We had the opportunity to ask one of our teacher’s friends, Roberta, who is a vegan, some questions to help our understanding of the topic.
Why did you choose to become vegan?
I saw videos of slaughterhouse footage years ago at a concert I was at and found it really upsetting, I realised that if I couldn’t watch the footage, I shouldn’t be buying into the industry.
Also, cows are one of my all time favourite animals, I think they’re adorable! Once I made the connection from what was on my plate to where it came from, it really opened my eyes up to what I was doing.
When did you start becoming vegan?
Just under 4 years ago now, I’ve just been planning a nice cake to celebrate my 4 years! I’m thinking a big vegan chocolate cake!
Do you feel any healthier than before or just the same?
Some days! There are lots of vegan snacks like crisps, chocolate and sweets so on the days I eat too many, I don’t feel too healthy but I know a lot more about the foods that my body needs now and understand nutrition a lot more than I used to.
How do you feel about being vegan?
– Sleepy7, rainbowshoot and Rainbow girl
It’s a very big part of me and something I’m really proud of.
Does veganism stop you from going anywhere you like?
Not at all, it’s getting easier and easier all the time to find vegan food and I use it as a good reason to explore lots of different places on the hunt for super tasty food.
Does being vegan affect where you shop for food?
Not really, I still use all the major supermarkets but some do have better ranges than others so if there’s something in particular that I want, sometimes I’ll go somewhere else but that doesn’t happen often.
Do people discriminate against you because you are vegan?
– Gossip Girl
Sadly yes, I’m often laughed at for my choices. Sometimes that upsets me but I think it’s mainly because people don’t understand veganism, I know that I’m happy with my choice and I often use those times as opportunities to show people why vegans are really like, rather than what they think they’re like.
Do you feel left out when other people are eating meat?
– Agent Kitty
Not at all, I’ve not eaten meat for around 6 years now (I was vegetarian before vegan) and I really don’t miss it at all. Sometimes I find it difficult seeing meat everywhere (in restaurants but also in advertising) because I find it sad to look at, but I never feel left out.
How does veganism affect your daily life?
– Gossip Girl
I think at the beginning I felt it affected it a lot more but now it’s just making sure I check the ingredients on things if I’m offered food at work or if there’s something new in the shops.
Do you feel it was the right choice?
– Daisydare150 and unicorncat
Absolutely, I’ve not doubted myself once since I went vegan, I’m really proud of my choice. I often get asked ‘what I’m missing’ by being vegan, but I see it as something gained. I can’t wait for the next years and all the tasty food options as they come out.
What is your favourite vegan meal?
I really love to cook, I think my favourite meal at the moment is a creamy mushroom and garlic pasta using Oat Cream. It’s not very good for being healthy but it’s really comforting.
What is your opinion about meat?
I really don’t see it as food anymore, it’s been so long since I ate it that I genuinely don’t miss it. I don’t agree with it as a food item either because I love my animals too much and sometimes I really do struggle to be around it. It’s hardest during the holidays, around Christmas for example. I’m really lucky that my family are very understanding and although they’re not vegan, they’ll cook vegan food for everyone if I’m there with them. My Mum is especially good at it, I’m so proud of her for trying vegan food.
Thank you so much Roberta for taking the time to speak to us. It was great to hear about your daily life and your favourite meal sounds really interesting and tasty,