Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about guilt and how it can be both a positive and negative emotion. That guilty feeling we get in the pit of our stomachs is there to let us know when our actions are not aligned with what we perceive to be right.
Two and a half years ago, I transitioned to a Vegan lifestyle after being vegetarian for 28 years and it was something I’d wanted to do for a while but never thought I could. I had absolutely no understanding of what a Vegan diet looked like. I always thought it seemed so ‘extreme.’ I had already omitted meat and fish from my diet and I wondered if I took dairy away, what would be left? How would I survive on a few vegetables?
Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock lately, you will more than likely have seen Iceland’s advertisement regarding palm oil circulating across social media. It’s so great that this has been brought forward into public consciousness at long last. After all, this is not a new issue. It’s been a thing for years. But now thanks to Iceland, people are finally talking about the deforestation and unnecessary suffering and killing of orangutans and other animals all in the name of palm oil—which is used in so many every day products.
I often get asked why I am vegan and I usually struggle to articulate a response. Not because I don’t know my own reasons, but I fear that no matter what I say, the person asking already has made up their mind that I’m a raving loony. And I am, really. But not for this reason — that’s another blog post entirely.
Before we get into this, a little disclaimer: please don't think that I am trying to give advice. I don't mean to come across as "holier than thou" and if I do, then that is not my intention. I'm simply letting you in to my innermost thoughts at this moment in time, and you are very welcome to take or leave what I'm saying. After all, what do I know? I'm just trying to figure it out like everyone else.
I've never been very good at setting boundaries. It seems like a lot of work to me.