In 2018 the ‘World Vegan Day’ is held on Thursday, 1 November. Around this time a lot of people who might already be vegetarian turn their minds to becoming vegan. This is very understandable when faced with other fresh-faced vegans that have been vegan for 6-18 months. The information available from vegan groups can be very convincing. Movies such as ‘Making the Connection’, ‘Forks Over Knives’ can be very emotive, more so for ‘Earthlings’ and ‘What Came Before’.
Obviously the information from vegan groups and vegan documentaries will be a one-sided representation of the facts. It is worth noting that the documentaries make a lot out of the ‘China Study’ published back in 2005, but a lot has changed to research methodologies in the past 18 years. Also, documentaries are not fact checked and they do not delve into counter-arguments – they are films made by people for money.
In late 2016 we started a transition from being vegan to vegetarian, to being omnivore. It was a difficult decision but we would like to continue about that discussion here. These are the articles that we wrote during that transition:
- Questioning the vegan lifestyle
- Quitting the vegan lifestyle
- Returning to meat, without attachment
- Returning to meat, the first experience
In this series of articles we discuss the decision and the driving factors that led to it. Health concerns was the main driving factor for the decision for the transition from a plant-based diet to include dairy and eggs, and to eventually include meat.
We made the decision to become vegan for ethical reasons. We still assert that ethically speaking, being vegan is the right thing to do. Unfortunately, being vegan is not a good option for our health and well-being. Making the decision to switch from a plant-based diet was incredibly difficult because it did not fit with the ethical framework that we operate within. From a Buddhist perspective, it goes against the non-virtuous action of killing and the virtuous action of protecting life.