To vegan or not to vegan?

veganIf you rolled your eyes at the title, pursed your lips or didn’t care at all, don’t bother. This post is not an attempt to convert y’all, but merely my honest experience with veganism/plant-based lifestyle.

See, vegans and vegetarians have become this hilarious meme everyone will laugh at and nobody thinks twice about it. Hell, even I sometimes still laugh. And no, I will not go into the “misunderstood life of vegans”, but mocking some people that are actually doing a good thing for the planet and glamorizing the all-knowing bacon eater has been taken a step too far. Oh and to clarify, when I introduce myself I do not give handshakes while saying “I’m vegan, nice to meet you too”. 

I don’t claim I know everything about the subject, since I’ve only been eating this plant-based “diet” for almost two months, but I thought making it public could also help others. If I could open the eyes of one person, that would make me the happiest.

Freelee the Banana Girl and her partner, Durianrider, are two mighty prominent figures in the Youtube vegan community and highly controversial. Most of their videos have a huge number of dislikes due to their harsh and straight-forward way of accusing other people or fellow youtubers of not being vegan. Freelee literally makes videos criticising what people like Jenna Marbles, Zoella, Tanya Burr, Jaclyn Hill or Trisha Paytas eat. It was one of these videos that ultimately got to me and it was then and there that I said “Okay, she may be a bitch, but she is completely right” and turned vegan overnight. I then proceeded to watch the Forks Over Knives documentary (I also recommend this one) which totally changed the game; the doc proves the link between our eating regimen and overall health/diseases and even further, explains how cancers can be turned on and off when switching between animal products and plant-based diets. Actually, 14 of the 15 leading causes of death have been scientifically linked to eating animal products. It’s not bullshit.

It is this simple: I decided to take the matter into my hands and be responsible for my own health. I mean, people clearly do not get cancer from eating spinach, right? You do the maths. I also refuse to take part in the killing, torturing and the raping of innocent beings (watch Earthlings or Cowspiracy).

However, despite the overwhelming evidence that plant-based is the best possible lifestyle there is for humans, most people (like my parents whom I might or might not have forced into watching these) agree with everything, but resume the animal-eating and choose taste over health. I guess some people would rather die than change their eating habits. And no matter how much we preach, beg or bash, we are unable to help them. It is what it is.

So how do I feel? Oh darling, I’m great. It’s not this miraculous flow of energy that you’d probably expect, it’s more like feeling great about myself. And this always leads to me getting shit done, going out more and just having a dramatically improved mood overall. I never knew I could be so bubbly. But I can’t help it, for once in my life I am making a change in myself; and a change in the world and boy, do I feel amazing.

I also cut back from coffee, black and green tea (meaning I don’t have a caffeinated drink every day, but rather once a week). It’s just because stimulants mess up with our metabolisms and I ain’t bout that life. I still have some caffeine every now and then though – not making a big deal about it.

Before asking where I get my proteins from and all those sucky questions, please educate yourself with the above mentioned documentaries or youtubers. Trust me, the most frequent question I get is where do I get my protein and it’s making me go bananas. And no, I am not hungry all the time. No, it is not more expensive than my previous murderous habits. Yes, I can still eat chocolate and ice cream. And pizza. And cake. Life ain’t that bad.

And if you still think we’re omnivors, you might want to research that.

Truth is, we are being lied to by the meat and dairy industry. Cow’s milk for calcium? No, it’s exactly the opposite: cow’s milk causes osteoporosis. Meat for protein? Hell no. Free range eggs? No such thing. I find it funny how we were raised to disassociate from reality: chicken nuggets, fish fingers, hot dogs… we were thought not to link the animal itself to the food on our plate. However, today it’s no one else’s fault but ours for not educating ourselves.

P.S.: I never tell people I’m vegan unless I’m asked. And having debates with animal-protein eaters? Hate it. “But you can still eat fish, right”? Um…

Please do let me know your thoughts on this. I’m open to any questions! I am not hating on animal eaters, I don’t have a problem with people eating animal products next to me; I just think we can do better. If you’d like any other posts on veganism, just say the word!

Yours,

Diana ♥

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10 thoughts on “To vegan or not to vegan?

  1. I was strongly advised against giving up meat by doctors, but do not eat cows milk products anyway. I only eat local, grass fed, responsibly sourced meat- but only eat this 2/3 days a week, the other days I eat ‘vegan’. The difference in my hair, skin and overall mood is amazing so I totally understand why people choose a vegan/plant based diet. If it works for you- go for it! Xo

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  2. It is an interesting topic! I think once we learned to listen to our body, it will tell us what it needs – might it be only plants or include animal based products. I actually learned that I function better and am happier by focussing only on plants.

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  3. I love everything about this post! I have been vegan since august and it has to be one of the best things I have ever done for myself ! I know it sounds weird but I think I feel more in touch with nature, less hypocritical when i see certain animals that i want to protect such as cici lion and elephants like with you know specisism and all (even though i never felt hypocritial etc before becoming vegan, i just feel less now if that makes sense hahaha)

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  4. Hi Diana, I’m not vegan myself it’s hard enough to come to terms with being a coeliac, but I have made a start and have cut down on our meat intake, we only eat fish and white meat (chicken and turkey) and only if it’s organic and free range and sensibly source, or whatever the term is. However, my daughter went Vegan last October after watching food matters and Cowspiracy. Since then she has flourished as she has to organise herself for meal times and it’s made her a much better cook. She experiments in the kitchen now where before she ate out a lot and ate rubbish. She has taught herself so much about nutrition from a plant based diet and she also tries to make her cakes gluten free so I can have some. I also have experimented on converting some of my bakes to vegan, some are successful but some not. Anyway, I’ve rambled on enough, I enjoyed your post 🙂

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    1. Hey Sally, thank you so much for your insight! I do understand where you’re coming from. I can imagine eating gluten-free can be extremely difficult at times. However, I do believe in reversing some diseases with veganism or even better, with the Raw Till 4 program. But to each their own, a combination of “diets” could probably be the best decision… (I found this interesting pdf: http://vndpg.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/Gluten-Free-Diets-Consumer.pdf )
      I’m happy about your daughter, sounds like she is doing amazing! x

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  5. I have gone back and forth with becoming a Pescatarian 3 times. I know I just need to keep doing it one step at a time until I can do it. It’s so hard though. I know it’s just a mind set though. You don’t realize how much our life, gatherings, celebrations are surrounded with meat until you try to stop eating it. I must keep trying though. I know my health will be much better in the end as a result.

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    1. I get what you’re saying and you’re right, it’s quite hard at times. Perseverence is key though; just keep trying. Maybe also try motivating yourself by watching documentaries to see again and again how unhealthy meat is and how cruel it is? Good luck, you can do it!

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