By January 9, 2018 January 19th, 2018 66 Comments

For many years I have been vegetarian, first time when I was 14 years old, and the reasons have more or less been the same, just slightly different. I have based the decision on what I believe by gaining and constantly searching informations about sustainable, way of eating. Sustainable both to the planet and my body.

That is the reason why I also had years when I ate meat. It was because I had local hunted meat and local caught fish available, and I believed that living up here in the north, that was the most sustainable way of getting nutrition, as well as living from what the environment you choose to live in can get you.


Until 2 years ago I ate a little fish every now and then, as I still was thinking that´s it´s a good way to live form the environment up here, but also at the time I stopped, my body just didn´t want to have it anymore ( Has this happened to anyone else? ! It sounds so silly but I can´t describe it in any other way!), also here my mind caught up after a while with reasons and fundament for why this is right for me. (Coming back to this after.)


This November, where I spent all the month at home, I was thinking it was a good month to try a vegan diet. But.. My mind wasn´t there yet. I did some research about it, learnt more recipes, trying to understand why vegans chose to be vegan. And then it finally hit me. I found the reason that was big enough to make me take the step to try a month. I started to see veganism from a perspective of equal value, no matter if you are born as a cow, bee or as a salmon.


My sister is saying that I´m such hippie when I talk like this, and hey maybe I am, but this was one of the biggest the reason that made me stop milk products, honey and eggs.

Why should I kill another living being to feed when I can eat veggies? Who am I to decide that a cow should get forced to give birth to a calf every year ( a calf who is also taken away from her) just so I can have my coffee milk? Who am I to decide that thousands of chickens are living in a tiny space so I can have eggs for baking?

I don´t want to be a living person on top of a hierarchy forcing other animals in a life that is not normal for them or killing other animals to get what I think I want.


People told me that if I drink local milk by small farmers it´s ok, but what I found out is that it´s more or less the same, maybe they get more time in the open air, feeding grass, but the cows still get forced to get pregnant to be able to have the milk. And a cow that are treated like that ( all cows in milk industry small as big as far as I know, please write to me if you find out something else, but it makes sense when a liter of milk is around 1-2 euro, and farmers need to get paid too ay) , live for like 5-7 years!! But in a normal way of living they get around 20 years old. This hurts my heart so much.


So this was the 2 main reasons that made me want to try a vegan month.

After that it was easy. As a vegeterain I´m used to eat a lot of greens, beans and lentils so the cooking was fine. I never felt that I needed more energy. Sources of fat as coconut oil, olive oil, avacadoes, cacao, beans etc is great sources of getting enough kcal. One could find many alternative in the supermarket for burgers, sausages etc, but I prefer to make it from scratch with beans and lentils. Tofu is another great alternative to “fast food”.


I felt good in both my body and mind, maybe the biggest change was that I felt very good in my mind. All the thinking and finally doing it.



These last days I have been drinking a little milk and eating cheese. But now when I´m writin this I ask myself why?


Maybe I just need to remind myself more of the reasons I wrote above? Maybe I just need to think more, feel more empathy with all other living beings? Maybe I´m just not loving enough?


I know this is a very touchy subject, people can get upset, but I just wanted to write you my thoughts and my experience. I also know that in some cultures it´s almost not possible to be a vegan, and I´m not judging anyone, I just think it´s interesting to hear peoples choice of eating, if there´s any thoughts behind, and if there´s not, maybe it can be?


Someone said to me that humans would´nt be as evolved if they had not started to eat meat, and it might be true, I think we are so adaptable which made the evolution possible, but I also think is interesting to think is what if we 70.000 years ago would have choosen to see all living organism as something we should respect in the way we possible can, would the world look different?




Mountain athlete, trail runner and ski mountaineer. Writer,mum and Co- founder of Living on a small farm in the Norwegian fjordlands!

