I went Vegetarian almost 17 years ago, and despite a few slips in the learning process, I've been meat free for the entire time. I've slipped up, don't get me wrong, but I am proud to say that I never went back to eating meat. It took me a bit longer to stop eating fish, but I also was in the process of educating myself and it took a lot of time to learn the ins and outs of this new lifestyle. From shopping and having to read every label, to learning new cooking techniques, to educating myself on animal rights. Without all of this education and determination to stick with it, who's to say that I wouldn't have been more lax about enjoying meat here or there.
Learning that according to this study, many of the vegetarians and vegans of earlier times were focused more on their own health and less on animals, directly correlates to why so many of them went back to meat. It's easy to cheat on yourself, without any compassion for animals, the only person you let down is yourself. For me, it was always about the animals. Without my ethical standards or compassion for animals, I may very well have gone back to meat. Without educating yourself and being wholly committed to helping animals at any cost, there's nothing holding you back from those cheat days.
Thoughts? Check out the original story and let me know what y'all think. Have you gone back to meat / dairy in your vegetarian / vegan journey? What triggered this? I want to hear from you!
Hey y'all! I'm Jonathan, and I'm the creator of the Happy Veg blog! I've been cooking now for about 8 years, and I'm obsessed with creating vegetarian recipes that everyone can make and love. I'm also obsessed with animals & travel. Thanks for visiting the blog and have a great day xo