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!
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.
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 really? 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.
Like many people, I turned vegan after watching ‘What The Health‘ on Netflix. But not because of the health benefits, but firstly 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.
Secondly watching clips 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 because 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 is so horrific. These poor animals must be so confused as to why this is all happening to them.
Thirdly, the scene with the pigs in the waste bin outside of those poor people’s homes. For those of you who haven’t seen it, I’ll explain. There was a town in America who were in poverty, and most of them lived right next to a huge pig and crop farm. The farms would collect the pig’s faeces and spray it over their crops as fertiliser, these poor peoples homes constantly reeked, and many of their family members were dying prematurely from cancer due to the fumes. There were shots of a lady being interviewed outside her home, and in the background you could see big bins just full of dead rotting pigs – it was absolutely heartbreaking 😦
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!! Everyone says that one person alone won’t make a difference, but I truly believe that it does. Just one person turning vegan saves the lives of animals everyday. If the demand for meat and animal products decreases, then so will the produce!
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, and 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 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.
Oh and for those people who question whether vegans get enough protein in their diets – 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! ❤
Hopefully you’ve enjoyed my ramblings (thank you if you’re still reading) and I hope you have a great day! 🙂