Thoughts on being a Vegetarian!

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Hello everyone and welcome back to my blog!

Today’s post was suppose to be on my freelance packaging project not.corn however, I am still waiting to receive the finished product! I wanted to photograph it properly for this blog post and social media rather than using mock ups, so sorry hopefully that will be coming soon, the anticipation is killing me, ah.

So instead I wanted to touch on a subject that is close to me but I know can also be a little controversial, being a Vegetarian…

I know any form of discussion around diet or what one chooses to put in their body can be a sensitive subject but hear me out. I’m not trying to convert anyone, I just want anyone who wants to listen with an open mind.

I became a ‘vegetarian’ about three years ago now but I had been educating myself on the matter one year before I decided to make the change, yes I was once too a meat eater. 

So why and how did it all change?

Well I have always been an animal lover, ever since I can remember, in fact for most of my life I wanted to be a vet. Unfortunately, I wasn’t smart enough for that and a school work experience trip to the vets where I watched my Gran’s dog being spay kind of made me realise that maybe this wasn’t the career for me.

Also going to an arts uni and being surrounded by people who thought differently and where the majority of the student body were vegetarians or vegans probably also had something to do with it.

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But the main factor I would say into why I became a vegetarian has to do with my own self education on the matter. I watched a number of YouTubers who promoted the Veggie/Vegan lifestyle and a number of documentaries all of which I will link below. 

A disclaimer I will say on teaching yourself from the internet is not to believe everything but take it with a pinch of salt and dig a little deeper to try and find out the truth. An example of a toxic YouTuber I once watched was Freelee The Banana Girl and although yes she did get me thinking about what I was putting into my body she did it in a very negative and potentially harmful way.

The more I researched, the more I became disgusted with meat. I realised how desensitised I had become, how could I claim to be an animal lover and even keep a dog in my house! Yet contribute to the murder of other ‘lesser species’?

“But cows, pigs and chickens are suppose to be eaten, that’s what they’re bred for…”

Well I strongly disagree with that statement, pigs are said to be more intelligent than dogs yet somehow we eat one and the other we let into our homes and raise if they were are own children…

And if not eating cows, pigs, chickens or any other animal meant they no longer existed than I would rather that than they live a whole life of pain. If you’re interested in that side of Vegetarian/Veganism then look up the idea of Speciesism.

Other reasons people become or should become Vegetarian/Vegan is for our planet! 

51% of global greenhouse emissions are due to livestock and their byproducts whereas all transportation only contributes to 13%

Yes eating meat at the rate and mass that we are doing right now is killing our planet, animal agriculture is nowhere near as sustainable as harvesting crops. Did you know if everyone adopted a Vegetarian/Vegan diet then there would be no more world hunger? All of the crops we use to feed animals could feed people who need it.

Global warming is only going to get worse as more ‘upcoming’ countries who now have a more predominantly plant based diet adopt Western ideals. 

I actually did a project at university touching on the global warming argument of animal agriculture which I will link here if you would like a read.

Another great point of call for learning more about this is also the documentary I will link below, Cowspiracy which is available on Netflix.

 

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And of course, the third and final reason a lot of people adopt this diet/lifestyle is for health reasons.

I’m sure you all may be aware of the latest scares in the news about how red meat gives you cancer and meat consumption had been linked to heart disease.

I’m not going to comment too much on this as I am not a doctor but it’s something to take into consideration. 

But I do know that a lot of people adopt this diet is because it keeps them looking slim. A plant based diet is a lot less calorie dense than eating meat or dairy products so therefore, you can eat a lot more of it. Which I don’t know if I whole heartedly agree if this is the right attitude to have as there is much more to it than you’re own ego however, it’s a start and each to their own.

To anyone considering changing their diet I would highly recommend educating yourself  before you do it. Not just so you know how it works, what to eat, what to consider but, to unfortunately defend yourself with facts for when you’re attacked for your beliefs. 

See the most eye opening thing I learnt about being a vegetarian is not actually about the meat industry and its monstrosities but, how people don’t like anyone who is different.

I hope you enjoyed the rough summary on my thoughts, feelings and beliefs. This is quite a big subject so I’m sure there will be more conversation to come.

Lots of love, Melissa x

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