This has been heavy on my mind for the last year because I feel as though I’ve fallen back into something that I wanted to get away from since I first went vegan. That “something” being; the standard American diet. As I’ve centered my life around doing what I love; blogging about food, photographing it, and being a micro-influencer, it has also been easy to lose my reasoning for going vegan in the first place, which was primarily for my health.
As nice as it is to have so many vegan alternatives EVERYWHERE we look now, it has also become easier to fall into the habits and grasps of comfort food. We now have alternatives for everything vegan: meats, seafood, sweets, milks, yogurts, butters, you name it, they exist. I love putting the spotlight on new vegan products, making sure they succeed in society because as a vegan, I want a plant-based lifestyle to dominate the market eventually, which I’m sure is what every vegan would want, quite naturally. However, the more I pursue the need to try every new vegan menu item, new vegan product, new vegan trend on social media, the more I feel like I am getting away from the “easily-digestible, simple, and fulfilling meals” that I once made and loved for their simplicity and nutrition. For example, instead of a bowl with just veggies, grains, greens, and seeds, I now feel like something is missing if I do not add vegan cheese or vegan mock meat. It’s as though that mentality of a dish having to be centered around a “mock meat” is coming back, which was the same way I thought before I went vegan.