I’ve just been inspired by the movie “The Game Changers” – where big top name athletes swap out meat for plant protein. My favourite quote is – “how could you get as strong as an ox without eating meat?” Answer: “Have you ever seen an ox eating meat?”

 

I’ve always been a fan of plant-based food since going to Japan, where back in the day I trained and learned to make sushi. I was also wowed by the amazing breadth of tofu on offer and the different ways it can be prepared; it’s a completely different beast to here in the UK. I’m realising now, several years later, that I must make a change and introduce more plant power into my life. When I can’t get into my motorbike trousers I know it’s time to get serious. Having a job that involves being in the kitchen and constantly tasting, well you can imagine how easily your waist can fall out of line, and I have no switch off when it comes to food. So, I’ve decided to be more flexitarian and include more plant-based meals in my diet.

 

Eating more plant-based meals is not a new thing and definitely on the rise. Vegetarianism as we know it is has been around for hundreds of years and the Vegan Society today celebrates 75 years of the official term, vegan: https://bit.ly/2NvfbQr

 

One way to pile in the veg is juicing. And, because you’re getting your roots and fruits raw, you get max nutrients straight to where you need it. There is something really exhilarating as freshly juiced kale, cucumber, apple, pear, ginger and lemon slip down. Our Marketing Manager, Sophie, hasn’t stopped ranting about how good she feels having spent a week on fruit & veg alone, all in the form of juices.

 

Game Changer

 

So, I’m up for the challenge.

 

But, I’m also a meat lover. So, I’m going to be my own guinea pig. I’m not sure how I feel about working hard to create a vegan meal that pretends to be meat…I’ve been around people who have been vegan for years and doing magical stuff without having to create something that’s trying to be something else…do we do this for meat lovers to reduce their FOMO (fear of missing out)? Or, for vegans who haven’t eaten meat for years? Gary Rhodes has been a great exponent of good, wholesome vegan flavours and textures, for their own sake and I think I tend to lean towards this camp.

 

I believe eating this way really is a game changer. Good for us all and good for the planet.

 

The Japanese certainly top the global table for life expectancy so looks like I have nothing to lose in trying 😊 Watch this space!

 

Martin