*VEGANUARY 2016 IS A-COMING*
I want to wish all those taking part in Veganuary 2016 - including my parents -the best of luck.
Veganuary changed my life.
That really is no understatement.
My big fat vegan journey started due to Veganuary in January 2015. Becoming vegan started as a campaign to eat less rubbish with a workmate (especially after the Christmas blowout) and as I had started campaigning for a better future for the generations to come, it seemed like the right thing, if only to try for a month.
There were four things that contributed to me making the decision to becoming vegan:
I went to see Morrissey in November last year and at that point was veggie. He played his song meatismurder with accompanying slaughterhouse video and thebullfighterdies with bull fight images and at that point I knew being veggie was the least I could do.
2. Veganuary challenge
An ex work colleague of mine told me in December that she was going to do Veganuary – going vegan for January – and I joined her.
I understood the reasons for not having meat but didn’t really understand what was so bad about eggs, so I researched. What I discovered was the systematic euthanasia of millions of chicks at birth whether that be by grinder or gas chamber because they are the wrong sex. That process horrified me. So even those that think as I did before that by buying organic or free range eggs you’re helping, all egg consumption contributes to those deaths.
This disturbed me more than anything I’ve ever seen or read, purely because of the lies that we are told or lead to believe from a young age. Dairy was my weakness as a veggie and omnivore and I never even considered that in order for milk to be produced pregnancy has to occur in cows. Don’t ask me how I thought milk came about, after all I’m a mother so I know a bit about milk production, but I rather naively didn’t think about the ‘babies’ we steal the milk from. This is why I no longer crave cheese or milk, because my desires are over weighed by the calves that need it.
But at the end of January, I thought I’d be climbing the walls. Actually, about two weeks in I knew there was no going back to my old vegetarian ways – my eyes and my mind had been opened to the egg and dairy industry and there really was no shutting it out.
I hope to inspire those considering veganism and to also give some food ideas to those already vegan.
My blog is full of recipes, eating out guides, eating in ideas on a budget, with an omni family/friends and that payday splash out, healthy options, very non healthy options and my general ramblings!