegan Ingredients at Taco Bell
Beans
Black Beans
Border Sauce – Fire
Border Sauce – Hot
Border Sauce – Mild
Border Sauce – Verde
Cantina Salsa
Cilantro
Flatbread
Green Chili Sauce
Green Tomatillo Sauce
Guacamole
Jalapenos
Lettuce
Mexican Pizza Sauce
Onions
Pico de Gallo
Premium Latin Rice
Rainforest Coffee
Red Sauce
Romaine Lettuce
Salsa Del Sol
Taco Shell
Tomatoes
Tortilla
Tostada Shell

Vegan Ingredients, But No Certification Due to Shared Fryer
Chalupa shell
Potatoes
Cinnamon Twists

I know this doesn’t look like much, but use your imagination. The first thing you need to know is the beans are vegan and you can always substitute beans in place of meat. Most additions will cost you something, usually 25 cents to 50 cents each – BUT you can add onions and red sauce for freeeeeeeeee!

So, what can you make with these ingredients? Taco Bell’s menu is too huge for me to veganize the entire thing for you, but I’ll give a few ideas and I think you’ll get the hang of it.

How to Order Vegan at Taco Bell | Orthodox and Vegan

Cheap Vegan at Taco Bell

Let’s start with a few cheap options for those of us on a budget. I’m using the Dollar Cravings menu & sides, but the tacos from the regular menu aren’t much more expensive. Of course the cheaper items are smaller amounts, but you can get a decent light meal for $5.

Spicy Potato Soft Taco
Order it Fresco-style and they’ll automatically replace the cheese and chipotle sauce with pico de gallo.
Cost: $1.00

Frito Burrito
Substitute beans for meat
No cheese
Optional: add red sauce and onions
Cost: $1.00
Luxuries Consider adding extra Fritos and guac for an additional 30 cents each
Pro Tip: Eat this burrito immediately or the Fritos will get soft

Triple Layer Nachos
No cheese
Add onions
Cost: $1.00
Luxuries Add guac for .30 or pico de gallo for .25

How to Order Vegan at Taco Bell | Orthodox and Vegan

Spicy Potato Soft Taco from the $1 Menu. Add guac for 30 cents!

Fiesta Potatoes
No Cheese
No sour cream
Add red sauce and onions
Cost: $1.39
Luxuries Consider adding guac to replace the cheese, .30

There are also plenty of sides that are vegan just the way they are:
Chips & Pico De Gallo
Chips & Guac
Chips & Salsa
Black Beans & Rice, $1.49 each

Luxuriously Vegan at Taco Bell

How to Order Vegan at Taco Bell: Smothered Burrito | Orthodox and Vegan
If you have a few more bucks to spend and are just looking to save time, Taco Bell definitely has something for you. Haha, I’m so cheap, I’m calling these luxury selections.

Smothered Burrito
Order it Fresco-style
Substitute black beans for meat
Ask for extra red sauce and onions on top
Cost: $3.99

Cantina Power Burrito – Veggie
No cheese
No sour cream
No avocado ranch sauce
Add onions
Add refried beans for .25
Cost: $4.04

Crunchwrap Supreme
No cheese
No sour cream
Substitute beans for meat
Add onions
Add guac for .30
Cost: $3.49
Pro Tip: Eat the Crunchwrap immediately before the tostada shell inside gets soft!

Cantina Power Bowl – Veggie
No cheese
No sour cream
No avocado ranch sauce
Add double red sauce, and onions
Cost: $4.99

Breakfasting Vegan at Taco Bell

For breakfast, you basically have hash browns, juice, and coffee unless you’re feeling bold. And by that I mean unless you feel like starting your day fueled by large amounts of carbs. That sounds good to me.

Breakfast Crunchwrap California
No bacon
No cheese
No eggs
If I were you, I would ask if you could have an extra hash brown for free since you’re leaving out the meat, eggs, and cheese (if you ordered “extra” of each of those ingredients it’d cost $1.30. An extra hash brown is .99). If they refuse, stick it to ’em and add the regular potatoes for only .50!
Cost: $2.79 (or $3.29)

How to Order Vegan at Taco Bell: Cantina Bowl | Orthodox and Vegan

Dairy-free Cantina Power Bowl. It ain’t pretty, but it’s tasty and filling.


