FAQs – My Gluten Free Vegan Lifestyle

Path leading to the flat horizon with a few clouds in the blue sky

I get asked these questions all the time, over and over again, so I thought I’d share them here. If you have any comments to add, please do! Or any new questions . . .?

1. Vegetarian or Vegan?

The answer is, you should do whatever makes you feel good! One step in the right direction is more important than a hundred steps with no direction, so just go ahead and make a change.

Don’t try to follow some kind of rule book. This is about your life choices so it should feel right to you.

My lifestyle is vegan. I don’t eat any animal products or by-products. I try not to buy non-vegan household products though it can be difficult to know.

What I am really against is the cruelty to animals both in and out of the food industry. I envision a world where we have more compassion for our fellow souls and treat all life with respect.

2. Reasons for Being Vegetarian or Vegan?

Whether it’s to not partake in the supply-and-demand cycle that feeds the beast of animal cruelty in the food industry, repulsion at the thought of eating flesh, or whether you’re determined to improve your health, there are loads of reasons for being vegetarian.

For most people, this is a really complex question with a really long list of varied answers. For me also, but there’s one really simple answer that cuts to the point:

I can’t stand animal cruelty & suffering. 

When I look into the eyes of an animal I see a fellow soul.

I see a friend!

Expressive face of cow

And that goes for all animals I’ve ever met in my life. So for me they simply don’t represent food. I’ve never ever looked at a steak and thought ‘yum’ and I’ve never felt I was missing out or wished I could eat the things I’ve chosen not to eat.

My issue is with the fact that it’s completely acceptable that animals get mistreated in the industry. That generally people think it’s ‘ok’ because it’s profitable.

The terrible conditions and practices which are considered a necessity in the meat/food/dairy/egg industry put me completely off. (Apart from the fact that I don’t want to eat it in the first place.)

We humans have allowed ourselves to become desensitised. We’ve covered our ears, closed our eyes and switched off our active brains when it comes to this topic. Most people would shudder at the thought of torturing an animal, but if it takes place in the food industry it becomes considered an essential act for financial viability and therefore acceptable.

I’m very, very happy being a vegan-vegetarian.

And what’s more is I respect life of all forms. I will walk around the ants to avoid stepping on them because they are alive so why would I want to walk over them?

3. Change in the Future World?

Gradually we’ll wake up from our sleep and people will begin to realise that the cruelty is simply not an acceptable option. I hope that more and more people will start to respect the animals even if they are their food source.

Once they realise that these living beings share our ability to feel emotion as well as sharing the planet with us, and that they deserve the same respect as we demand for ourselves; then they will realise that the animals shouldn’t suffer in the name of profit; and then the world will become a better place.

Ducks marching

Torture should quite simply not be an option even if it increases productivity and profit. One day I hope that people will be prepared to prioritise the happiness and wellbeing of animals.

The addition of hormones, antibiotics, additives and other hidden health-damaging ingredients should also cease to be considered acceptable in the name of productivity & profit (but that’s a different topic lol).

4. Why Not Eat Eggs?

Vegans don’t believe in eating or using animals products including eggs. But for me, the choice shouldn’t depend on whether you’re called a vegan or not. The true choice (in my opinion) should depend on what kind of life the chickens have.

The chicken and egg industry is hideously cruel. Terrible. I’m repelled by the egg industry because of its shameless treatment of chicks (who are often ground up alive) and chickens, but I see nothing wrong with keeping hens free in the garden in a chicken-friendly way as part of your family.

In fact I like the idea. We used to have chickens and they were pets, additions to our family. The largest hen, Madam, was a giant and she used to stroll into the kitchen to say hello or ask for a treat! I never stole their eggs, I just collected the abandoned ones. If a hen became broody, she would sit on her eggs and hatch her chicks.

It all works fine as long as the chicken’s welfare comes first, and personally, if you have some happy hens running around the garden, I think it’s lovely! 

Happy hens in the garden

I don’t eat eggs because I refuse to support the egg industry and I’ve never been a big egg eater so it’s no big deal for me to stop buying them . . . and I don’t have my own chickens.

5. Why Did You Give Up Cheese?

I used to love cheese. I was a cheese freak! Tasty Caprese salad . . . . But the dairy industry is so cruel and I don’t agree with it, so I won’t support it.

Tomato and mozzarella salad

The mother cow has just as strong a motherly instinct as we humans do, yet we take her baby off her within the first two days (average). While that may sound sentimental to you, to me it sounds like torture.

I just don’t rest easy thinking of the mother calling for her baby and going through all that stress just so I can take her baby’s milk for my cheese.

On another note I don’t actually believe that dairy is healthy for us. Cows’ milk provides a perfect growth-food for a baby calf but we are humans, not cows and I don’t believe that milk is a healthy choice for a human. Dairy is inflammatory and since cutting it from my diet I have seen an improvement in my gut health.

