What Are You Eating? returns for a new series. This season presenter Philip Boucher-Hayes takes on the challenge of trying the now very fashionable vegan diet for a month.

Starting March 8th the 6-part series What Are You Eating? is back for a new season on RTE One. This time the series will look at Veganism, Fish, Heart Healthy Eating, Treats, Food Waste and the Store Cupboard (spices, flavourings and condiments).

Episode 1 Vegan Lifestyle Challenge

Having tried the Paleo Diet in Season 1 and a High Protein Gym Diet in Season 2, this season presenter Philip Boucher-Hayestakes on the challenge of trying the now very fashionable vegan diet for a month. Having got advice from dietitian Aveen Bannonabout protein intake and vitamin supplements, Philip gets into the diet by learning to shop differently and by joining the Vegan in Ireland Dublin walking tour run by Sivan Pardo Renwick and her husband Scott. In the kitchen, series chef, Hilary O’Hagan-Brennan, teaches him how to make a dish that satisfies meat cravings without using either real meat or fake meat. But not content to look at veganism as just another plant-based diet PBH teases out the ethical issues that inform its position on animal welfare by trying the Vegan Information Project’s virtual reality headset to get an immersive experience of the lives of intensively reared pigs.  Later he asks if humans are designed to eat meat or not by chatting with anthropologist and archaeologist Dr Bill Schindler who explains how humans first began to hunt for meat instead of scavenging. At the end of his 28-day vegan odyssey Philip receives some shocking information about what’s happened to his body during his time on the diet but is this down to the diet itself or to his failure to balance his nutritional supplements?