The Vegan Files: 1 Month in…

Having been Vegetarian for a good few years now, and by vegetarian I mean no meat what so ever, that also includes fish…because some people still go to me ‘you still have fish though right?’ Back when in my first year of being veggie, I would have given them that lecture about how fish is also meat and that they are animals too, but now I just sigh or laugh it off with them. But inside, I’m secretly judging them for mistaking fish for not being meat…

Did I find going veggie hard? Not one bit. Honestly. Don’t get me wrong, I do miss some things in a sense, but nothing to get me to actually go ahead and make or eat something with meat. No way. And honestly, I can see myself living the rest of my days as a vegetarian at least. What made me start? Animals. Pure and simple. I didn’t really eat that much meat anyway, just really chicken and bacon. I wasn’t adventurous with food. In fact going vegetarian saved me in the ways of food. I remember counting calories like no tomorrow when I wasn’t vegetarian and watching more so what I ate and with that and other things I became obsessed. But since going vegetarian I’ve become healthier, and made healthier choices with food because I just had to.

But Animals were the real reason behind my lifestyle change. Personally, I just don’t believe in animals being used for our satisfaction that probably lasts for around 10 minutes depending on how quickly you eat your meaty meal. Please don’t take this as a preach for animal rights or anything like that, I hate feeling like I’m forcing my opinion onto others, and that it’s my way or the highway kinda thing it’s not like that. One thing that does make me chuckle when I’m eating around others, is how conscious some of them are towards me. I try not to make a big deal about me having a different diet through choice. I hate being that customer at the restaurant that makes picky changes to my meal, and not going to certain places because they don’t do much veggie options etc. But it’s kind of part of the deal now and I’ve learnt to cope with it, as annoying as it can be sometimes when they give me that look and walk off to the chef. Sorry! But people become very conscious of what they eat around me when they eat meat. Which is lovely because the majority of the time, it’s because they don’t want me to feel uncomfortable. But sometimes it’s like they’re saying sorry to me…Which is funny because I just think if you’re going to say sorry, it should be to the dead animal you’re currently tucking into…Too much? Which makes me wonder if people do consider going vegetarian because they’re aware that they’re eating animals that have been slaughtered, but maybe are too scared to try new things with food…?

But anyway, I’m supposed to be talking about how my first month of being Vegan is going. And in a nutshell, I’d say pretty well. In some ways, I can’t believe I’ve gone this far and not cracked! I knew it would be hard, and it has in some parts. Mostly when I’m in work, and I’m staring at the cakes filled with dreamy milk chocolate, oozing with ingredients which definitely aren’t vegan-friendly. Or when I’m going out for a meal and I have to be even pickier now, especially when 9 times out of 10 the vegetarian options focus their meals around cheese. Which is fine. But then you realise you don’t even like cheese. Not that cool. So in some places it’s like you get handed a plate of leaves, which again is cool if you like that kind of stuff, but come on! Give me something here that I can work with?! Where’s the falafel? Where’s the hummus or quinoa? Let me make it! But then you find places which are so vegan friendly you want to go round hugging everyone.

There have been nights where I’ve craved some dairy milk chocolate, or some of mums left over christmas cake. But then I’ve just thought about why I’m doing this. Animals aren’t just used for meat. They’re hurt in other ways just so you can have the milk in your tea, or the egg in your lemon cake. Oooo lemon cake. Focus Charlotte. But in all seriousness, after reading different articles and books based around veganism, those thoughts instantly make not having that piece of dairy milk worth it. Plus, I love pure dark chocolate and soya milk in my tea. So who’s the real winner here?

What about the body benefits? Well, I do feel different in some ways. I’ve got more energy and I surprisingly don’t feel so overtired all the time like I have done a lot in the recent months. I feel lighter. Is that a thing? All bloating around my stomach is decreasing which is so nice, because I really struggled with bloating, so maybe cutting out dairy was very good step for me to make. I feel that I’ve maybe lost a little weight, but nothing majorly visible, just little places that I’ve noticed, and some clothes I’ve found are looser and actually fit now, which is a nice little confidence boost. My skin feels different. Smoother and hydrated. And CLEAR! Obviously, I get my breakouts when mother nature decides to make her monthly call. But for so long I’ve really struggled with my skin on my face. I’ve struggled with severe acne, and dryness and everything that could take away every inkling of your confidence away. I’ve got scars that obviously won’t leave but, since trying the vegan diet, I have noticed my skin clearing, and the spots aren’t anywhere near as bad as they were, and I can only put that down to eating so many greens and taking in so many different nutrients every day! Also with the help of drinking more water, and having a skin routine.