However, if I ever met someone who had a micro farm where the calves didn’t get taken from their mothers and where the cows were treated with love and respect, then maybe I would feel different.

6. Why Don’t You Eat Fish?

As a vegetarian, I see fish as animals and they’ve never looked anything like a food source to me. I’ve always hated the sight of a fish being pulled from the sea or river with a hook through its mouth only to be placed on the side, thrashing for air until it dies.

For me fish and seafood look even less edible than meat.

7. What Can You Eat When You Go Out?

This depends where you’re based. I live inland in Andalusia and as a gluten free vegan I struggled to find interesting food (or anything) when I’m out and about.  But just recently a new tapas bar has opened up in our town and I wrote a blog post called gluten free vegan inland in Andalusia about it. I’m a happy vegan now!

If I visit Málaga or the Costa del Sol there are several vegan restaurants and the number is growing. But in most traditional villages in my area the concept isn’t very well understood (yet). But it’s definitely growing!

Sometimes it will mean ordering Sliced tomato(yet another) plate of chopped tomatoes, and other times it may mean going without eating at that moment.

But that’s just part of the price to pay to live life the way I want to. I never wish I could eat what I don’t eat, because I don’t want to eat it!

I love my food 🙂

8. What’s the Best Way to Become Vegan or Vegetarian?

In my opinion, the best way to become vegan is to start incorporating more veggie-type meals into your lifestyle until you feel totally at home cooking without meat on the occasions that you do.

Gradually you can increase the frequency of meat free days until you find you’ve eased into a vegetarian lifestyle. Try not to jump over to processed vegan foods as they can be pretty expensive, not healthy and can cause weight gain. It’s better to rely on natural fresh produce and reserve processed foods for the odd occasion if ever.

Don’t try to force it and don’t beat yourself up. Instead, feel pleased with every new thing you learn, every step you take along your chosen path and every delicious meal you make that fits your dreams.

9. How Can I Start My Own Food Blog? 

I was looking for a way to create an online business and I kept finding places online that offered the world after a sign-up, but then with lots of up-payments.

Most were so expensive and full of promotional gimmicks and wild promises about how to make millions by spending tons of money on their products.

And then I found Wealthy Affiliate and I’ve never looked back. I love it. Wealthy Affiliate’s a platform where you learn how to blog or become an affiliate marketer. You can join for free to see whether it’s something for you. I loved it immediately so I took the first month for 19$. I figured that if I didn’t want to carry on I’d only have invested 19$.

But of course I loved it so much I upgraded to yearly membership and now I host my 5 websites there for less than it used to cost me hosting two independently.

It’s a social platform, hosting service, technical support service, learning platform and online hub.

If you want to have your own blog, come and join me in Wealthy Affiliate and if you use this link I will help you to get started.

Wealthy Affiliate believes in paying it forward, so everyone helps each other and that makes it a perfect place to be while you’re learning the art of blogging.

10. Conclusion

I love, love, love my life and my food. I hope to help anyone who would also love to live this lifestyle, so if that’s you, please get in touch!

I’m not out to change/criticise/judge anyone for their food or lifestyle choices and in fact one of the worst things about being vegetarian is putting up with all the judging that goes on and also all the people who would assume that I’m going to judge them.

I believe we should all follow our own paths and let everyone else follow their own too. Simple 🙂

​If you have an opinion on any of the above or a question you’d like me to answer please post it in the comments section.

Can you understand my point of view? Does it resonate with you? Or do you think I’m extreme? Tell me in the comments!

2 Replies to “FAQs – My Gluten Free Vegan Lifestyle”

  1. Hello Soraya, It was very interesting to read about why you have chosen to live a vegan/vegetarian life. It is extremely important to care about what we eat in order to stay healthy and live longer. I think it is very thoughtful of you to also think about how the animals suffer because of us humans eating meat, milk, cheese, and other animal products. I grew up in a family where it was considered normal to eat animal products. As an adult up to 30 I « kept my eyes closed » to this. Then I slowly started to wake up and be more aware of what’s going on in the world and how the body and brain work. Since then I have gradually changed my habits. I still eat milk, cheese, eggs, chicken, and fish. Lately, I have read many books and reports about milk products not being beneficial for our health. After having read your post, I now must consider to cut down on milk products, especially after learning that the cows and their calves have to suffer because of us wanting to have cheese and other milk products. Looking forward to learning more about the vegan/vegetarian way of living by reading your posts. Pernilla
    1. Hello Pernilla, It's great that you're aware of the food-health connection - I believe everyone should know what they are putting into their bodies - many hidden ingredients are quite simply not really 'food' and therefore not healthy for us at all, but are added for commercial reasons, to make the food look more attractive for example or for a longer shelf life etc. It's also important to source your chicken carefully as it is commonly injected with salty water and can contain high levels of hormones and antibiotics. I would go for free range organic chicken and then it's considered to be a healthy meat and protein source. Thank you for stopping by!

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