There has not been a time in my life when I considered going vegan (or even vegetarian). Imagining a future without meat just is not something I am capable of. Sure, there are meals that I eat that are vegan, but it is not something I do on purpose. I just eat whatever I have a taste for.
Someone offered me some miso soup with tofu the other day. I hate both. Later, a conversation ensued, during which we discussed vegan “meat”. Throughout the years, I have had various veggie burgers just to give it a try. Some were decent, some were just plain terrible, but I would never eat one INSTEAD of a beef burger. They have such different flavor profiles, different textures, etc. Because of that, it boggles my mind when I hear/ read about vegan meat alternatives. There is this hype about making vegan meals taste as much as the real deal as possible, and various YouTubers recommend such products. Yes, I have also had spaghetti squash. I did not really like it the first time, but got used to it the second time. Still, it in NO way replaces pasta. Yet people claim that it tastes JUST like it, and that their kids could not tell the difference. Well, maybe there is something wrong with your/ your kids’ taste buds…
Even though I am not a fan of tofu, I have nothing against you eating it. However, it does make me curious why people are trying to disguise it as meat. Does it not sound like you are depriving yourself of something you crave so badly? Because if you were not craving real meat, why would you care if your tofu tasted like turkey?
I already hear people telling me how they cannot condone cruelty against animals. I get it. I like animals, too. Sometimes I like to eat them, though.
If I did not offend enough people already, I will take it a step further and compare women to animals. Please, this is just for illustrative purposes. NOT to put an equal sign between the two.
If you decide to be a vegan because of cruelty against animals, you should not be eating meat substitutes designed (and marketed) to imitate meat. Is it not considered objectification? Yes, maybe you are not eating that meat, which was once a part of a living animal, but you are fantasizing about doing it, and tricking your brain into think it is, in the process?! Ultimately, you objectify the animal. You propel the notion of it being a source of food. If you are a fighter, who would like to free animals, would you not want it to be free of being objectified? Maybe a cow does not just want to live (and not die and be made into various delicious foods)? Maybe it also wants to be able to walk down a meadow and not see your hungry eyes staring at it, or hear you salivate over meatless meatballs.
In my opinion, eating a balanced diet is key. Eliminating specific food sources based on health trends seems a bit silly, and arbitrary. To eat cheese, or drink milk, but not eat steak is peculiar. I know people who do not eat red meat, but they do eat poultry. Where is the logic behind this?
Are there any vegans among WP bloggers?
Would you be capable of becoming one?
If you already are, please share the reason for “Why?” with us.
If you would not be able to live without meat, or cheese, why is that?
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