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I went vegan for a year and this is what happened

Journal Entry: Wed Jun 12, 2019, 8:48 PM





Hello Ryceballs, it is I Ry. I havn't written a journal for a while, but I do want to write more in the future cos I miss writing and communicating with you guys. So whats been up? Well as you would have read in the title, a kinda controversial topic this time! I actually went vegan for over a year, and this is coming from a guy who loves the taste of steak and pork ramen and sushi and my favourite chicken nuggets from Mcdonalds. So why did I do it? I shall explain, and I will also be addressing some topics that you guys might have and talk about that below.

(Just a little warning, this journal may make you feel uncomfortable, it is a sad and truthful topic, but I will try and dress it up with some spicy memes.)

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BACK STORY ON WHY I DID IT.
Story time! I have had vegan friends here and there who would tell me about how much healthier a vegan diet is, I would hang out with them and have a vegan meal and subconsciously think about how much healthier I am.. but it never clicked, but to be honest I didn't care so much about my health and I still dont care that much. But how my vegan mindset came about probably started when my grandmother passed away, it was not a good time for me, I started thinking about life cycles and why we are here and stuff, so I went on a science video binge to learn more about how life came to be, evolution and big bang and all that. And thats when it clicked, life is so fragile and short, why would you want to shorten it even more? Why would people want to kill others? And then I started questioning why the world want kill animals, and its because of our selfish needs. I then started watching documentaries about the farming industry to see what actually happens in there in order to give us these meat on plate, and you guessed it, its not pretty. They slaughter cows and they gas pigs and they grind male chickens almost as soon as they are born, you can hear their cries for help as they are being stabbed in the throat. Its gruesome and disgusting and you might be asking why anyone would want to watch this, well I ask you this, why would you want to contribute to this? This is what is going in your body, you may not be the one directly doing the killing, but you are paying money to support the industry that do this kind of killing. So after watching that, I decided to go vegan, no meat, no milk, no cheese, no fish. I went for a more gradual change, first I went pescatarian where I only just ate fish, then I went vegetarian where I can still have milk and cheese in my food, and then I went full vegan. And as of now I have done that for over a year and I am still alive and I feel more self aware, I am more educated on whats actually in the food. I feel better about my actions because it aligned with my morals, I never wanted to hurt and animal in the first place, since I was young, I loved animals. Why would I want to have them tortured and killed? So long story short, I went vegan for the animals.

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VEGAN FOOD IS EXPENSIVE AND HARD TO GET
I get this a lot from people, it is true, a lot of restaurants have 99% non vegan food, and that 1% is either vegetarian, or just a plain boring salad. Thats when you gotta know where to go, lucky theres an app called Happy Cow that would show you what vegan restaurant is near you. Even a simple google search would get you some results. As for what to buy in stores? Well I don't wish to alarm you, but there's a whole vegetable section in the supermarket you can go to, ever since I have become vegan I started cooking more, I have never bothered to cook anything too complicated before because I can just buy a precooked meal and just put that in the microwave, but now that I AM vegan, I have to becareful of what I buy because many prepackaged meals contains eggs or milk or cheese or just meat, so I HAVE to cook, and now I feel like master chef, I have made vegan sushi, vegan hot dog, vegan hamburger, vegan pasta. In fact usually its even cheaper to get non meat products. Also good news, veganism is getting more and more popular, its quite a trending topic right now, so lots of restaurants are trying to get in on that vegan dollar and have vegan options on their menu, and I ain't complaining, some of the vegan food in chain restaurants like TGI Friday, Grill'd, Coco Ichiban in Japan, tastes just like the non vegan version! You are not missing out! 👌🏻👌🏻

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IF YOU ARE VEGAN AND YOU DONT WANT TO EAT ANIMALS, WHY DO YOU EAT VEGAN FOOD THAT TASTES LIKE ANIMALS HMMMM???? 
Thats a pretty good question I hear you ask (As I ask myself that question). You gotta understand this, a lot of vegans aint turning to plant based food cos animals don't tastes good, its in our upbringing, its in our taste buds, its undeniable that meat gives us that nice sensory feeling on our tongue, but if you eat meat, an animal must first be killed. In fact human meat also tastes good, its supposed to taste like beef but sweeter. But you wouldn't go killing human to eat them would you? And somtimes the vegan meat tastes so much like real meat it worried me that I ordered the actual meat. (Beyond burger, best vegan meat product that tastes like meat)