  • Stephanie

    Thanks Emelie for the this article.
    Concerning the veganism I think it is more a state of mind, not only what you eat but also what you wear, what you use…

    • Kelly Bailey

      This is so true. People think veganism is a diet. It’s a lifestyle. No wool, leather, silk etc in clothes, shoes, furniture. Even using a bank is at odds with veganism. I’m not sure if Credit Unions are okay.

      • mystichdx

        Veganism *is* a diet. It *is* also a lifestyle.

        If someone consumes no animal products, they are on a “vegan diet”.

        If someone neither consumes nor uses animal products, they are living a “vegan lifestyle”. Simple.

        I mean, is there some other term that you know of to describe someone whose diet doesn’t include animal products???

        • Laurence Quinn

          Plant based diet. But yes, although the true idea of veganism encompasses more than just diet, you are right that the terms vegan and plant based are often used interchangeably.

        • Kelly Bailey

          Yes it is called a plant-based diet. Vegan refers only to a lifestyle. The term has been hijacked.

          • mystichdx

            No, that is incorrect. A vegan diet is not identical to a plant-based diet. The main distinction between the two is that plant-based diets avoid practically all processed foods. Dietary vegans will eat refined sugar, oil, white flour, etc. Plant-based diets will not.

            We have other words to describe diets: vegetarian, pescatarian, fruititarian, omnivore, etc etc, that have nothing to do with a conflated lifestyle. Why are people so resistant on having such an important distinction along the diet continuum? That is the very purpose of language: to describe concepts. Plant-based and dietary vegan are not identical, and both are concepts that require terms.

          • Kelly Bailey

            There is no such thing as a “dietary vegan.” If you are vegan, you don’t eat, wear or use animals in any form as much as humanly possible. Stop hijacking the term VEGAN to suit whatever bloody diet suits you or anyone else.

            And why would a “dietary vegan” (christ) eat refined sugar? That’s not vegan! So how could one possibly call that diet vegan in any way?

            The most annoying of the lot are fucking “freegans”. Die in a dumpster dive.

          • mystichdx

            “And why would a “dietary vegan” (christ) eat refined sugar?”

            Because, umm, it’s a free world and — apparently contrary to what some believe — fascism isn’t a mandatory condition of society? Because, umm, pressed olives and ground up cane aren’t sentient beings?

            “So how could one possibly call that diet vegan in any way?”

            So, pray tell, what is the term for said diet?

          • mystichdx

            And, fyi, no one is “hijacking” the term vegan. I’m fairly certain you’re well aware that words kiiiiinda tend to have multiple (related) definitions. Separated by those 1.’s, 2.’s and 3.’s strewn all throughout the dictionary?

            In Jamaican patois, there is a term “ital” (synonymous with vegan) as well as “livity” (same as lifestyle). People separately refer to “ital food” and “ital livity” all the time; it’s clear and is never a source of arguments and vitriol. Elsewhere? Pedantry reigns supreme. Go figure.

          • Kelly Bailey

            Yes people ARE hijacking the word vegan. And it’s not okay. People like you let the word lose all meaning because you participate in its diffusion.

            ‘Vegetarian’ used to mean what ‘vegan’ means today.

            Meaning matters because meaning indicates intent. Honour the intent.

            You may be fine with watering down and diffusing the word to use whatever definition suits you, and that speaks to your character.

            I am not fine with it.

            The vitriol and pedantry is yours.


          • mystichdx

            Sooo, you’re throwing around insults and ad hominems, telling me to “die”, and *I’M* bringing vitriol. Interesting. But I suppose if ‘diet’ and ‘lifestyle’ are difficult concepts…

            Do show me where I’ve displayed anything resembling vitriol. We’ll wait.


  • Jibite

    Nice words! I’ll wait your experience on this new habit in a few months! Pleaseeee! I think that there are many different opinions about that but ofently not based on all this thoughts, thanks!

  • Terry Chiplin

    Have a ton of respect for your decision Emelie. I experimented as a new year resolution with becoming vegetarian in 1992, and have never looked back. I have always cared for animals, stopping eating meat and fish made me really think about food sources and the impact of decisions we make as a consumer. As a result, my bod not only felt better, I also felt empowered as a human being on every level. I wish you success with your adventure, and look forward to hearing more.

