The L-Plate Vegetarian
V is for Victory, Vitamins, Variety and Vitality!
Congratulations on your fantastic decision to be vegetarian
and welcome to the wonderful world of healthier, cruelty-free,
environment-saving, people-protecting living! You’ll
never be the same again! For a start people you know will suddenly
all become experts on nutrition, health, evolution and biology.
People who can’t change a plug or program the video will
now feel qualified to inform you, with total conviction, that
you are crazy because humans need to eat meat to live and it’s
unhealthy to be a vegetarian. They couldn’t be more wrong
of course, and if you arm yourself with copies of the Viva!
Guides you’ll have all the information you need to keep
There are 17 Guides in all, stuffed full of essential and
interesting facts on vegetarian and veganism. For example,
Guide 1, Nutrition
In A Nutshell and Guide
7, Your Health In Your Hands explain why a vegetarian or vegan diet is the healthiest
to choose. And if you’re sporty, whether you’re
an athletic winner or a tiddlywinks star, Guide
4 The Food of Champions shows you how a veggie diet can equal physical
perfection. Guide 6,
Fruits Of The Past gives you the evolutionary
background to our diet – yes we are actually descended
from vegetarian ancestors, so if anyone tells you you’re
meant to eat meat, they just don’t know their onions!
On a different note, Guide
5, Martin Shaw Cooks Veggie is packed
full of delicious recipes as quick and easy to rustle us as
a piece of (veggie) cake! However, if you like to spend as
little time in the kitchen as possible, don’t worry,
just read on…
Despite being such an important step for humankind and animal-kind,
becoming vegetarian will be a short and simple step for you – no
matter what your background. The L-Plate Vegetarian is designed
to prove that you don’t have to spend hours searching
for appetising food, or slave over a hot stove for ages preparing
it! This is not a recipe book (there are hundreds of those
already available; for a great selection see Viva!’s
Books For Life catalogue) – instead this is a guide
to masses of ideas for scrumptious, quick and nutritious lunches,
evening meals and ready-made foods.
Nearly everything mentioned is available from at least one
of the main supermarkets such as Waitrose, Tesco, Co-op, Safeway,
Sainsburys, Asda, Marks & Spencer etc. The foods named
are only suggestions – supermarkets change their products
quite often so have a scout around your local shops and check
the packaging for meals which are ‘Suitable for Vegetarians’.
Most supermarkets and food manufacturers print this information
on the packaging, or use a vegetarian symbol (usually either
leaves or the letter V) so you can see at a glance whether
the product is vegetarian or not. It’s also worth checking
out your local health food shop, most towns have a Holland & Barrett
or independent shop and there will be lots of interesting things
available here that you won’t find in the supermarket.
In some health food shops Viva! supporters get a discount too.
So join Viva!, check out our discounts
list, then just present
your supporters’ card and a winning smile at the counter!
In a nutshell being a vegetarian is about saving animals and
the planet. It’s also about having tastier, healthier
food that can be simple, quick to prepare and tempting to even
the most hardened carnivore. So, have fun eating your way through
The L-Plate Vegetarian!
What’s a veggie?
|A word or two on being
This guide includes dairy and
egg products, but if you want to avoid them, or would like
to find out more about going vegan, you might like to buy
the L-Plate Vegan. This and many other guides including
those mentioned on this page are available from Viva!,
contact details below.