I have to admit Taco Bell is my new guilty pleasure, and I really enjoyed “researching” for this post! I was also inspired to create my own copycat recipes to share with you all, and I’ll post those soon.*
*UPDATE: Here’s my Copycat Crunchwrap!

If you’ve gone vegan at Taco Bell, what was your favorite item? Know any awesome tricks for making the best of a trip to Taco Bell? Let us know in the comments below!

Vegan at Meijer

Meijer is a grocery store that started in Greenville, Michigan in 1934, and now they have stores all across the Midwest. My family has shopped at Meijer for as long as I can remember – it’s so convenient, there are six locations within about 10 miles of us, and they’re open 24 hours a day every day except Christmas Eve (they close around 6) and Christmas Day (happily closed all day). But now Meijer is even more convenient for vegans! Of course they already had a huge vegan section from the beginning – the produce section 🙂 But lately it seems like they have more vegan options all the time. Here’s how I shop Vegan at Meijer

Vegan at Meijer

Vegan at Meijer: Field Roast | Orthodox and Vegan
It all started when I noticed the Field Roast items. I took a picture to share on my facebook page, and then I noticed…

Vegan at Meijer: Tofurky | Orthodox and Vegan
Hey, that’s Tofurky stuff right next to Field Roast! Never noticed that at Meijer before. What else is here?
(P.S. The Veggie Shreds in the purple bag are vegan! Green is NOT, so beware. Oh, and those Smart Patties are vegan, and there’s Smart Bacon, and Smart Deli, and…)

Vegan at Meijer: Margarine | Orthodox and Vegan
They’ve carried Earth Balance for years and years, but Melt is a relatively new addition. And there’s a variety of Smart Balance, check the packaging.

Vegan at Meijer: Non-dairy Milk | Orthodox and Vegan
They’ve also had Silk for many years, but now they have a wide variety of non-dairy milks including flax milk!

Vegan at Meijer: Cold Brew | Orthodox and Vegan
Cold brew coffee with almond milk, thanks to Califia.

Vegan at Meijer: Non-dairy Yogurt | Orthodox and Vegan
SO Delicious vegan yogurt. UPDATE: They also carry Silk now!

Vegan for Five Days - Califia Farms Vegan Coffee Creamer
Vegan creamer in delicious flavors, again by Califia Farms.

Vegan at Meijer: Non-dairy Ice Cream | Orthodox and Vegan
SO Delicious ice cream, ice cream bars, and ice cream sandwiches! There’s also sorbet, and multiple non-dairy popsicle options. UPDATE: They now carry the non-dairy Ben & Jerry’s!

Vegan at Meijer: Qrunch Foods | Orthodox and Vegan
Qrunch Burgers & Toastables in multiple flavors, and at one of the lowest prices in town. I forgot to look, but I think some of these Van’s waffles are also vegan!

Vegan at Meijer: Meat Alternatives | Orthodox and Vegan
Gardein stuff, and many vegan options from Boca. I’ve also seen Amy’s brand vegan burgers, vegan mac n cheese, and a cheeseless vegan pizza. UPDATE: Some Meijer locations are carrying Daiya pizzas now!

Vegan at Meijer: Meat Alternatives | Orthodox and Vegan
Morningstar Farms has become more vegan-friendly over the years. I used to avoid them because it seemed like all their products contained eggs, but not anymore.

Vegan at Meijer: Mayo | Orthodox and Vegan
Just Mayo, from one of my favorite vegan companies, Hampton Creek! And vegan mayo from Spectrum.

Vegan at Meijer: Sugar | Orthodox and Vegan
They even have certified vegan sugar!

Vegan at Meijer: McDougall's Soup | Orthodox and Vegan
Looking for a vegan cup o’ soup? Look no further!

Vegan at Meijer: Ranch Dressing | Orthodox and Vegan
VEGAN RANCH DRESSING!!! From Hilary’s.

Vegan at Meijer: Peanut Butter Cups | Orthodox and Vegan
Fair trade vegan peanut butter cups. I found them on clearance once and bought a dozen packages! They also have Justin’s Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups, includes bags of the mini cups.