  • Ray

    Awesome! I hope this is a wonderful journey for you, in mind, body, and spirit! <3

  • Ray

    Awesome! I hope this is a wonderful journey for you, in mind, body, and spirit! <3

  • Matt chti vegan runner

    Respect! We had the same way… the best thing to do… thinking about how we live… eating vegatable and all the natural things we can find … no animal is just the right way…

  • Kelly Bailey

    You completely understand the moral principle behind veganism. It is a matter of justice for the animals. Please keep moving forward as a vegan – if you think of the animals first, it will be easy. Commit to justice and compassion. ❤

  • alis kane

    The way the world is running now.. the nature needs more vegans. If we were many years ago, where we had to hunt our food etc, then there would be no need for .. even veganism. But now animals are just products treated as soulless beings and it’s really hard to keep in mind that the stake you eat or the milk you drink came from a part of a suffering living being. We are loosing our consciousness of what we are doing. Now the world needs to change again (as did back then when we were saved by eating meat) and the people who can afford it should eat… let’s say a lot less meat. Nevertheless we have to keep in mind that being vegeterian, moreover vegan, means that we have to be really careful with our diet.

  • Jean

    Beautiful article, many compelling thoughts! I am a vegan and I originally made the switch for health reasons, but what keeps me vegan is what you mentioned above: having respect for all beings no matter what they are.

  • Victor Roman

    Almost every aspect of our way of living produces bad consequences for other people or for the environment. Like everybody it is in the same situation, everybody keeps doing it; but that does not justify it because almost always you can choose. People usually choose habit, pleasure or comfort. My choose it is to harm as less as possible so, apart from other things, I am vegetarian. For me it is simple logic.

  • Gustav

    Sista stycket är som en käftsmäll för mänskligheten! Klockren analys och förmodligen sann. Med mer empati och respekt för det omkring oss hade världen aldrig hamnat där vi är nu.

  • Toula Milios Guilfoyle

    I was a huge meat Italian luncheon meats eater, developed abnormal cells in my 30s yet even though I’m board certified family physician and went to top specialists in USA asking what can I do to STOP cells from progressing.ALL I HEARD WAS KEEP GETTING ENDOSCOPY BIOPSIES EVERY 6MONTHS,GET FEEDING TUBE EVENTUALLY CHEMO,RADIATION MORE MAJOR ABDOMINAL SURGERIES.FINALLY I STARTED TRYING PETA RECIPES.I started ANIMAL rescue I funded BC rural MI had no rescue or pounds for 100miles.I helped horses,cows,chickens,wildlife 2tons cats&dogs.IT DAWNED ON ME ALL I DO 4 THEM,THEY HEALED FROM HORRIFIC ABUSE.AT 49yo&gained more weight more surgeries 2007 went TOTALLY VEGAN, lost 100#&felt better but MOSTLY my cancerous cells esophageal and stomach reversed after 2yrs VEGAN. My husband still ate WESTERN diet developing traditional chronic diseases.FINALLY after cath.3arteries clogged I convinced him see documentary FORKS OVER KNIVES which saved his LIFE 2011.I had 4yrs of experimental vegan recipes& foods. 2015 moved beautiful rural NH local farmers organic and coops.VEGAN SAVED OUR LIVES, WISH WE WOULD STARTED YEARS AGO.THE HOSPITALS PHARMACEUTICALS MEDICAL SCHOOLS,MEGA FACTORY FARMS SUBSIDIZED BY OUR TAXES(NOT LOCAL SMALL BUSINESS FARMS)&PRESSURES TO EAT UNHEALTHY. THEY CANNOT MAKE MONEY IF WE USE FOOD AS MEDICINE WHICH VEGAN TREAT,PREVENT OVER 90%CANCERS&CHRONIC ILLNESSES.IVE TRIED UNSUCCESSFULLY TO GET HOSPITALS MEDICAL SCHOOLS AND MEDICAL EDUCATION TO LECTURE OPTION OF PLANT BASED PROTEIN BUT REFUSE.I noticed all free office magazines&diets paid for my dairy&meat &pharmaceuticals industries.CLIMATE CHANGE TREMENDOUSLY IMPROVED BY BEING VEGAN. MILLIONS OF ANIMALS WOULDN’T BE MURDERED YEARLY&BILLIONS OF #GRAINS wouldnt be grown4 UNETHICAL factory farms. We would save BILLIONS of DOLLARS in MEDICAL COSTS yearly,save ANIMALS from horrific treatment&slaughter,improve CLIMATE change,PREVENT HEALTH crisis from POOR EATING habits. Watch COWSPIRACY AND FORKS OVER KNIVES&similar documentaries.

