1 november 2017

Meat-eater X Vegan X What now?

(Photo by Brooke Lark on Unsplash)

Late September of this year I watched a documentary on Netflix about food and animal products in particular. Although it seemed a bit dramatic (I guess it was in typical American fashion), it prompted me to give veganism a try. 

Why veganism?

I love animals, and whether animals end up on my plate or not I wish them a happy life. People eating less or no meat can contribute to this.That being said I do not necessarily believe we shouldn’t eat meat at all. Whether humans ‘need to’ eat meat and eggs for that matter… is a question I’m still researching. I am convinced however that drinking milk from animals is not logical. At this point, true animal lovers might call me a hypocrite or not an animal lover at all.

I also care about our environment, and the animal product industry is one of the biggest hazards to our environment. So to help our planet we can consume less (or none at all) animal products. This was a stronger motivation for me to try out veganism.

Another big motivator is the fact that animal products are full of crap nowadays. Hormones, antibiotics, extra fluids, et cetera. Things my body can definitely go without. This motivator, my health, was the biggest trigger.

I tried veganism on my own (without a doctor) for a month. It wasn’t bad at all. Doing groceries was slightly more complicated and more expensive, however good preparation really helped!

A vegan diet did have positive outcomes on my body, sadly also negative ones. This is not to discourage anyone. A vegan diet is not ideal for me. Why?

Since my childhood, I suffered from severe allergies. I’m allergic to fish (when you go vegan that doesn’t matter), nuts, certain kind of seeds, many fruits, vitamin pills (believe it or not) and the list can go on.

Most people, when they go vegan can trade in animal products for healthy substitutes,  like nuts and lots of fruits, for starters. Many use vitamins as well, an important one: B12. After one month, I concluded that going vegan without consulting a doctor is just plain stupid (in my case it was).

What now?

Now I’m a flexi- vegan. Is that a thing? Probably not. I try to eat ‘vegan’ (and clean) most of the time. On occasion, I include free range eggs and free range and hormone free chicken in my diet. I try to only break my vegan diet when I can be in charge of the animal products I’m consuming. Meaning, when I go out, I order and eat like a vegan.

Currently, this is my solution, and I’m content with it. However, I’m still doing research. How conscious are you about what you put into your body? Let us know on Facebook!

PS:  Your story, opinion, and tips are always welcome!