If you have been following my Twitter account, you will know that I am preparing to try and go vegan for a month on October 1st. I have been a vegetarian for over ten years and started out because I just hated the texture and taste of meat. However, as I have become older, I believe I am now a vegetarian for millions of other reasons and not just because I can’t stand the taste.
Because of these other reasons, I think that becoming vegan has become more appealing over the last year or so. There was one particular thing which I saw which really opened my eyes, which was ‘Simon Amstell: Carnage’. Okay, so I know it is a mockumentary, but it really opened my eyes to something which never even crossed my mind. I think that because I already didn’t eat meat when I watched it, I could understand the whole concept a little bit better, but even my boyfriend who couldn’t even think of a life without meat was even taken back by some of the points made in this short film. The film is set in the future and is filmed to teach young people how eating meat wasn’t their parents and grandparents’ fault; like us, they simply knew no better.
I think nowadays everything has so many labels; vegan, vegetarian and pescatarian. However, I believe that this shouldn’t be the way things are! Like I get the concept, but should your eating habits and beliefs really be labelled? My friend Annie who shares the same beliefs said:
“I think that the main reason we consume more meat than is sustainable is because there is a stigma surrounding terms like vegan and vegetarian. I think going completely cold turkey on foods you’ve relied on for years is not only extremely difficult but also bad for you, as your body has become reliant on what they can provide. However, cutting down on consumption is a great way to do your bit for the environment while not completely punishing yourself for the sake of a label.”
Not just about food…
Call me uneducated, but until recently I didn’t realise that if you are a vegan, you don’t use anything which contains animal products either. This means that vegans avoid exploiting animals for any purposes, which can include accessories and clothing to cosmetics and bathroom items; you would be surprised how many products are actually tested on animals!
My future journey
So, when I have mentioned to my family, friends and boyfriend that I was going to go vegan in October, everyone seemed to laugh at me… I’m not sure if it was because they already know about my cheese addiction or that I’m a fussy eater.
I think that going head first into my vegan adventure is going to be too much for me, so I thought I would break it down into baby steps instead.
Baby steps are better than no steps
October: So, during October I am going to stop drinking/using milk, eating cheese and eggs – I will continue to eat things which have eggs and milk in for the time being.
November: In November, I will make my diet completely vegan based.
December: In December, I continue with my vegan diet as well as stopping using any product which is not vegan-friendly.
I know this isn’t the conventional way of doing it, but I believe that small steps are better than no steps. However, I would love some advice from any vegans and recommendations on any products to try (especially tasty cheese alternatives).