  • Larry Mishkar

    Another thought is this – None of the fats you listed are native to Norway: “Sources of fat as coconut oil, olive oil, avacadoes, cacao…” while other sources of fats and proteins are readily available in your home village area: fish, meat, poultry/wild game. And both coffee and bananas, which you previously wrote about buying in their orangic state, must come great, great distances to your Norwegian kitchen. Consuming a diet consisting of foods that must travel a great distance (burning petroleum) must be considered when advocating for “Protecting Our Winters” or wildlife or the sea, etc. Ignoring local foods in favor of petroleum heavy foods must be part of any diet consideration.

    • Philipp Schnetzer

      An american study have paid an eye on the question what is better regarding the CO2: local meat, milk, eggs in a organic quality or let ship the avocados, bananas, etc. over the half world: the result was that a diet with animals from locals is still seven times worst regarding the CO2.

      • Eliška Děrglová

        Philipp – could you please give me a source? I tried to fins it, but didnt use the right keywords probably.

        • Philipp Schnetzer

          Hello Eliška,
          it was mentioned in a documentation from ARTE:

          It is in german and you might can find it in french ( ARTE is a french-german TV-channel)
          Ophélie véron have as well a blog and she might could give you the link to it ?

          I hope i was somehow able to help.

          Best regards from Austria

        • Philipp Schnetzer

          Hello Eliška,
          it was mentioned in a documentation from ARTE:

          It is in german and you might can find it in french ( ARTE is a french-german TV-channel)
          Ophélie véron have as well a blog and she might could give you the link to it 😊

          I hope i was somehow able to help.

          Best regards from Austria

      • H vG

        A lot of the food given to livestock in Europe is grown far away and shipped over. This means transport CO2 costs, but also more and more rainforest being cleared to grow crops like soy (beside food for livestock also the vegan alternative tofu…)

        • Philipp Schnetzer

          Well, a plant base diet does not “allows” you automatically to not take care about the rest of your footprint.
          I know the situation with the rainforest, but the soy is mostly not for the Tofu (you could have this as well in an organic german quality,…) but just to feed the animals.
          The approximately 1% vegans arn’t the reason why the rainforest cut down.
          Just 1 cow, doesn’t matter where, blow 300-500 litre methan (23 Times wirst Themen CO2) into the atmosphere–> this is without calculating what she need to eat.

          • H vG

            The numbers I hear are always about cows/beef. What about pigs/pork? Are they as bad in terms of environmental burden?

          • Philipp Schnetzer

            That`s true, most you just hear about cows and beef. In Switzerland 80% of methan are determine by the cows. 20% of the methan emission are determine to the slurry/dung and here 67% are from the cows and 28% are related to the pigs.

            The following might gives you a good overview:

            On the basis of Pendos you could calculate your food:
            Beef 13500 g CO2 / kg
            Poultry 3500 g CO2 / kg
            Pork 3000 g CO2 / kg
            Vegetables 150 g CO2 / kg (deep frozen it is 400)
            Fruits 450 g CO2 / kg

            Regional ~230 g/kg
            Europe ~ 460 g/kg
            Oversea – by ship 570 g/kg
            Oversea – by plane 11000 g/kg

            Hence in the worst case by comparing regional beef (13730) with a mango from Africa (11450) by plane you are still better with the mango.
            Honestly the most vegans what i know take care about where the food is coming from and try to eat regional seasonal food.
            Sure there are sometimes avocados and bananas (both come normally with the ship) on the menu but this isn`t the standard.

