Just a heads up that this post may be quite controversial and I really hope that it doesn’t anger any of you that may be reading it.
So I have been mulling over whether or not to write a post about this for quite some time now… It’s something that has been on my mind non-stop lately and I just really need to get my thoughts out before I explode.
Also, I would just really love to get other people’s perspective on this topic.
Should I be a vegan?
Upon reading that question, I am sure that some people would scream, “Absolutely! Meat eating is evil!” and some would scream, “Absolutely not! We humans are meant to be omnivores!”die
And then there would obviously be some that would be completely indifferent… Because why would my choice of diet have an affect on anybody but me?
And shouldn’t it just be a simple choice?
If I am feeling as though I should be a vegan. If I am feeling this… guilt… gnawing away at me, then shouldn’t I just make the switch?
But it’s not that simple. It’s not that black and white.
And also, I’m less sure that the guilt that I am feeling is due to my diet, or the way that people make me feel about my diet.
It’s weird. We live in a time where it seems as though people are not only obsessed with their own diets, but with everyone else’s diets as well.
I guess we could say that the time in which we live in has something to do with this over involvement in the lives of others. Instagram. Facebook. Tumblr. You can’t even scroll through your feed for a minute before coming across a photo of someone’s artfully plated meal.
And don’t even get me started on the food blogging craze.
And I love all these things. I’m not saying anything bad about posting your meals or blogging your food. I mean, I do the same. And I am guilty of looking at all of these posts and photos about other people’s food choices and very much enjoying it.
But at the same time, you can’t also can’t scroll through these social media platforms without seeing someone attacking someone else’s diet choices.
You call yourself an animal lover?
Your food choices make you a bad person.
I’m disappointed in you.
When did a person’s food choices become a reflection of who they are as a person?
So, admittedly, I believe that a large part of my inner turmoil can be attributed to the fact that I have been watching a lot of vegan Youtubers, reading a lot of vegan blogs, and am currently reading a (fabulous) book on the plant based lifestyle… And I feel both guilty and pressured.
Then, also, I see things like this post and beat myself up.
Can I really say that I love animals while not being vegan?
Can I really claim to be passionate about the earth while not being a vegan?
Can I really try to live a natural life while not being vegan?
I feel a connection to the earth. I want to be a part of it. I want to live simply with the world. I want to embrace the earth and all of the beauty that it has to offer.
But I’m not a vegan.
So what am I?
So who am I?
Is it possible to live the life that I want to without being a vegan?
I don’t wear fur or leather… And I am trying to be more aware of my makeup purchases and am trying to only buy cruelty free products. I try to be good to the environment as well.
Heck, I don’t even kill bugs. I make sure to take them outside to let them go.
But is that all null and void if I’m not a vegan?
My diet actually is predominantly plant based. I maybe consume meat once or twice a week and I don’t eat dairy very often either. But I’m not a vegan.
And I don’t feel as though I can be… Or that I should be.
There are a handful of reasons.
1. Frozen Yogurt.
This sounds so dumb… But there are very few foods that I genuinely enjoy and even fewer so that are considered “treats” that I feel comfortable allowing myself to have.
Again, very few foods that I truly enjoy and seafood is one of them.
3. My History.
This is probably the largest reason that I have reservations against becoming a vegan. I have spent a bulk of my life obsessing over what to put into my body, and even more time obsessing over what not to put into it.
My entire life has been a series of restricting things and I am currently trying my hardest to break that mindset of xx food is bad and not allowed.
I don’t know… I don’t know.
Am I a bad person?
If you read this long vent-session-like post… I seriously appreciate it more than I can even put into words.
What’s your opinion?