The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - Body and Soul - - NEWS - – ELIN

A decade ago, go­ing out to din­ner with my friends was a chore – not be­cause of the com­pany, of course, but be­cause one of our crew had be­come a ve­gan. All the best restau­rants were off lim­its and plant-based meals were so scarce, she’d of­ten end up with a plate of hot chips or some hum­mus as her meal.

Fast for­ward to 2018 and our group can pretty much eat out any­where. There are so many great ve­gan meals and de­li­cious plant-based restau­rants that even the car­ni­vores among us of­ten skip the meat and dairy dishes.

Add to that the pop­u­lar­ity of doc­u­men­taries such as What The Health and Cowspiracy, which high­light the en­vi­ron­men­tal and health ben­e­fits of a plant-based diet, and it’s no sur­prise a re­cent sur­vey found that al­most 2.1 mil­lion Aussies are now choos­ing to go meat-free.

But ve­g­an­ism is no longer just a diet choice. It’s fast be­com­ing a way of life for many, with beauty and fash­ion brands, and even hol­i­day com­pa­nies em­brac­ing the trend.

This spe­cial is­sue looks at why it’s be­com­ing so pop­u­lar. But let me be clear – we’re not sug­gest­ing you

should switch to a ve­gan life­style, but are rather lift­ing the lid on the var­i­ous ways you can dip your toe in, should you wish to – from the best ve­gan beauty buys ( page 10) and de­li­cious recipes ( page 14) to ad­vice from our res­i­dent di­eti­tian ( page 17). Wel­come to the ve­gan rev­o­lu­tion!

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