On a day-to-day basis, I’m loving veganism. I feel energetic, lighter, fitter, happier and my conscience is clearer. I live alone (in university accommodation, so kind of) and everything that comes into my fridge and cupboards is good for me. However, I have to admit I still struggle when I have to be around meat.
Don’t get me wrong, I am committed to not consuming animal products, and I’ve seen way too much to be able to allow myself to go there, but on a taste-bud level… It still gets me. The smell of meat makes me salivate, and I can still taste it on my tongue. I was watching a documentary on the fish industry a few days ago and just looking at the fish made me crave them. I hope I’m not offending anyone here, but I just needed to be honest and get it off my chest. For someone who’s lived their whole life as a meat-eater, I sometimes struggle to untrain my habits.
Saying that, I have heard from many vegans that with time, you lose that craving. Already after a few months of this diet it’s definitely easier than at the beginning, when all I could think about was how much I missed meat! Just like I have learnt to love vegetables I’d hated in the past (spinach, sweet potato and carrots to name but a few) just by persevering, I know I will eventually have no desire to put another animal product in my mouth.
This is where motivation has to kick in. Motivation is the difference between failure and determination. I have to remind myself that every day I am saving innocent animals from absolutely horrific conditions and slaughter, that I am living in a way that means I am not contributing to the destruction of the planet and its resources at a rate it could never recover from, and that I am dramatically reducing my risk of developing cardiovascular disease and cancer (see Hungry for Change or Food Matters on Netflix for more on this).