How do you respond when someone asks you why you are vegan?

It’s boxing day in England at the moment, after having a lovely Christmas day with my family yesterday, I am feeling content and hopeful. It was the first reunion of all of the family in quite a few months and there were mixed reactions about me being vegan.

My brother and sister still make comments about my choice of diet and think I am being extreme, but I think my parents have accepted and started to understand it now.

We had a gathering last week, in which many of my extended family came to including aunties, uncles and cousins. Whenever I am asked about why I eat the way I do, I usually don’t know how to put it into words or stumble on my words. Before the gathering I knew I was going to get a lot of questions so I figured out what I was going to say in advance, and it went along the lines of this: “I never thought I would go vegan, but I feel great” and “I just thought a bit about it and researched the meat and dairy industry and thought, I don’t want to participate in it”. I am doing it out of ethical beliefs, health benefits and for the environment, but ultimately I am vegan because it makes me feel good. If it didn’t make me feel good then I wouldn’t be doing it.

I think answering in this way is effective and gives the other person something to think about, whilst not being preachy or righteous, and it could cause the other person ask more questions.

I am curious to see what you think, what is the best way to answer when someones asks why you are vegan? I don’t want to preach about something that other people might get offended by. But on the other hand there is absolutely nothing wrong with speaking out about torture and murder that is happening on a daily basis.

 

 

5 songs with vegetarian/vegan references

Since going vegan I have noticed a few songs on my iPod which have some references to vegetarianism/veganism and I love when I find vegetarian references in movies or books or any form of art. Here are some songs that I have found:

1. Franco Un- American – NOFX http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZSb3nG4oTNQ

The lyrics at the start of the song are

“I never thought about the universe, it made me feel small
Never thought about the problems of this planet at all
Global warming, radio-active sites
Imperialistic wrongs and animal rights!”

Then later on in the song “I’m eating vegetation, ’cause of Fast Food Nation”

The song is basically about someone who is realizing the problems in the world. The character being ‘Franco Un-american’

2. Vegetarian Mumbo Jumbo – NOFX http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=to2gdfQ6R8c

Another song NOFX wrote before they wrote ‘franco un-american’. It’s funny how the lead singer changed his mind about vegetarianism after writing this song which mocks vegetarianism.

They have also written many more songs with references to vegetarianism. 

3. Apeman – The Kinks http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eEep67akIn4

“I think I’m so educated and I’m so civilized
‘Cos I’m a strict vegetarian
But with the over-population and inflation and starvation
And the crazy politicians
I don’t feel safe in this world no more
I don’t want to die in a nuclear war
I want to sail away to a distant shore and make like an ape man”

4. You’re wrong – NOFX http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8U-Mjnn0JXE

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Another one by nofx, one of my favorite bands. This song is about many different issues that go on in the world today. One of the reasons why I love this band is because they manage to make important political, ethical or cultural statements in their songs whilst making it something you can hang on to and sing to.

the lyrics in this song: “You’re wrong for hating queers and eating steers
If you kill for the thrill of the hunt”

“You’re wrong ’bout wearing fur”

5. And Last but not least, ‘Meat is murder’ by Morrisey

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_FS8BQnGiFM

 

Home made cashew spread

I am now back home from university with my family for Christmas, which means I now have a chance to show them that vegan food is not bland an boring – I think my mum is impressed with this cashew butter/spread that I made!

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All it is is a few handfuls of cashew nuts with a bit of water in a blender. I have blended them until it becomes a thick paste but you can blend it to whatever thickness you want.

It’s quick and just tastes so good!

Man, I love having a plant based diet!

it’s so exciting and the best part is showing other people this food that they have never even thought to make before.

How my life has changed since going vegan

Now that I’ve been vegan for about 5 months, I’ve also noticed other things in my life changing. Becoming vegan is a life changing thing, as food is such a prominent part of life.

I have had so many positive changes in my life since going vegan, some of the first being and end to all digestive problems I had in the past, stomach aches and pains, and constipation. I used to have random pains around my torso and headaches quite regularly. I haven’t had any headaches or unnecessary pains in 5 months, I find i have more energy when swimming (I work part time as a lifeguard) and can swim for longer without stopping, feel lighter and energized after meals, but the most prominent benefit and one that happened first is mental positiveness and a clear conscience. I just know that I am not consuming the pain suffering from animals that’s embedded in their tissues and energy and frequencies (everything is made up of energies and frequencies remember).

When I first went vegetarian, I got a lot of hasstle from my family. Suddenly they were acting as if they knew everything about nutrition and the cycle of life. I’ve never understood how anyone could think it’s wrong to be vegetarian or think that humans have to eat meat. I’ve always known that it didn’t feel right to eat meat but I never questioned dairy. It just goes to show how tradition and belief can have such a strong hold on us. We can go our whole lives doing something and never even stopping to question it. 

Since going vegan, I feel like I have complete control over my life and now have the ability to question and analyse everything. I’ve started to question every aspect of life and what is considered to be normal. For example, the way in which the majority of people live life, they go to school then get a job, retire then die. We work 9-5 then have the weekends off and a few weeks or so a year for holidays. This has always seemed wrong to me even from a very young age. When I was young I used to sit in class and fantasize of life when I finish school. I felt constricted, like I had to go to school everyday and do things I didn’t want to do which completely goes against what humans truly want to do. We all want to be free and play.

