I got into a heated debate with my family again. 

Firstly, I told my parents that I do not want to buy leather anymore. Immediately my parents blared at me: "The leather industry will go on anyway even without your support, plus, people eat meat, so there is leather for demand."

In fact, I felt horrible because I bought leather shoes a few weeks ago. I guess I'm a hypocrite? My legs hurt and the shopkeeper recommended the shoes to correct my feet. I asked her if they were made of leather, and she replied, "Yes." I was horrified. I did not want to buy and wanted to flee from the shop, but my parents persuaded me to buy them somehow. I feel like killing myself for throwing my money into the cruel leather industry. 

Can I correct my feet without the need for leather?

Secondly, I have a stomach discomfort and my parents blamed them on the tomatoes I ate. In fact, I did not eat much, just a stir-fry with two tomatoes in it. My dad immediately mocked at me: "Tomatoes are laden with chemicals, that's why you are sick!"

I immediately roared back at him:

"IF YOU DON'T WANT CHEMICALS THEN DON'T EAT MEAT! Yes, veggies have chemicals sprayed all over them, but for meat, you feed your livestock with chemical-laden grains and veggies and other stuffs, then you inject them with antibiotics and growth hormones!"

At least I can shut this hardcore meat eater up but my sister said:

"That's why we hate vegetarians. They think they are holy and push their beliefs on us!"

Thirdly, I had a severe stomach pain after eating pasta with tomato sauce which contains cheese in a camp. I did not even know that the cheese was in the sauce at that time. When I told this to mum, she blamed it on the tomatoes and high heat of the sauce.

Fourthly, can I say "NO" to mum whenever she makes cakes? I know that she is well-meaning and I love cakes, but the cakes contain eggs and I want to cut eggs away from my diet. I feel great without eggs for two weeks. Since the camp served eggs and I ate it because I didn't want to waste food, I felt terribly bloated and sick.

I want to buy flaxseed as egg replacement but my mum exclaimed that flaxseed is too expensive. She has no problem buying meat and chemical supplements though.

Now, WHO is pushing beliefs onto who? Killing animals are normal and spreading love and compassion is being pushy. Now I know!

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Comment by Anne on August 5, 2014 at 4:57am

Oh Shannon! Well, there's other egg replacements you can try out while you are still in school. For breakfast, you can mash a banana and then mix in oatmeals. I bake the mixture, but you can pan-fry it in non-stick pan to make pancakes. Then you can add your fruits on top.

Comment by Sharon Ng Huey Yuek on August 5, 2014 at 5:47am

Anne, I do not have access to any cooking utensil in school because it is forbidden. The thing is mum is very skeptical over using egg replacements. She's worried that the lack of egg will cause the lack of taste. Maybe I'll have to bake the food completely on my own if I ever want to attempt an egg free cake or something. Hopefully there is no difference in taste.

Comment by Anne on August 6, 2014 at 4:12am

(>.<) Oh man, the cooking utensil rule. I guess you'll be going raw vegan then. Vegan cakes can be as fluffy  and moist as normal cake minus the egg taste. I think the biggest challenge is finding the right substitute for different recipes.

My mother as well. She believe that a good breakfast needs two eggs and she's a huge dairy fan, so it's quite difficult to convert her into a vegan. Still working on it.

Comment by Sharon Ng Huey Yuek on August 6, 2014 at 5:46am

I am not a raw vegan, hehe. At least there's access to an electric kettle/water boiler but I may only cook oats/instant noodles(definitely not healthy). Sometimes I eat raw though, like fruit salad for breakfast and that occasional veggie pasta and salad. Yes, just salad because blender is forbidden too, and there is no fridge. (again, forbidden)

My lunch is cooked since I always buy it from the cafeteria in school. Thank God vegan options are abundant, except during the Muslim fasting month (Ramadan).

I hope the cakes are tasty (to my family) even without their so-called egg taste. Personally, I cannot taste the eggs in conventional cakes with eggs and dairy.

All the best in your mum, Anne! :D


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