Why I’m not a vegan: 3 thoughts

I’ve been thinking about becoming a vegan a lot this week; if you haven’t read my story, well, I’m a non-strict vegetarian right now, which in my case means I eat fish occasionally. I found giving up some meat very easy (I have never liked beef much) and some meat very hard; I loved chicken like a sibling, like a sweet juicy salty sibling. I haven’t eaten chicken in about 5 months and I don’t miss is as much now, but sometimes I’ll still let my eyes linger on some barbeque wings for too long.

You can probably tell, but I didn’t give up meat because I think it’s disgusting; I gave it up for health reasons and a growing awareness of the environmental impact of eating meat (yes, I watched Cowspiracy, its a great documentary, I suggest you check it out). But surprisingly, by giving myself a long time to give things up, not putting deadlines on it, and not being hard on myself if I slipped up, I got here.

But where is here and how much further will I go? Why not be a vegan? All the evidence suggests it’s the healthiest diet when done properly, and it’s the kindest to the planet. Here are some reasons why I’m not vegan, not just yet:

  1. Eggs. I love eggs, in all their multifarious forms; fried scrambled, poached, hard and soft boiled, stir fryed with vegetables or rice, mixed with banana in pancakes, everything. I know they are high in cholesterol and that’s not great, but, no diet is perfect. They taste good to me, and they make me happy.
  2. Milk. I don’t actually drink any dairy/animal milk, I have almond milk in coffee sometimes, or just drink it black. But I thought this was worth mentioning because EVERYTHING CONTAINS MILK. If you know anyone who is vegan, or lactose intolerant, ask them; crisps contain milk, condiments and pasta sauces contain milk, pretty much all processed snack foods contain milk. It’s not easy to avoid. If you want to give up milk, you by proxy have to give up a lot of other things (mostly unhealthy things, but still) and I’m not ready for that leap, not just yet.
  3. Protein. I didn’t worry about it so much, but my boyfriend says I’m not eating enough protein. My mum says I’m not eating enough protein, my brother agrees. I stress how many chickpeas and lentils I eat, and they abate, for a while. It gets tedious fielding the same complaints, especially having done a lot of research. I’m going to be ordering a huge bulk order of quinoa and beans and things in a few weeks, so maybe then I’ll be ready to vegan?

 

Is there anything holding you back from being a vegan? Have you thought about it? How do your friends and family react?

6 Comments

  1. I feel very similar, I decided to go vegetarian a few months ago, however from time to time I will still have fish. I find it’s hard to escape the fact that many products include dairy. Thanks for this post!

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  2. I hate eggs with a literal passion (they make me feel sick) and so I have no desire to eat them, and I haven’t eaten meat properly in over 10 years and have no need to go back (I only ate chicken anyway) but I can’t see myself giving up cheese, yogurt and the (very occasional) ice cream. It’s not just that so many random things have milk in but that I just don’t want to live in a cheese less world right now.

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    1. Haha I know what you mean! I have always said I could never give up cheese… although the vegan cheese range at Sainsburys (UK) is supposed to be amazing so I have ordered some :). Have you tried nice-cream? I made some at home a few weeks ago (frozen bananas mixed with cocoa powder) and it was pretty good! Best with fresh bananas I think, and not quite the same as ice cream but not bad 🙂

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  3. Hi Rosie,

    Here’s an interesting video that I think will be good to watch about being vegan and not getting “enough” protein.
    This video basically describes how we actually don’t need as much protein as we think and that we actually get it from a lot of things we eat.

    Also, another point I think is interesting is that cows, for example, eat grass, and are they lacking in protein? Most probably not, so why should we be (when we eat a plant based diet)?
    Personally, I don’t think we need to eat meat to give us our small daily dose of protein.

    A lot of people these days think we need a lot of protein and the protein we need, we can only get from meat. Which isn’t true, so let’s spread the word 😛

    Hope this is insightful for you.

    Lots of Love,
    Laila

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    1. Hey Laila! How are you?

      I totally agree – I wrote this post a while back, while I was still getting used to being a veggie (along with friends and family) and I am realising more and more that there is plenty of protein in beans, pulses, seeds, veggies etc.
      I loved the quote from, I think it was the “What the Health” documentary? where the guy points out how much muscle mass cows have, on a vegan diet – it’s so true! And I thought it was a good way of highlighting how silly the assumption is that you have to eat a certain type of food to get protein, specifically animals and animal products, when of course, you don’t .
      I have a lot of days where I’m completely vegan (rather than vegetarian) now, so I think I might be able to eat my words from this article soon!

      Love Rosie

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