I haven’t posted for quite some time. When I first started this blog the intention was to document my journey to living more in a sustainable and eco conscious way. TBH, it’s hard to write when you have a full time job and a family with growing kids.
One of the first changes I made was to eat less meat. However this year I have decided that from January 2023 I will swap to full Vegan. This is mainly due to learning more about the animal agriculture and farming industry, not just in the UK but also around the world. A big influence was a book I read this year called This Is Vegan Propaganda by Ed Winters.
I’ve tried to take long periods without eating meat and dairy in the past few months, the longest is around 3 weeks or so. It’s a challenge though coming from a Bangladeshi background. At home my wife has been supportive, cooking veggie dishes like daal and bhaji. The last time I went to my mum’s there were 3 veggie dishes to select. She wasn’t too pleased when I declined the fish curry but was understanding (I think). Visiting relatives was a little more complicated.
We decided we would visit family in Birmingham and Blackburn this summer. In each house that we statyed I’d get the same comments; Why are you giving up meat? But you need to eat meat. Where will you get your nutrition from? I was prepared for all of it. However, towards the end of our trip I did give up and started eating a little meat, just because I was on holiday. It’s easier to manage when I’m at home.
So that’s been my experience in the past few months. I’ve been trying to enjoy the outdoors more. While in Blackburn I took the boys to Brockholes Nature Reserve in Preston, then back in Oxford we all went to Wytham Woods for a breif walk.
I am also trying to read more. Mostly it’s news articles but I try to pick up a book sometimes too. This article though really inspired me to write my latest blog post.