I recently read Teri-May’s post about ethical eating (read here) and it has given me a lot of food for thought. Get it?! I used to be a vegetarian. I then started going out with someone who ate meat. I then made a drastic change overnight and became a vegan last year. I lost weight. I felt confident and then I got ill so I started eating anything that I could stomach. At the moment, I am a vegetarian but I would love to go vegan again.
Just because I am a vegetarian doesn’t mean that I am any better than someone who eats meat. But am I a bad person because I understand the dairy industry and what it does to the animals but still choosing to eat cheese or buy ice cream? I would like to cut them out for good but for now I’m just not ready for such a drastic change again. The dairy industry is upsetting – it takes one quick Google search to find that out. I love almond milk when I discovered it last year I haven’t looked back and I continue to buy dairy free butter because in my opinion it tastes better. I would choose the new M&S dairy free chocolate bars over a bar of Cadbury’s Dairy Milk any day of the week because they taste amazing! I hardly ever eat cheese compared to the amount of times I used to but I still eat it because I am struggling to find an alternative. When I was a vegan, there were many positives in my life. I felt confident with myself and felt as though as was achieving something. I lost weight because I was eating a lot healthier than I was before I went vegan and even started running. However, I did become obsessed with looking at where my food was coming from and at one point I would only eat fruit and some vegetables from the local grocery store. My diet was so restricted that I got really ill and ended up in hospital for a couple of days because I was so dehydrated and lacking energy.
Since then I have started looking and concentrating on what I’m eating. I have more or less cut out fizzy drinks which is a big thing for me as I used to have nothing else – I have been trying to replace them with water or sugar free juice. Instead of having a bar of chocolate in the evening, I try and have a cup of hot chocolate made with almond milk or soya chocolate drink. I have started eating more fruit again. I don’t dread walking into the kitchen to find something to eat because I’ve found loads of healthy snacks that I enjoy eating. I have been getting out the house more even if it’s just to take the puppies for a walk. This in itself is a huge stepping stone.
At the moment, I am feeling happy with my choices. I feel as though I could definitely do a lot more to eat ethically but it takes time. I am not a vegan but I am making the steps towards being a vegan. I am kind of a vegetarian who just decides to eat a lot more vegan friendly meals than the average vegetarian. But that should be okay. As a person you shouldn’t need to commit to a certain way of eating as long as your happy and healthy. I am aware of what I am eating but what I do eat shouldn’t define me as a person.
I would love to know your thoughts on this. Are you a vegan or vegetarian? Do you think I am an awful person for not cutting out all the ‘bad’ foods straight away? Am I being stupid or ridiculous? Please let me know your thoughts.
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