How could i be so stupid?
Ive been crying for the last 20 minutes. Ive been a veg for 5 years i know this stuff. Ive read that they have gelatin in them befor and i also know better than to just start eating something with out reading it. I feel like such a failure and a terrible person.
And really, the amount of gelatin in a few frosted flakes has to be negligible.
"You will always be fond of me. I represent to you all the sins you never had the courage to commit.”
You're still a veg, as far as I'm concerned. You are also a human, and humans make mistakes. Don't beat yourself up over it. Take a deep breath, put the box down (or back in the cupboard), and move on.
5 years of not eating meat does more for animals than eating a few hale-bales. :)
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Don't feel bad! I was on vacation right after I became vegetarian, and the resort I was at has these chocolate dipped rice krispie treats that I have always loved and I got one for dessert. I didn't even think about the fact that they contain marshmallows, which contain gelatin. Everyone knows rice krispie treats have marshmallow- I just wasn't even thinking. I felt terrible for a while but then I realized I couldn't undo it and I just wouldn't eat any more of them, or that I would just make my own with veg*n marshmallows. We all have slip ups, especially with the fact that so many unsuspecting things have animal products in them. You are still definitely a vegetarian and still do so much better for animals than people who regularly eat meat products!
We all make mistakes. I just read this thread, and noticed that marshmellows are gelatin. I did not know that and two days ago I almost ate one, but did not because I had brushed my teeth about half hour earlier and opted not to eat it bc I was avoiding sugar, but had I not brushed my teeth I would have eaten it. Now I know to avoid marshmellows. For me its been a learning process. Not to long ago I found out almost all wine is not vegetarian. I would never have guess that, luckily most beer are, but I could have easily drank wine not knowing that most wines are non vegan.
I think everyone has accidentally eaten some animal product like that at some point- I remember when I was younger in France eating some ritz-type-biscuit/crackers from a supermarket, I was starving and didn't realise at first that they were bacon flavoured- probably no meat in them, but (also in France....hmmmm...) I ate most of a slice of pizza before realising it had bits of bacon in it. Yuck!
These things happen. It's unpleasant when it does, but it's really no big deal.
Don't worry too much, everyone makes mistakes sometimes! If it makes you feel better, the other day I was at a Japanese restaurant and I heard usually that miso soup contains no animal stock so I ate it, and I didn't find out until later it had bento in it. I felt so embarrassed but now I know to ask before eating any type of soup :(
Oh, well, expect a knock on the door from the Veg. Patrol any day now! They'll be there to take away your Vegetarian Badge.
But seriously, I get how distressing it can be. I can only imagine the amount of work you would have put into being vegetarian over the last 5 years and sometimes, when we mistakes, it feels like all that good work has been wiped out by one mistake. But it hasn't. All those animals you didn't eat, all the impacts you've made by going vegetarian, that still counts.
It's not even as though you read the ingredients THEN ate the food.
You did it without really knowing, even if you'd suspected or it was something you knew about once.
Please, don't be this hard on yourself. Being cruelty free also means being kind to yourself and realising that as we don't live in a vegetarian world, we're sometimes going to slip up.