Being vegan ?

I’ve been a vegetarian since I was nine, and despite living for the past 6years in France, where they don’t think ham counts as meat, it has never really been a problem. I’ve never wanted to “try” meat again (despite many people asking me to) but I’ve never really wanted more either.

Yet the either day, as I was wasting time on facebook, I read an article that got me thinking and that may well be the start of many changes in my life. ( http://gentleworld.org/to-be-a-feminist-is-to-be-a-vegan/ )

I’ve never really been a very serious vegetarian. I eat fish, I eat marshmallows, I don’t read labels. I think this is probably because the reason behind by descision to become vegetarian was purely because the taste, texture and smell no longer appealed to me, in fact, even now 11 years later, the smell of cooking meat lakes me feel ill. I was only 9, I was too young tp have any real idea about animal welfare and I don’t think I really cared either. Sure I loved animals, but the bigger picture was just a little too big for my mind to truely understand.

Everything that is in the article I already knew. I’ve always been like most people; you feel disgusted and then carried on doing what I’ve always done. But now it feels really wrong to believe one thing and do another. I guess I’ve just grown up a bit.

So I have decided to take the plunge. I’m going to try and cut out animal products from my diet. I’m not going to go as far as saying “becoming vegan”, there is still some taboo around the word that still pushes me away. But I definatly want to make the change. 

It will be little by little, I have A LOT of food in my flat, and I’m not just going to trow away the milk and eggs, however the aim is to no longer buy animal products. So I’m going to have to adapt and find another way of eating.

What scares me the most is the reaction of the people I know. The word “vegan”  is kind of scary to most people.

So where do I begin ? I have to admit that I have no idea. I’m going to buy and good cookbook and go from there =) All I know is that a brand new world is opening up to me and I am more than ready to explore !

 

 

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4 thoughts on “Being vegan ?

  1. I’m SO excited for you!! I’ve been vegan for two years now and it’s the best thing I’ve ever done in so many ways. It was a challenge at first, however. I had cravings for ice cream and cheese like you wouldn’t believe and I cheated a lot. Over time, however; the cravings went away and I found that I didn’t even want the things I used to eat anymore. I learned that our taste buds get used to and like what we regularly eat (nature is so kind!). Like you, I also had problems with the term, ‘vegan’. I’d always thought vegans were weird, stinky, hippie-type people. I once went to a vegan Meet Up group and was worried that I wouldn’t fit in with other vegans. Of course, most of the people at the group were normal people like me who had a wake up call that made them choose to go vegan. Anyway, I’m here if you need any support or have any questions. Have a lovely day! Celeste 🙂

    • Hi ! Despite all my concerns and little set backs I’m feeling really excited too !
      It is reassuring to know I’m not the only one who has a slightly bumpy path to begin with.
      So far, not having cheese is bothering me a lot less than I thought it would, but ice cream is definatly on the list of cravings, especially as no where around here sells vegan ice cream =(
      The vegan meet up group sounds great ! I’m sure most vegans are completly “normal” I guess the term just isn’t always used in the most positive way !
      Thank you so much, Ib am pretty sure there will be at least one queston ! I’ve still got a long way to go (the hardest bit being eating when I’m not at home), but the more I go on the more it feels right and the more I wonder why I never started sooner !
      Have a great day
      Emily =)

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