THE VEGETARIAN MILLENNIAL
TOM OUGH, 25
Rumours that my diet is “weird” are completely false. Here’s my rationale: I liked eating meat, but was horrified to learn about the cruelty and environmental damage of the meat trade, so vegan meat substitutes, which are so good today as to be indistinguishable from the real thing, make complete sense to me.
Sometimes I may be hungry, in a rush, low on cash, and in any of those cases, a meal-replacement smoothie fits the situation. As a 20-something bachelor, I have control over what I eat, and so my diet has mutated into one which often deviates from the norm, but to my view is as tasty as it is rational.
Anyway, you’re all going to be eating this stuff in 20 years, and you’re going to love it.
11am: bag of crisps, leftover laab (spiced veggie pork with veg served in lettuce) 3pm: box of vegetable curry from street food stall 5pm-1am (party): three bottles of IPA; one pint of beer; two strong G&TS; three flutes champagne; five slices of pizza; canapés by the fistful, including crisps and Quorn cocktail sausages; slice of birthday cake 2am: three quarters of a pack of smoked cheese
9am: quarter of a pack of smoked cheese 3pm: vegan chicken strips with HP sauce 4pm: football match (cycled there) 5pm: pint of orange juice at the pub (then cycled home) 6pm: two spoonfuls of peanut butter 8pm: courgetti with tomato sauce, including mushrooms, olives and Linda Mccartney meatballs; some brownie and chocolate; a fruit tea
8am: tea with gold-top milk, coffee Cycle to work: 25 minutes 30 mins’ weightlifting 10.50am: coffee with soy milk 12.23pm: smoothie including one scoop of Huel (a nutritionally complete meal replacement, containing pea and rice protein, oats, flaxseed and coconut) with a scoop of protein powder. 2.30pm: banana blossom vegan fish and chips Plenty of water all day 5.20pm: tea with soy milk 7.30pm: stir fry, lots of veg, vegan steak
40 mins’ weightlifting 10am: coffee 1pm: two cans of Fanta Zero 4pm: tea 7.30pm: pizza with fake meat on it; a protein shake with Huel and powdered peanut butter