It all started last August, I was home one day and watched the food network the entire day. Jamie Oliver was talking about how he eats three vegetarian meals a week and was preparing bean burgers.
I loved how they looked so went out and decided to make them for dinner. They ended up looking more like falafel so I went online searching vegetarian and vegan blogs. I pledged a 30 day vegetarian challenge to improve my veg cooking. I started to stumble upon all these videos of animal torture and animal factoring. I was shocked! How was this not common information? Why wasn’t anyone doing anything about this? And all the health problems…. why don’t people tell us this?!
By the end of week 1 I knew meat would not be back on my plate. I am actually so glad i started my blog at this time (I think about two weeks in) because I can look back on these last eight months and see how much I’ve changed! I feel so good, inside and out, and I’ve lost around 7kg. People tell me I glow and they have noticed my weight loss.
So my first step was to cut out milk and meat. After a while I cut out cream, yogurts (never liked them anyway), fish and of course eggs. I was in tears the first time I heard and saw what they do to those poor baby chicks.
I read some books on these subjects and watched all the documentaries I could find. ‘Eating Animals’ was so important, and ‘Forks over Knives‘ too. After roughly two months I was almost vegan for the exception of a bit of cheese on my bread or on my lasagna. It was very hard for me to substitute cheese as I had tried a vegan cheese and hated it. I knew I would have to eventually cut out cheese for ethical reasons. And then I heard about Veganuary!! And I told myself I would get rid of cheese from January on as part of Veganuary, and get all the support to do this from the site and the lovely Facebook group. I kept a log of all my Veganuary meals in my blog and even managed to go on holidays during that period. It’s been surprisingly easier than I thought it would be (thanks to Violife 😉 ), and I feel very proud when i go shopping now with my bags full of green and leafy products and no dead animals!
I could go on about all the things I love now which I used to hate (such as tofu, avocado, kale, spinach, butternut squash) but instead I want to say how great it makes me feel to know I am a responsible adult who eats according to her ethics and beliefs. It makes me feel pure and healthy and wonderful. And I can look my sweet cats and know I am not being hypocritical about loving them and eating another animal. I am so sad (and partially ashamed) that it took be 28 years to get on the right path. So thanks Veganuary for your support !