Three years ago I would never have imagined becoming a vegan or the changes that have happened in my lifestyle or in how I see the world.
Like so many other people I know, I separated my compassion and love of animals from what was ending up on my dinner plate. My route to becoming vegan started out as nothing more than a link to a challenge on The Vegan Society website, emailed to me by a friend at work. This challenge set a target of bronze for a week, silver for a fortnight or gold for a month following a vegan diet.
I enjoy cooking and saw this as nothing more than a personal challenge using new and different ingredients to make a few meals which I had never tried before. The Vegan Society appointed a mentor if required to offer advice on what you can eat as well as a long list of recipes, all of which made the transition in diet very easy.
The first thing I noticed from the challenge was the change to my digestion system. I had struggled with indigestion for over 10 years, even though I was eating what I thought was a healthy and balanced diet. The advice I received from the doctor was to take an indigestion tablet if that helped. I had been consuming tablets and liquid indigestion medication regularly for years following varying degrees of severity for heartburn and indigestion. Within two weeks of my vegan diet, I suddenly realised that I had not had any indigestion; I was feeling healthier than I had done for years, so personally the diet was really working for me.
One day while searching for vegan recipes, I came across the ‘If slaughter houses had glass walls’ video online. After seeing this it made me realise just how blinkered and conditioned I had been. There was no going back for me. I felt that I had been in ignorance for so many years of my life.
Whilst I cannot change the past, it encourages me to know that if I can make this change, then there is a chance that others will do the same. So I now take every opportunity to encourage others and promote a vegan lifestyle.