Candice is Veganuary’s Supporter Care & Social Media Officer. She initially became vegetarian for the animals but gradually cut out dairy because of a lactose intolerance causing her multiple health problems. But when she learnt about the horrors of the dairy and egg industries from Gary Yourofsky’s ‘Best Speech You Will Ever Hear’, she made the switch to veganism in 2015.
As most vegans say, I wish I had gone vegan a lot sooner! Knowledge is power, and until I had the resources to learn about all the different ways that we exploit animals, I had no idea of the damage I was taking part in – To myself, the animals and the planet we all live on. You’d think that running down the meat aisle in the supermarket with my hood over my head as a child was a sign that I knew it wasn’t right!
I found the transition pretty easy, having already ditched dairy and meat. There are so many vegan friendly products out there now – be it food, clothing, make-up, toiletries etc. And once I realised this, it was just a case of adapting my daily routine and learning where to make the changes. I started with my diet and then made a start on my wardrobe; giving away leather, wool and silk items. And then looking at what I could change in my bathroom cabinet and cosmetics bag. My advice for others would be to do the same and focus on making changes one by one, taking it one day at a time. There is no such thing as a perfect vegan. Just be the best that you can be, as far as is practically possible. And Veganuary can help you do that!