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Here’s why I became Vegan…
I’ve touched on this briefly in some of my other posts, but I realised that I have never actually made an entire post dedicated to my reasons behind going vegan.
I love being vegan, it’s the best decision I have ever made and it’s one of the only lifestyle changes I’ve managed to stick with for longer than 2 weeks! It’s hard to be vegan at first, you think all you can eat is fruit and veg. But after a lot of research you realise that when it comes to vegan food… the options are endless
For some the ethical aspect doesn’t even cross their mind and for others they just want to lose a little weight and feel like they can do it easily on a vegan lifestyle.
For me it was a mix of everything, I went vegan for ethical reasons and stayed vegan for ethical and health reasons. I realised that the animals we eat are beings who deserve the same rights as the animals we keep in our homes
I first gave up meat for 2 weeks, just to see if I could and from there it snowballed over the course of 9 months.
The hardest thing for me to give up believe it or not, was not cheese (I know, shocker) it was fish. Giving up meat was fairly easy, I only ever really ate chicken and bacon but I had fish all the time. I preferred the taste and I had it in my head that it is better for you than any other animal meat not sure why I thought this, but I did. I would have salmon at least 3 times a week and I loved prawns and most other shellfish.
When I became pescitarian I knew that I didn’t want to carry on eating fish for the rest of my life, I always had this voice in my head that would say “why is fish any different from chicken or beef” and eventually I listened to that voice and forced myself to watch a video on YouTube about the horrors of fish farming. I watched an undercover video on a John West tuna ship and was horrified so much that from then on I stopped eating it.
I found it difficult at first to give up fish, when I stopped eating other meat I was substituting it for fish and shellfish, now I had to find something to replace the thing that was helping me stay off meat and I remember thinking how difficult it will be.
Well, it’s a good thing that we live in the 21st century and processed vegan faux meat is VERY easy to find.
I filled up my freezer with quorn products, and developed an unhealthy addiction to quorn sausages. I was eating them almost every night.
But when I eventually gave up eggs after watching yet another horrifying video (you know… the horrible ones of the baby chicks in the grinders) I didn’t want to eat quorn anymore.
Then shortly after I became fully vegan.
I became vegan because I love animals and when I watched those videos last year I couldn’t bear to ignore it any longer. I understand some people do watch these videos and sill continue to eat meat/dairy and I do not think it is fair to say that they are psychotic or crazy just because the don’t jump into veganism right after they see it.
I know that years before I went vegan I did see videos exposing the meat and dairy industry, but at the time I chose to just ignore it because I wanted to be selfish. I would come up with a whole load of excuses in my head after seeing it, so I could live with my decision to keep contributing to these industries.
But when I watched them for that final time, something changed and I finally understood that these animals lives are more important than my greed.
Going vegan is the best thing I have ever done, I say that all the time. But it’s true. I feel the healthiest I have ever felt, my skin has drastically improved (pores smaller, less oily, rarely get spots, brighter tone) I have lost 3 stone and best of all I get so much satisfaction knowing that no living being has suffered for my food.
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“Veganism is not about giving anything up or losing anything; it is about gaining the peace within yourself that comes from embracing nonviolence and refusing to participate in the exploitation of the vulnerable”
― Gary L. Francione
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