Sorry, we ain't talking about that kind of relationship. Today we are discussing the topic of my relationship with food. Yes food. Well, I am a very spiritual and passionate person and I believe in human rights and love. So as of 18 months ago, I have been a passionate 100% vegan, (it is not a diet it is a whole lifestyle, and an ethical choice, so it's more than what I put in my mouth), which I absolutely love and it is my pride and joy. So why did I become vegan is a long story, but I’ll shorten it for you..
One night, I found myself in deep research about the slaughter houses, watching documentary to documentary, educating myself entirely, for every single animal, and the risk factors behind dairy and meat and all the studies showing the facts about societies misunderstanding on dairy and meat and learning about the impact of veganism on your health, the animals, the environment, and society, it was a complete wake up call. This one night, I didn’t even actually get to sleep. During all the facts and videos, I had so many physical (balling my eyes out) and emotional responses. I had never known animals were treated so horrifically, and I couldn’t believe I had gone my whole life without someone raising my awareness to this problem, at all. I didn't even think it was legal to do some of those things.
I made the decision to become vegan right then and there, overnight. No cutting out things slowly. Just straight gone. Never to support that again. It was the best decision I've ever made for myself. I say myself because I know even though it was because I love animals and absolutely revile seeing them treated that way, it was probably a response to clean my conscience. A lot of people ask me, "Is being vegan hard?" So here is my answer: being vegan is easy. Are there social pressures that encourage you to continue to eat, wear, and use animal products? Of course, there are. But in a patriarchal, racist, homophobic, and ableist society, there are social pressures to participate and engage in sexism, racism, homophobia, and ableism. At some point, you have to decide who you are and what matters morally to you. And once you decide that you regard victimizing vulnerable nonhumans is not morally acceptable, it is easy to go and stay vegan.
I cook my own meals just about every single night, as mum works 5 jobs to support 4 teenagers by herself and I make my own lunch + snack, what I make depends on what we actually have in the cupboard and whether or not I'm cooking for the whole family or just me. A lot of people ask me "what do you eat" and I eat actually a lot see everything normal people eat, there is a supplement so you eat yoghurt we have coconut based yoghurt that tastes the same to me, you have meat, and we have every faux meat you could think of, you have milk and butter; we have soy, rice, almond and coconut milk and nuttllex. You can basically turn just about any meal into a vegan one with mix and match of ingredients.
My style of cooking is very Spanish and Mexican cuisine (without the seafood and so on.)
Food does make me really happy, probably mostly because I know I'm doing something right and making an impact and also because well I love food and I just always feel so proud and happy after I cook and eat an amazing meal!
Some of my favourite foods are:
- Fruit (I especially love the exquisite types of fruit, such as, all berries, passionfruit, mango, grapefruit, mandarins, papaya, kiwi fruit, pineapple, grapes, nectarines, plums and so on.)
- Oatmeal (even better with berries)
- Acai bowls or smoothie bowls or just smoothies in general.
- Stir Fry veggies with or without rice
- mashed potato or mashed sweet potato
- tortilla wraps with cooked veggies.
- Anything with black beans (it reminds me of my time in Costa Rica)
- Any vegan slices or sweet treats ;)
- My guilty pleasure are my vegan sausage rolls, omg they are amazing.