Hello all, its been a while
I have some questions to ask and a story to tell, this could be long.
Basically I have been vegetarian for 14 years then vegan for 1.5
My reasons: mainly because I tried to 'ethically' source dairy and eggs and failed; the reality is you just don't know what you are getting no matter what marketing a product has. You only need to see the horse burger fiasco to get an idea. Also a little bit for environmental reasons (we eat too much meat) and a bit because I don't want the lovely cow sniffing my sleeve to be dinner.
(Before anybody gets on their high horse about how dreadful we vegans are, as i can hear it coming, it always does: I have never been smug, or told other people they shouldn't eat whatever. I complement people on their meat cooking from the look and smell, cook fish for my bf and bought non-vegan foods for my family at xmas. So why would I be smug, superior or talk about animal murder? we are not all like that you know!)
I have always been aware its not an ideal diet for a human, but a compromise I wanted to make, and believed could be made to work for the above reasons. I am into nutrition and eat very well (if a little too much cake and wine!) But I'm in bed after 7 days of flu, for the 4th time in 9 months. I have had blood tests for Iron, calcium, protein and vitamin B6/12 and the doctor says they are the most perfect results she has ever seen. So why am I pale, fatigued, really poor memory and ill frequently? I guess that B12 analogue is in my blood, but apparently its not doing anything is it?
So it seems I am going to have to face facts: eat meat, or dairy. I don't need to eat much, and i haven't missed it from my diet other than in nutritional terms. Dairy is not an option because I would have to go through the usual industries that turned me vegan in the first place. I have started eating my chickens eggs, which I usually just give to others, but that is actually very little B vits. I also don't want to munch my way through every internationally sourced plant protein avaliable, and i don't think protein is my problem.
So what to eat? fish seems an obvious choice as this can be line caught from the wild. but can you buy it from a hobbyist? or does it have to be from the indescriminate large haul?
Wild meat seems most ethical: it lived life for its own sake, not for the table, and is only on the plate because it got caught; but it had a crack a living to a ripe old age. plus because its not livestock it hasn't drained resources such as soya (I consume very little anyway, just in tea, and occasionally in cereals, and livestock takes up the bulk of soya imports to the UK!) and wild animals may be being culled for their effect on environments (squirrel and deer) But what meat? and where to get it?
I couldn't raise it myself and eat it; my chickens are pets, and anything else i take on is likely to become the same rather than dinner. I'd rather learn to catch it myself than accept the easy route through the super market, but could I actually do it?
Sorry if this is a bit long. but I am determined to steer clear of the 'meat industry' that turned me vegan; if veganism is no longer an option, there has to be another way.