I’ve gone vegan

Posted by on May 27, 2013 in Buddhism | 561 Comments

Yes it’s true. After many years of wanting to be vegan and feeling that I ought to be vegan, I’ve finally taken the plunge.

I’m several days in now and it feels a bit like giving up smoking. I’m a little jittery and grumpy, but generally feeling quite good about myself.

I didn’t eat loads of dairy before, but one of my favourite treats was a latte in a cafe. And I do like a cup of tea with milk in the morning.

No more of that. Black coffee for me.

I come from the planet Vega. Take me to your leader.

It feels good to be living more in line with my values. Hopefully I can keep it up long term. Once the newbie zeal and the will power have disappeared.

I was vegan once before, for about six months. I was much younger and didn’t watch my diet at all. I was eventually undone by a jumbo packet of Maltesers at Heathrow airport.

This time it will be different. I know a lot more about nutrition than I used to. My friends bought me a book called Veganomicon: The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook

I just made a stir fry (p.175).

I also bought a book called The Thrive Diet

That has 90 days of vegan recipes in it.

And of course there’s always beans on toast. And chips.

Why did I do it?

The ethics of it are pretty obvious. If you’re trying to not cause harm to other living beings, you have to go vegan.

I’m not sure if I’d be vegan (or in fact vegetarian) if I had my own farm.

That’s not a particularly Buddhist take, it’s just how I feel.

We are all food.

Taking a life is a very big deal, but the circle of life includes death. Whether I could bring about the death of another being or not I’m not sure, but I don’t feel like it’s ‘wrong’.

On the other hand, the way animals are treated in our economy is truly shocking. It is wrong. And I don’t want to be a part of it.

But taking the leap was always something I was going to do at some point in the near future.

Not today. Soon. Just one more latte.

In the end, I just got frustrated with myself.

I don’t feel ready. I haven’t evolved to the point where it’s been an easy decision. Our diet is so linked in with our emotions.

I used to run a cafe. Trust me, getting between people and their food is dangerous!

But my life is passing and sooner or later you’ve got to dive into the stuff you want to dive into.

So here we go. Wish me luck!


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