How does it feel to be Vegan?

Being vegan feels free, peaceful, healthy and more in harmony with nature and thyself. 

Under a title like that, one would expect an article about health and environment issues, benefits and results. Although it’s all more than evident, the focus of my today’s post is about something else.

It’s about just what it says – how does it feel to be Vegan? How do you feel yourself, inside out? How do you feel among others? How do you feel your veganism under the Sun?

Being vegan feels free, peaceful, healthy and more in harmony with nature and thyself. 

Someone posted a question on Facebook lately about how our families accept us as Vegans. And there came various answers, varying from “they support me” to “they mock me and ridicule my choices”. Or even, “I’m hungry at family gatherings if I don’t bring/make my own food” (that was me). Now we could go from “how sad”, “how rude”, or “how great” that is and that also wouldn’t make much of a difference.

BECAUSE WHAT REALLY MATTERS IN WITHIN US. 

When I went vegan, it was very disturbing. Not because I didn’t want it. But because everything I was, ate and did before fell apart. And there was no coming back.

The way I cooked, the way I felt about food, about the world, about myself. I was a vegetarian already and I really didn’t have any second thoughts about it. But man I got thoughts.

Meat, sausages, patee TV comercials started to look like bloody Dexter episode. Dairy brings me back to those poor cow’s eyes that just begged out of being confined and tortured, back when I found myself on some dairy farm. I went out crying and that was, I think, the begining of my veganism. I cannot break an egg anymore. Driving through the rolling hills and seeing puffy sheep on pasture is not a beautiful landscape scene anymore, rather a horror intro. Hunters and fishermen give me the creeps. I go out and I have nothing to eat. People think I’m weird and are not affraid to shove it to my face. Ekhm.

See what I mean? Everything was different, everything was horrifying, everything was broken for me , I was broken for everything and nothing would ever be the same.

Being vegan feels free, peaceful, healthy and more in harmony with nature and thyself. 

But I’m not looking back.

Because that “brokennes” yearned a feelings of… being free? Peaceful? Like I’m doing a right thing? Good about myself and what I’m doing in my own little square under the Sun.

BEING VEGAN FEELS FREE, PEACEFUL, HEALTHY AND MORE IN HARMONY WITH NATURE AND THYSELF.

It’s still horrifying sometimes, because the world is as it is. There is meat, there are animal farms, there is so much more and you know it. There are so many people suffering in this world too, even worse than milking cows and incarcerated chicken. So much pain for every living being and this new mind setup, along with more kindness and thoughtfulness brought so much more avarenes to all this pain in the world.

But there are so many positive changes in last decade or two, don’t you agree? This new paradigm is getting to more and more people and they start to realise and care more about what they eat, the quality of produce and products. People read labels, care more about what they wear, buy, recycle. About the environment they live in. There are more animal shelters than ever. Being vegan or not, the kindness is spreading.

Being vegan feels free, peaceful, healthy and more in harmony with nature and thyself. 

KIND EXAMPLE IS THE BEST TEACHER.

I never preach to people, I respect everyone’s choice and everyone has his own path and reason. I don’t judge or force. Nothing good every came out of force. But I CHOSE for myself and no matter how horrifying it still might be, I have a strong hope and belief that world is going towards kinder, more mindful, tolerant and thoughtful cruelty free place.

And where’s a better place to start rather in my own little kitchen, in my own little square under the Sun?

Being vegan feels free, peaceful, healthy and more in harmony with nature and thyself. 

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  1. Great post, and very thoughtful, Mari.

    When I first went vegan in 2005, I felt similarly; I couldn’t understand how people, even knowing what animals go through, could still choose their stomachs over ethics.

    To a certain extent, I still feel like that – especially when it comes to people who claim to be vegetarian because they care about animal welfare – but I’ve also come to realise that most people who are in a position to make a choice are lazy. It’s as simple as that.

    They are too lazy to change their diet, the products they use, the clothes they wear, the way they think. And really, if someone is too lazy to change their attitude, there’s not much chance they’re going to change anything else about their lives.

    They are happy to turn a blind eye to suffering, as long as they get what they want, which makes them selfish as well as lazy, IMO. Not only selfish regarding the welfare of animals but also selfish in terms of doing what’s best for the planet, and all life upon it, including other humans.

    Obviously, we are in a privileged position to be able to choose to live by our ethics – the majority of people around the world don’t have the same opportunities as us. But then, they are not the ones who are responsible for destroying our planet with excessive demands for meat, dairy, and fish.

    A billion people don’t even have enough food to eat, and their children are dying at a rate of around one every six minutes… and yet people in affluent societies are gorging themselves to death, simply because they can.

    Or because they are too lazy to change.

    People say, “Oh, I’m too poor to eat healthily”, or “I would be vegan but it’s too expensive”… that’s bullshit! What they mean is, “I can’t be bothered”, “I think it would be too difficult to actually cook”, “I like eating junk food”.

    (FWIW, I like eating junk food occasionally, too.. but there has to be a limit!)

    Fresh fruit and vegetables are not expensive. Grains are not expensive. Beans and lentils are not expensive. Pasta and rice are not expensive.

    It’s all just an excuse to not have to think about their actions and the impact they have on others… because if they start thinking about things, then maybe they’ll have to change. And they simply have no interest in improving life, either for themselves, or for others.

    (I am of course, massively generalising here!)

    I have more respect for someone who says, “I like the way I am. I like eating meat. I have no intention of changing. I don’t care if it’s selfish, it suits me.”

    Sure, it’s a bit of a dickish attitude but at least they’re far more honest than someone who claims they want to change but makes every excuse under the sun not to. They don’t want to change – they just know they’re behaving like dicks but don’t want other people to think of them as dicks.

