What can you eat…??

Now this is the question that makes me laugh the most….

Let’s make this super simple….I don’t eat dairy, meat, eggs or honey. I, of course, don’t eat anything that contains any animal products…and so the problem begins if you’re buying pre made or pre packaged foods. But…over a quick exchange, the above would suffice!

People still don’t get it…..

So….what can I eat….

Let’s see what I can think of, off the top of my head. This list will be in no way exhaustive!

I can eat….apples, bananas, pears, grapes, oranges, nectarines, peaches, strawberries, raspberries, pineapples, mango, kiwi, passion fruit, blueberries, lychees, cherries, lemons, limes, dragonfruit, jackfruit, avocado, tomatoes, beetroot, onions, carrots, celery, squash, turnip, cabbage, kale, spinach, peppers, potatoes, broccoli, cauliflower, courgette, marrow, aubergine, okra, sugarsnap peas, parsnips, sweet potatoes, peas, sweetcorn, mange tout, lettuce, cucumber, radish (well actually that would kill me….), runner beans…and many many more!!

On the fruit and vegetable front…unless a tomato or carrot is suddenly laid by a chicken, or smothered in beef dripping (btw it would surprise you what they coat fruit and veg in….beeswax, for example) I can eat them….in their pure form, or cooked by a method suitable for vegans!

I can eat a whole host of other stuff. So to name a few….butter beans, broad beans,  blackeyed beans, kidney beans, baked beans, chickpeas, haricot beans, lentils, barley, bulgar wheat, spelt, rice, pasta, cous cous, bread (yup, most bread is vegan), bagels (some brands), potato scones (not all), wraps, bourbon biscuits, oreos, tea biscuits (again some…usually cheap), pumpkin seeds, linseed, chia seeds, hemp, cacao, wheatgrass, cashew nuts, monkey nuts, pistachios, walnuts, brazil nuts, raisins, oatcakes, crisps, popcorn…etc!

Again, in their raw state I can eat all of these things, and this is just the tip of the iceberg!!! You can brutalize any of these foods by adding animal products, but there is NO NEED to do that!!

This list is in no way complete…but it’s an idea of what we can eat. I’ve not even touched on substitutes…like…tofu, seitan, tempeh, soy meat, tofurky, vegan cheese, cashew cheeses, vegetable pate, vegan mayonnaise….or ‘milks’…you have cow or goat, I have…coconut, almond, soya, oat, hazelnut, pea, hemp, etc.

I think it’s fair to say that vegans can and have a wide and varied diet. The things we have in our basket compared to most omnivores are far more diverse and out of the ordinary.

So….never feel us vegans are deprived….because honestly, we probably eat a wider selection of food stuffs than anyone. And…honestly….we hardly ever miss the flesh and bodily secretions of other animals! 🤢

So…I ask you….what do you eat?? And is it as varied as ‘us’?

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If God didn’t intend for us to eat animals, why did he make them out of meat? 🙈🙉🙊

As most of you already know, I am not an extremist vegan. I very much live my life the way I feel comfortable with and strive to do no harm along the way. For me, the most compassionate way to do this is to live life as a vegan. I live a compassionate life, to lessen the impact of my existence on fellow earthlings, the planet and the future of this world.

I do post about different topics….some of which can be disturbing to some, such as the dairy industry and animal testing. I do this to inform people and share knoweldge. I don’t do it to scare people or make them feel guilty for their choices. I simply want to provide information to allow people to make informed decisions.

Something that has been tickling me for the last few days is the strange phenomenon of omnivires, usually men, feeling the need to comment on anything vegetarian/vegan/animal related. I read hundreds  (ok…ok…probably thousands) of blogs/forums etc and see the same behaviour over and over again .

For example…there is quite a big push social media wide for trialling a 7 day meat free diet. On several of these posts I’ve witnessed loads of men saying stuff like “take out the kale and add steak and you’re onto a winner”….”this puts me in the mood for a big steak”….”Oh man, I’m now craving a hamburger!!”.

Why do people feel the need to do this?? Why do, in my experience, men need to post about devouring meat at every opportunity. Does meat equal masculinity??

I mean, I dont spend my life going onto videos and recipes for steak/chicken or pork and write “If you took out the chicken and added broccoli or broad beans you’d be on to a winner!”….or….”all this talk of steak is putting me right in the mood for scrambled tofu”.

Why do folk go onto pages they clearly have zero interest in to post an inane comment like the ones above?? 🤣🤣

I also notice it happens when people post videos or pictures of farm animals, such as cows, chickens or pigs. The same folk say shit like…”I love steak!!”….”Heading straight down to KFC”. Or, for me…the worst one I’ve heard was someone describing piglets as “yummy slabs of bacon”. I mean, really??? Looking at a living, breathing newborn animal and just seeing meat? That’s not normal to me! It’s one thing liking meat, but devaluing a living creature to the point of not even recognising it as a life is psychotic to me!

Don’t get me wrong. There are many many mental vegans out there. Vegans who forget this lifestyle is about compassion…to ALL living creatures, which of course includes other humans.

I’ve heard every point of view surrounding eating animals….

“God created animals for us to eat!” 🤣

“It’s the food chain. We’re at the top. It’s just how nature intended it.” 🤔

“You’ll be infertile if you don’t consume animal protein…thats a fact!” 🤔🤓😂

“If you walked through a field with a lion….he’d eat you. That’s the natural order.” (This one confused me, as the same person provided we’re at the top of the food chain quote!) 😂

“If we didn’t eat cows and sheep they’d become extinct.” (Yeah! Because we don’t ever see cats, dogs, hamsters, etc any more!)

“If we didn’t cull to eat them they’d take over the world….” I’ll just leave you to ponder this cracker!

I’m sure you could add a hundred more reasons that you’ve heard (and feel free to leave them in the comments, I love a laugh!). But…truth is…there is no need to farm animals the way we do, or to consume the quantities of meat we currently do. It’s not healthy for the planet or for our body! With so many plant based alternatives available to us, we should all strive to reduce the consumption of animals and discourage the practice of factory farming.

End of rant….😁