Why Vegan/ Veggie?



Behold! The Veggie King…..

Why did we chose a vegan/ vegetarian lifestyle?

Jane and I have been vegan/ vegetarians for a while now, and more than two years ago, I decided to take the plunge and become full-power vegan (Jane is still eating her homemade Kefir and loves a proper Indian Railway style Chai).  Avoiding meat and dairy seemed a very natural choice when based on environmental and ethical evidence.  The closer we get to nature and the more we learn about the impact of large scale meat and dairy production and more we realise that this is the only way for us to express our hopes and dreams for the future.  Leaving meat and dairy off your plate is a powerful message and a stance against cruelty.  The suffering that animals endure to provide generally unnecessary nutrients to humans seems utterly wrong.  Meat and dairy not only harm the body by labouring it with saturated fats, which lead to a long term degradation of health, but also see us collectively condoning the destruction of our planet (told you it was a powerful message!!!!!!).

When we sat down and looked at it, there seemed so many reasons to move away from a meat based diet.  We feel great about being veggie; our digestive systems are better, we feel lighter and have a greater sense of well-being.  Our whole lifestyle and outlooks has changed, we have higher energy levels and its cheaper!

Gorgeous Raf Tomatoes – Too Sexy

We are more conscious now of what we eat, we don’t just wolf it down anymore.  We feel more in tune with our bodies and far more creative with our cooking; having to combine a greater number of ingredients and textures to create delicious dishes.  We have also learnt a lot more about nutrition and have come to realise that we are what we eat!  And most mass-produced food is just not up to scratch.  Food made in factories by machines just seems wrong, for a start, there is not love there.  Our food needs love!

We both found that when you begin to give up foods that are doing you no good (we all instinctively know what these are) fatty nibbles, alcohol, caffeine, sugar etc, it is tough.  But the cravings gradually slip away and you feel uplifted and generally look back in wonder at how you kept going before, filling your body with junk!  You body needs good fuel.

A friend of mine said to me “Where the fun in it!” refering to a healthy diet.  I can assure you, there is still plenty of fun in the Beach House, just minus the lamb chops.  Healthy eating doesn’t have to be stuffy and rigid, there are endless recipes that are absolutely delicious and an incredible palate of ingredients and flavours to play with.  It does take a little change of the palate and a new approach to the way that you eat and subsequently live, but after a while it is normal.  Your palate becomes more sensitive, with less exposure to rich and overly seasoned foods and you can enjoy the subtle flavours of cooking and simpler foods.

The Usual Suspects

The Usual Suspects

This is not a puritanical vegan/ vegetarian blog, we ate meat for years ourselves and enjoyed it very much.  We do however feel that there is a shift, people are realising that plants have to take a larger role in our diets, not just for our own sake, but to attempt to reverse the damage that we are doing to the earth.

We try to make our dishes appeal to all tastes and most of our carnivorous friends love dinners at the Beach House (even my Dad, who suffers from acute pork addiction!).

You’ll find these dishes are bursting with flavour and nutrients and we love a good plate of food so the portions are always hearty and satisfying.  Our food is cooked from the heart, it’s real (good for the) soul food!

If you interested in learning more about a vegan/ vegetarian lifestyle, please see the ‘links’ section which is full of interesting veggie related blogs and sites or contact us at the B.H.K.  We’d love to hear from you.

With a little bit of nutritional know-how, we believe that anybody can leave meat and dairy off their plates and live a very healthy, balanced and energetic life.

Viva Veggies,

Lee and JaneX

Here are some recent BHK posts about veganism:

Veganz vs Meaties = A futile fight with only one losers…..

Why on earth are are we eating meat?

Reasons to be Vegan, 1,2,3……………

Why Raw food?

Why cats cannot be vegetarians

Vegan Inspirational Quotes pt 1

Vegan Inspirational Quotes pt 2

Vegan-ity hits the U.K.!

Raw Earth Month

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20 thoughts on “Why Vegan/ Veggie?

  1. Hi! Good blog! It’s really wonderful to promote vegetarian diet. Keep it up! Cheers!

  2. Really love your blog, so much to read and learn! better get started looking around :) x

  3. Gem

    Horray for the veggies ;-)

  4. Awesome blog!

  5. Thanks for visiting our blog and thanks for having a blog to share your veg recipes and info! It’s nice to have another veg blog out there available for people.

    If you ever visit the US, we invite you to drop by our restaurant in California :)

  6. This is terrific. My wife and I have been vegetarians for years and now we are crossing the threshold into veganism (at least, trying to). I can only echo so many of your observations. It is fun, it is conscious raising, it does have everything to do with being closer to nature.

    • Hello Jeremy, great to have you in the BHK, I love your poetry. Good luck with all things vegan, we occasionally have a little cheese, but are pretty much vegan. We just like the food and our bodies certainly do! Eating cleaner is definitely helping us to ‘tune in’. Peace and Happiness, lee

      • Hi Lee,

        I am glad to be at the BHK. We are cheese lovers, so I anticipate some “cheating” along the way.

        Thank you for the compliment on my poetry and thank you for following my blog. I enjoy both of your blogs very much and appreciate your poetry too.

      • We do sneek some cheese in occasionally, but I must admit, these things move in stages. It just seems a little odd to even cook at the minute after our raw two months! I tried yesterday and the belly was not happy at all. Cheese is a fine thing though and we have some amazing little producers around here. Christmas treats. Have great times Jeremy, great to be connected.

  7. Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and for the follow.

  8. Good blog! : ) I’m a vegan too. It’s so much better to safe the animals and besides that it’s a healty way. Better dan eat meat.

    Cheers! : )

    Sweet greetings, Summer

  9. I lyked it. Superb Yaar(in hindi)(friend). I am also a vegetarian and I am very happy that i got an opportunity to read this stuff. Carry on bro I am wid u.

  10. I am not total Vegetarian, I do eat fish now. My daughter is a Vegetarian also.

    You have only to look at what is pumped into animals and the way they are kept and slaughtered, and if you understand how energy is transferred by what we eat, to digest meat is toxifying our systems with negativity.

    So no wonder you feel ‘Lighter’ because when we eat well in nature’s balance we become more balanced..

    • Here, here Sue. Food produced, grown, cooked with love is essential (also eaten with love and respect). This is an essential part of being balanced with the body and earth. Poor animals, there are many farmers who care and some good meat out there, but I feel a veggie diet is a step forward. Next stop veganism!

      • You know I think this last Horse-meat scare did a lot to making people THINK about what they are eating… Far too many think Meat comes plastic wrapped from the Supermarket.. Lets hope sometime in the future people will consider the welfare of our animal kingdom.. It is getting better, but we have still a long way to go to educate people.
        You and Jane are doing a great job here on your Blog! :-)

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