Why People Hate Vegans

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With all the recent vegan news, its fair to say people are starting to really hate vegans. If you’re living in Australia you would’ve seen the recent vegan protests blocking off intersections, a cafe blaming its closing on vegan harassment and the recent news programs slamming vegans as “terrorists”. When calling any group of people “terrorists”, its easy to elicit fear. Also, its easy to hate them.

Our morals are a core reflection of who we are as individuals. When we start to question our morals is when we start to question ourselves. We obviously don’t like being in conflict with ourselves, and thats where self doubt and guilt can start to boil. But, group mentality is powerful, and if theres one person saying something is okay, then it must be okay….right?

The clear fact of it is, we all know in one way or another eating animals just doesn’t feel entirely okay. I remember when I used to eat meat, cutting into a chicken parma and not connecting the word ‘chicken’ to the physical bird I’m eating. Not connecting that this crumbed slab of flesh was once part of a living being. Its so easy to ignore the clawing feeling of guilt, the questions and the doubt. Its easy because you look around the table and see everyone else tucking into a steak, fish and chips, ragu, soft shelled crab, lamb chops, eggs and bacon, pulled pork and chicken wings. Its easy to ignore, because tradition trumps guilt. Tradition becomes a crutch.

So yes, people hate vegans because we represent their own struggles. People hate vegans because we make them question what they consider normal, and what they’re comfortable with. They hate us because their on morality is at stake.

When faced with hate, try not to retaliate the same way. Understand where they’re coming from, be gentle in your approach. You need to crack their shell softly, we don’t want to shatter it.

Tackling My Inner Hoarder

A journey through mountains of dresses and piles of shirts

This blog is all about change, and the biggest thing I need to change is my ridiculous clothing obsession. I have clothing that hasn’t seen the light of day in years. I have stained shirts, moth eaten jumpers and too-tight skirts. I sometimes wonder if i’m the only one with the impulsive buying issue? My sister is able to walk past a ‘Sale’ sign without a second glance, whereas I’d already be lining up at the changing room. 

As the year came to an end I guilt-tripped myself by watching the ‘minimalism’ documentary, I decided a change was well due! 

Here I am sifting through a basket of skirts, dreading throwing anything away. The smile is fake I tell you, fake!

I might look happy here, but trust me this experience was a bit exhausting and intimidating. 

First step was my tops. I sorted them into categories- shirts, long sleeve, tanks, crops. Simple enough. The hard part was saying goodbye. I’ve always applied meaning to everything in my life, so although chucking away a worn out top might seem easy- it really wasn’t. I also tend to convince myself that everything i own will become useful someday. Like this old top will somehow complete an amazing outfit this year. Its beyond ridiculous.


Dresses were the toughest part. Ive managed to collect a multitude of dresses over the years, some I’d forgotten I even owned until this clean out happened. I love dresses. No, like, I really love dresses. Dumping the massive pile of dresses on the living room floor, I gave my mum a pained look as if to say “please stop me”. She simply said, “Oh my god!” A fair response to a tower of dresses.

After all the sorting of clothes was done, I’d managed to chuck out a few large garbage bags worth of clothes.

One of my dogs, not impressed with the amount of clothes I own.

Eventually I was able to pack away clothes in big garbage bags to donate. I ended up with about 6 of these, and some of them exploded. But, I’m pretty happy with how its gone. Wether this new ‘Marie Kondo’ kick holds up is to be revealed.

Stay tuned for more life changing adventures. Remember, nobody’s perfect, but we can always work on bettering ourselves.

Intuitive Eating

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Before you eat, stop and look. What is your food? Whats it made out of? Where did it come from? With so many options in the western world, we tend to be fuelled by greed rather than using food to feed our souls. It’s easy to overlook the process from product to plate. From seed to plant.

I’ve been attempting a new change recently- intuitive eating! I eat what I know is good for me. I eat what will sustain me, and I’ve ended up a lot happier after each meal because of it. Using your intuition with food doesn’t just mean making good food choices, but also knowing how much you should eat.

We have an abundance of options. Perhaps, too many. 

Options lead to greed, greed leads to unhappiness. Eat an amount that gives you energy, not an amount that makes you want to lay on the couch all afternoon in a food coma (we’ve all been there). Making the switch to a vegan diet for me has been extremely motivating in eating more intuitively. I feel more in touch with what i should be eating and not what I just crave. The better you eat, the more addictive it is.

Your intuition tells you that an apple is delicious, and it tells you that a piglet is not. I think humans ignore this very natural knowingness. We know that we don’t look at an animal and want to take a bite- it would be weird! But when we see fruit hanging from a tree, we reach for it. Use this intuition.

Eat intuitively.

5 small changes for a happier life

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Did you know that happiness is more achievable than you think?

We are constantly looking for the next best thing. The next product, dress, holiday, career. When do we actually stop to make the changes that counts? I know I’m guilty of filling the void with things. We just end up with so many things we don’t even know where to put them anymore. The amount of stuff we buy adds to our stress, and hence our unhappiness. We think we will be happier with each purchase, but in contradiction we are causing more chaos for ourselves!

Its important to take a step back and look internally. All yourself, what matters most to me? I guarantee you, it won’t be materialistic.

 

    1.  De-clutter!

That lamp you never use? Get rid of it! That dress you wore once? Donate it! For every one thing you bring into your life, get rid of two. Don’t keep accumulating things, you’ll have no room for yourself. Start the process with 3 boxes. A box to keep, a box to donate, and a box to throw out. Be ruthless, try not to justify every little thing you own. I know I’ve picked up clothing that hasn’t seen the light of day in years and somehow justified to myself that it will complete some amazing outfit one day. It won’t! Get rid of it.

 

    2.  Practice your passion

You might love photography, writing, running or stargazing. But do you actively do it? Actions speak louder than words, and its important for your own health to follow through with what you love. Set aside time for yourself to practice something you enjoy. Set goals, improve, learn. Its easy to forget to do what you like when work becomes your life. Work isn’t everything.

 

    3. Meditate 

Sometimes people have a skewed outlook on what meditation is. Truth be told, meditation can be whatever you want it to be. You don’t need to meditate for long to benefit from it. Meditate for 5 minutes a day. I like to meditate in the morning before the rush of the day. It helps to clear your mind and prepare. Meditating at the end of the day is also great to unwind and reflect. Take a moment to de-stress, release the anxieties and stresses of the day. Meditation is about clearing the mind, but It’s also about focus. If thinking of nothing doesn’t work for you, think of something that makes you happy. Focus on something to be grateful about.

 

    4. Experience nature

Its amazing how cooped up we get these days. Our eyes are glued to our devices or our work. It can become hard to appreciate the wider world we live in. Take a walk with no distractions – turn off your phone! Instead of listening to music, listen to the noises around you. Even if you live in a louder part of the world with less nature, make the most of what you have. Find a park, take a walk around the block. If its cold, embrace it! Rug up and enjoy the cold instead of fearing it.

 

    5. Organise your space

You need space that is your own. It may be a room or it may be a couch. Whatever the space is, keep it clean and organised. Take the time to find a place for everything. The more organised the space around you is, the more organised your thoughts will be. Its impossible to relax amongst mess, you just won’t feel at ease. Invest in folders, storage boxes and other organisation items to clear up your space. Don’t let your are become overrun with things. Things are not important, YOU are important.

 

I hope these tips help you as much as they have helped me. Remember, change can happen from the smallest of things.