            Unfortunately i just have German source but you might can find something similar in English:

            What comes by plane:
            Pendos CO2 calculator:

          • H vG

            Thanks for this useful overview. Surprised to see that poultry scores higher than pork.

            And good to point out that regional only helps when it’s in season. A few years ago there was discussion in the Netherlands about the import of apples from New Zealand even though we grow apples ourselves. But when you figure the storing of apples in cooled warehouses to sell them year around into the equation, the cost (both financial and in CO2) may well outweigh shipping them from the Southern hemisphere where they are in season. (unless, of course, the warehouse would be cooled with solar or wind energy, but we have a long way to go there)

          • Philipp Schnetzer

            I was surprised on the fact that shipping oversea isn`t much worst then ship it within Europe.
            One of the problem here is that the people doesn`t know any more what is seasonal cause you can by everything every time–> how children should learn it that you could not have apples in April.

      • H vG

        A lot of the food given to livestock in Europe is grown far away and shipped over. This means transport CO2 costs, but also more and more rainforest being cleared to grow crops like soy (beside food for livestock also the vegan alternative tofu…)

    • alis kane

      This is a coorect thought but that doesn’t mean that it has to be done without having some limits. Vegetarianism and veganism is not for everybody, and it shouldn’t be, it is for the poeple that can afford it and for the poeple that can have this way of living taking, into consideration their habitat. Yes if you live in Norway it’s better to consume local products.. that means from animals, but also do it within some limits. The way we consume products has led us to consider veganism. People, no matter where they live, eat almost everyday meat and cheese etc, we even through away a lot of it.. The fact that we act without consciousness is what we have to change.

    • Emelie

      Hi Larry! No I did not write about all my fat resources or where they come from. I try to use more rapseed oil, and nuts that can grow up here, feb walnuts and hazelnuts. I savor bananas, coffee, any kind of fresh fruit or dried that comes from far away and I do buy organic and fair-trade.

  • stone

    When we take into our body the suffering of a sentient being through its flesh or milk, that suffering becomes a part of us. It is beautiful that you feel this intuitively and can see that it is a reason, by itself, to thrive on plants alone. When we relieve those beings (and the Earth) from the suffering inherent in animal food production, that relief becomes part of us, too. That’s the lightness and clarity that is so refreshing at first, but that we tend to get used to over time. Ideally, we will remind ourselves now and then — maybe looking into the eyes of the sweet villsau — that we are all connected. Their suffering is ours. Their relief is ours. We are here to make life better for all beings. Namaste.

  • Bidaiarien Txokoa

    Hi, Emelier.
    I admire your attempt to make your thinking process public. I respect your decission and your reasons, but having had the same questions myself, in tge end I came to another conclussion.
    Have you thought about the origin of all the alternative products you mention. Where and how are rice, soja, tofu, avocados, olives, coconut oil, etc etc produced?
    Not only the transport milage, but also the conditions in which farmers and producers must work in order for us to have reasonable prices at our supermarkets…
    After thinking about that I came up to the conclusion that it is better to eat what my environment gives me. I admit that I’m lucky to live in the Basque Country where we have access to fish, olives, nuts, fruit… And good quality meat and dairy if I wanted to.
    But most importantly I feel I know my farmers and I know how they produce their vegetables and their animals.
    I personally feel more at peace with the world choosing to be almost vegetarian in a locally sourced way.

  • Mikk Murray

    Thank you Emelie for the writing and the thinking. There are many positives to a vegan lifestyle, and it’s just the beginning. We want better farming of plants, we want to help the environment and campaign to do so, with our forks and our actions. We do our best to love with full love and compassion for all beings. Keep growing, as a person along with your veggies! 🙂

  • Laurence Quinn

    Thank you for sharing this Emelie.