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BUT ITS LEGAL TO KILL ANIMALS TO EAT THEM!
I knew that was gonna be your question after that. You may think that if its legal to eat an animal, then it must be right. Well I don't believe that the law should justify what is moral. Just over a 100 years ago, it was still legal to own slaves, it was illegal for women to vote a 100 years ago, to this day there are still many countries that dont allow same-sex marriages. But is it moral? It wasn't too long ago that cigarettes packages wasnt legally required to put on health warnings, if thats the case shouldn't meat packages have warning labels too because the number one cause of death is from heart disease? Which comes from eating meat? So just because something is legal in your country, doesn't make it right, you got to look at whether it has a victim, and in this case, the victim is mostly the animals who has to die, but also your own health, and also this planet, the only planet that we live on.

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WHAT WILL MY FRIENDS AND FAMILY THINK?
Well its not easy telling your friends and family you are vegan, you will be putting yourself in the minority group. Its not easy having a view point that most people don't agree on is it? In fact if you are a non vegan reading this you are probably already thinking of how you can contradict what I say and look for the tiniest bit of reasoning to avoid being a vegan. Imagine if you are vegan and every non vegan is trying to tell you this and that, Why do people do that? Well its because its the inconvenient truth, non vegans don't want to know that their action is not morally right, they don't want to know what happens inside the slaughter house, you will have people asking you questions like 'What if the animal die naturally? Can I eat it?" "What if the eggs comes from my chicken that I have as a pet? Can I eat that egg?" "What about jellyfish that don't have any nervous system in their body, can I eat them because they felt no pain when killed?" Some of these are grey area and you can argue that its not as morally bad, but wouldn't it be easier just to go vegan and not have to worry about raising an animal till its natural death to consume them? Or to have a pet chicken just so that you can eat their eggs? Or analyse a jellyfish just so you can eat some seafood? I have had many conversations with my friends and family since telling them about me going vegan, they worry for my health and also worry I may not fit in to this non vegan world. But I have been a vegan for over a year and let me tell you, my family and friends has become more and more supportive. They still wouldn't go vegan themselves but they respect my decision and thats a good thing. But also yes some friends WILL leave you just so they don't have to deal with your point of views. XD

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WHY CANT YOU RESPECT US OUR CHOICE OF EATING MEAT IF WE CAN RESPECT YOUR CHOICE OF BEING A VEGAN?
Because one requires someone's death and one doesnt. So is it really a 'Personal choice' if it affect others?

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BUT I AM A CARNIVORE. I CAN EAT MEAT SO I WILL EAT MEAT. OTHER ANIMALS DO IT SO WHY CAN'T I?!
Thats a very good question, if other animals eat each other then why can't I? Other animals also rape each other, steal, kill. Would that make it ok for us to do it too? Actually many of them does it out of survival. Like lions, they are carnivores so they HAVE to eat meat, that can be justified, but for humans, we can just live a vegan diet and live a healthy life, so there is no reason why we HAVE to eat meat. We have a choice, so why not pick the choice that don't harm another sentient being? Also, you are not a carnivore.

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ANIMALS ARE NOT AS SMART AS HUMAN SO THEY DON'T DESERVE RIGHTS.
That is true, many animals don't have the capabilities to come up with laws or have the intelligence to drive a car or vote for the next leader. So we don't have to give them driving licenses or anything like that, but lets just give them the basic rights to live to their fullest. Like for example your dog or cat, why do we treat them like our friend and take care of them and cry when they pass away, but treat animals like pigs and corws and sheep as food? There's always a misconception that animals are there to serve us, like their whole purpose is to be our workers and be our food, they are living beings too just like us. Will you treat another human being like how you treat a cow? Artificially inseminate them, then take their babies away so you can milk them and serve a cow's milk to human? And when the mother cow is out of milk, you artifically impregnate them again till they are spent and can no longer produce milk and kill them off? Its really messed up. This is why being a vegetarian is not good enough, you are supporting this kind of cruelty, and lets just think about how weird this is, the milk from the mother cow is meant for baby cows, but we take that from them and feed them to full grown adult human. Think about this. But if we feed human milk to adult we think its disgusting. It almost feels like our society has been brainwashed to think a certain way, same thing with vegan hot dog, many non vegans think that its disgusting because its made of plants. Why? Because we are so used to seeing meat hot dog thats why. 

