HELEN BURTON: First Easter egg challenge to vegan diet

Helen Burton SUS-150709-171138001
Helen Burton SUS-150709-171138001

It’s the first week of the Easter school holidays which always results in chaos in my house, and I suspect in many households around the country at the moment.

As I sit here writing this my housemate is singing along to Frozen and quite frankly I wish she would ‘let it go’. It’s the second time in two days and this time my daughter is not even in the room so there is no excuse! Not only are the kids (and adults who behave like kids) needing to be entertained but if my experience is anything to go by, thanks to all of the Easter eggs, they are all hyped up on too much chocolate. As it is my first Easter as a vegan I thought it would basically be a torturous few days for me as my daughter worked her way through her chocolate eggs and I wrestled with my self-control, but I’ve been pleased to discover that I haven’t been tempted to return to dairy as there have been loads of vegan chocolate eggs for me to choose from. According to figures announced this week by Veganuary, veganism is on the increase, and if you are a regular reader you may remember I tried veganism for the month of January as part of this campaign that runs every year. 23,000 people took part this year and according to the organisers 81 per cent intend to remain vegan, myself included and this January the organisers estimate that 3.8 million animals were spared. Impressive statistics. For those of you who are thinking that I have missed the point of Easter and it’s not all about chocolate then I do sympathise with you, however in my home it is essentially all about chocolate eggs and time for the family to get together. As a Pagan I also think of it as a time of spring-time, fertility and the renewal of life, identifying closely with Christian beliefs as is so often the case with the major annual celebrations, but I don’t force my point of view on others and have taught my children about all forms of religion and culture. The media seems so full of intolerance at the moment that I think now more than ever we need to teach our children to respect other peoples’ beliefs. The news can be so overwhelming at times all I feel I can do is focus on those close to me and teach my children a good set of values. Somehow during the Easter holidays I have to carry on with my community projects, but if you are coming to the next meeting of Pevensey Volunteers on Monday 4th April, 7pm at the Bayside Diner in Pevensey Bay then please excuse my haggard appearance. And if I am humming the tune ‘Let it Go’ from Frozen you will know why. Please buy me a coffee and sympathise. A lot.