Friday, September 4, 2015

1 Month Vegan Pledge

I've been unfortunately absent in the past month as I've been occupied with all kinds of things. To be frank, I'm struggling to push myself to write this post, but since I've been thinking about writing it for a long time, the time comes when things have to be done. To update:

Instead of doing my 1 Month Vegan Pledge on the 1st of September to the 1st of October, I decided that I didn't want it to be temporary, and therefore decided to turn vegan immediately, which may have been 6 or so weeks ago - however, this was short lived. Interesting fact, being vegan does change your point of view on the human race - stupid, powerful, planet destroying meat eaters. Although this is still my point of view, you learn to control your thoughts, and I was never one to condemn others for eating animal products. After all, I understood where they were coming from.

What surprised me the most, however, was the amount of judgement I received for being vegan. Instead of me condemning meat eaters, meat eaters were condemning me. I would constantly received inappropriate comments, sighs, eye rolls and then occasional "but bacon?" Indeed, I already disliked meat, so these questions were easy to answer, but it became increasingly frustrating to tolerate those who didn't respect my choices. What they didn't understand (not being educated on cuisine) was that the amount of vegan meals available is insane. In fact, I felt healthier, lighter and more nutritionally fulfilled than before, but this came at costs. Reading every single label on packaging, and always having to refuse food and then politely explain why. It became extremely time consuming, and people began viewing me as the 'picky girl' and inconvenient.

So after about a month and half, I decided to transition to vegetarian, although I have become more of an ovo-vegetarian, meaning I don't eat eggs. I found it extremely difficult to revert back into eating dairy, eggs and other animal products as I'd viewed them as such bad products for a relatively long time. Even now, I generally only eat dairy and honey in small amounts, as I genuinely prefer vegan meals.

Perhaps veganism can wait until another day (university).

Moeko Munaretto's chopped apple, sliced banana, dates and banana mylk