    So, going back to your post; when I see animals in the fields, I don’t think of it as an opening scene to a horror movie, I accept that there will always be people who are happy to exploit others. I accept that there will always be people whose minds are deliberately closed off, and who are happy to live a life of wilful ignorance.

    And I have the choice of whether to be upset by this or to also accept that not everyone has the same moral code as me but that doesn’t necessarily make them bad people.

    Dickish maybe, but not necessarily bad. 😉

    I am not perfect, so I can’t expect others to be, and it does me no good to spend energy and emotion on wishing the world were different. Instead, I channel that energy into showing the world how awesome vegan food can be!

    Everyone needs to eat, and so if one day someone makes one of my recipes instead of something that’s come from an animal, then that’s a change I’m directly responsible for. And what if that one day turns into two? A week, a month, a year, 10 years, a lifetime? That’s worth putting effort into. Getting upset about other people eating meat isn’t. It’s a lesson I’ve learned well!

    But of course, all of this comes from why I became vegan in the first place; although I abhor animal cruelty and suffering, my reasons for being vegan come from logic, not emotion.

    I believe that life should be about balance, and tragically, the more affluent we become, the more we mess up that balance. Not just for us but for everyone. And for the planet too.

    There is no reason for people to not have enough food – we can grow enough to feed everyone, yet the increasing demands of the few mean that 75% of the world’s arable land is turned over to animal agriculture. It doesn’t take a genius to see how messed up that is.

    I find it incomprehensible that on a planet more than capable of feeding all of us, on one side, people are dying of malnutrition, while on the other, they’re dying from obesity.

    I find it illogical to take a life in order to sustain another, when we have no need to. I find it illogical that people are happy to mess up the planet for everyone, just to satisfy their bellies.

    Other people have different reasons for being vegan; me, I just happen to love the planet I live on, and believe that everyone should have enough to eat.

    So how does it feel to be vegan? For me, it just feels… right.

    1. Thank you for your beautiful comment, Nico, thank you for sharing your thoughts and feelings about this matter. For what I see, no one talks about it much, rather just cooking and saying all the benefits from being vegan, or going radical. And I think we should discuss it among us as vegans, both for the sake of us and people that are reading us, vegan or not.

      I also feel like people are lazy or selfish. Which tends to get me into judging, so I dismiss that kind of thoughts, as you said, live and let live, eat and let eat, no matter what one eats. It’s his rightfull choice that we can only aprove or not, but won’t change no matter what we tried. Because we can talk till we get blue in the face, no one will change if he himself doesn’t feel the need for change inside.

      Also, I feel kind of… bad? annoyed? sorry? about people who often say in groups, “Please help me, I’m trying to be vegan and I still “fail”, have strong cravings for meat, eggs or dairy. And then they get comments like, “endure! Make vegan meatballs if you so want meatballs! Be strong for the animals!”, or something like that, which only leads to those people feeling more deprived.

      Because, let’s be honest. Vegan meatballs or vegan anything with the “meat or dairy” name almost never tastes like meat or dairy. I don’t know. Maybe I’m wrong. Vegan meatballs are vegan meatballs and they taste great, but they don’t taste like meat to me. Nor they should! And why would they!? If I decided and feel like I don’t eat meat anymore, theny I DON’T EXPECT things to taste like meat and dairy?! So I don’t get dissapointed if something vegan doesn’t taste like meat and dairy?!

      So I often sit on my hands not to write, “If you’re so unhappy, then just eat what you want! Being vegan is not about being unhappy or deprived at all!” There are millions of people so hungry, so bloody hungry that they would be happy to eat bloody ANYTHING and who could judge them? Would anyone in his right mind judge someone on the verge of starvation because he ate a snitzel? And preach him about beans and lentils?

      You are so right to say that we are blessed with all our choices. Great majority of us is really not that rich to afford private experts to calculate our every meal for nutritients and cook it for us whenever we feel like it. And do the dishes afterwards 😉 but still, we can easily approach all the produce we want and need to do it ourselves.

      So to conclude my thoughts, I just think, like you, that people are not neccesssarily bad. They just kind of, go with the flow. Meat and dairy are everywhere, everyone is eating it, so why change? Some of my friends told me, “I don’t want to think about it, because it’ll all get wrong for me too. I don’t want to see vegan movies because I would start thinking about slaughter scenes and meat, eggs and dairy come in clean, silent packages in the stores, and you just don’t think about it. And I’m not a bad person, I’m kind and sympathetic. I can’t stand to see the suffering”. So what am I to say to that? You bloody hypocrit?! And showe his nose in some vegan movie to see? Maybe someone should. Or not. Because they have to make the decision and change themselves.

      Well. The suffering continues anyway. But what’s more important, I just think the whole food production is gone wrong. How much bad foods are there? How much bad economy? Importing cheap garbage from who knows where? It’s sad for me to know that namely Croatia, my country, is able to produce every bloody fruit and vegetable except… rice? Bananas? Avocado and some exotic, tropical fruit that we certanly won’t die without? And that can be bought from import too? And we still have tons of imported junk bloated with pesticides and whatnot and our fields and orchards are dieing out, people are moving out overseas.

      People don’t think about who they are, how they bodies work, what they eat, where they live. I think they don’t have to get vegan instantly, but still, start to think about what they eat. More about their environment, about how much waste they make or do they recycle or buy wisely. And it goes from there onward.

      And as you say, if just one person stops and listens, that’s a success. To make someone realise that vegans are not weirdos that eat only rotten pears that fall off of the trees themselves and chew raw wild wheat. Our Grandmas have big arsenal of beautiful veggie dishes we can all start with and feel happy and healty.

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