Saturday, 18 March 2017

The Perfect Vegan




I'm not the perfect vegan, I'm so far from being the perfect vegan it could upset me ... but it doesn't !!  Why doesn't it you might ask, well because I am doing exactly what the meme above says.  'I'm doing the best I can to cause the least harm', and hopefully I will be able to carry on this way for the rest of my life.

I can't stand suffering, I can't stand it when people say one thing and do another.  'I love animals' is an often repeated phrase, nine times out of ten from someone who will then go on to eat a slice of one for their tea with a side of chips and a coating of gravy.  I just woke up one day, did some research and decided I couldn't be that one of those people anymore, so I changed.

My journey over the last fifteen years has taken me from cutting out red meat, to full on vegetarianism, then back to pescatarianism ... because I thought I needed the nutrients in fish ... HA .... I have felt so much better since I cut all animal products out of my diet ... and now I have moved finally and completely into veganism ... or a completely plant based diet as some call it.

Indeed maybe I should say I am 'plant based eater' rather than a vegan, because still in my life is one of the by-products of the animal industry - leather.

I have a couple of leather bags and a few pairs of leather shoes and boots, the sofa I sit on to eat my plant based meals is made of leather, the steering wheel cover and seat trims of my car are leather.  It seems I am surrounded by the stuff.  I can't afford to change everything at once but I can use them for now, respectfully make them last, wear them out and when they need replacing replace them with kinder, more soul satisfying alternatives.


Luckily I have always been allergic to wool so I don't have masses of woolly jumpers siting on my shoulders or my conscience, and to my knowledge there is little wool in the house, maybe a percentage in the carpet, but I really don't know.

Little by little I am moving forward, slowly and gently ... and for me that's the best way to go.



8 comments:

  1. This was a lovely read, thank you :)

    I'm almost 3 years in to my journey and there are still things I haven't figured out - medication being the big one. I'm glad I can walk in to superdrug and buy labelled vegan cosmetics and body care products.

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    1. There are so many vegan options to buy now aren't there. I bet even three years ago at the start of your vegan journey there were less options for you to choose from. Medication is a stumbling block for many, but sometimes we have to grit our teeth and take what is necessary, after all if you don't look after your health you can't move forward on this wonderful journey doing good.

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  2. I must admit I don't know that much about the vegan philosophy other than what you have already described above. The one thing that triggered a question was your referral to wool. I understand you are allergic to wool and therefore can't use it but from a vegan perspective why is wool a problem?
    KJ

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    1. Basically because vegans believe that 'animals are not our property and should not be used for food clothing, research or entertainment.'

      Here is a good article on sheep, if you scroll down a bit there is a section on 'Wool Production'. https://veganuary.com/why/animals/sheep-lambs/

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    2. Ah, ok. Thanks for the explanation!
      KJ

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  3. I agree with you about taking care of, and wearing out your leather items, that way you're respecting your possessions, you're not punishing yourself for former decisions (not saying you would, I know some people do) and you're removing the economic value from the animal product. It's all about intention isn't it.

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    1. It is, thank you for your understanding. Some 'hard-core' vegans are of the opinion that you should simply get rid of all products as soon as you walk on the vegan path.

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  4. I try my best but am still stuck on eggs. isnt it a saying for Wiccans, do no harm? I also have leather sofas we can not afford to replace them and as we already have them and they are 17 years old. We wont get rid of them till they fall apart

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