Vegan at Meijer: Greek Food | Orthodox and Vegan
Greek Vegan in a Can. Maybe not just how yia-yia made it, but good enough. Make sure you grab some pita bread for dipping!

Vegan at Meijer: Kathleen's Kitchen | Orthodox and Vegan
Pot o’ beans.

Vegan at Meijer: Instant Mashed Potatoes | Orthodox and Vegan
Why do people need mashed potatoes in a box? I don’t know, but I’m glad we have that option!

Vegan at Meijer: Frosting | Orthodox and Vegan
AND THIS FROSTING. It’s so good. I brought the Peanut Butter Cookie Dough flavor to a Lenten picnic recently and it was a huge hit. Several times I was asked, “This is vegan?!” YES. Proud to say it’s vegan, and tastes like heaven.
UPDATEI just brought the PB Cookie Dough and the Hot Cocoa flavor to a meeting, and everyone LURVED them both suh much! I’ve confirmed Dollop is available at all Meijer locations.

There are actually a bunch of non-dairy frosting options available, they just aren’t certified vegan. Duncan Hines, for example has tons of frosting and cake mixes without dairy or eggs. If you’re concerned about the source of sugar, you’ll have to contact the company, though.

Vegan at Meijer: Neat Egg | Orthodox and Vegan
The Neat Egg – in fact, I’m sure they also have Neat Meat and somehow I didn’t get a picture. Thought it was pretty cool finding this in the baking aisle.

Vegan at Meijer: Gelatin Substitute | Orthodox and Vegan
BaKol Jel Dessert, complete with retro packaging. A delicious low-calorie treat without boiled animal parts :p

Vegan at Meijer: Dandies Marshmallows | Vegan and Orthodox
And speaking of delicious, boiled-animal-parts-free stuff, how ’bout vegan marshmallows hanging out right there with all the other marshmallows? These don’t seem to be available at every location, but I know for sure they have them here in Grand Rapids at the 28th Street store.

Vegan at Meijer: Chocolate | Orthodox and Vegan
And there’s vegan chocolate, so you can make vegan S’mores!

Vegan at Meijer: Powdered Coconut Milk | Vegan and Orthodox
And whatever you might do with powdered milk, now you can do it with vegan powdered coconut milk.

Now, is this all the vegan stuff at Meijer? I doubt it, this is just what I found quickly scanning the aisles while trying to sneakily snap a picture without anyone seeing me because I felt weird. If there is some wonderful vegan item you’d like to see at Meijer, I encourage you to request it since they’re obviously open to expanding.

What other great items have you found to help you go vegan at Meijer?

Vegan Q&A, Part 1

Sooo…there are a lot of interesting ideas out there about veganism. I find a lot of them on facebook, and recently I found some on a meme that was floating around – something about vegans eating grass :p (Yeah, we’ve all heard that one). For some reason this seemed to provoke non-vegans more than actual vegans. I decided to take a few screenshots and turn their comments into a Vegan Q&A.

Please note, I do not think English is the first language of these commenters.

Vegan Q&A

Question #1
Vegan Q&A on Orthodox and Vegan
Answer
Actually, red meat consumption has dropped 15% in the past 10 years while demand for vegetarian and vegan products grows. Even if food producers don’t care about animals, they do care about money. They will give us what we demand with our dollars.

Question #2
Vegan Q&A on Orthodox and Vegan
Answer
“And God said, Behold, I have given you every plant bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, which has seed in its fruit; to you it shall be for food.” – Genesis 1:29
Just sayin’.

Vegan Q&A on Orthodox and Vegan
God gave us dominion, or stewardship, over the animals – that is, He put them in our care. At the very least, we should consider this when buying cheap factory farmed meat, dairy, and eggs. Do you really know where your food came from? Do you think that’s how God wants us to care for His creation?

Question #3
Vegan Q&A on Orthodox and Vegan
Answer
If we stopped breeding animals for food, eventually there would be fewer cows, pigs, chickens, etc and there would be more than enough greens (and grains) for everyone.

