I became vegan about a year and a half ago, only a few months after becoming vegetarian.
I had stopped eating meat after doing research into how unsustainable it is environmentally, and for me this sparked an already existing interest in where my food comes from and what I eat. I came to realise that supporting an industry that sees male calves and chicks as disposable “by-products” was not only not in keeping with my efforts to live sustainably, but was also supporting incredibly cruel treatment of animals and therefore not something I was willing to engage in.
The more research I did into the dairy industry, the more I saw that the only option for me was one without these products.
Since becoming vegan I have found that rather than becoming more limited, my diet has become far more varied, interesting and colourful – an interest in nutrition and cooking means that I get to have lots of fun putting together new recipes, and the amount of dairy-free options available means I can still indulge in treats like cake and hot chocolate!
I’ve also found that becoming vegan has had really positive effects on my health – paying attention to what I eat means I have more energy and feel better in myself, which was a lovely effect of becoming vegan.