So on a whole, I am kind of loving it. I’m not saying I’m going to do this forever, but I’m going to give it a good go. I don’t want to put too much pressure on myself because this is a big step, and it may lead to other lifestyle choices like how animals are used with make up and clothes etc. Which you know me, could be VERY difficult…Because I looooooove the make up…Here’s to month 2!

 

The Cove…

If you’re searching for a beauty and fashion related post today then you should maybe go somewhere else. But. If you’re interested in what I’ve got to say about one subject I am truly passionate about then feel free to stick around.

Animal Rights.

Please don’t let me feel you sigh when you read that heading. What gives you the right to shrug off something so important? Because you’re a human? Because you’re better than them? No. Please don’t think that. I’m not here to push my opinion onto you whilst you read this, but educate you in one subject in particular. The Cove. And what happens there.

Taiji, Japan. The location of a gruesome dark secret. You may drive and explore the town of Taiji, and see a beautiful place filled with gorgeous buildings and culture. Boats sailing in the shape of whales and dolphins. Roads with tiles painted in the shape of whales and dolphins. Billboards showing you these incredible creatures. If you’re naive enough you might even believe that this town is a lover of such beautiful animals. Wrong. Taiji, is the home to 23,000 killings of dolphins each year. All of which happen in The Cove. But all to only be seen by the local murderers labelled as ‘fishermen’.

The Cove is situated in a bay in Taji which is surrounded by ‘keep out’ signs and barbed wire. Here, in the dark of night, the fishermen of Taiji, driven by the multi-billion dolphin entertainment industry, and an unethical market to sell dolphin meat contaminated with mercury, take part in an ‘unseen hunt’. Because of this horrific act that they perform from September through to March every single year, which not only goes against all animal rights but is dangerous to human health, they will go to great lengths to stop anyone from seeing it and knowing the truth. Until the 2009 documentary of The Cove was released.

The Cove is directed by Louie Psihoyos and produced by Paula DuPre Pesman and Fisher Stevens. The film is written by Mark Monroe.

Ric O’Barry, now a hero of mine started his career off as a dolphin trainer. Appearing in the hit film of flipper, this guy fell in love with dolphins. Working with aquariums he was all for dolphin captivity, until one day his heart was broken when his beloved dolphin died in his loving arms. This then made Barry realise that dolphin captivity was wrong. He spent years after this releasing many dolphins into the wild. For which is was arrested for on many occasions.

We see in the film when the team arrive into Japan, they are soon followed to hotel rooms and to The Cove, by who we can imagine are the police or even the Japanese Mafia. No-one knows. They are instantly questioned by Japanese police and told what locations are out of bounds. Soon using these forbidden locations to their advantage.

Missions are set from the team to go into The Cove to create an orchestra of cameras in the rocks of the cove, as well as diving deep underwater, listening to the cries of the herded dolphins awaiting their soon tragic fate.

With the rocks looking back on the horrific events, we are able to see for the first time exactly what goes on in the darkness. The dolphins are herded into the cove by fishing boats surrounded the dolphins, scaring them with sound to make them flee directly into the cove. They are then trapped by nets where they wait until the fishing boats come back the next morning ready to slaughter them. Some dolphins are chosen by different aquariums where they are sold for thousands of dollars. Others are killed, with spears and knives, turning the deepest of blue waters of the cove to a thick deadly red in seconds. The slaughtered are then sold for meat. Little do the people know of Japan that the dolphin meat they are buying is also infected with mercury, which we also find out in the documentary.

If there’s one thing I ask of you is to watch this documentary. There are no words that I can write that can show you the passion behind these people making this film to make a change. And the only way for this to happen is for people to watch it and make a difference. I urge you to watch the documentary. Do it. If not that then share this post. Share it across the internet and let’s educate what is happening in the oceans around the world. Incredible creatures are being hunted to be sent into a small bath and trained to perform in shows where they will soon lose their sanity. Or to be killed.

Show me your compassion and share this post.

There’s one Japanese saying that is mentioned in this film. “The nail that stands up must be pounded down”. Let’s keep that nail up.