I wanted to share with you the story of a friend of mine. Actually… He wanted to share. The story of how Eddie, a devout meat-eater, tried to go vegan with his wife. Did he succeed? Did he have enough persistence? Find out for yourself by following the #edgoesvegan posts.
Ok, so let’s start from the beginning. We met Joy on one of our mountain trips. Just an ordinary meeting on the trail, like many. I don’t remember exactly how, but quite quickly we got in touch and started talking. Extremely charismatic character! We all walked together to the hostel. From word to word, the conversation turned to food. There are so many topics to talk about, and people still love to discuss what they put on their plate. Amazing, right? Anyway… This is where the cracks began to show. Me, a fan of burgers and pork neck, and her, a vegan. You have to eat meat. Protein, iron and many other micro-nutrients that are needed for the body to function properly. Besides… you can’t survive on lettuce. Vegetables have always been only an addition to a meal for me. I don’t count potatoes and rice, but that’s something different. My ignorance and complete lack of knowledge then came to the surface.
Fortunately, Joy quickly skipped to the animals topic. These have always been close to my heart. In fact, ever since I can remember, there has been a dog in my life. Well, yes, you don’t eat dogs… But I never understood the senseless cruelty to animals, giving your pet to the shelter, stupid games and similar “entertainment”. What I didn’t know at the time was how committed Joy was to animal rights and promoting a vegan lifestyle. She showed my wife and I some videos on her phone. The transport of pigs and the slaughterhouse – from behind the scenes. What you won’t see on breakfast TV, eating your favorite sausages and cheese toast. I remember being shocked. When you eat meat, you don’t usually think about the suffering animal. You don’t think about how it got to the store or how much harm was done. A steak is a steak, not a bleeding creature. That’s how most people think. However, something began to crack.
When I got home, I started talking to my wife that it might be a good idea to reduce the amount of animal products. It was going to be an experiment. A little out of curiosity, and a little to diversify the diet. My wife, always taking care of her figure, agreed without hesitation. But would limiting meat change anything? No! As they say go hard or go home. The door was open. We decided that for a month we would not eat anything that even minimally contained animal ingredients.
OATMEAL AND SOY SAUCE
It was going to be pretty easy. I had a plan for breakfast. After all, I eat oatmeal with fruit, yogurt and honey every morning. Honey… Bees… Okay, no honey. Yogurt – well, yes, milk doesn’t grow on trees. A quick trip to the store – there is soy yogurt! To this day I remember the fear that accompanied me when opening it 😀 And what if it tastes nasty? Does it have any taste at all? After all, soy is used to make fake chops and salty sauce. What does that have to do with yogurt? It turned out that I changed my mind very quickly. I was also about to find out that my life was about to change completely as well…. To be continued.