In case you didn’t know, I decided to make the transition to a vegan lifestyle. You can read about that here.
The first part of my vegan journey is to cut out pork.
I’ll be honest with you: I’m not a huge fan of pork anyway, which is why I decided it was going to be the first thing I made an effort to stop consuming. I figured I might as well go with an easy one first.
Why I Want to Cut Out Pork
There are a lot of reasons I want to stop eating pork, besides from working towards a vegan lifestyle. The truth is, pigs are friggin’ cute, and they’re smart, and also really unhealthy for you to eat.
So, while I’m working towards this new lifestyle, one change at a time, I’m going to share a bit more info as to why. And since September and October is all about cutting pork out of my diet, here are some reasons as to why.
Whether it’s bacon, sausage, ham or porkchops, pork products are really bad for you. They’re full of cholesterol and saturated fat, which can contribute to things like heart disease and diabetes, two things that run rampant on my mom’s side of the family.
My Grandma is First Nations, and unfortunately many First Nations lack biological or cultural adaptations to many diseases including heart disease, diabetes and cancer. I’ve been to many funerals on my mom’s side because of these diseases. And now my Grandma is not doing well. She’s had a heart attack and a stroke, and is now on dialysis for her failing kidney.
I’m one-quarter native, and that makes me susceptible to these diseases, too. Cutting out pork, as well as other meats and animal by-products, could help prevent deadly diseases.
Like many people who choose a vegan lifestyle, I do consider animal welfare.
Pigs are actually very intelligent animals, even smarter than dogs, and have the mental capacity of a 3-year-old human. And they’re also very clean animals that are careful as to where they relieve themselves, so they don’t mess up their sleeping areas. Unfortunately, that’s not possible when they’re in a factory farm.
Regardless, pigs are treated horribly before they’re slaughtered. I won’t get into the gruesome details, because chances are you already know about it.
The take away here is that animals don’t deserve that treatment or that life.
Factory farms are causing a lot of damage to our planet. The amount of pollution they produce is astounding! Not only are the factories polluting the air, but the pigs produce 10x as much waste as humans, all of which needs to go somewhere.
There are a lot of facts about farming animals, like pigs, and I won’t get into it because that’s not the point of my post.
The point is, I’m transitioning to a vegan lifestyle by first cutting out the consumption of pork.
Set a Good Example
In case you didn’t know, I have a daughter. She’s turning 10 this year. And she’s also an 8th native. I don’t know if that’s far enough down the line that these health implications won’t affect her, although I’m not sure it works like that. Either way, I want to set a good example for my daughter in life.
That not only includes showing her how to eat healthy and take care of herself, but to also respect all living things, including animals and the environment.
I will also take a moment here to tell you that I will not be forcing my daughter to transition to a vegan lifestyle with me. I don’t think that’s right. Although, she might be inspired to give it a shot all on her own. Who knows?
My Predicted Struggles
I honestly don’t eat many pork products. I don’t like hot dogs, I don’t care for ham, and I rarely have pork chops.
My biggest challenge will most likely be bacon. Not because I want it, but because I often forget about it. Bacon has a way of sneaking itself into things like salads and burgers. And I’ll have to be diligent about asking people to please leave out the bacon.
But avoiding products made from pork goes further than that. A lot or pork by-products are included in things like marshmallows, jello, doughnuts, cookies, crackers, margarine, and more. So, for now I’m avoiding pork in my diet, but eventually I’ll start looking into vegan products outside of the kitchen. In which case, pork can also be found in every day things like toothpaste, makeup, and cleansers. It’s actually pretty freaky.
Last Thoughts On Cutting Out Pork
I don’t think I’ll struggle too much to be honest. For now, I’m mainly cutting pork out of my diet and not my entire life. That will come in time (actually, next summer according to my self-made plan).
But, I’m hoping that posting this journey won’t receive too much backlash. I know from past experience that the vegan community can be pretty intense; they’re really passionate about it and that’s cool. But I’ve been on those message boards! Although I have the pleasure of having many vegan and vegetarian friends IRL, I’ve also experienced and witnessed a lot of hate online around the subject. And the sad part is, a lot of it does come from vegans or vegetarians who are very passionate about their lifestyles. So let’s just all do our best in life and support one another instead.
I’d like to think that most people will respect my choice, even if they don’t understand it. So, if you don’t have anything nice to say then please go away. Rude comments will be deleted.
And don’t ask me “Why don’t you just go vegan instantly?! Like why do it this weird year-long transition blah blah blah?” In which case you can read this post here. Still don’t get it? Oh well, sucks to be you.
Because, seriously dudes, I’m just trying to live a better life and have a positive impact on our world.
Are you vegan or vegetarian? Why or why not? And if so, how did you transition?