From vegetarian to vegan, I have had a couple of years of being asked the same questions to the point that I have planned out the perfect answers. I’m sure we have all been there, when we’re asked the same question for the 32nd time and hand back a sarcastic answer that the person genuinely believes. No, I don’t actually eat a bag of rocket for my dinner Catherine. Here’s some of the questions I get asked quite often.
Do you eat honey?
The simple answer here is no. The honey industry is one of the reasons the bees are dying out. Farmers will replace honey they have took from the bee’s with a sugar substitute that is bad for the bee’s health, and when they are bred specifically for honey the chances of them getting diseases increases. These diseases are spread to other pollinators that we rely on, meaning it is also bad for the environment. Research has shown that humans would live for just 4 years without bee’s. Not to mention the queen bee tends to have her wings ripped off and can be artificially inseminated. The honey industry is both animal abuse towards bee’s and bad for the environment, so no, honey is not vegan.
How do you live without cheese?
This is usually the first question I get asked, and I’m not sure if they realise they are physically speaking to me, but here I am in front of you living without cheese. You can actually train your taste bud’s to change after a few weeks, so I always recommend cutting out all cheese for a while before going on to vegan cheese. I will also always recommend apple wood because that shit is amazing. People are so addicted to cheese because when you eat it, it triggers the same area of the brain heroin and other hard drugs do, (obviously with a much lesser effect), that’s why people find it so difficult to cut it out. I was eating cheese three times a day, so if I can do it easily then so can you.
Where do you get your calcium from?
All you have to do is google ‘is milk actually good for your bones?’ to see that it’s actually not. I get asked this question more than I’m asked where I get my protein from. Calcium comes from so many items such as broccoli, cabbage, tofu, nuts and bread. The body needs calcium for bones and muscles to move, also for nerves to carry messages from the brain to other parts of the body, so I find it very strange that with all the evidence showing milk is not actually good for our bones it is still promoted. I’m sure everyone remembers Got Milk? This is a very interesting discussion that I’d love to write more on in the future.
Is meat you’ve raised yourself not better?
If you honestly think you can put in all the work of raising an animal in an ethical way and in an excellent environment, caring for it every day, making sure it is healthy, and then one day kill it and eat it? I’m not sure you understand veganism. Cows live, on average, up to 20 years. Let’s say you raise this animal for 20 years and it dies of old age, to me that’s like raising a dog for it’s whole life and then sticking it on the grill once it dies of old age. I find to others this may be a difficult question as the environmental side and the animal abuse side are both pro’s (granted you take care of this animal the correct way), but to me, the moral side is the only one that matters. You wouldn’t eat your household pet once it had died, you would put it to rest and bury them.
Isn’t vegan food more expensive?
This all depends on the type of lifestyle you want to live. For me, a weekly shop tends to involve £2 tofu, £4 worth of oat milk, 64p for 2 tins of chickpeas, £1.39 for 4 tins of tomatoes, £2 for cheese, throw in another £10 for bits I pick up on my way round and £5 for veg. On average my shopping comes to £25 a week, and I would highly recommend getting a spice rack as I use it every single day. I tend to buy 1 loaf of brown bread and 2 jars of olives too (I eat a lot of olives) and I freeze half the brown bread since I only use one slice a day. Eating vegan is definitely not more expensive when you are at home, but going out to eat can go 50/50. Vegan food is sometimes more expensive due to having to buy different products, but with veganism on the up and coming I have seen prices which are the same as other items on the menu more frequently.
What would happen to all the farm animals?
Less animals would be bred and born into a life of abuse and suffering, in reality, this is what people who are vegan are aiming for. Less meat and animal product consumption, less animals born into an unlivable life.
Don’t plants have feeling too?
All I can say is I have been practising my upper cut for the next time someone asks me this.
I hope this has been somewhat insightful to the sort of question I have been asked quite a lot, and I definitely recommend throwing yourself into some good old fashioned meat and dairy documentaries on Netflix.