So, I’ve made up my mind, and I am going to try and be a vegetarian during August (so, starting next Saturday). It’s something that’s been bothering me for a while already, and I want to see if I can sustain a vegetarian diet on top of my allergies.
” Even before I started yoga, when I started looking into how and what I was eating due to my allergies, I watched a lot of documentaries about farm factories. If I’m honest, I have never really felt bad for eating meat or killing animals. My grandparents had a farm, and since I was a kid I had seen animals being killed for their meat and it never bothered me. That’s just how it was. In my family, you have to have some kind of fish or meat at each meal. There’s no other way to eat.
I started diminishing my meat consumption because I cared about the environment. Eating so many animal products is simply not sustainable.
Nowadays, I rarely buy meat or fish when I am grocery shopping. But I am not a vegetarian. I wish I were, but I do not see how that would be feasible with my allergies. It would basically mean that I would have to stop socializing at all. It is already very difficult for me to go out and find food that will not make me sick. If I get rid of the possibility to eat animal products it becomes almost impossible.
Socializing has never been my forte, being introverted it costs me a lot of energy to go and interact with people. It is already hard to have to explain my allergies which are not a choice, I am not courageous enough to also bear with explaining why I also don’t want to eat animal products.
I feel relieved when I don’t have to eat meat, but I enjoy it when I do.”
Vegan sidekick, funny comics about veganism
I wrote this extract some time ago, as part of my yoga teacher training – a philosophy exercise about the struggles we have following Yamas and Niyamas (see below for an explanation).
Since then, a couple of things changed.
Mainly, I realized I am not being vegetarian for wrong reasons. Am I really not being not vegetarian for practical reasons? Since when am I not doing something because it’s complicated?
Or because I’m afraid of judgement? Since when have I been not doing what I think is right because I’m afraid of people’s reaction? Admittedly, in this case, mainly my family’s? If I can’t be honest with myself, what’s the point?
What I’m afraid my parents will say at Christmas if I’m still vegetarian by then…
Also, I enjoy less and less eating meat and fish. I guess the taste doesn’t match the uneasiness it puts me in anymore.
So that’s it, I’m gonna be a vegetarian for a month, and see how it goes. I’m only expecting issues going out, but I already know a couple of places where I can have nice vegetarian and allergy-friendly food, so I guess it’s only going to be a question of less spontaneity.
Relevant: an article with a different point of view on vegetarianism that went out today, coincidentally.
Yamas & Niyamas: the don’ts & do’s
Yamas and Niyamas are the first two branches of yoga.They are rules of conduct in society.There are five yamas: ahimsa (non-violence or non-injury), satya (truthfulness), asteya (non-stealing), brahmacarya (continence) and aparigraha (freedom from avarice or non-covetousness).
There are also five niyamas: śauca (purity), santosa (gratitude), tapas (sustained practice), svādhyāya (self study) and Īśvarapraṇidhāna (surrender to something bigger).
The exercise we had to do was write about one yama and one niyama and the never-ending path it is to try and follow them. The extract is what I wrote about my struggle with Ahimsa, non-violence. Ahimsa can be interpreted in many ways but this is what I felt the need to write about at that time.