I became vegetarian in 2007 at sixth form after watching the TV programme Kill it, Cook it, Eat it.
I was certain I would never be vegan, everybody I spoke to about it would say vegans are weird and it’s too extreme. As a vegetarian I used soya milk but continued to eat eggs and other dairy products. However, I began reading into the dairy industry, particularly caged hens. I started feeling guilty for eating cheese and chocolate and cut out cheese for a while.
In 2014 I made it my New Year’s resolution to go vegan after seeing Veganuary advertised on Facebook. The transition was actually easy, I had to be prepared sometimes for example taking my lunch to work or ringing restaurants before I ate out but in general it was easy and I wished I had done it sooner. I was once someone who said I would never give up cheese, I even have a vegetarian tattoo that’s how sure I was that I wouldn’t go vegan!
A year and a bit in my only regret is not doing it sooner! I hate when people say, ‘but what do you eat? There is so much variety for vegans. I am also a vegan runner and am raising money for a local cancer charity. I enjoy researching nutrition and find it easy to fuel my runs as a vegan.
I personally think it is wrong to abuse animals in any way, being vegetarian is a start but only a vegan diet is truely cruelty free! Go vegan!