As Zo mentioned in an earlier post, there are many different stages we are all at with regards to what we choose to eat. I have meat eating, pescatarian, vegetarian AND vegan friends. Some how we all manage to get along around the dinner table, despite all the awkwardness that can come from having so many different moral and ethical views under one roof. I think the key to success here is accepting that people take time to change… and that you don’t have to be a fully fledged vegan to be making a difference in the world.
Veganism is I’m sure the ultimate goal for a lot of pescatarians and vegetarians out there… but take your time! YOU are actively choosing to make a change in your life that has a domino effect on your health, the welfare of animals and the environment!
I myself have been vegetarian for just over one year now (yay!), and have developed different views and ways of dealing with the all of the confronting information available about the horrific practice of factory farming. It can be very overwhelming, and I remember I felt like I just wanted to run around spreading the word to every Thom,Dick and Harry. Unfortunately… no body likes a pushy vegetarian - so don’t do that!
It’s up to you to make judgement on all of the information out there and decide what YOU are comfortable choosing to eat.
I like to think of myself as a fairly typical vegetarian;
- avoids meat and sneaky meat products i.e. rennet and gelatine
- eats free range/RSPCA approved eggs (occasionally)
- drinks a mix of soy milk and regular milk (depending on what is in the fridge)
- Tries not to eat too much cheese, but has a soft spot for haloumi (ughh!)
My biggest hesitation to make the transition into veganism is cheese (tasty, tasty cheese)…
For anyone else out there that is struggling with the idea of life without cheese… Let me know what you think of this -> www.barambahorganics.com.au
The thing I love about this brand is that they raise all calves born from the mumma dairy cows!
‘At Barambah Organics all the calves that are born on our property stay within our care. Our calves are not considered by us to be waste products.
At the age of 6 months we take the females to another one of our properties which is 20kms from the dairy farm. There they have 1,300 acres to roam, and we take the males to our 1,000 acre property at Murgon. No Barambah calves are sent to the abbatoir.’
Let me know what you think - want to hear your opinions and stories!