Question #4
Vegan Q&A on Orthodox and Vegan
Answer
The beauty of being human is we have the ability to reason, whereas animals rely on instinct. We’ve already come up with tons of alternatives to meat, dairy, and eggs and continue to do so using our brains in a way animals are unable to. Lucky for you because otherwise you wouldn’t be able to use the internet to leave these comments since we’d probably all still be living in caves and urinating in bushes.

Question #5
Vegan Q&A on Orthodox and Vegan
Answer
Wow, what can I say… Well, most of us don’t go vegan because of taste. Although there are some vegans that can’t stomach anything that remotely resembles a dead animal, for many of us we’ll eat it as long as it’s not actually made of dead animals. By the way, hamburger refers to a beef burger. The Merriam-Webster definition of burger is “a food that is like a hamburger but that is not made from beef.” And the example they give is tofu burger!

Vegan Q&A at Orthodox and Vegan
Interestingly some people really do believe meat tastes better if the animal has suffered, such as the people that take part in the Yulin Dog Meat Festival in China (the dog above is being boiled alive). I really don’t know what to say to anyone that believes this is okay.

Question #6
Vegan Q&A on Orthodox and Vegan
Answer
Plants don’t have a central nervous system. They don’t have feelings.

Question #7
Vegan Q&A on Orthodox and Vegan
Answer
First of all, veggies don’t come from the “vegan industry” and are not all that expensive. You may spend more on vegan convenience foods (I mean, I think you definitely will), but not if you’re preparing your own food. Things like beans and rice, salads, and even homemade vegan nachos and pizza are actually pretty inexpensive. And did you know you can easily make your own meat substitutes from scratch for a fraction of the price of store-bought? I’ll be sharing my recipe for vegan ribs in the near future.

If you have any questions about veganism, feel free to comment below! And for my veg friends, what’s the weirdest anti-vegan comment you’ve gotten?

Five Days Vegan – Could You Survive?

Five Days Vegan - Vegan Donuts
A few days ago someone shared this very sad Business Insider article by health reporter Lisa Ryan. Lisa tried “dietary veganism” for five days and “it was the worst” because of all the things she couldn’t eat. I had to take a nice long shower and think about her article before responding because my first reaction was a cynical one – how can someone living in the super vegan-friendly city of New York barely handle five days vegan? How come a health reporter didn’t spend a little more time working on meal plans and finding recipes to try at home rather than going out to eat for seemingly every meal, snack, and beverage? What is a “health reporter” anyway?? Seems like nothing but click-bait to me (I was shocked at how many things I couldn’t eat – really?), but I have noticed something over the years. The idea of eating animal-based foods is so ingrained in people, the thought of veganism causes their eyes to glaze over as they ask, “Vegan? What can you even eat?”

Maybe even a health reporter can fall into this trap, so I want to help Lisa. Maybe she’ll try veganism for another five days, who knows? Maybe you might even try it yourself!

So, let’s walk through the article with Ms. Ryan and I’ll give her a few tips.

Vegan for Five Days - Califia Farms Vegan Coffee Creamer
1. “That’s how I learned that the coffee I consume all the time actually tastes really bad.”
Okay, this is a good thing. Why are you drinking crappy coffee? Buy something good to brew at home and use the money you save to buy So Delicious coffee creamer in French Vanilla or Hazelnut, or Califia Farm’s delicious Pecan Caramel.
I don’t drink much coffee and when I do I like it black, but if you want to splurge sometime Starbucks has a ton of great vegan options. If you want to get really fancy, VegNews Magazine just did a list of Vegan Frappuccinos at Starbucks.

2. “I needed protein after my morning workout, but I couldn’t eat anything with eggs or meat — which is how I normally get my boost. So instead, I got a vegan smoothie with extra protein to try to compensate.”
A smoothie, that’s great! From the looks of it, you drank a Mudslide from Liquiteria. This means your post-workout breakfast had only 375 calories, and 15g of protein. Why not add 1/4 C dry roasted cashews for about 5g more protein for a measly extra 200 calories – no big deal after a good workout. Cashews are rich and fatty, and help you feel full.

3. “I stopped by a nearby street-food fair for lunch, but found that I couldn’t eat most of the things that were available. After hunting around for a while, I finally found vegan vegetable rolls, filled with chickpeas, cabbage, quinoa, and the works. They were delicious.”
Good choice.

