If 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!