First of all, I should probably say that I am not currently vegan. In fact, I would call myself a mostly dairy-free pescetarian. That is a bit of a mouthful, isn’t it? Let me explain. About three weeks ago I started doing some research on animal cruelty in the food industry. From this research, I found that I was physically unable to stomach meat and eggs. I won’t share the information that I found here because I found it quite upsetting, and that is not what I am here to do. The information can be easily found for those that are interested.
Anyways, I decided to immediately stop eating meat. Full stop. I literally had a burger one evening, finished my research, and decided to cut out meat and eggs the next day. There was no transition period, it was very abrupt. And naturally, that first day I then travelled to my boyfriend’s parents house for the weekend, where they made 2 barbecues and one roast dinner. Good timing, Claudia. They were actually very understanding and accommodating of my new diet change, which I am incredibly thankful for. Watching them eat grilled sausages, grilled burgers, and a full roast dinner was definitely a test of my willpower. I am actually now glad that I had that immediate test of my willpower, because now I know that I can get through my cravings. I have been without meat for two weeks, and I do still have semi-frequent cravings. I am proud that I have ignored these cravings thus far, and have actually expanded my diet and started eating some things that I did not have before.
My next step is to cut out dairy. I have two reasons for doing so: the cruelty that goes into the dairy production process, and my own lactose intolerance. As a self-confessed cheese addict, I know that this is going to be a challenge for me. And I do not intend to cut out dairy all at once, as I did with meat. This will be more of a gradual process, which will be far more sustainable for me. My goal at the moment is to only have a few meals a week that include dairy. For instance, in my meal planning for next week, I only have three meals planned that include moderate amounts of dairy. For me, that is a success. Gradually, that will cut down to two meals, one meal, then no meals. However, as it stands, I do still intend to enjoy dairy at special occasions. Christmas without mince pies and cheese (not together, obviously)? No thanks. For me, the overwhelming message of my research is that I should actively try to reduce my consumption of animal products for the good of the earth. To me, that does not necessarily mean cutting everything out completely. I do believe that the occasional enjoyment of animal products is okay, because nobody is perfect. I am in awe of those who do not consume any animal products ever, especially over the holidays. Perhaps this makes me a so-called “bad” dairy-free pescetarian, but for me, that is not the point. I am not interested in others attempting to make me feel guilty for my occasional enjoyment of animal products. I do not think that is helpful, especially as I currently enjoy far fewer animal products than the average person. And I think that should be the goal, in order to make a change in the world. For instance, as I have cut out meat, it also means that my boyfriend also eats far less meat. And together, with this change, means that we are making a significant impact.
So you are probably wondering what the point of this blog is, and why I have called it “The Vegan Diaries.” First, I will be using this blog to chronicle my journey towards a more vegan lifestyle, daily. Now, as someone who currently consumes some dairy and fish, what do I mean by vegan? I mean that I am actively trying to reduce the amount of dairy and fish that I do consume. And I am still being challenged by cravings for the meat that I have recently cut out. Therefore, this blog will be a tool for me to share my journey for you. I hope that this is helpful for others that are also on a similar journey. I have seen plenty of vegan food blogs, but I have not found many that discuss the daily struggles, as well as triumphs, of this change. That is what I aim to do. As well, I will be sharing honest reviews of various vegan products that I do try throughout my journey. As for the name, well I watch far too much of The Vampire Diaries, and the name just came to me because of that. Please, do not judge me.
Thanks for reading, and I will see you tomorrow for Day One.