What I Ate 12.01.2017

I’ve really been loving the soups lately 🙂 In this “What I Ate” vid, I have both broccoli soup and carrot soup. Deeeelesh 😀

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Shame

A former vegan YouTuber, Nikocado Avocado, just started recently to eat eggs again. In his video, he shows how upset he is and what a defeat it is for him to not be vegan anymore. He explains further that he haven’t been feeling well for a while and he wanted to see if eating animal products again would help with his condition.

Parallel while this was happening with Nokodado, a nutritionist from theveganrd.com asked for personal stories of vegans with chronic diseases. She wants to write about how it is to live with a chronic disease as a vegan. So, I decided to write to her, using the inspiring honesty Nikokado used in his video, and share my own experience about my disease. Here is what I wrote her.

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Keep veganism to yourself

“I’m actually kind of against your ‘vegan project’.”

I think it’s ok to eat animals. It’s normal in nature, why can’t I do it?”

“They’re just animals…”

“If you want to wear something that looks and feels like leather, why not just buy the real thing?”

“You don’t buy wool products? Really? omg…”

I’ve heard so many comments about me being vegan that I sometimes think, why are people so dumb? But then I have to remind myself that I too didn’t know any better before. Now that I know animal agriculture is the leading cause of environmental destruction, of why almost a billion people are starving every year, of why the oceans will probably collapse within the year 2048 which will lead to mankind going extinct; how can I go back to ever buying animal products?

A vegan YouTuber that I’ve been following for a while now called “Plant Based News”, just recently uploaded a video about veganism. If you’ve ever had any of these thoughts I mentioned above, either good or bad, check out the video to learn more about why people go vegan.

Coming out…

Coming out story 1

“You can deny it all you want to, God creates nobody that way, it’s a path you have chosen to choose. (…) Mhm, you go by all the scientific stuff you want to, but I am going by the word of God. (…) Since you have chosen that path, we will not support you any longer. You will need to move out and find wherever you need to live and do what you want to because I will not let people believe that I condone what you believe. (…) Let me TELL YOU SOMETHING YOU LITTLE PEACE OF SHIT!!” *starts hitting her son* “YOU SON OF A BITCH!! YOU DAMN QUEER, YOU FUCKING DICK!! (…) Why the hell have you ratted to everyone on Facebook about me??! TELL ME!! You’re a disgrace… Yeah, you are…”.

Coming out story 2

I was so incredibly nervous. My sister had found some “adult male pictures” on her computer and wanted to talk to me. I remember I was shaking and she just sat on the sofa, with a quirky smile on her face. “Is there something you want to say?”. It felt like someone had punched me in my stomach and a jolt of lightning rushed down my legs. “Me and Stig found some pictures on our computer. Care to explain?”… Eventually, I told her… We had a long talk about being proud of who we are and it all ended with a big hug. Then she told me she loved me.

Comparison

These two coming-out stories you just read is very different from each other. The first one is about Daniel, a young man who comes out to his highly religious parents, and it ends fairly ugly. You can see the heartbreaking video here. The second one was me, almost 15 years ago. I still remember the feelings I had and how nervous I was. Thankfully, in my case I had a very loving and supporting family. I never faced any problems like Daniel did after coming out. I do remember though that it took me a very long time to build up the courage and confidence to say it to my friends and mother. The fact that I had been bullied for over 6 years at school severely delayed me coming out. After being bullied for so many years, it changes you. I had social anxiety, was scared of being around masculine men, couldn’t speak up for myself, and if I would have been kicked out and disowned like Daniel, who knows where I would have been today…

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Critical thinking, source checking and copyright

I haven’t written in a while and one of the reasons for that is because I’ve spent a lot of time checking for information about how to write an article and make videos without getting into any copyright problems. I’ve already made a video addressing this issue a while ago (see below for link). So I want to address briefly some of the challenges that have come up when trying to create content.

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Warning labels on meat packages

I don’t think there is a person alive in this day in age that doesn’t know that smoking is dangerous. Even though we knew for decades that it was detrimental to our health, it had to take a tremendous amount of unnecessary deaths to finally get warning labels on cigarette packages. Today, tobacco advertising is illegal in Norway and has been for a while now. The packages themselves are also hidden away so you have to ask the cashier to get one for you, or get them out of a special kind of vending machine.

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