My Personal Food Story
So how did I end up here? Well, like I said in my first post I have always been very interested in food. To plant it, grow it, cook it, and above all, to eat it. I LOVE eating ❤ Eating with friends, family, colleges and strangers. May it be in my house, at grandmas, on the beach or in new exciting restaurants. I just love everything about it, apart from when there’s none left.
I would say that I grew up on a pretty normal Swedish diet with, (except from those raw fish sticks then) meat balls, potatoes, cooked vegetables and loads of grandmas “plättar”, traditional Swedish mini-pancakes. I have been told that I was an easy child to raise when it comes to food. I would eat almost anything that was put in front of me.
I consider my relationship with food to be healthy. Growing up I was very active in sports and so I viewed food as fuel and a source of nutrition. Thankfully eating has never been a destructive habit for me. It’s sad to see how many young girls perceive food as their enemy. Some even knowing how to count calories before they are 10 years old. The act of eating should be completely guilt free. I want people to enjoy their food, with body and mind.
Meals heavy with meat have never been my preference, and so when I was in University, lentils and other types of legumes were common staples for a poor student like myself. I rarely bought any kinds of meat, chicken or fish. So, when I decided to cut it out, the changes in my daily diet were not that dramatic.
Why did I decide to change?
Well, my moment of obligation happened after watching Earthlings. A documentary narrated by Joaquin Phoniex that talks about how we as humans relate to animals as entertainment, food, clothing, pets and scientific research. It’s very visual and brutally honest. At one point I even cried. Earthlings affected me so much that I gave up eating meat right then and there. Today, that was over 4 years ago.
My interest had been sparked and I started to look for more information about my new lifestyle. I found other great documentaries like Vegucated, Forks over Knives and Cowspiracy. I really recommend watching all of them, but if you only have time for one, go for Cowspiracy. It explores the impacts of animal agriculture on our environment, and the findings are quite shocking.
By now, most people are aware of the fact that our unhealthy meat consumption is one of the main contributor to climate change. This reason alone is enough to drive and motivate me in my food choices. However, giving up meat makes so much sense to me in many other aspects too.
So, now you know my story and where I stand! However, what I write here won’t be vegetarian or vegan propaganda. I want to be objective and look at research systematically to see where it takes me. I’m doing this with an open mind to learn as I go.
Stick around and learn with me!