So I’ve been vegetarian for years, but last year I went vegan for around 6 months. Why didn’t it last?
One of the biggest things for me was cheese. I never even ate much of the stuff before I made the change to vegan (clearly anorexia is not closely linked with a love of cheese!), but as soon as I made the switch to exclude dairy products, there was nothing I craved more than a big fat block of cheddar, melty mozzarella on pizza, crispy grilled halloumi or fresh feta in a greek salad. I’ve heard countless people, myself included, arguing that “I could go vegan, but I’d miss cheese too much!” This is partly because (as a lot of research suggests) processed cheeses like those mentioned contain chemicals that cause real addiction, and like with cocaine, withdrawal symptoms are real too.
1. Humans are the only creatures on earth that drink milk in adulthood, and the only ones to drink the milk of another creature. Not your mum, not your milk. Simple as that.
2. Calves of dairy cows are cruelly ripped away from their mother at birth. Dairy cows are forced to mechanically breastfeed with natural hormone cycles.
4. Many dairy cows and chickens are factory-farmed with very low quality of life and zero time outdoors. They actually develop real mental illnesses and huge behavioural problems.
Forks over Knives
Cowspiracy (my personal favourite)
In today’s world abundant with food choices, with most of us living in a westernised society where is is not necessary for survival to hunt for meat and fish, the only thing keeping us from questioning the status quo is our own choices. Not willpower, not fad diets, not being a hippy, but making informed choices on whether we still want to consume the way we do despite all the evidence that it goes against our morals. And admitting that we, as humans, no longer have the birth right to dismiss all other sentient beings as being on this earth to please our tastebuds.
The Best Use of Online Marketing was awarded to Instrmnt, a Glasgow watchmaker creating timeless quality timepieces. Aimee Kent won Best Sustainable Online Business, for her ethically produced surface pattern design and textile products.
And finally, as strange as it sounds to say this, I was absolutely astounded to receive the Blogger of the Year for Scotland award sponsored by Therapie Clinic!
Here is an interview I did with Creative Brew, a new website based in Glasgow showcasing the work of local creatives, innovators and entrepreneurs.
What are you studying at the moment?
Have you always had a love of fashion?
You’re a fashion blogger yourself, so do you have any tips for those writers just starting out?
What do you enjoy about blogging?
What bloggers have you got your eye on at the moment?
How did you get involved with the Scottish Design Exchange and what makes it so important to the contemporary design scene?
What have been your highlights of working at the Scottish Design Exchange so far?