I could write a never-ending list of things, but that would take weeks so here’s just 5 things I’ve learnt in 5 years of veganism.
1 – Vegan food is delicious.
Before I became vegan, I ate the same boring things all the time. I didn’t even like the taste of vegetables when I was vegetarian. If food didn’t have beans and cheese on it, or if it wasn’t potato, then I probably wouldn’t eat it. Being vegan has made me try so many different kinds of foods that I would never have eaten before. There’s so much deliciously amazing vegan food out there and you can make vegan alternatives for all of your favorite meals.
2 – Not every vegan is a skinny health freak.
Although eating plant-based foods is definitely the healthiest way to eat, being vegan can still be unhealthy if you don’t eat properly. I know this because I am definitely not a healthy or skinny vegan — although I am a lot healthier than I used to be. I would still rather eat a whole packet of biscuits than a bowl of fruit. I always try to justify to myself that it’s OK to eat 3 cakes just because they are vegan, and who knows when I’ll find vegan cakes again. To begin with, it was such a novelty to find vegan desserts or pizza, so whenever I found them I felt like I had to eat them all in one go. But now since vegan food is so much more widely available, I need to chill and realize there will always be vegan cake and pizza!
Can I continue to be a greedy, unhealthy vegan if I use the excuse that I’m trying to break the typical skinny, health freak vegan stereotype? Hmmmm.
3 – ”If you eat meat you’re destroying the planet and I hate you.”
(Quote from my fellow greedy vegan who said this to a guy whilst we were ordering falafels and hummus. In a kebab shop.)
Probably the scariest thing I’ve learnt is how much animal agriculture is destroying the planet. Before I went vegan I genuinely didn’t give a shit about the planet. I never recycled, I used hairspray like it was going out of fashion, and I didn’t even understand what climate change was.
It was only after watched Cowspiracy that I realised how much we are destroying the planet for the sake of our tastebuds. I also never knew how vital the oceans were to our survival until I saw Seaspiracy. And now I know. And they’re all f*cked too. 😦
4 – I hate everyone that’s not vegan. Especially vegetarians.
Okay…So I’m not a big fan of people in general, but I don’t really hate meat-eaters. I just hate the system and the fact that as a society we have all been led to think it’s ”normal” to eat animals. It’s really not normal to kill animals for pleasure. Naturally, we are all born vegan and we all believe that animal abuse is wrong. Sadly along the way, we have all been brainwashed to believe that we need to eat animal products to survive and be healthy. I have found that the longer I’m vegan, the harder I find it to be around others who eat meat. This is because I just don’t see it as a piece of meat; I see the dead animal and I think of the years of suffering and torture it went through to end up on the plate.
Vegetarians on the other hand…I can’t even.
If you’re vegetarian for the animals, then it’s a great start and the first step towards veganism, but it doesn’t really make sense to be vegetarian forever. There is undoubtedly more cruelty in milk and eggs than meat. They only thing that makes sense it to be vegan!
5 – People think vegans are annoying.
…And I totally understand why because if I wasn’t vegan, I would probably think the same. Sometimes when I see the things other vegans post on Facebook, I roll my eyes and think OMG shut the f*ck up! Stop being so preachy and self righteous. Then I realise I’m looking at my own posts… Also are they even capable of talking about anything else besides vegansim?
As soon as you say you’re vegan for the animals, that’s when people start to lose their shit and bring up bacon. I used to do exactly the same thing as a way to defend myself. When vegans hear ”but bacon though” or ”mmm steak” we know that this is actually just a defense mechanism. Most of us can’t even bear to think about what actually happens to these animals in factory farms and slaughterhouses because it is so horrifying. So we just block it from our minds and pretend it’s not happening.
“Most people care about animals and don’t want them to suffer. And yet most people eat animals. Carnism* must block people’s awareness of this discrepancy between their values and practices, and it does this by using a set of defense mechanisms that operate on both social and psychological levels.”
– Dr Melanie Joy
*Carnism is the invisible belief system, or ideology, that conditions people to eat certain animals. (It’s basically the opposite of veganism.)
Dr Melanie Joy explains everything much better than I ever could in this video. ⬇ ⬇ ⬇
To sum it up: I hate society, animal agriculture is f*cking the world up, vegan food is delicious, I’ll never be skinny or healthy but I promise to remain 100% annoying — until every animal is free.😄✌