Life without Anorexia
My motto is 'Dont let the sadness of your past & the fear of your future ruin the happiness of your present'
My life at the moment is completely different to how it once was. I spent 5 years sick with anorexia nervosia and depression as well as struggling with self harm and overexercising. I spent 2 years in different treatment centres.
And since 2012 i have been declared healthy from my eating disorder.
I have been blogging for 7 years, and my whole journey is written in my posts. I now represent healthy and happiness. I want to show anyone struggling that it is possible to recover, no matter how hard it may seem.
I now blog about recovery, my life, veganism and positivity!
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Saturday, October 8, 2016
Thoughts regarding vegan ism
Ok, so this will be a rather long post with just different topics i have thought about regarding veganism which i wanted to share. Maybe things you have thought about or havent thought about before!
I am sure in the future i will make a list with even more things, but for now this is some of ideas/thoughts in my mind:
I am not in the place where i want to date again, but when i think about it i am actually a little worried about dating again. Many guys dont seem to understand veganism and maybe wont be understanding or want to compromise. And i dont want to be an inconvenience... example, what if we (i.e a future boyfriend/date and myself?) go on a first date and then there is nothing vegan to order and then i just sit there with a salad, hahaa. But also i wonder whether its best to just be upfront and say "im vegan" so that the person knows or to just wait.... but i know that many wouldnt want to date someone who is vegan as they are seen as extreme or just an inconvenience, and you know what... i wouldnt want to date someone who thinks like that anyway. I think my future boyfriend has to be someone who enjoys working out/exercising and is vegan or atleast understands veganism so that my food choices arent seen as inconvenice for him. I dont even know if i could date someone who eats alot of dairy or meat, i would just find that hard to be around and even if i dont want to make comments or judgements about peoples food i would find it disturbing and a little sad to see someone eat lots of meat around me.
I've been thinking about all the items that are non vegan or are tested on animals..... candles, nail Polish, hair colour, condiments etc it definitely makes me less willing to buy things because i dont want to buy wrong. Of course i amnt materialistic and i think its a good thing if people buy less items and products, its just a waste. But when i think back about some of the items i have bought the past few months - such as my running shoes, who knows if they are vegan or not... i didnt even consider that when i bought them. If anyone wants maybe i can make a list of items that ARE cruelty free and vegan and other items which you would think are vegan but arent?
Would i buy non vegan food or items for family/friends as a present? Ive thought about this alot. When i was at home and if i was ever asked to buy food for my parents i would just buy the vegan alternative to them, example if they asked me to buy milk or yoghurt i bought them soy milk or soy yoghurt. Luckily i wasnt asked so often to buy them food, so i wasnt put in the position where i had to buy non vegan food. Because even if i wouldnt eat that food myself - by buying it for another person, i am contributing to their animal suffering. Its not just about the food - whether i eat animal products or not - but its about the animal suffering and well, buying a product that has animal substances just contributes to the demand of those products. I think if i buy a present for someone i will choose a vegan and non creutly option as much as possible as that would feel better for myself!
At times it can be so overwhelming when I think about how much suffering happens everyday and so few people care. Vegans are the minority and are just trying to make a difference but yet we are the inconvenience people. I dont want to be someone who is extreme or judges people or tells people what to do or what to eat, but i have considered joining some vegan groups and doing demonstrations here in Gothenburg. It feels like i want to do more than i am already doing right now... but i know that with my blog and social media i can hopefully make a small difference and that means alot to me! And all i can focus on is what i can do... i cant change people or make people choose to go vegan and i cant end all animal suffering, and when i think about how much suffering there is (both animal and human suffering) it can make me just want to curl into a ball and not deal with humanity. But i know that if these types of thoughts get too strong or get the better of me, it can lead to a depression or very negative thinking... so i am focusing on positivity and the difference that IS being made. Focusing on the change happening and how far it has come (even if i am a newbie vegan, haha), instead of how much still needs to change.
It's always meat and dairy on sale :( Each week when i look at the discounts i get at my local store, it is always meat and dairy... sometimes potatoes or bananas which is awesome. But i wish that they would have vegan options on sale as well sometime. The sale of meat and dairy just means more people buy them... and they are cheap enough as it is.
Veganism has made me more confident. Daring to post what I want online and not caring if i am an inconvenience. I feel that people can unfollow me if they dont like what i post, but i will keep doing my thing. But also, not caring if i am an "inconvenience" when eating - of course i try to not be a problem when it comes to food or eating out or eating with other people. Mostly because i dont want food to be a problem or a big deal. Either i have vegan food with me or i know that there will be options for me when we go out to eat/eat at other peoples places.
Veganism you set your own guidelines what's OK... for example smoking isn't vegan. And what about driving a car.... think about all the bugs you kill. Or what about all the oil you use or about the exhaust... (though vegan ism is about the animals and not the planet. However I guess there are environmental vegans, health vegans, ethical vegans and people who just eat plant based. ) For example, if you kill a spider or a bug... isnt that animal suffering? Who decides whether its ok to kill bugs and not cows or not dogs? But those are your own definition and what you think is ok or not.
Would I eat super meat (real meat that is grown in a lab from a cell). I've thought about this and my answer is no... I don't think I could consciously put flesh into my mouth or body. It disgusts me a little too much, even if there was no animal suffering involved. It's still flesh. However if I had my own hens and they lived a happy life and laid eggs I think I would eat the eggs because I do like eggs and when I lack protein I get egg cravings. And hens naturally lay eggs.... however I won't eat organic eggs from other people's farms.... only if I had my own hens.
My thoughts about house pets. I think adoption is best and as long as the animal is treated correctly and love for all animals it's OK. However I don't think having fish or exotic animals as house animals is OK. House pets and a vegan diet... i know that cats are carnivores so making them eat vegan food is not healthy or ok. But dogs can survive on vegan food... and its up to the individual to decide. I dont think feeding your dog normal dog food makes you less of a vegan, but thats my opinon anyway. I know that my dog - Daisy - loves peas, blueberries, chickpeas as well as soy meat (haha), but she also loves meat. If i adopt a dog in the future i dont know what dog food i will buy, but i would never buy meat or things like pig ears and feed the dog - that would go against my own beliefs.
So this is a long post and just some of my thoughts. Maybe you have other thoughts or questions, or what are your opinions on these different things? Comment below and let me know!!