When I first became veggie then vegan, the availability of alternatives to meat and dairy were minimal but those that were around I relied on heavily to help with the transition. Then I hit a revolutionary wall. I didn't want those alternatives and what they represented anymore. As far as I was concerned real vegans didn't want substitutes for the very things they abhorred. I seemed to be vegan only for moral reasons and had forgotten about everything else.
It didn't last long and now, although I don't rely on alternatives quite as much as the initial years, I really do enjoy them. My reasons for being vegan have also evolved; now it's a catch all 'religious' belief. It's a belief in what I feel is right and any vegan food, regardless of what it is trying to be, feels fine. I think I have lost, after not having tasted the real thing for such a long time, any association that it is anything but great tasting vegan food. That is until recently when I had a 'salmon' steak from Veggie World and Vegusto's Melty Cheese. They tasted so good that for a fleeting moment I was confused. It took me back to my revolutionary days but this time it was in recognition of how far the vegan world has evolved.
|Veggie World Scallop Balls (on top left of plate)|
As far as I am concerned if these alternatives to meat and dairy encourage and support people through the transition to a vegan diet, it is all good and with the likes of Veggie World or Vegusto, that support is very tasty indeed.