Accidentally Going Vegan

My plan, back in January of last year, was to become a vegetarian. I thought I did the right amount of research. I’m a very picky eater so it was imperative that I do it right. I mean, vegetarians live off of beans and soy, and other equally unappealing ingredients, right? I can’t stand either one of those two foods. My worst nightmare would be the doctor telling me my body can’t handle being a vegetarian.

I don’t want to eat animals. I have nothing against people who do. Do I like it? No, but to each their own. However, being part native, I feel like if you’re going to kill an animal you should use every part that you can. That animal should not die in vain. Humans are capable of compassion. It’s one of the best things about us. Animals should not suffer for our food. It’s just the right thing to do.

So, I was flabbergasted when I found out that after being a vegetarian for a year, I haven’t been vegetarian at all. I haven’t touched a single morsel of animal, not even fish, for 392 days. Well, I didn’t think that I had.

Ever hear of gelatin? Yes, we all have, I’m sure. But, do you know where that comes from? Animals. Um yeah!

**frown**

Here I was thinking desserts are safe. Because thinking of animal parts being in my desserts is so far beyond gross I cannot fathom it. Well, I got a wake-up call the other day, which forced me to do further research.

And let me tell you, research leads to more research and more research. Upon researching gelatin and other vegan products, I found out that there’s gelatin in vitamin supplements (which vegetarians and vegans usually have to take), there are also ground up bugs in our food. Yes, you read that right.

Labels like to have tricky names for them so you don’t know what you’re eating. Like me, you probably didn’t know that Red 4 or Cochineal extract is made from (get ready for it) ground up bugs! When I found this out I had to triple check as many websites as possible and read what everyone was saying about it.

I am disheartened that they are allowed to sneak these types of ingredients into our food. What else do they sneak into our food? I almost don’t want to know.

If you’re vegan there are other products like casein that are milk related. They sneak these into foods as well.

What gets me is that our lotions and beauty products are not all vegan! I knew about makeup, but lotions? Grrr!

Why do I have to go out and buy special moisturizers to put on my skin that DON’T contain animals parts? Again, I’ve been a vegetarian for a year, and two days ago I found that I have not been a vegetarian at all.

I don’t want animals slaughtered or tortured, and treated inhumanely for any product I use. EVER!

Another horrible thing I found out is that apparently companies have found ways around labels, which means…. more research! Big companies that are losing money because more and more people are going vegan are buying smaller companies so that they can brand these smaller companies as vegan. That way they can still do the terrible things they were doing, not lose money, and dupe the people who think they are doing good in the world and avoiding animal ingredients.

Seriously, I don’t understand this. Just DON’T put animals in your products and don’t test on them! They’re not dolls, they’re not toys, they’re not slaves. Then, guess what happens? People will buy your product!

I don’t know about you, but if I weren’t a vegetarian, I would still be upset that big corporations are tricking ‘free-will’ away from its consumers. If we don’t want to eat animals, or wear them or have their ground up body parts on our skin then we have that right!

If you are going vegetarian or vegan I urge you to do your research and be careful. It’s hard work. It’s a nearly impossible task but it is worth it if it’s something you really want. Don’t let companies dupe you.

We can only do the best we can. Am I right?

Good luck to you, and if you have any comments or ‘secret ingredients’ that you wish to shed light on, please take a minute and comment. I would love to hear from you.

yours truly,ย 

A Clumsy Writer

11 thoughts on “Accidentally Going Vegan”

  1. I would say a lot of it comes down to companies trying to get in on the vegan market – they want to stand out from the rest so make products that appear vegan, but as you’ve shown, doesn’t mean that they are when you investigate everything.

    Did you know that fruits and vegetables that are imported from Asia are injected with something to make them grow faster and bigger, and sprayed with silicon to appear shinier thus fresher when they’re actually older than we’re made to believe?

    We have no idea what we are consuming. Scary world.

    Great post! Very informative

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  2. Iโ€™ve been veggie for 6 years, itโ€™s definitely a learning curve discovering what truly is vegetarian. I follow the PETA site to find out about household cleaning products and cosmetics. I was shocked too about the crushed Beatles and gelatine but we have to start somewhere. Sending veggie vibes, enjoy the journey ๐Ÿฅ‘๐Ÿฅฆ๐Ÿ’š

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  3. It is such a minefield isn’t it! I started with the obvious veggie food, then started eliminating the other animals parts in sweets and supplements etc. then in makeup, then beer (isinglass which is fish scales is used to filter a lot of beers as it’s cheap), then finding good dairy and egg replacements – mostly for food intolerance reasons at first – but they were great so I stick with them around 95% of the time. I do still own leather clothes. I totally get what you mean about honouring the animal by non of it going to waste, so I thought I was just wearing the wrapper that was just a by-product of the meat industry, until I learned that some animals are just bread for leather – oh dear! So it’s pleather for me from now on. I really do think it’s so much easier to get there in little steps and not beat yourself up too much if you mess up, because we are trying and it’s all a learning curve ^_^

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    1. Thank you. Yes, step by step is a wonderful idea. I didn’t realize beer wasn’t vegetarian. Wow! Learn something new every day. I did know they put anchovies into Caesar dressing though, which sucks because I used to like it. I’m very grateful that more and more people are asking for vegan so vegetarians and vegans alike can eat safe food. Cannot believe places are still legally allowed to do things like that with animals. Unfortunately, I recently found out about dairy farmers breeding their cows for a few years and then killing them. I do hope that that’s not true. There really needs to be a law about that.

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  4. I wouldn’t call myself full vegan but I started a couple months ago doing the jj Smith 10 day smoothie cleanse and before that I stop eating meat and bread and sweets for a month. You do have to research and fully read ingredients I agree you never no what your eating. But I do have a question when you change the way you were eating how did it make you feel physically and spiritually.

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    1. At least you’re trying to be healthy. You have to do it for you and no one else. I always wanted to become a vegetarian, but was afraid. I’m extremely picky so I didn’t think I could do it. Over the past few years, meat quality has plummeted. I got so fed up with the way they treat the animals that I saw a nutritionist and the next day I was a vegetarian. I compromise with eggs and milk, even though I’m trying to find ways to cut them out. The hardest part for me was cutting out sugar. Sugar is in everything. I still struggle. To answer your question, I don’t feel any better physically since cutting out meat, though I feel great since cutting out sugar. However, spiritually, I feel so so so great since going vegetarian! It was the best thing I could ever do for myself. Good luck with your journey, wherever it takes you ๐Ÿ™‚

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      1. I struggle with sugar to but with God prayers I manage when I’m focus on my monthly fast. Salt I cut that out years ago when I found out I had high blood pressure. I also been advise by a close friend to try and cut dairy out next as well. So I will be praying for both of our journey on the dairy. And thank you for responding back so quickly. Enjoy your day and thanks๐Ÿ˜Š

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      2. Congrats on the salt. It’s so sad that we feel the need to cut these things out. People have been using dairy for years, but hey, if we must, maybe farmers and food chains will do better to put more healthy things in our food. Thanks for prayers. We can do it!

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