Quite some time has passed since I have started working on this blog and now it is time to look at everything what I have done over the semester. Unfortunately (or maybe fortunately) I can’t say that these 15 weeks made me vegetarian, I am going to go back to my regular diet. I’m still on it now, but I can’t wait for this Monday to come, as it is going to be my last day of not eating meat. However, I can say that I am ready to reduce meat consumption significantly and pick what I eat more carefully.
I think this was a very important experience for me, not that this blog changed me completely, but I do feel way more informed about vegetarianism and why people become vegetarians than I used to be. I don’t feel much different from the times when I still ate meat, at least I don’t notice the difference if there is one.
As I look over those past 15 weeks, I remember my first “withdrawal symptoms”: how I started liking not eating meat: my relapse which lasted for a week, but which made me more confident about my goal; and how I started making videos,reporting news and researching more about the topic of vegetarianism. And of course, I remember all the people I interviewed and all those opinions on vegetarianism that I got.
I’ve mostly received positive comments on the matter of vegetarianism, from professor Homer, students Mariam Geladze, Rafael Bastos. They were talking about vegetarianism in terms of it being beneficial for saving animals and for your own health, that is helps a lot if you’re determined about it. I have however also received negative comments on this matter from students Boyan Mladenovski and Martin Stojanovski, who by funny coincidence are both from Macedonia, who said that vegetarianism can destroy many job places that are belonging to people connected with meat-producing industry. I also heard an idea that vegetarianism might not be so beneficial for little children, as their bodies are still in development and they need all the possible proteins and carbs they can get in meat.
I also learned more about different aspects of vegetarianism, such as veganism. Unlike vegetarians, vegans also exclude milk, honey and eggs from their diet, and are also avoiding wearing silk. It’s pretty much a protest against any kind of animal-based products.
The journey has been very long, but it also feels like I only stopped eating meat yesterday. The most important lesson I have taken out of it is that vegetarianism can be quite beneficial for you if you’re not too enthusiastic about it and if you’re not trying to reduce something in your diet that shouldn’t be reduced.
I want to wish goodbye to my readers, thanks for bearing with me and my writing and staying till the end. My biggest achievement I consider inspiring a fellow blogger to perform the same kind of experiment and gave up alcohol for almost a month (26 days). Farewell and have a nice life!