Various tweets between “Berlin Station” costars Richard Armitage and Michelle Forbes have alluded to a developing sympathy toward each other—none more so than Michelle Forbes’ sweetly gushing tweet below:
it seems that she might be having an impact upon what Richard Armitage is consuming (below) these days:
“Veganism is both the practice of abstaining from the use of animal products, particularly in diet, and the philosophy that rejects the commodity status of animals.  A follower of veganism is known as a vegan.”
And the Vegan page on Wiki goes on further to remark positively about a Vegan diet:
“Vegan diets tend to be higher in dietary fibre, magnesium, folic acid, vitamin C, vitamin E, iron and phytochemicals, and lower in calories, saturated fat, cholesterol, long-chain omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin D, calcium, zinc and vitamin B12.[n 2] Well-planned vegan diets can reduce the risk of some types of chronic disease, including heart disease, and are regarded as appropriate for all stages of the life-cycle by the American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council, and Dietitians of Canada. Because uncontaminated plant foods do not provide vitamin B12 (which is produced by microorganisms such as bacteria), researchers agree that vegans should eat B12-fortified foods or take a supplement.[n 3]”
But Ethical Veganism takes the dietary Vegan a step further by recognizing and valuing the rights of all living things to have intrinsic worth and should be allowed to follow the natural course of their lives without interdiction by owners exploiting the animals by products—for food, household products like lotion and soap, and leather for shoes and purses, and such.
Here is a Wiki definition of the term Ethical Veganism:
“Ethical veganism is based on opposition to speciesism, the assignment of value to individuals on the basis of species membership alone. Divisions within animal rights theory include rights-based (deontological) and utilitarian (consequentialist) approaches, as well as protectionism, which pursues improved conditions for animals, and abolitionism, which seeks to end human ownership of non-humans.”
Though for now, Richard Armitage seems to want to hang on to at least one animal by product (RCA shoes tweet, below):
So if Richard Armitage is trying out Michelle Forbes’ Vegan dietary preferences to please her—dear man—might he becoming “Addicted to Love”?
In my limited breadth but vast depth of experience, love is all consuming and quite a rush—even 28 years on. Ha! So enjoy, you two!
And thinking about Richard and Michelle as a potential romantic couple makes me reminisce about my hubby and I early in our courtship. On our very first date—lunch at a campus cafeteria—my future hubby was gallant as we said good bye at the elevator (similar to Richard in Vicar of Dibley, below):
And I remember that Bill told me later that I he thought that I “ate like a bird”—meaning that I ate small portions. With my 6 ft 4 in tall hubby, small is a relative term. But I was probably so nervous about doing the right thing on our first date that I didn’t eat much. So my future hubby probably got a false sense of me with that. Though my hubby still eats the lion’s share of any meal we prepare—and leftovers are few. Ha!
But getting back to Michelle Forbes Vegan diet and animal rights advocacy, I can certainly agree with wanting to treat animals humanely and respectfully. And I definitely don’t want to think of the food that I eat as having once had a face—when I do, it does puts me off eating meat.
Though with my digestive issues since my gallbladder was removed in 1999—meaning by body doesn’t process dense meats well–I mostly eat chicken and eggs (80%?), with some ham, fish, and beef in descending order on occasion, anyway. And I have been counting carbs and trying to eat more fruits and vegetables and fiber—which are all featured in a Vegan diet.
And I already don’t eat lamb or veal since these animals are not allowed to live to adult hood. But then the eggs I eat each morning probably come from a farming practice that keeps the hen layers in cages all their lives—which isn’t good either. So there is a contradiction there and a rationalization on my part—I eat some animal foods because I’m not aware of their farm to table growing practices that might make me feel uncomfortable.
And if I were more informed? What choice would I make about whether I would consume animal foods, etc? I don’t know. But there are lots of Vegan dietary program books with recipes to help a person find out how to eat a balanced diet as a vegan.
As well as in trying to be an Ethical Vegan, there would by product labels to be read regarding other animal by products—such as lotions and shampoos and such containing lanolin, stearic acid, etc. Could I remove all animal by products from our home? That would take a lot of research—though my purse with a genuine leather tag hanging from it is the easiest to discern.
But could I drastically change the way I eat to vegan and exclude all meat, eggs, butter, milk, etc. from my daily diet? Could I do it for even just one day? I don’t know.
But today, Wednesday, March 2nd, I’m going to try not to eat any animal products—no milk (a real hardship for me), eggs, cheese, etc. Baby steps. And throughout the day, I’ll let you know how well I succeed at eating Vegan for each meal.
