E. M. (a_cherry_on_top) wrote in vegandebate,
E. M.

To stay vegan or not?

I've been a vegan for four years. I'm a pretty good cook and like spending time in the kitchen. I try to eat a wide variety of food, although I often wind up resorting to carbs. As a whole, it's been a pretty good experience.

However, converting to veganism wasn't really my choice. My ex, who was both physically and emotionally abusive, made the choice for the both of us. Now that I've left her and am moving into my own apartment, I'm wondering if I want to stay vegan. After eating raw for a couple months, I have discovered that eating gluten and soy seem to greatly affect me, and my vegan options seem much more limited as a result. I also do not subscribe to vegan dogma. I do not believe that nature is inherently kind or harmonious at all, and I don't think it's inherently wrong to eat meat. I would, however, choose more humane options: grass-fed, free range, cage-free etc. I would add meat and possibly eggs, but probably not dairy, back into my diet on occasion.

On the side of staying vegan, it's cheaper (I'm a grad student) and probably an overall healthier diet. I have naturally high cholesterol, and eating meat/eggs would probably exacerbate that. I know how to cook vegan (although not soy/gluten free), but have no idea how to even begin preparing meat. My family has finally accepted that this is the way I eat. And this is vain, but I'm afraid that I'd gain weight if I wasn't vegan. Plus, I'm not entirely sure I could do it. I was vegetarian before I was vegan, and it's been a long, long time since I've eaten meat.

So strong arguments for or against? Any additional points to consider? Any ex-vegan experiences to share?
  • Post a new comment


    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    Your IP address will be recorded 

    When you submit the form an invisible reCAPTCHA check will be performed.
    You must follow the Privacy Policy and Google Terms of use.

Deleted comment

Personally, I feel you have to do what's best for you, elspaically if you are suffering intolerances and high colesterol.

You should never have felt compelled to become vegan for someone else. No-one should be put in that situation.

FWIW I'm not vegan (or vege for that matter), but my OH is. I'm the better cook, but I'm lazy, so we eat mainly vegan becuase I can't be bothered to cook 2 meals.
We don't have much money, and even left to my own devices I eat very little meat or dairy, but when I do, it's the best quality I can get hold of. It's my naughty treat!!
So, for cheapness, and health, I'd say you can't knock being vegan. But don't feel forced into a box. If you fancy a free range egg and bacon sarnie after a heavy night out, you can, and the world won't end.
I am a soy and gluten free vegan, I have been for 5 years now. It works really well for me. I understand wanting to distance yourself from the ideals of an abusive ex, but veganism is a good social and environmental decision. Being vegan cuts more off your carbon footprint than driving, and you can feel good about knowing you're not buying into a corrupt and abusive business.
*rather; than stopping, driving.
nope, you are completely incorrect about the sources of vegan food, even if you avoid soy and gluten. you are implicated heavily in the industrial-agricultural system, particularly as a vegan because there is no sustainable way to be vegan.

sustainable high-yield organic farming requires animal inputs, thus, not vegan.

lierre keith's 'the vegetarian myth' is an interesting read. you should check it out.

Lierre Keith's 'The Vegetarian Myth' contains rather more logical fallacy than I care to read extensively.
do your research on particle types and ratios. the story behind cholesterol is much more complex than just 'it's bad'. what powers our brains is not bad.