    What frustrates me the most is the conflicting points of view that most people have. Everybody is an “animal lover”, everybody is against fur, everybody is against trophy killing and many people are now against zoos because animals live in captivity their whole lives. Well the animals that are raised for food are also in captivity their whole lives, often living in extremely cramped spaces and in their own excrement. I ask people why we don’t eat dogs and they react with horror. “Dogs are too intelligent, dogs are pets”. Well, then you are a pet lover, not an animal lover. And for the record, pigs are more intelligent than dogs and as intelligent as an infant. Would we line infants up to be slaughtered and let them listen to the screams of those killed/gassed before them? The horror of such a hypothetical situation is revolting. But with pigs, who cares?

    I never looked back once I realised there was no secret ingredient in meat or dairy etc. You can get it all from plants! (except B12 of course, which I supplement, but it’s interesting to note many omnivores are also deficient in this.)

    There is no lack of evidence that a vegan diet provides adequate fuel for athletes. Scott Jurek won the Western States 7 times in a row, all plant based. So I hope you continue on this journey of discovery and continue to benefit from the physical and mental benefits of what you are eating. Never have I felt as strong a connection to food as I do now and I hope you experience the same.

  • H vG

    Good idea to think about these things and live consciously. In terms of health benefit, especially as an athlete, a vegan diet does take more homework and research in order to really get all the nutrients you need (including high level protein, vitamins and other micro-nutrients). Some things are harder to replace when cutting out all animal products (although definitely possible).

  • Miguel Fernández

    Congratulations for you, Emelie and thank you very much for them!!

    It seems that you already understood what speciesism means, being another injustice like racism or sexism. We, all animals, have consciousness, have feelings, feel pain and, overall, want to live our lives without being used as things/resources!! And veganism is the behaviour against specisism.

    The only thing you will regret is not having changed before.

    Regards from Spain.

    #NoToRacism #NoToSexism #NoToSpeciesism

  • Harriet Payer

    Did you ever thought about, that plants are alive as well and you kill them when you eat them? By the way, the plants and trees give oxygen to all the other species. The plants and trees are the most noble species on this planet and deserve to be taken care of in the constitution in every country. Why does vegetarian and vegan think, it is better to kill and eat plants than animals? Why they put plants below animals and humans? They arrived first to this planet and because of them, there is oxygen! Plants feel as well and are much more sensitive to pain, only because we cannot hear them complain aloud, does not mean that they do not feel pain. And without plants and trees there is no oxygen therefore no life on this planet. Bottom line today We eat and tomorrow We shall be eaten.

    • alis kane

      By not eating meat… Or eating less meat you are not just saving animals but also plants. Have you considered how many kilos needs a cow per day? Have you considered how many forests have been cutten in order to cultivate soya? And the damage that the pesticides do to the soil.. to the water and to the planet? We have to reduce this crazy consumption of meat, that results to the saving of plants sea and generally the planet.. of course ourselves will be better this way…

  • Harriet Payer

    plants whom have a sensitive nervous system and feel pain, which was
    already known in the early 20th century. (from “Autobiography of a Yogi
    by Paramahansa Yogananda” , Chapter 8). Eating plants is killing them,
    just like animals and they are cultivated
    , just as animals grown for feeding people. Also, by growing
    plantations and harvesting them without rest for the earth worldwide,
    the ecosystems and the climate is being damaged. That is a fact. Where
    is the difference?
    Whenever One thinks to be blood-free handed, think in Your cell phone
    and where is the titanium extracted from and the lives it has cost to
    those countries invaded to withdraw it.

    • Wesley808

      Ah come on. If we switched from meat to plantbased we reach all climate goals instantly. That is a fact. Check for example Beans for Beef. And a plant lives that’s true. But it does not feel pain. It reacts but it doesn’t respond. Two different things, that’s basic science. A venus flytrap reacts on a fly but the same on external stimuli. So it doesn’t respond. Furthermore, it takes 16 kilo’s of plants to get 1 kilo of meat. So cutting meat is always the better option. And tell me, when you walk around do you evade stepping on grass?

