Day six: Have you been vegan or vegetarian, if so why?I don't eat meat, but I eat fish so I don't count as a real vegetarian. Why I still eat fish is an easy and complicated thing at the same time. Easy because I think that every one can decide themselves what they want to eat and if this includes fish, strawberries or milk is no one else's business.
On the other hand I often get asked why I make and exception for fish. It's because I don't want to eat intelligent animals and fish (at least the ones I eat) lack the ability of leaning and long term memory. If I needed to defend my believes (which I did quite some times in the past), I would argument with scientific studies which prove that goldfish have limited ability to remember anything longer than a few minutes. Sharks or octopi who can learn and remember for longer time spans than days are not on my menu.
Another thing I have to admit is that I would indeed eat animals if civilisation broke down and I would have to gather/hunt my own food. Two reasons: There are much more poisonous plants in Germany than animals. And you can find animals year round, which is not true for edible plants. If you wonder about this excursion into possible zombie apocalypse/war scenario, you actually get asked about this once you mention you don't eat meat.
Strangely, many people seem to have problems with herbivores (either vegetarians or vegans). Maybe this is because of encounters with preaching herbivores in the past, I don't know. Maybe this is because of a bad conscience for the animals. Actually, I don't care. I don't preach my lifestyle. I don't mind what you eat. If this involves animals, I'm fine with that. Unless you try to force me to eat meat, you will hardly notice that I don't eat it. It actually took my colleagues several days to notice. To each his own!
Rye bread with vegan spread
leftover oven veggies and potatoes
Pombär (Potato snack, I was actually surprised it was vegan!)
Pasta Napoli (I was roleplaying this Saturday, so I had to eat what they offered! ^^)