The BLN project is not all about doing crazy activities and sports around the world. It is also about seeing the world through the eyes of others in an attempt to understand and respect other peoples life styles and cultures. A further extension to this is also to understand and respect life through the eyes of animals and other creatures we share the planet with. To love certain types of animals such as pets, dolphins and elephants etc and be repulsed by the idea of eating them, but then to go and eat other animals such as cows and chickens – animals that really get little focus from people who are on a standard western diet other then on the dinner plate can only be classed as speciesism. After traveling to different parts of the world and having time to think more about the way how westerners live I have reached the conclusion I am not very proud of the impact a standard western diet has on the environment. Not only does the reality of live produce upset met, but then learning the impact farming animals has on the environment just makes things worse.
Veganism (/ˈviːgənɪzəm/) is the practice of abstaining from the use of animal products, particularly in diet, as well as following an associated philosophy that rejects the commodity status of sentient animals. A follower of veganism is known as a vegan.
I will primarily be focusing on my diet for this challenge.
I am not going to go into the details of why western omnivorous diets upsets me, as this would make some very unpleasant reading. Though I would like to point out I do believe eating animals is natural. If we all ate animals that had lived normal lives up until the point they were killed humanely for human consumption I probably wouldn’t have an issue. Until you consider the fact that we have taken over so much land that if we are to eat animals from the wild this takes food away from natural predators. I have also highlighted before I am completely disturbed by fishing, especially catch and release and that was part of the reasons I did free fall body suspension as self inflicted karma.
My goal with my 30 day Vegan challenge is to hopefully be a fully converted vegan by the end. But living a life without owning a fridge and traveling to parts of the world where it is difficult to order food and read labels, I admit this is going to probably be pretty hard. If I at least make the 30 days I will be happy.
Recently I have been trying to cut meat out of my diet. I have been practicing with the idea and trying to learn things here and there with the help of friends. I have started reading books to give me ideas of what to eat. I have had times with I have really doubted myself. I was especially concerned about how I may not have as much energy and strength as usual. But I believe from the research I have done so far this is not the case and that I make in fact end up with more energy.
Concerned about my energy and strength levels on a vegan diet I thought about the lives of vegan and vegetarian friends. Most of them are just as active as me. Further to that, I found many athletes that live on a vegan diet.
Today I went and put in a solid effort shopping and made a plan of how I can attempt to do this. It will involve daily trips to the supermarket for now. What makes this harder then someone who lives a traditional life is the fact I don’t plan most things I am going to do until I do it. It’s 5pm and I haven’t even decided where I am sleeping tonight and what I am doing tomorrow. I love this freedom, though it does make some aspects of life more difficult.
The reason I have started today is, because it will allow me to have 2 weeks on the diet in Sydney, then allow me to have 2 weeks on the diet at work. So I can try it in my main living situations. I think it will become more difficult in lots of places over seas, so it is best to try now under the current circumstances.
I will keep you updated on how I go. If you have in the past tried to be a vegan or vegetarian in the past, or feel this is a challenge you may try please leave a comment below.
Hi, I’m Ian and I have made it my life mission to travel and experience everything this world has to offer. Follow me on my quest to live outside the boundaries of conventional society and see the world through the eyes of all our fellow inhabitants. I hope to inspire and motivate you to make your own path in life and push your own limits.