So I’ve been a vegan for 6 months now and I can honestly say it’s the best thing I have done in my 24 years of living, for so many reasons.
I’m proud to be a vegan and don’t even care that I’m well on my way to becoming one of those preachy stereotypical vegans. Preaching for a good cause!
Here’s a little more information about how my life has improved since going vegan.
I have to start of with the animals because that is the main reason I transitioned from a vegetarian to a vegan. I LOVE animals. I love them more than people.
I’ve always felt like I’ve had a natural affinity to them, to the point that a lot of people in my life call me Snow White or Miss Doolittle as I just seem to attract animals everywhere I go.
One time on my walk home through Hyde Park, I just so happened to befriend a goose and her gosling, a little hungry squirrel, a robin, a blue tit and a parakeet – I was having the best day ever.
Why I stopped eating meat.
I turned vegetarian when I was 19 years old, after watching a video of a pet pig begging for food at the dinner table. It reminded me of my dogs and it suddenly occurred to me…
What is the difference between a dog and a pig? Why love and adore one, and farm and eat the other?
It’s just societal norms. So many people in this world are horrified at the thought of eating a dog or cat, but will happily devour a beef burger, or sausage.
So I gave up meat, and was a vegetarian for 4 years.
Why I turned vegan.
I started to feel like a hypocrite.
I called myself an animal lover, yet I was contributing to the suffering of so many animals.
I gave up eating meat because I felt bad for the animals, but I started to realise that the dairy and egg trade was in some way worse, as the lives of the animals were prolonged for their ‘produce’.
‘What The Health’ on Netflix was actually my trigger. Not because of the health benefits but for a few other things.
Seeing videos of what happened in the dairy and egg farms.
The fear in the animals faces, and the conditions that they had to live in – I just didn’t want to contribute to the suffering of these animals.
Learning that ALL male chickens are killed.
Apparently only hen’s meat is eaten, and males obviously can’t produce eggs, was enough to stop me from eating eggs.
The fact that calves are almost immediately taken away from their mothers.
These poor animals must be so confused as to why this is all happening to them.
The amount of meat that goes to waste is absolutely disgusting.
These poor animals are going through hell and being killed, for nothing.
Not about the animals but the fact that milk contains something like 30% puss?!
NOPE NOPE NOPE. That disgusting thought that I was consuming an animals puss, put me off cheese completely – and I used to LOVE cheese.
I believe that we are all equal on this earth and that humans have no right to decide whether an animal lives or dies.
The human race has completely abused their power and it disgusts me.
Animals are so vulnerable and can’t defend themselves – they need people to stick up for them!!
Just one person turning vegan saves the lives of animals everyday.
Everyone says that one person alone won’t make a difference, but I truly believe that it does.
If the demand for meat and animal products decreases, then so will the produce!
Knowing that I am doing my bit to help the animals makes me really happy.
Honestly, this sounds lame but it’s been so much fun!
The rush of finding a new vegan product, or a substitute for something that you thought you’d never be able to have again – it’s amazing.
With veganism becoming more and more popular, the options are just growing and growing.
There are more ranges being released in supermarkets, and vegan meals are being introduced in so many chain restaurants.
There isn’t really an excuse not to be a vegan anymore!
There are substitutes for absolutely everything.
So far I haven’t felt as if I’m missing out on anything! Pizza, burgers, curries, chicken, beef, eggs, cakes, cookies, cheesecakes etc. etc. the list goes on…..
I genuinely just feel so much more mentally balanced and in control since turning vegan.
I’m a bit of a hippy at heart, but I feel as though I was consuming the animals negative energy and stress when I used to eat meat or animal products, and I feel free from that now.
I feel more in control of my own mentality, and am happier knowing that I everything I eat is guilt and cruelty free.
I also feel like going vegan has made me a much more compassionate person, and I feel happier trying to do my bit in trying to make the world a slightly less cruel place. I can’t even bring myself to kill bugs anymore…
Overall, I feel much healthier than before.
I’m eating more fruit and veg, because everything is plant-based.
My body never used to agree with cheese but because I’m sure they put additive in there, I was consuming so much of it! After a pizza, I’d be left with a horrible bloated belly and a sicky feeling – now when I have pizza I am absolutely fine.
I’m eating the same foods, but just by being vegan, they’re far healthier!
For example, a cheesecake would normally be really high in fat as it’s mostly dairy, however I have a cheesecake now and it’s just made from tofu, or cashew nuts – how great is that?!
My weight has been more stable, and my skin has massively cleared up.
I used to suffer from acne, especially after going through phases of eating lots of cheese. But my skin is the clearest it has been since I was pre-teen.
I would honestly recommend trying a vegan diet for anyone who suffers with skin problems.
A lot of people ask ‘can vegans get enough protein?’
Yes. Yes they can. There is an incorrect assumption that you can only get sufficient amounts of protein from meat.
Just check this out:
I just had a yearly health check which included a blood test and my protein levels are exactly where they should be!
Overall, compared to this time a year ago – I’m a happier, healthier and more compassionate me, and there is definitely no turning back!
According to stats, I’ve saved the lives of 100 animals in the 6 months I’ve been a vegan, and that number will just grow and grow! <3
Hopefully you’ve enjoyed my ramblings (thank you if you’re still reading) and I hope you have a great day! 🙂