So how do you become vegan? Well I guess this is different for everyone. Every person’s journey is completely different, and I think that’s pretty cool. Some people dive straight in, some gradually get there. Some flip flop in and out of a vegan diet before eventually fully committing. Some people have been vegan their whole lives, some are new. Some do it for health reasons, others for ethical reasons, There are so many reasons and ways to become vegan, each just as great as each other.
So my story. Well I was one of those people who gradually got there, but I can honestly say it was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I have never felt better. I guess I’ll start from when I was a kid. When I was younger, the idea of vegetarianism always interested me. If the thoughts of where my meat came from came into my head while eating, it would make me feel physically ill. From a young age I haven’t been able to eat food off the bone, such as ribs or chicken wings. It made it all too real for me. I tried going vegetarian a couple of times when I was young, but because I come from a family of meat eaters, and I wasn’t yet cooking my own food, I never really stuck at it for long.
It wasn’t until I got to college, where I bought and cooked purely for myself that I finally became vegetarian. I was at a family party, eating take away when I just decided, mid meal that I was done with meat. From that day I never touched it again. At this point I didn’t understand veganism, in all honesty, I thought it was stupid, purely because I knew nothing about it.
About a year and a half later is when my transition into veganism began. Yes, transition, I was one of those people that flip flopped for a while. Of course I would like to be able to say I just went vegan, but I don’t feel bad about it, and neither should anyone. We are programmed to believe we require animal products, and just don’t see how we can live without. It takes time, and if you are working on it, then you are doing great.
I can remember the moment it clicked with me that I had to stop eating any and all animal products. I was sat eating some chocolate, watching Cowspiracy on netflix (Highly recommend watching by the way!) And at one point during the documentary it finally registered with me, and I literally couldn’t finish eating the bar of chocolate. For weeks after this, I cut every animal product out. But then over the next couple of months, I got sloppy. I wouldn’t straight up eat eggs or dairy, but I was less careful about the products I ate. I would say that 90% of the time I was eating great, but I was still eating things with some dairy products in them. There was about 3 months of this before I finally 100% committed.
And now it’s been almost a year, and I can’t imagine living any other way. It was the best decision I have ever made, and I would encourage anyone who is even slightly interested to just go for it. There is so many reasons why I went vegan, It began as an ethical thing, health reasons playing a major part in it too. But the more I researched the more sense it made to me. So if there is one thing I would like you to take away from this, it’s to do your research. Keep learning. Keep trying. Keep improving.
Thanks for reading.