It seems like many things that are considered normal in society are completely absurd or the opposite to what we really want to do. If there’s anything I’ve learnt over the last few years is that if the majority of people are doing it, it must not be good. But why is this? Surely you would think that if the majority of people are doing something, it must be the best thing to do or the most fun thing to do. I still don’t fully understand this.

By going vegan, I feel as though I have ‘seen the light’ for use of a better phrase but also come to the understanding of a much darker side to the world. The world is exquisitely beautiful in so many ways, e.g. the way light falls on things, the aesthetic beauty and patterns of nature, the possibilities of what can be created, art, music, buildings, cars. Then on the other hand the world is a depressing place where you can walk down an underpass and get stabbed to death for your money for example. There is always this mixture of both everywhere.

While going vegan has been liberating and amazing, it has also educated me about the unnecessary mass torture, rape and murders of innocent beautiful creatures, the unnecessary existence of heart disease and many other health problems, the unnecessary starvation of humans in some parts of the world and the unnecessary damage we are doing to the environment. I don’t focus on the negative, I just do all I can to stop these unnecessary actions.

What we are taught as children has such a powerful hold on us. We are taught what our parents were taught by their parents and what their parents taught them. But as the next generation are born, we shall teach them the truth about health and nutrition.

 

 

Thoughts from a vegan artist…

I have had this blog for quite a few months now but realized I’ve never shared my experience with any of you followers. So here goes.

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I am 19 years old from London, England. Throughout my life, my experiences have changed, altering my views about vegetarianism and health but never really changed my instinctive interior thoughts. I first experimented with vegetarianism out of compassion for animals when I was 12 years old. I have always had a vegetarian auntie and uncle who inspired me. However my parents would paint a picture in my head that you can’t be healthy as a vegetarian.

I was thrown by the documentary ‘The Collective Evolution II: The human experience’ which, in general, forced my interior consciousness to try to align with the exterior world. I decided to go vegetarian (then vegan not long later) after watching ‘101 reasons to go vegan’ and conveniently, the same day we had my auntie and uncle who were vegetarians staying over for the weekend. They rarely visit as they live in Wales whilst my family and I live in London, so that was a nice serendipity. I believe that helped in my first steps to a big lifestyle change, which I definitely needed.

5 months ago I quickly threw myself into research on a vegetarian diet and found other ways of getting the nutrients I needed. Through reading books and articles via the internet, it is possible to access so much information. It’s like we are constantly migrating between these different worlds and time zones; the exterior world (the physical world around us), the virtual world (the internet) which allows us to move through different time zones and places and share information over the globe to different beings who ultimately are part of us,  as we are all one. Everything is just energy and frequency and we share and travel through time and places on a daily basis through the internet. And then there is the interior world, perhaps the most real one of all, our imagination and instinct. This is the world inside our minds (but ultimately all three worlds, as our consciousness creates reality), our thoughts and consciousness which is expressed though our art, our songs, our writings etc. they are our ideas transformed into the exterior world. Through this we can go back to different times and experience something again, e.g. through the videos that we create or a drawing that takes you back to a certain time or place. (Is this making sense or am I just getting too carried away with art and stuff??)

We are constantly migrating though different places and times, finding information and sharing information. There is a lot I learnt through my research which I want to share with you on my blog. This will hopefully be the first of many more posts as I haven’t posted as much as I would have liked to recently.

I also realised I no longer wanted to participate consumption of dairy, as I learnt about how unethical it is to obtain cow’s milk and the effect it is having on the world and damage it does to human health.

So through my whole life and through collecting information and ideas from different places, my consciousness has shifted and I have decided to no longer participate in the meat and dairy industry. (I will do another post about the benefits I have experienced)

The last few months have been exciting for me, time is moving quickly and I’ve been jumping from one project to another. But through this I have figured out what it is I really am passionate about and what I need to do. I haven’t posted a lot on here recently but I will post a lot more often now that I have an idea; to do more writing and illustration. Something that I want to do is teach people about factory farming, animal agriculture and health, so we can come together to make a change. I am passionate about art, visual art, paintings and illustrations and have recently got into instrumental song writing, having played guitar, bass and drums for many years.

I then think about how I can use my creativity in making a change in this world. We are all one and everything is ultimately part of us so what we need is a change in consciousness as a whole. Like I said earlier, we operate though these three worlds and I aim to use these to create and share things which will help create a new reality where animals are treated ethically, humans are healthy again, the environment is better. We can achieve this if we all work together as one.

Some information I’ve found over the internet and through various sources over the past few months have been overwhelming. below is an image that is absolutely absurd. I think images can be extremely powerful, especially this one. I think it’s one of the most disgusting things I’ve seen. A powerful Image. I think it’s important to create images or document things in photos, as in time we can look back at them and see how the world has changed.

ImagePhoto by Matt Jaffe

And here are a few illustrations I’ve done, expressing ideas and thoughts, there will be more to come soon.

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ImageArt by Robbie O’Keeffe

”Nothing will benefit human health and increase the chances for survival of life on earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.”- Albert Einstein. I feel as though we are all starting to come together as one to make a change. An evolution to a vegan/plant-based diet is happening as people are becoming aware of it’s benefits.