10 Reasons Why The Evening Standard Is Right, A 'Virtuous Vegan' Lifestyle Is Impossible For Busy Londoners

Are UK tabloids churning out meaningless arguments against veganism, or do they have a point?
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Is veganism too much for a busy London life? (Photo: Adobe. Do not use without permission)

Is veganism too much for a busy London life? (Photo: Adobe. Do not use without permission)

This week's award for the most entertaining moan about veganism goes to Ellen E Jones. Her piece in The Evening Standard claims being a 'virtuous vegan' is fine for Hollywood elites like Joaquin Phoenix - but merely impossible for busy Londoners.

Well, that gave us a lot of food for thought. Maybe she’s right, it’s not easy eating a healthy, planet and animal-friendly all plants diet, and here's why.

1. Literally all you can eat is leaves, boring

And maybe the odd BBQ pulled jackfruit. Pasta is good - we like pasta. And roasted mushrooms? Lots of that. Veg, fruit, nuts, legumes. Oh and this delicious 'meaty' bad boy. If only there were companies out there making delicious plant-based alternatives to meat. 

Turns out, vegan meat is a thing (Photo: LEON)

Turns out, vegan meat is a thing (Photo: LEON)

2. It's just impossible out and about in London

Apart from at all those Prets on every corner.... literally, every corner. 

Pret A Manger has significantly expanded its vegan offerings over the last few years (Photo: Pret)

Pret A Manger has significantly expanded its vegan offerings over the last few years (Photo: Pret)

... And all those other coffee shops (what are they called again?) that seem to have followed suit. 

Cafè Nero recently launched new vegan items for Veganuary (Photo: Cafè Nero)

Cafè Nero recently launched new vegan items for Veganuary (Photo: Cafè Nero)

We can't wait for the day that Wagamama, Pizza Express, or even KFC and McDonald's start offering vegan food.

3. You can't have a cuppa' without a cow

I know right? Imagine having to choose between oat, soy, almond, rice, hemp, hazelnut, coconut, flax. What a minefield of options. NO THANKS.

Veganism is definitely restrictive. What we really need is MORE plant-milks 

Veganism is definitely restrictive. What we really need is MORE plant-milks 

4. You can forget about eating out in style as a vegan

Though, you know, we did try a few Michelin starred restaurants recently. How awful does this look from Pollen Street Social?

Not too shabby... (Photo: Happy Cow)

Not too shabby... (Photo: Happy Cow)

5. It’s exhausting carrying virtuous placards around all day

We don’t do it for the recognition. We do it because we care. 

SAY IT LOUDER FOR THE PEOPLE AT THE BACK!

SAY IT LOUDER FOR THE PEOPLE AT THE BACK!

6. This vegan...ish thing will never catch on fully

It’s not like Veganuary saw a record-breaking 400,000 sign ups this year, and meat-free brands like Quorn struggled to keep up with the ‘unprecedented’ demand. 

7. But ‘I love cheese too much’

So do we, but you see this gooey stack of perfection? Yeah, that’s vegan cheese. Here's how to whip it up in five minutes, mmmm mmmm. 

STOP drooling (Photo: allplants)

STOP drooling (Photo: allplants)

8. Erm.. well what about desserts? You can’t get VEGAN desserts

Six words you: Ben & Jerry's Vegan Cookie Dough. We seriously wish you were right, but we’re struggling over here to not try and justify having vegan brownies for breakfast. . Better balance it out with some more leaves…

Still think vegans just eat lettuce? (Photo: Ben & Jerry's)

Still think vegans just eat lettuce? (Photo: Ben & Jerry's)

9. Okay so you can veganize everything, doesn’t mean it tastes good

Many vegan dishes have won awards and trumped their animal-product based competitors. Like this vegan eatery in the UK. Why don’t we just let these reviews from vegan brand allplants speak for themselves.

Reviews from allplants.

Reviews from allplants.

10. We’re an unfriendly bunch, obsessed with just being virtuous. Yawn

And we just can’t get enough of hugging animals, which you know, is a waste of time for everyone? But as Joaquin showed, cows are kinda cool.

In between picking up awards, Joaquin likes to save animals from being slaughtered. 

In between picking up awards, Joaquin likes to save animals from being slaughtered. 

The thing is Ellen we feel you… it’s a hassle 'to faff around with celeriac after a 10-hour shift'. And whether your 'vegan voyage' is sparked by environmental, health or ethical reasons, to be honest, for most of us it is simply too much effort putting a tasty healthy meal on the table every evening - whether it's plant-based or not. So that's what we're all about at allplants.

We freshly cook and deliver healthy, chef-made, plant-based dishes, to whip out of the freezer, because the 'hustle is hard' and eating more plants shouldn't be a faff. 

So Ellen, we welcome you to our table for a taste. Fancy it? Give us a shout and we'll cook you up something special (that won't have you calling at McDonald's on your way home).

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