Vegan for Five Days - Fatally Yours Chocolate Hearts by Vegan Treats

These gourmet chocolates are 100% vegan


4. “After work, I was craving some chocolate — badly. But of course, I couldn’t have any, since it’s completely packed with dairy.”
WUT??? Nope. I love chocolate and eat it regularly. Here’s a list of vegan-friendly chocolates from VegNews, including options from well-known brands like Theo, Trader Joe’s, Lindt, Endangered Species, Newman’s Own, and Chocolove. There are even non-dairy milk chocolate options. Vegans love chocolate.

5. “Luckily, I live near a vegan bakery in Brooklyn, so I picked up a vegan chocolate cupcake there. It tasted just as great as a normal cupcake.”
Of course it did because what makes cupcakes good is sugar and fat, and vegans can use both. Looks like your cupcake was purchased at Clementine Bakery, so I assume you also saw their huge selection of cakes, pies, cookies, brownies, muffins, cinnamon rolls, various sandwiches, and perhaps a mention of the Biscuits & Gravy dinner available on Sundays? They also have fancy coffees with three different kinds of non-dairy milk available! And since you’re in Brooklyn, you may also want to checkout Dun-Well Doughnuts. I follow them on facebook just for the pictures!

6. “To my surprise, the clerk at my local wine store told me that it had only one vegan wine option in stock. I was shocked to learn that a lot of wines are made with some sort of animal product.”
Yes it’s true that isinglass (fish bladder) and albumin (egg whites) are commonly used to filter wine. You can use Barnivore.com to check if a certain wine is vegan (there’s also an app). In Brooklyn, you’ll find 44 vegan wines available at The Natural Wine Company. Or just switch to hard liquor 🙂

7. “Being vegan means that you have to spend a lot of time seeking out restaurants that actually serve vegan food — and then investigating the menu to figure out what’s actually vegan or not. Dig Inn, my favorite lunch place by the INSIDER office, luckily had vegan offerings.”
Yes, I usually spend about five minutes researching online before going to a new restaurant. Sometimes I even call ahead which might take five minutes more. Luckily these days many restaurants mark vegan items on the menu, or provide a totally separate vegan menu. A good waitstaff should be able to find a suitable option for you just about anywhere, and if you’re going to a chain restaurant you can usually just google “vegan at _____” and get a list of options.

8. “As it turns out, a lot of beverages you wouldn’t expect aren’t vegan — including a ton of beers and sodas, which often contain fish gelatin or other animal products.”
Nearly all hard liquor is vegan, and most American beers are vegan. And guess what – Stella Atrois recently went vegan! Yay!

9. “By Wednesday, being vegan was getting annoying. I didn’t mind staying away from meat, but I was starting to really miss dairy products, and my vegan diet was leaving me feeling incredibly hungry. A coworker brought in some banana pudding — but it wasn’t vegan, so I couldn’t have any of it.”
Here, sweetie. Try this recipe for Vegan Banana Pudding from Vegetarian Times and share it with your friends. You’re probably partly feeling annoyed because you’re irritable in general thanks to those low-calorie post workout breakfast smoothies, and partly because you miss social eating. I get it. You need to put forth a little effort and do the cooking and baking yourself once in a while.

Vegan for Five Days - Carrot Cake Larabar

Image from Larabar.com


10. “I tried to compensate by instead enjoying some of the snack foods that we have in the office. I couldn’t eat any of the Goldfish (which has cheddar) or cheese sticks (for obvious reasons), but luckily Google told me that raisins were vegan — so I feasted on those.”
Now if you only had some of those roasted cashews I mentioned earlier. You could also stash some vegan snack bars in your desk, like Larabars – the Carrot Cake flavor is wonderful and made simply of carrots, fruits, and nuts.

11. “I burned a ton of calories doing an intense midday workout, but once again, I couldn’t turn to meat to load up on protein afterward. Thankfully, Chipotle has a lot of vegan options, and I was able to grab a burrito with black beans and guacamole, which provided me with at least some of the protein I needed.”
I’m not sure how much protein you require – probably about 55 to 60 grams if you weigh 130 pounds – but according to Chipotle’s Nutrition Calculator you can get 22g from a Sofrito Bowl with black beans, brown rice, roasted chili-corn salsa, and guac for only 555 calories. If you have more calories to spare, you can have an actual burrito in a flour tortilla and bump it up to 29g of protein and 855 calories.

