Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Life | Why the hell am I vegan?


Holy shit, I just realised I switched to eating vegan on the 1st of November so right now I've been vegan for three whole months!  Before this I'd been vegetarian on and off a few times in my life but for at least the 6 months preceding November I'd been a full on carnivore, eating meat, eggs, fish and dairy with almost every meal.  So what the hell changed?  Well, there were two key motivators for me.

My health has been crap
My health was such a huge pain in the arse throughout 2015 and caused me to become the heaviest I've ever been in my life, so I knew I needed to do something about it.  I'd been watching videos from Deliciously Ella and The Happy Pear on YouTube for a few months and it became obvious that eating a plant-based diet didn't have to be extreme or restrictive and it could do incredible things for health.  It was a complete no brainer and once I made the switch I felt better than I have in over a year.

I don't want to eat animals anymore
I'm not going to get into a too much of a vegan stereotype thing here, but once you start doing some research there are certain things about industrial farming and the way people treat animals (and more specifically those meant for food) that are fucking disgusting.  Of course I knew some of this while I was still eating meat and dairy but somehow had blocked it out.  After listening to some speeches from Tim Shieff and Gary Yourofsky, amonst others, I couldn't do it anymore and switched to eating vegan the next day.

So what next for me?
Well first I should say that I don't plan on making my blog a place where I'll preach about my veganism, I wouldn't enjoy it, and I don't think anyone else would either.  That's not to say that you won't see posts about vegan food though, I love cooking and eating so of course that has a place here.

Now I'm more comfortable with a vegan diet it seems a natural progression for me to start exploring more cruelty free beauty products too.  It will be a slow progression as I use a lot of different products, but from what I can see there are plenty of brilliant options out there for me.  Expect to see more posts about that too.

Anyway, the decision to try to live more ethically just seems right to me right now, but I hope that it hasn't put you completely off my blog.

I'd love to hear your thoughts on my latest post, no matter what they are.
 
SHARON

5 comments:

  1. Yay, you're doing so well! I couldn't be able to do vegan because of cheese but I've thought about it a lot, mainly to see if it helps my skin. I rekon I'll try it one day because that's what happened with being a vegetarian, I thought about it for a long time and then made the switch. I've been thinking about going vegan 90% of the time, but eating diary on occasion when eating out etc.

    I'd love to know how you cope with eating out, what types of stuff do you eat and do you find restaurants accommodate vegans?

    Corinne x
    www.skinnedcartree.com

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    1. Thanks Corinne, I'm managing to keep up with it, which I'm half surprised by. It's surprising how little you miss the dairy and stuff though so it's worth a go ;) x

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  2. You've done SO well, I don't think I could have stuck to it for so long. I would love to try just going vegetarian, maybe even a little vegan, but it's difficult when it's not something my Mr is totally interested in, and shopping for two different meals etc, cooking two different things all the time, I just can't be bothered with the stress and expense of it all. But switching my beauty products to cruelty free, now there's something I can get right into!

    Sarah :)
    Saloca in Wonderland

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    1. You might be surprised, I didn't think Gaz would be so into the diea but he really was in the end. Totally with you on the cruelty free beauty products, I really need to start trying more x

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  3. I have been vegetarian for years and though I mainly eat vegan I have not quite managed to take the step of going all the way. It's awesome that you have been able to stick with it, hopefully one day I will have the same will power.

    Emma Inks

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