Τετάρτη, 1 Αυγούστου 2012

Did you know I'm a vegan?

I don't think I have mentioned that...but yep! I've been a vegan for more than 3 months. I stopped eating animals and animal products in April 27. I know, 3 months is nothing, but my vegan story doesn's begin here.

When I was 16, a friend that I used to respect, mentioned to me something about how eating animals affects us and the environment. Until then, I was eating meat like a crazy. I believe I used to eat JUST MEAT. See, my eating habits have never been a concern for me. I was eating whatever I liked. Of course I had my mother trying to make me eat healthier, with no luck. It was very interesting to hear another opinion on eating…a more sophisticated one. That putted me on thoughts.

The change happened half a year later. I red an article on a magazine, about  vegeterian diets. I was lucky enough to have plenty of time, a laptop and internet access, back then. I was searching for more information all the time. I red about animals’ rights, vegetarianism and religions, ancient greek philosophers’ opinions on vegeterianism and a lot more. I possibly red everything someone could found on the internet that time. And of course I watched those terrible videos. You know what I’m talking about. The ones that show how bad people treat the animals in farms. My stomach couldn’t stand this.  I didn’t want to be a part of this, I didn’t want to eat animals anymore.

And that’s what I did. I started experimenting with cooking, so I could prepare my own animal-free meals. I tasted so many foods I have never tried before. I was talking and talking about my ideas with everyone. I was helping those who showed some interest to  reduce animal products from their diets or even better experiment with vegetarianism and veganism. New doors have opened in front of me. I was living in a less toxic, more compassionate way.  I think I was vegan for about 5 months and then I fell. For souvlaki…one of the worst type of meats. After that I began eating meat, dairy, eggs and fish again. That was so silly. I mean, ok I had a souvlaki, but there’s no vegan police to chase me. Yes, I was weak, but I could have try harder and stay vegan after my ‘’sin’’. I was so confused cause everyone used to tell me that what I was doing was wrong. I was alone and hungry for meat. I know it sounds awfull but, I like its taste and staying away from it was a huge challenge for me. Enough with the apologies. Since then for some time I was a vegan and then meat eater and then a vegan again. I wasn’t sure what I wanted to be. I liked to eat animal products but I hated the idea of animals suffering. I had concerns about if my abstention from meat actually helped any animals. I didn’t know what was right.

And then, the most great thing happened. I made a baby! And with him, an amazing power rised from my inside. A very strong will to be a better person, so he can have a good example as he grows up. When, in my teenage years, I was reading about vegan kids, I totally knew I wanted to raise my future kid this way. So when I started thinking how I want to raise my boy and what values I want to give him, I knew I wanted to have an animal lover boy. I knew I had to be vegan again. He had to be vegan, too.

At last, I don’t know if avoiding animal products and products which have been tested on animals actually helps any animals to survive and live longer and better lives. I don’t know if it’s natural to eat animals or not. I know that I want to raise a caring person, a nice boy who loves and respects every type of life on earth. I know I want to hurt as little as possible this planet and διατροφικα I believe it’s a good way. I want to try harder this time and stay vegan forever. I hope my son will be vegan forever. If he won’t that’s ok, he will have to choose. I just have to set this example.

Now I can cross this off my 21 before 21 list!

Peace to everyone!

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