How I became the accidental vegan…
I am the accidental vegan!
I have always had ethical issues with industrialised farming and the processed food industry. Although these are issues I feel very strongly about this was not the initial driving force behind my transition to being vegan.
Here is how it began…Two and a half years ago my friendship with dairy products came to an abrupt end. One particularly stressful incident and my body had had enough, overnight I could no longer tolerate them. So that was dairy gone. Around five months later the digestive pain came back and worse than ever. This time meat and anything with a high fat content was the cause. That got the meat and animal fats gone. For a year or two balance was restored, I was a dairy free pescatarian at this point.
Early 2014, and I began to consider the ethical side of my food choices. With the encouragement of my boyfriend I looked into the animal welfare and food waste issues of our current food production system. I was horrified. Films such as Vegucated and Food Inc. highlighted the issues that I had been partially aware of, and helped me reach the decision to finally remove eggs and fish and go fully plant based.
Many people work on a belief that vegans are pale, weak and under nourished. This is not true at all!! I have had more energy than ever and finally settled at a healthy weight. I am careful to make sure I eat a well-balanced diet without resorting to endless supplements, but a healthy quota of cake and bread instead. My cooking has become more creative and I get a great deal of pleasure from developing new recipes and converting old favourites (being a food photographer this has even led me to start to develop a new vegan cooking blog).
I may be the accidental vegan but I am a very happy vegan!