December 30, 2013.

The good people at have an idea. It is kind of like Movember, but instead of being in November, it is in January, and instead of growing a moustache, you stop eating products that derive in any way, shape or form from animals.

When my editor asked if I would be interested in embarking on their challenge of a month-long vegan adventure, I thought: Sure! Why not? How hard can it be? I mean, that's just like being a vegetarian except they're just a little bit stricter, right?

Vegans don't eat eggs. Oh, well I don't really eat them anyway...

Or milk. Really? That's kind of inconvenient but I guess I'll be okay...

Or chocolate. Well I guess I could do with shifting a few pounds...


You see, there are two things in this world that I know I can rely on for happiness: Manchester United and pizza, and as my beloved football team are more than just a little bit off track at the moment, cutting out cheese will be a particularly big challenge.

And yes, I know that there are vegan substitutes for stuff, like vegan pizza and vegan cake, and soy milk etc etc but for me if it isn't that real thing then I would rather just cut it out entirely.

As you may have already gathered, I am hugely ignorant about the vegan lifestyle, mainly because I don't really buy in to the environmental or philosophical arguments that founded veganism. I respect them, but have not the motivation nor the discipline to follow them myself.

I think a lot of people who are trying out Veganuary will be vegetarians looking to go one step further, where as I am going totally from one extreme to another. I am a big fan of KFC. I love cheese (as previously stated), I love cheeseburgers and I REALLY LOVE CHEESE (did I mention that already?)

So in preparation for January, I have stocked up on fruit, hummus, pitta bread and more hummus and I'm just going to take it from there.

Over the next month I will be updating this page with any good recipes I've stumbled across and just letting you know how I am getting on: presumably either riding high on a smug wave of euphoria, or miserably craving a Big Mac.

Wish me luck!