The vegan consumer market has been taken by storm in recent months, with the overhaul of Alpro, the US – and hopefully soon to be UK’s – release of Quorn’s Vegan Burger, MooFree’s mouth-watering new range of chocolate bars, Swedish Glace’s seasonable frozen cheesecakes and the release of the first British-made and ready-to-eat vegan pizza from Redwood’s.
In fact, with such a sumptuous array of topical and innovative new products to sample, I have taken it upon myself to review a handful of the ones that immediately catch the eye and initiate the salivation – most typical of the notorious fictional character, Homer Simpson.
The day of my skydive (Thursday 24th) came around a lot quicker than I had anticipated. I awoke to find the skies blanketed by a mass of grey cloud and I feared that once again, my sponsored jump would be put on hold. However, after checking the forecast, I was encouraged by the assurance of clear blue skies come afternoon and so we set off on our journey toward Chatteris Airfield in Cambridgeshire.
I expected that, at some point, my nerves would kick in but surprisingly I felt remarkably calm and at ease. After all, today was about fulfilling my promise and raising the vital funds for the BUAV, who fight for the countless number of animals that suffer every day in the name of “research”.
Following our two-hour journey, we arrived and indeed the sun was breaking through. The skies were blue, the plane was being fuelled and the first jumpers were suited and ready to go. A rush of adrenaline surged through me…
“Today was the day that I would take to the skies”
It’s the beginning of National Vegetarian Week in the United Kingdom and if there was ever a perfect opportunity to encourage your friends and family to ditch the ‘drumsticks’ and make the transition to a plant-based lifestyle, it’s now! Even if they only want to honour the meat-free diet until Sunday, it’s still marks a positive step for vegetarians and vegans alike.
Whilst, I highly doubt my family would even attempt the challenge, I will make it my mission to remind them of the occasion and offer an assortment of vegan/vegetarian meal suggestions throughout the week.