Guys, I think this is quite a contentious topic at this time. Is it just me, or am I dreaming. Dreaming, by the way, is one of my favorite things to do. It happens mostly at night while I’m sleeping. Before I clear up some of the confusion related to what it means to be vegan or vegetarian, let me share with you a few thoughts on my recent dream processes. I’m not relying on the scholars of Freud or Jung to explain myself here. I’m speaking right from the heart in explaining how recent sleep activities made me feel. Let me start by just saying that my life remains challenging for now.
But in the last few months I took an assertive reassessment of my life. I made a number of changes. I even moved house because I felt that it was going to make a positive impact and help me into the next few months at least. Work life was particularly stressful, so much so that I nearly took my foot off the breaks and allowed my life to go all helter skelter. As the positive changes started to fall into line, within days, I found myself sleeping a whole lot better at night. This, by the way, was without any artificial or even natural stimulants.
While enjoying many more nights of peaceful sleep my mind continued to be a hive of activity. Weird dreams were the order of the night. But, of course, as many of you have experienced, I could not remember one iota of what I dreamed about. Nevertheless, this is the sensation I have been feeling lately. You know, it feels almost as though I’ve been taking strong medication to calm the nerves but it, of course, is nothing of the sort. I have this numb feeling as I doze off to sleep, leaving this world and entering the netherworld of dreams.
Let me just tell you, it’s an awesome feeling. It’s so marvelous; it feels almost as though I’m hooked. Sometimes I even pray at night that the soothing sensations will return. But even if there are no dreams, I sleep well. Right, I’ve been confused myself on what really is the big deal and differences between veganism and vegetarianism. Previously, there was always just vegetarianism. Now, veganism still seems to be a relatively new concept. So, as I prepared myself for one or the other, I became more curious and so returned to my reading.
This is briefly what I found out.
Vegetarians do not eat meat from animals. Period. I think that much I knew already. Instead, they will be substituting their diet with foods that come directly from plants. Foods such as grains, fruit and vegetables come directly to mind here.
Being a vegan entails avoiding all products derived from animals, entirely. Period. I wasn’t entirely sure about this but now I know for certain. How about you guys? But, to my horror, I discovered just how much factual inaccuracies there are published on the internet about these two dietary concepts, so guys, like me, just be a little careful with your own research. Always check that the links that you are processing are from credible sources.
The main differences
Let’s summarize the main differences between vegan and vegetarian right here and for once and for all clear up the spilled milk that the pesky cat left behind. Vegetarians, while avoiding meat, still consume animal products such as dairy – milk, yogurt, cheese, and eggs. Vegans, on the other hand, avoid all contact with animals altogether. They even go as far as avoiding manufactured products that contain animal substances such as fats and oils.
That, my friends, is it in a nutshell, or a butternut squash, whichever you may prefer. So, if you’re concerned about the life of animals or at least how they’ve been handled at the time of extracting their own bodily substances for human consumption, you are likely to become a vegan. But to make the strong case for just becoming a vegetarian, as outlined here, it would also be a good idea to source those animal products organically or free range.