I finally got around to reading the latest issue of Vegan Life magazine! So many great articles. I know that it’s a new year and all that, but I was a bit disappointed on how much focus there was on detoxing. My plan was to try out one of the recipes but they were too detox focused for me so I’ve picked out two articles that sparked my interest.
The first one was about cheese and it being a major roadblock for people to transition from being vegetarian to vegan, or adopting a vegan diet. I must admit, I can totally relate to this. I love cheese and it has broken me a couple of times. Ultimately, the dairy industry is just as unethical as the meat industry. And in some ways, there is more animal suffering involved in producing dairy that it’s difficult to justify eating it.
It was refreshing to read an article that gives a very honest perspective on adopting a vegan diet. It’s not easy for some, myself included. I successfully maintained a vegan diet during pregnancy but since breastfeeding I’ve been paranoid about how my diet affects milk supply and the nutrients A. is getting through my breastmilk. And since I’m a worrier, especially when it comes to my children, I’ve been believing the misinformation that it’s detrimental to health to pursue a vegan diet when breastfeeding. However, I know too much about the suffering involved in providing dairy thus my conscience was never happy with eating cheese. Honestly, I’m still a little paranoid about my vegan diet having some negative effect on A. whilst breastfeeding but I just cannot participate in the suffering involved in the dairy industry through consuming dairy products. I digress. Back to the article.
The writer highlights how we often think in terms of overnight success stories thus feel like failures when we can’t make overnight changes. I can definitely relate to this. I’d like to be an all or nothing type of person but my brain freaks out whenever I try (which the writer also mentions as a natural protective mechanism that the brain performs). Instead, she recommends taking things slowly. Instead of thinking about a life without cheese, aim to do one month without cheese then take it from there. For some transitioning to veganism, it may mean thinking of eating a vegan diet meal by meal. I really enjoyed this article, and it reassured me that I’m not alone in my cheese struggles.
So there you have two great reasons to buy the latest issue of Vegan Life magazine :)
Disclaimer: I was sent a digital copy of the magazine to review. Nonetheless, all opinions are my own.