THE VEG­E­TAR­IAN MIL­LEN­NIAL

The Sunday Telegraph - Sunday - - Front Page -

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.

SATUR­DAY

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

SUN­DAY

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

MON­DAY

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

TUES­DAY

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

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