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Naomi Van Hauwermeiren

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When was the last time you ate meat?


The last time I had meat for dinner was about one year ago. Despite the fact that I’ve been a vegetarian for 11 years, I did however have fish every now and then until I turned 18. When I turned 21, I even dared going for a piece of organic fish or meat, but after three years I made the switch towards a strictly vegetarian lifestyle.
Not much later I went full on vegan. I watched every documentary I could find online, I did my research, but nevertheless I sinned towards veganism once in a while.
In the end I managed to find a healthy balance between vegetarian and vegan.

Now, whenever I have a vegetarian meal, I don’t look at myself as a bad vegan, but I do believe that it’s important to know what I’m eating. That cows don’t produce milk out of nowhere and that labels such as ‘free range’ and ‘organic’ are things we should treat with care.
That’s why I try to reduce my consumption of these products to ‘cheatmeals’ and ‘no other options’ only. Being aware about your consumption and being aware that having meat every now and then preserves the production of animal products is something I find is more important than blindly following a diet without knowing what it stands for.

I don’t judge people who consume animal products – I ain’t no saint – but I do try to raise awareness amongst them about how that steak ended up on their plate. That it didn’t grow on a tree and that one day that steak was a cow in a field somewhere, a cow they maybe fed grass by hand on a lovely day.

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