So if anyone out there is a Vegan (dietary or ethical)–or trying to be–please share your thoughts in a comment below.
Grati’s attempt at a Vegan Diet today
Breakfast, 7:09am: 1 wheat toast, 2 teasp honey, spiced cider. Though honey is made from insects, I was suspect of jam thickening agent (though hubby said most are made from plant pectin now).
What I didn’t eat: I eschewed my regular meal of 1 egg, cheese, milk, hot cocoa, and a sweet roll (that is probably made with butter and eggs), & sausage.
Result: A good Vegan start! And I’m guessing that I will be mighty hungry by my 1:00pm lunch. So I’m taking two small apples with me to work to tide me over as a mid morning snack–I ate one apple at 11am.
Lunch, 1:00pm: Ate out at a chain restaurant my hubby and I usually frequent. I chose a salad with French dressing–asked for no eggs when I explained my Vegan quest today. But the salad still had shredded cheese that I had to scrape off. But that worked! Then the creamy potato soup–though I asked for it without the bacon–seemed to have melted cheese with in it. That failed. But I was doomed when I mechanically ate the dinner roll with butter before my salad arrived. Curses! But it tasted so good. *hangs head in shame* The dinner roll was probably made with egg, and the butter is dairy. Iced Tea to drink with saltine crackers on the side. Snap!
What I didn’t eat: I avoided my usual ham and cheese omelet with toast and jelly. Also no milk.
Result: So I’m counting lunch as only 1/2 successful for going vegan–with the salad, saltines, and iced tea as being Vegan acceptable; and the soup and dinner roll not being Vegan acceptable. I’m going to more hopeful for dinner later, since I will eat at home and can “control” the content of my meal more easily.
Dinner, 7:02pm: I had somewhat planned my dinner at home better than being surprised by non-Vegan meal attributes, like I was at lunchtime. I had one slice of whole wheat bread with peanut butter and grape preserves (making a 1/2 sandwich), 10 Keebler club crackers,1/2 a can of a small Campbell’s vegetarian vegetable soup (not eating the alphabet noodles that were enriched with egg white as noted on the label), hot tea and water, and about six Girl Scout Cookie Thin Mints for dessert.
What I didn’t eat: Neither my other half of a Turkey sub sandwich from the previous Tuesday night’s dinner, nor the leftover chicken and mushrooms from our Monday night dinner meal, nor milk.
Result: Pretty successful (95%?) at keeping Vegan. Though I had belatedly realized that the soup contained non-vegan enriched noodles (that I did not eat)–when sites I have looked at tend to state that non-enriched pasta is usually Vegan–I think I did pretty well in following Vegan at Dinner time. I determinedly checked the food labels and googled food attributes that I wasn’t certain about. I like vegetables, but the overall tomatoey flavor of the soup was a little strong for me. But I didn’t have other options beyond having another salad and munching my celery–salad usually being what I eat for lunch.
Overall Impressions about my attempt to eat Vegan today:
I think I made a good effort at trying to eat a Vegan diet today. I wasn’t perfect–as my dinner roll and soup debacle at lunch attest to. Ha! But right now after dinner, I feel full and satisfied.
And generally, I tend to eat less as the day wears on–like a pyramid–with breakfast usually being my biggest meal and dinner being my smallest meal. Though today, breakfast was my smallest meal–so adding a cantaloupe quarter would add fruit and fiber to that meal. Actually one Summer, I had a voracious appetite for cantaloupe and had slices of them every morning with lightly buttered toast for about two months.
There are other considerations that enter into adopting a drastically different dietary path–with regard to overall health concerns and pre-existing health conditions. Most notably for me is not getting sufficient calcium due to not drinking milk. When I started on my carb counting diet last August, I then halved my 1% milk consumption to 8 oz at breakfast, lunch, and dinner–when I had been drinking 16 ounces at each meal.
And I or anyone contemplating strictly following a Vegan diet–would want to consult their doctor about what steps they need to take to insure that there are no dietary deficiencies that develop, nor food and drug interactions because you are eating different foods. I am already taking a calcium supplement. And several Vegan sites I looked at mentioned taking B12 supplements. And if you are really serious about shifting to a Vegan diet, I found a Vegan Starter Kit (VSK) sigh\n up offer on the PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) website.
And though I wasn’t a 100% successful Vegan today, I’m glad that I tried it. And a special thank you to Michelle Forbes’ advocacy for humane animal advocacy and promoting a Vegan diet. So below is a video link that she shared that was really cute and endearing about animal advocacy: