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 !