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SO ARE YOU LIKE SUPER HEALTHY NOW RY?
haha... Probably not, because vegan junk food tastes so good. I do know that I have lowered my risk of having heart disease thats for sure because I don't intake animal fat. But I still eat a lot of delicious vegan burgers and chips and pizzas and fried vegan food.. XD I should probably eat more healthy vegetables. But mentally I feel healthier. 

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MENTALLY HEALTHIER? WHAT ABOUT THE BUGS AND OTHER PESTS THAT GETS KILLED FROM VEGETABLE FARMS? 
I said healthier! Not to the point of thinking I have done no harm. In fact, just existing we already contribute so much harm, we may step on ants when we go outside, we buy cars that has leather in it that a cow had to die in order for people to take its skin, we pay taxes that as of now many government supports the meat industry! So anything we buy we are contributing to some sort of harm somewhere. But here's the thing, vegans consciously choose to do good. On the things we CAN control, like what we eat which directly affects the food industry.

"Being a vegan is not the most we can do but the least we can do." The Vegan Couple.

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WHAT IF THE ANIMAL IS KILLED IN AN ETHICAL WAY.
This question I get asked a lot, people want to believe that there is an ethical way to kill an animal, no suffering, no torture, no pain, just taking its life away in an ethical way. Well let me ask you this, is there an ethical way to take someone's life if its not necessary? You may say sure! Like if your sick family member wants to not feel the pain and end their life peacefully, they could get an injection to take their life away peacefully. But this does not apply to the animals who are healthy but then gets their life taken away just because humans wants to eat them. They don't want to die, like how we don't want to die. Its quite a simple concept really, we only get ONE LIFE, that is it. Its not a very long life, so why not let everybody live it to the fullest? Isn't this what everyone wants? We keep striving to make life easier and better and healthier for us so we can live the longest we can on this planet? Lets apply that too to other sentient animals as well, and we start by not killing them.

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I AM JUST ONE PERSON, I WON'T MAKE A DIFFERENCE, THE WORLD WONT CHANGE, ITS NOT WORTH IT.
The animal that wasn't killed because you chose not to eat a ham sandwich that day, will feel the difference. Instead of thinking of them like numbers, think of them as individuals. Little by little, if more and more people turn vegan, there would be less animal brought into existence by meat industry to suffer and be killed, because there would be less demands for meat, in fact its already happening, veganism movement has increased so much, thanks to inspirational people and social media showing footages of what happens inside a slaughter house, footages that farms don't want public to see, the vegan activists has taken footages of it and shown the public. There's more and more people being aware of it. Just remember that most people do care about animals, most people want to be a good person, they just need a wake up call to see what is really happening to the animals. And what our money is contributing to.

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BUT VEGAN FOOD TASTES GROSS!
Have you tried every vegan food from every place? Or have you just tried one and was very sceptical and already came up with your own opinion because its vegan food? I have had so much and I gotta say, there are good vegan food and not so good vegan food. But I can say that also to anything you eat, there are good food and there are not so good food. Below are some pictures of amazing vegan food I had recently. 
62463038 549539335450641 5688904352165527552 N by Ry-Spirit Coco Ichiban curry in Akihabara, not every Coco Ichiban has the vegan option, but most big places have the vegan option and it tastes so good!

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64522571 2348305062114342 1505203668641644544 N by Ry-Spirit This vegan ramen was so lit! I had it in T's Tan Tan in Tokyo Station, they also got on in Narita Airport. The whole restaurant is vegan but I HAD to get the ramen cos I havn't had ramen for over a year and I used to love ramen, its unfortunately super rare to find vegan ramen :( So if you are in Japan, definately give it a try.

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More food option from T's Tan Tan. They have so much!

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This is from Hanada Rosso at Shibuya. Amazing vegan pork cutlet. They also had vegan fried chicken that tastes like actual chicken! (Minus the death of the chicken)



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So thats it! Sorry for the long post. I am gonna do a thing. Since this whole year I have learnt so much, I would like you to ask me any questions about veganism in the comment, and the next journal I will answer them actually in the journal so others can read it too, I think I have covered most of what I think people would say in this journal already, but if you have anything you think I haven't covered. Ask in the comments below!

And before I go. Here's a video from Earthling Ed, my vegan hero who explains it 10 times better than me why veganism is important. Have a watch if you like. Find some faults in it even, argue against it if you like! But give it a watch.




Ask me anything in comment below, I will answer them in next journal. 👌🏻👌🏻🌟🌟

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