  • Antonio Jimenez

    Congratulations for your reflections in favor of animals, nobody can get angry because you propose to live without making animals suffer, it is the most coherent choice, the transition has to be done at your own pace, so that when you decide to take the final step, you hold no doubts; you will come to see it as something necessary in your life, for most people it is possible to be vegan and that there is someone who lives from animal exploitation, does not mean that we have to collaborate to perpetuate it, they will change business, every life saved counts. In addition, the ultra-runner Scott Jurek, when he decided to be a vegan, improved his marks

  • Mikel Fernandez

    A very interesting written! I would like to take the same way but i cannot because i am weak. I will go to follow the same in the future!

  • Sarah Ridgway
  • Harriet Payer

    If and when You think that Your hands are blood, tragedy or abuse free,
    just glance over at what You have and use, how You travel, what You eat
    and consume daily or eventually.
    You shall be surprised to find
    there is nothing that comes not from a fatality, invasion, pillage, war,
    dispossession or abuse, whether national or international from today or
    This not only Our history, it is the history of being incarnated as species in this planet.
    May it be possible that only Plants and Trees interact in any other form.
    You eat today, tomorrow You shall be eaten.

  • Harriet Payer

    Worth reading article about complexity and value of plants !

  • Ervin Bartis

    Thanks Emelie for sharing your thoughts! Too bad that the conversation derailed to arguments about terminology.

    I like a lot your approach to food and also to not judging. In a previous blog (about weight and body image) entry you mentioned that you like to have an uncomplicated relationship to food. I think these two issues are key and if you adopt a diet, it should not come as a straight-jacket, but rather as a flow as a continuation of something.

    In a couple of days a new documentary will be released about vegan athletes. I think it’s called “From the ground up”. You might find it interesting!

    Disclaimer: I do eat meat occasionally 😉

  • Harriet Payer

    The article which where posted from Sarah Ridgway is excelent and it hits right in the spot!

  • Robin Cooke

    I am a WFPB eater and am so impressed with how quickly ones body recovers after races and long runs. I avoid the “v” word as it is too charged for me. And I do wear leather shoes…

  • pasi.koskinen

    Choice of eating or choice of living ? Now You have saved animals. Next You save the world.
    You don´t take aeroplane to fly somewhwere because of pollutions and birdcrashes. You don´t use any technical fibres because of plastic.
    Are You sure that Salomon takes care of enviroment ? And no children labour when making those awesome Sense Lab shoes ?
    I have run over 70000 K in my life and I still want to go further. There are no limits when You humble and figure out what is the tender wilderness and how to live with it. BUT ! We cannot save it. Absolutely not !
    I wish You all the best. Enjoy Your life free now because it is free now. But don´t be naive. As outdoor ambassador you are one part of money making machine because You have talent and ability. And that machine will never stop because of greed.
    Let the force be with You, bw. pasi

  • brian barnes

    Well done Emelie, I was vegetarian for 35 years and have gone vegan recently. much better for sustainability, health, animal welfare. Veganism is a quick way to start healing the world and to become empowered. X

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  • Sarah

    So inspiring thank you for your wise words and asking by questions about the welfare of animals. I may just become vegan because of it:))

  • Milou

    Hi, I started eating vegetarian about 4 years ago. But before that we ate only a little meat, and meat from our hobbyfarm (chicken, quails, sheep). Then last year I tried a month vegan with a 30 day challange. Having all the news and tips in mailbox made it very easy to do. In that month I ran my 2e best time on half marathon, unexpected. And also in that month I realised my recovery was faster, less muscle strain and joint pain. That, with the sustainabilty for the earth, made me being vegan now for 99%. How about your experience of a vegan diet on the body?

