Halfway through Day One of Veganuary and guess what?! I AM STILL ALIVE! I can still lift my limbs up and down and everything!
So far I have had the most amazing breakfast of a fruit and seed filled muesli, a lunch of savoury-lovely lentil soup, a tub of red pepper hummus and multi grain crackers and a DEE-LISH-US tiffin.
So far so tasty!
When I decided to do Veganuary I was nervous about how much of my eating habits would need to change, but I was equally concerned about how people would react.
So today I would like to just ask one thing – please don’t be a dick about it.
Some people still have such a weird attitude to people becoming vegan. Vegetarianism seems to be ok now, but take that extra step to binning the milk and cheese and you can expect to be scoffed at, laughed at, lectured to or ignored.
People get that others don’t want to eat meat – they can see the connection to animal welfare, not wanting animals to suffer and die, they can see the carcass and the flesh. But the same people stop, stubbornly, at making the extra link to include all the animals that suffer and die for the dairy industry in their understanding.
Is it really so, SO, so weird to folk that people can live without putting cheese and burgers in themselves?
“WHHAAAAAAAAAT?! YOU DON’T WANT TO EAT MEAT OR DAIRY?!”
“YOU OFFENSIVE SNOWFLAKE”
“I HATE IT WHEN PEOPLE CARE ABOUT THE WELFARE OF OTHER BEINGS – I JUST DON’T GET IT?!”
“YOU NAZI WHORE!”
People who get angry and weird about veganism are basically saying that it makes more sense for animals to be bred in super gross quantities, that our earth isn’t equipped to accommodate, leading to the inevitable suffering of those animals, in order that they can eat cheap food in portion sizes that aren’t good for them, than….you know…eat some vegetables and seeds.
Making a lifestyle change for good reasons seems like a weakness in our society. Being PC, nice, considerate, thoughtful – we still scoff at these ideas in favour of cynicism and nastiness and mocking.
I have been pretty much a hobbit over Christmas so haven’t really had to chat in person to anyone about Veganuary, so I am feeling a bit of trepidation about going back to work and the real world and having to “explain” my decision to people.
I hope people will understand, but I know people will take the mickey, roll their eyes and point blank refuse to “get it” in any way.
I will need to find ways of rising above this strange disappointment that people will have in me.
I will ask people if they have it in them to farm, kill and prepare their own meat.
I will ask them how they feel about the distance they have created between themselves and the people that do all the dirty work for them.
I will ask them if they have ever salivated at a cow in a field.
I will ask them if their shit smells better than mine.
For now though, I am off to scoff on some more food my body and soul will actually thank me for.