HAPPY WORLD VEGAN DAY MY PLANT BASED BABIES
Despite the title, this is a positive post…
I went vegan almost 1 year ago now, It has been a life changing decision that has improved many things in my life, I could list them all out for you but I won’t because that’s not what we are here for
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I went vegan for Ethical reasons and stayed vegan for all the reasons, It didn’t happen overnight and it was not an easy road. I struggled with my weight, eating habits, cravings, social situations, lack of knowledge and much more. For some people any one of these reasons would be enough for them to quit and to be honest I’m surprised that I didn’t.
I gave up meat first of all after watching Earthlings. I wasn’t a massive meat lover anyway the only thing I struggled with was chicken and finding a good enough replacement for it as I would often use chicken breast as a way to loose weight by paring it with a pathetic salad and calling it “healthy food” lol. I didn’t really know about meat substitutes apart from Quorn so I basically lived off that for the first month… and I started to get bored
I was still eating fish so I used that as a substitute for “meat” (I know fish is also meat, but when you are omni you think of fish and other animals as two different things) If you are someone who loves eating meat, but wants to give it up for whatever reason I would suggest trying to go full veggie and if you are finding it too hard and feel like you will slip back into old habits then take it step by step and go pescatarian and gradually cut down until you no longer crave meat, think of it as trying to quit a nasty habit like smoking.
I was more than happy to say goodbye to dairy, even though like most people in the world I was a lover of the animal cheese, I found that when I stopped eating it for a period of time and then started again I would feel horrendously ill. When dairy was introduced into my diet again I would wake up every single morning feeling like I was going to throw up and that feeling would stay with me all day. The only way to stop feeling like that was to cut dairy and it worked, I haven’t consumed dairy for almost 1 year now and I have never felt better.
And the absolute honest truth is that I don’t miss it. Not one bit. Dairy seems like the hardest thing to give up for most people, but a few months without it and you will be all like “Why did I even eat it in the first place! it’s so gross”
I did find it difficult to go vegan, the whole process took me 9 months. I wasn’t eating properly at first and I gained a lot of weight but when I started to educate myself on how to properly fuel your body then I started to see a big improvement in my health
Social situations have been a challenge for me. When I started to share my recent knowledge on the animal agriculture industry I noticed my Facebook friends list slowly declining. People I had known my entire life, literally since I was a toddler had removed me from their social media simply because I cared about not eating animals.
To be honest with you, it didn’t bother me. I have never been the type of person to really care about others opinions of me and I guess that doesn’t always work in my favour but you know what I would rather have a tiny circle of people who love me no matter what my lifestyle is and are open to discussing it with me than a lot of negative people in my life who really do not care.
I have had conflict with family members about my ethical views on the dairy industry and conflict with friends about veganism in general. That all comes as standard with the lifestyle, not everyone will be on board with your decision but you should not let those situations effect your reasons for going vegan. At the end of the day it’s about the animals and their rights being taken from them.
My advice to anyone going through trouble with friends, family or colleagues who are giving you a tough time for being vegan would be to just ignore any nasty comments you get, stay positive and try to educate them if you can be a positive example of the movement. If people are really going to build a concrete wall around you simply because they cannot deal with their own guilt of supporting these horrific industries then that is just something you cannot spend your life worrying about. It is really not worth it.
With regards to my personal life, I’ve never been the type of person to stick something out fully until the end. That’s just how I am, I’m like dog. One minute I’ll be focusing on finishing off my favorite chew toy the next I’ll be chasing a squirrel round the garden and completely forget about what I was doing in the first place, but having the will power to stick with my decision to go vegan has helped me focus on other aspects of my personal life.
I feel like people are always shy to admit that, the fact that they have trouble finishing anything in their life. But my blog is all about being open an honest with my experiences with veganism so I have no issues admitting certain things that do effect the way I live my life and the choices I make.
But veganism is something I have always been serious about, for me it is mostly about the animals and their right not to be used as a product by us humans. THAT is what keeps me going and gets me through any struggle I come across in this lifestyle.
“Unless someone like you cares an awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” -Dr. Seuss
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