  • DK

    I’ve been a vegetarian for around 2 years now and I absolutely wouldn’t go back to my old lifestyle. It’s more than just a fad or simple diet, it’s a way of life that values all life. I’ve also thought about becoming vegan – I drink only soy milk, and I loved (Swedish!) oat milk when I was in Norway – but now and then I’ll have a bit of cheese and chocolate. I guess with a bit more reasoning I could certainly take the small step, and when I think about it, I enjoy living a simple life that treasures what nature has to offer.

    I’ve never tried to push my reasoning onto others to stop eating the products of other life, it’s just a personal decision that I’m happy to share with other people if they’re genuinely interested. I’m certainly by no means a perfect model in this sense, given that there are a lot of things that I do / consume that go against my intentions (e.g. the way shoes are made with the glue from animals, killing insects because they annoy the hell out of me), but as much as possible I try and enjoy trying to live this way of life.

  • John Löfgren

    I start to go more green in my eating, but it is a lot of problems with Soy and Tofu as well….

    • Emelie

      Absolutely, but its better we eat the soy, and not the cows, that we later eat, cover with plastic and ship all around the world. Actually humans eat less then 10% of the planted soy.

  • Joan

    Being in harmony with everything inside and outside us, seing all the beauty of Life and feeling gratitude to be in this perpetual moving moment. In this “everything”, there are all the living beings such as plants, human and non-human animals. Consciousness is everywhere in everything, in this changing interdependency, but not in the pills (vit B12, EPA/DHA, and the other micronutrient supplement necessary for an athlete…) that you will have to order from the other side of the world in plastic bottles traveling by plane, to stay healthy. Namaste Emelie 🙂

    • Emelie

      I eat algae from up north actually where I get the DHA, so don’t worry about me shipping a plastic jar all over the world. ANywas I’m sure that is better than shipping fresh meat covered in plastic all over the world.

  • RC Brillantes

    Good points, Ms. Emelie. My vegan husband (of over a decade and vegetarian for more) just returned from a trail run this AM. We came from our local Timeless cafe, Berkeley (and Oakland), CA, USA (all vegan bakery and coffee shop). Then vegan pastry chef is an ultra runner. Her pastries are always well-seasoned (as well as food we prep at home). We never feel we are missing out. PS To your point about fish: Just sharing — I am an occasional pescatarian, but recently can only eat less and less fish. I really don’t know why either. I feel it is probably because of my consciousness about the seas being over-fished and stressed for many years now is always on the back of my mind. “There will be virtually nothing left to fish from the seas by the middle of the century if current trends continue, according to a major scientific study…” — BBC News. More:

  • Ella

    I have a lot of the same thoughts about being vegan. I have been vegetarian for 5 years, and since then I’ve come to a point where I am 99% vegan. The reason I haven’t gone 100% is because I sometimes eat something a friend has made with some dairy in it, or end up in a situation where there’s very few options and I’m hungry. I have thought a lot about whether I would eat meat/fish if it was killed in an ‘ethical’ way, but that is a ridiculous statement in itself. It’s never ethical, but people have eaten meat for a very long time, and I don’t think it’s completely wrong if people want to eat meat and fish from time to time. If we were all going out with our fishing rods, or hunting animals like we had to do in the past, then it wouldn’t be so bad.
    Nowadays with modern farming it’s so difficult to know what things like ‘organic’ and ‘free-range’ really mean. I like your idea of eating locally, and in that respect it makes much more sense to eat say a fish caught locally, or a vegetable grown locally than something imported from across the world. Being vegan doesn’t necessarily make all of your choices perfectly ethical, so trying to source food locally is a great way to think. I get a vegetable box delivered every week filled with locally grown veg, and it’s been really great to try loads of new things and learning what’s in season. Another great thing is that there’s no waste as everything comes in a cardboard box that I return every week. I much prefer being (almost) vegan, but I think there will always be people who enjoy some meat and dairy. If we can all find a way to think more about what is available locally and seasonally, it doesn’t matter so much, as long as we’re being mindful and making an effort to make better choices. Educate and inform each other, rather than shaming each other. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.