I went vegan in April 2008 and I did it for the animals. However, there were some unexpected bonuses! Let me talk you through how I got here...
I used to eat meat as a child. I’m not sure what happened to trigger the change, but when I was about 11 years old, I decided that I didn’t agree with killing animals for food, so I stopped.
Before I went vegan, I thought that I was eating in a way which involved the least amount of violence possible. I thought being vegetarian was enough and I didn’t know that being vegetarian involved so much cruelty.
In April 2008, I watched a video about dairy production and I was devastated. Suddenly I realised that there was a whole world of death and cruelty that I had no idea about and I wasn’t happy to be part of it, so I pretty much made the shift to a non-dairy diet that day.
As I researched further, I realised that bees are harmed when honey is gathered; silk worms are killed or bred in a way that causes deformities, in order to gather silk, and I recently found out that sourcing wool involves a huge amount of suffering. Thus I no longer buy clothes, shoes or accessories that are made from materials which hurt an animal of any sort, and I don’t buy or consume products with animal products in them.
I can’t begin to tell you how much making this shift has meant and how beneficial it’s been. I feel great!
My conscience feels lighter.
I feel healthier, which was an added unplanned bonus.
I feel like I have less to think about. I’m more minimalist, if you like.
If I know there are certain foods and drinks that I won’t consume; I avoid that section in the supermarket altogether. This saves time and effort when I’m planning what to buy and when I’m deciding which aisles to walk down.
I feel like I eat better because I eat less processed foods and I feel less sluggish because I eat food that doesn’t sit and take ages to digest.
I feel less complicated, lighter, more aligned and empowered!