I took up the challenge for compassionate reasons- I cycled between London and Brighton to raise funds and awareness for Compassion in World Farming – and for my health.
Prior to my decision to go vegan I ate both meat and dairy. I have always been concerned about animal welfare and the food industry, and always made an effort to buy local and organic.
I initially thought I would manage a couple of weeks before succumbing to the temptation of a poached egg! However, I found the switch in my diet and lifestyle amazingly easy. This was partly due to the fantastic support from my sister, who created a wonderful vegan hamper to help me on my way, and the huge online community that I could easily access via social media.
Nearly six months on, I am still vegan and feel completely committed to it. I have seen significant improvements in my health and well-being; for the first time in my adult life I am able to maintain a healthy weight, and I have much more energy. In fact, I now participate in a range of sports and will shortly be taking part in my first ever sprint triathlon!
Another surprise knock-on effect is how my vegan choice has altered the thinking of many of my work colleagues… One has become a pescatarian, and many others are reducing the amount of meat that they eat. My work lunches always seem to turn into tasting sessions, and I am constantly being asked to share my recipes!