Well here goes...
In 1985 my wife Ingrid became a vegetarian, I was still a meat eater but I was never the regular Sunday lunch person and would only be given cheese on my sandwiches.
It didn’t take very long for my wife to become a vegan and around 1987 even my cheese sandwiches were snarled at. I started giving up the red meat, then the chicken and then the tuna, so by 1992 I was full on vegetarian.
My daughter who is now 31 and my sons who are 24 and 20 have never eaten meat and they are all fine athletes, very intelligent and rarely poorly.
In all these years I have moaned to my wife about “How can you eat a pizza without cheese, why do you have to read the labels on everything?”
I loved cheese and could never imagine living without it and I ended up making a vegan meal for her and vegetarian meals for the rest of us. Anyway, when I signed up to Veganuary, I decided to give being a vegan a try. I couldn’t believe how nice the vegan alternatives to cheese are and I could never go back to eating dairy.
Now I’m the one reading all of the labels, phoning up pubs to ask what vegan beers they have available and only drinking wine that is vegan. Being a vegan has opened up another world of food to the whole of my family and it’s all cruelty-free. I’m used to being quizzed about what I’m eating for lunch but now I love to tell them and “No, it’s not what I can’t eat it’s what I won’t eat and if you will spare me 5 minutes I’ll tell you why!!”
I’ve been lucky to have a knowledgeable wife to tell me what cruelty is involved in the production of meat and dairy products and the animal testing that goes on with cosmetics. I watch clips on the internet and just want to shout “Bas****s, how could you do that to an animal?”
Going vegan really makes you wake up and think. I’m so glad that with Veganuary I’ve finally made the change forever.
I was only told last week that the town in which I live (Ramsbottom in Lancashire) is going to have a vegan restaurant soon, I‘m really looking forward to that happening.