Since becoming Vegetarian about 9 months ago, and Vegan now for around 2 months, I have constantly been asked why I did it! So I thought that I would give you all a little story about how, why and anything else you could think of.
Before I start, I think the saying “Ignorance is bliss” applies to most people that I speak to about it. The majority of people say they totally understand why, they realise what is happening in the meat & dairy industry but choose not to seek information.
And that’s exactly where I began my journey – I actively wanted to learn and make a change for my own life and for the animals.
It was one morning in June last year when I was with my best friend (who is an inspirational Vegan blogger – go check her out here) and she bullied me into watching What The Health (yes, bullied, because I was one of those people that wanted to turn a blind eye myself!)
That changed everything. If you’re part of the Vegan community, you will definitely be aware of this documentary which seems to be the turning point for the majority of us. It’s a documentary that is all about the positive effects of living a plant-based life and how eating meat/dairy has only been proven to be bad for our health – detrimental in fact. Created by a Vegan activist, it follows this man on a mission to get to the bottom of how the companies are feeding the human race with fake information by throwing money into the industry.
After watching this, I wanted to learn more. I was thirsty for knowledge. So we watched another.
And that was it. I made the decision to become Vegetarian. Initially, I was only going to be trying it out to see how I would get on. But I knew that I really wanted to do this. I wanted to be the change. I wanted to commit fully.
I grabbed it with both hands and ran with it. I started looking into ways to make the best meals. I sought to find out what substitutes I could have and where I could get it. Bearing in mind I was still eating eggs & cheese (I’d given up milk way before that – almond is the way forward), I knew that I could be doing so much more but I didn’t want to overwhelm my body by taking everything away all at once.
Over the next few months, I found myself trying so hard to eat Vegan when I could because I knew that was where I was inevitably heading. I wanted to source all of the vital information that I needed before taking the plunge. I was constantly looking at the ingredients in things, looking at the nutritional value of everything and compiling of list of what I could and couldn’t have. I even experimented with my food, look here.
Before I knew it, Veganuary was upon us. And this was my time to really commit. This was my opportunity to do my bit and make a difference.
Completing Veganuary felt great. It gave me a chance to see exactly how I felt whilst eating right and it felt incredible. I knew that I was doing the right thing for me and making choices based on what I was passionate about.
And that brings us to present day. I’m living a plant-based (I wouldn’t exactly say healthy because everyone needs a treat every now and then) lifestyle and loving every single second. I have become the awkward person that has to choose the restaurant to eat at to make sure there’s something on the menu for me to have. Now, I’m the one that tactically feeds information to my friends to try and convert them. I am the one that’s making a difference for what I believe in.
I also only use cruelty-free brands for my grooming. If I’m gonna do it, then I might as well do it right!
psst… Superdrug are the best for CF.
But I also totally understand that some people don’t see that, and that’s fine with me. I know we are all in different circumstances, we think differently and are entitled to our own opinions. And that’s okay!
If you have any questions, or want to know, don’t hesitate to leave a comment in the section below. I would love to hear your thoughts.