I’m Not Vegan Anymore

Dear lovely people,

Yep. You read that right. I can imagine your surprised and curious faces as you clicked on the post, eager to know what could’ve possibly made me stop being a hardcore vegan. Or maybe you don’t really care and you’re just relieved that I’ve stopped this ‘vegan nonesense’. Well, regardless, here you are.

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Rant on Vegans (Part 1)

The time has finally come to rant about my fellow vegans. I’ve been a vegan for two and a half years, and I have heard a lot of nonsense coming from others’ mouths. I, of course, love veganism and what it stands for, and am the first to defend it when I believe the movement and its members are wrongfully being criticised. However, I don’t blindly defend it in all circumstances as I know many cross the line and I don’t agree with all their views and opinions. 

This is only the first part of my rant, otherwise the post would’ve been too long, but I’ll leave the link to the second part at the end of this post. Enjoy!

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Rant on Vegans (Part 2)

Hello again, 

Here’s part 2 of my rant on vegans. If you haven’t read Part 1, you can find it HERE. If you’ve read it already and you’ll all caught up, then let’s get straight to it.
1.       Vegan activists
A lot of people who become vegan for the animals and the planet often end up doing some sort of activism, whether it’s by saving animals from being slaughtered, protesting in the streets, placing stickers on meat packaging, or signing and sharing petitions. Some others, however, share the same beliefs but don’t necessarily feel the need to actively fight for animal rights. Not every single vegan wants to advocate for animals, and they might have other causes they find equally or more important for which they already speak out for. 
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How I Overcame "Vegan Syndrome"

I’ve been vegan for a bit more than two years now, and my journey has had its ups and downs. To begin with, I constantly watched videos of animals being brutalised, abused and killed. It’s what initially made me aware of what was happening behind closed doors and I knew that my lifestyle needed to change because I didn’t feel like I could be a part of their suffering any longer. It made me feel incredibly guilty for my previous 20 years as a meat eater. I even started hating myself for it; I felt like I was responsible for causing so much pain and suffering to these animals and I convinced myself that I deserved to feel that way. 

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Dear Vegans-to-be

Adopting a vegan lifestyle can be difficult, at least it was for me. If you ask us if in our life we’d ever thought about going vegan, I can assure you that a majority would answer no. I would answer no. Veganism is often seen as this unrealistic movement, with hopes and dreams that are so far from reality; but when you take a closer look, it makes complete sense. Some might still view it as being extreme, but what’s wrong with being extremely compassionate? We aren’t used to people having convictions, and actually following them. I mean, everyone loves animals, right? Everyone is against animal cruelty, but so few actually act on it. And if you become vegan, you’ll probably be criticised for it; trust me, though, it’s all completely worth it. I can honestly say that going vegan is the best thing I’ve ever done. It makes me proud and it agrees with my ethics; there’s nothing better than living up to your own morals.

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Veganism on TV

When I decided to go vegan, I became very aware of vegans’ portrayal on television. Especially in the beginning, every time I heard the word ‘vegan’ in a film or a tv series, my eyes would open wide and I would pay close attention to what was said with excitement. I was often disappointed.

I knew veganism was not exactly well perceived by many, and by watching tv I understood why. It’s often the subject of a mockery, and it’s not taken seriously. Even with vegetarianism; we get to see several vegetarian characters on tv, but they are often questioned on their reasons behind it and it ends up being mocked or misunderstood. Characters use the word ‘vegan’ to describe a type of person that they don’t want their friends to become, therefore having a negative connotation attached to it. We can find examples in ‘How I met your Mother’ or ‘Gossip Girl’, where Robin and Serena (respectively) are accused of changing for the worst.

My First Veganniversary

I have now officially been vegan for a whole year, and I couldn’t be happier about it! Veganism is something I absolutely love and I wouldn’t want to live any other way. In a previous post, I mentioned what it was like to become vegan and the difficulties I faced. Here, however, I decided to write about all the positive things it has brought me, both physically and mentally. I noticed many differences in a very short period of time, that have now become normalities, so I will focus on the immediate changes, since I haven’t experienced any new ones since.

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Being Vegan on Holiday

As a vegan, it can be challenging to find appropriate food to eat when we are travelling. Not all countries are open to veganism and many people still don’t know what it is. Since it is the beginning of summer, I thought it could be a nice idea to write about things you could do if you’re going abroad, especially if you are still new to veganism.
I went vegan last July and I was worried about what I would be able to eat while travelling. I never wanted to tell the waiters that I’m vegan because I didn’t want to be a problem for the restaurant, and to be honest, I felt slightly embarrassed which made it more difficult to find meals I could eat. I made a couple mistakes, but now I know what I need to do to avoid making them again.

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Going Vegan

Going vegan was a significant change in my life. I ate animal products every single day, trying to ignore the story behind every meal, until the guilt became too strong and I knew it was time for me to act on what I believe in. It took me a couple months to make the full transition, stopping one product at a time, which I think made it healthier for my mind and easier than completely changing from one day to the next. I want to share my journey and this transition, with the negatives and positives that came with it.
 

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