One of the things I noticed during #Veganuary is how much meat and dairy products are advertised in comparison to whole, plant based food.
I think I first noticed it when watching tv. Normally I watch things on the dvr and skip the commercials but for some reason I was watching something live and the amount of commercials advertising *pure crap* to eat really astounded me.
I say *pure crap* not in judgment of what anyone else chooses to eat, but out of frustration for myself. When I’m trying to make a healthy change and seeing nothing but fast food burgers and assorted other meat and dairy offerings without a single solitary option that doesn’t include either it gets very frustrating.
Then, driving my normal commute to and from work I started noticing all the billboard signs and how all of them were advertising meat or dairy menus.
It suddenly seemed that everywhere I turned was an ad for a burger, breakfast sandwich or steak. Not once did I see an ad for a healthy salad or plant based meal.
Which brings me to another observation. When going out to eat, salads should be a pretty basic option, right? And, for the most part they are… however… almost every salad has meat and dairy in it, and the price reflects that. If I were to order the salad without all that, I’d be left with nothing very appetizing because there would be hardly anything left beyond some iceberg lettuce and I’d still be charged that higher price. For the record, iceberg is my least favorite salad.
I’d love to see more Buddha bowl type offerings with vegan options and the price might be justified then.
It shouldn’t be that hard to go out and have some menu options free of meat and dairy. It does seem like more and more places are offering more options… unfortunately where I live those places are far and few between.