Now let’s think about this. If you have the smoothie and nuts for breakfast and the burrito for lunch, that’s 49g of protein before dinner, and 1,430 calories minus whatever you burned in that intense workout. That had to be at least 400 calories burned, and since you’re an active young woman that means you can probably enjoy at least another 600 to 800 calories! Your only worry is all the extra sodium in the convenience foods you’re eating.
If you made your own burrito at home you’d have complete control of the amount of salt added, plus you could add 3 Tbsp of hemp hearts for an extra 10g of protein and 170 calories. Now you’re at 59g of protein before dinner. Hemp hearts are also high in iron. Are you making sure you’re getting enough iron?

12. “That night, I scoured my local deli for vegan food. I found a lot of things that were gluten- or dairy-free, but vegan options were severely lacking. I ended up grabbing some vegan Indian dumplings that I’d had before. But I was so burned out from vegan food that I didn’t even enjoy them.”
I really think we can even blame this on fatigue from poor diet planning. No offense, but you sound grumpy. You sound HANGRY.

There is such thing as a vegan version of a Snickers, btw. They’re called Jokerz, and you should try one.

And if you still refuse to cook for yourself, you could try a new deli like Brooklyn Standard. They have tons of vegans options, and…they’ll put soy milk in your coffee.

13. “…we went to my all-time favorite pierogi place in the East Village. But I soon realized that pierogi dough contains eggs, so I was stuck eating steamed vegetables.”
It does help to plan ahead. If you’re grabbing a drink with friends, just do a quick google search of vegan or vegan-friendly restaurants in the area and take a quick look at the menus. Not only is it an easy way to find vegan options in case you decide to grab a bite to eat, it’s also a wonderful way to discover awesome restaurants you’ve never been to before which will also be fun for your non-vegan friends. And let’s say all you discover is the only vegan option in the area is steamed vegetables – throw a snack bar in your bag. Enjoy the company of your friends and enjoy those steamed vegetables, and then enjoy that snack bar when nobody’s looking.

14. “But my final day of being vegan was a lot easier, presumably because I knew the end was in sight.”
Or because you had spent a mere four days researching a new diet and finally knew it pretty well. Four days is a small investment before changing your life in a way that could possibly affect your health.

15. “Spending five days hunting for foods with no meat, dairy, or eggs was tough. By midday Friday, I was sick of constantly having to Google foods and ask waiters or store clerks about vegan options. I didn’t mind eating tofu or vegetables so often, but I hated how restrictive it felt to be vegan.”
There’s one place people often overlook when trying to find vegan food: The produce section. Also the canned vegetable aisle, which tends to be near canned and dried legumes. There are thousands and thousands of combinations possible here – it’s anything but restrictive. Your own mind is all that’s holding you back – sounds really dorky, but it’s true!

16. “Of course, I saw certain health benefits to the diet — including improved digestion. The body breaks down vegan foods really quickly, so they go right through you, if you catch my drift.”
Unless you have health issues, most likely your body would’ve adjusted if you’d stuck it out longer. I’m happy to say my BMs are totally normal.

Five Days Vegan - Gestation Crates

Image of gestation crates by Humane Society of the United States. Factory farmed sows spend the four-month period of their pregnancy in these tiny crates.


17. “But all in all, the diet was such a hassle that I won’t be going vegan again anytime soon.”
To be honest, you never went vegan to begin with. You simply tried a poorly-planned plant-based diet so you could write about it. Diets are often temporary, but choosing a certain way of life – “A philosophy and way of living which seeks to exclude—as far as is possible and practicable—all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose”, to quote The Vegan Society – out of compassion for the animals is actually pretty easy to keep up. When you go vegan for others instead of yourself, the kinds of minor inconveniences mentioned in your article seem, well, hardly worth mentioning.

Wondering if you can survive five days vegan? Check out my growing list of What Vegans Eat.