My 30 day challenge – Let’s go vego!

The debate is still raging in Australia over the live animal export issue. Though it’s not really a debate anymore, the public has made it clear they want it banned, but the Prime Minister is currently not responding. Boo Julia, Boo!

It’s amazing how many people have jumped on the band wagon, and I feel inspired being a part of such an amazing group who have kept the momentum going on this tragic situation. I wrote earlier about how angry the issue has made me. But it feels now that we may actually have a win, and I have high hopes that live animal export will cease to happen from Australia in the not too distant future.

The animal export issue was not a vegetarian one, I didn’t think, it was more about treating animals humanely in their raising and transporting and in their slaughter. Australia has strong laws on what is to happen, and makes sure suffering is kept very minimal here, but there are no such rules in places like Indonesia and the Middle East.

After witnessing the footage taken by the amazing Lyn White, I like many other people have felt sickened about animals being killed so we can have a feed. I know this has always happened, and yet I still enjoy my steak, burgers. But this time, witnessing the fear in these creatures, the time it takes to kill, has really put me off my dinner. I can still picture that one cow shaking in terror at its impending doom.

I’m putting a suggestion out there, let’s give it a go, let’s treat animals with a bit more respect and cut out meat from our diet, just give it a try for a month. The aim in doing so, for me any way, is to remind myself and my body that meat is something special, and not something that is a given to have every meal.

I remember my mother telling me, that when she was a kid having a roast chicken on a Sunday was a big deal, a special treat. I think between those days and now, with all this mass production we have lost track of what is special and where meat actually comes from and exactly what is happening to so many creatures.

After 30 days, I guess we will all go our separate ways; some back to eating meat every night of the week,others maybe a bit less in the diet, and some may even stay vego. Who knows which option I’ll be….? (Honestly, right now I’m thinking can I really give up my Station Hotel wagyu?)

So who’s with me? I love food; if you have any tasty recipes send them through. I think my body will appreciate having some more vegetables in its system.

Let me know how you get on! And for the already vegetarians out there, motivating tips are always appreciated!

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7 Responses to My 30 day challenge – Let’s go vego!

  1. TheShellyBelly says:

    Such a great post. I myself can’t watch those movies, I would never get the images out of my mind, but I do feel the same as you. I have been a vegetarian for over a year now and I have just switched to vegan. I am looking forward to reading your posts about your 30 days 🙂

    • being32 says:

      Thanks for your comments! It was very hard to watch the documentary on Live animal exports, but as long as people voice their opinions and share their wants, together we can all make a change. Going vegan must be hard, so many things with animal products in them these days, so good on you!! Thanks again for sharing!

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  3. lindseytinsey says:

    Good luck! I went veggie last week and I am loving it so far. The only challenge has been people and their reactions.
    I hope that even after the month is over, you will stay veggie 🙂

    • being32 says:

      Thanks Lindsey! And i can totally relate to your comment about peoples reactions, think i’ll include that in my next update! I had thai red vege curry for dinner tonight, didn’t miss the beef at all! Was deeeeelish!

      • lindseytinsey says:

        Sounds good, I still have to try new recipes and all that. It’s so fun because cutting out meat had sort of forced me to get creative with the way I prepare my food and all that.

  4. limr says:

    I stopped eating red meat 21 years ago. A few years later, I cut out poultry and pork just as an experiment and I never went back. I do still eat fish on occasion, so I suppose I’m not a strict vegetarian (and I’m not vegan – I still do dairy and eggs), but I have never felt compelled to add meat back into my diet. There are other ways to get protein. Just tonight, I had a meal of quinoa with chick peas, green peas, and corn, with some parmesan cheese, and it had 26 grams of protein. It was nice – kind of like a risotto but instead of rice, I used quinoa (just in case you’re not sure what that is, it’s a type of whole grain that is actually quite high in protein. Well, for a grain, anyway. 6 grams of protein in 1/4 cup dry). And Greek strained yogurt has 10 grams of protein in half a cup.

    We have Quorn products here in the US (you mentioned it in another post) and they have some really tasty options. The meatballs are really good.

    Good luck with the challenge!

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