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Becoming A Vegan

November 13, 2016

I know what you’re thinking ‘oh god a typical preaching vegan’ and that’s fine you can think that but you’ve clicked on this post for a reason. Whether you’re interested in becoming a vegan yourself, already are one or just can’t get your head around the whole thing I would like to think that this post might be able to shed a little light on the taboo topic of veganism. It is something I have become very passionate about recently and more than anything I just want there to be a little more knowledge out there as to why any nutter could possible want to give up burgers and chocolate! Crazy right?

DSCN6775Just to clear things up before I start (because I know it can get confusing);

Vegetarian– a person who does not eat meat or fish, and sometimes other animal products, especially for moral, religious, or health reasons.

Pescitarian– a person who follows a vegetarian diet with the exception of fish and all other sea foods.

Vegan– a person who does not eat or use animal products.

A plant-based diet– is a diet based on foods derived from plants, including vegetables, whole grains, legumes and fruits, but with few or no animal products.

DSCN6777I have been pescatarian since the age or seven and a vegan for around 6 or 7 months now. My parents eat meat my boyfriend eats meat and the majority of my friends eat meat, so I get it! I understand people eat meat because they like the taste, they think it’s good for them, it’s simply more convenient and so on, but I truly believe one of the main reasons people continue to eat meat and contribute to the dairy industry is because of a lack of knowledge. Unless you go looking for the truth it’s not going to slap you in the face so I’m here to (not slap you in the face) but enlighten you about the reality of the industries our society buys into everyday.

First a bit about me, at the age of seven I couldn’t get my head around why people were eating animals! To me they were no different to us, a pig, a cow, a dog, a cat, a human I see no difference and so the idea of eating something that has just as much right to be on this planet as I do seems inhuman. So after pondering over this in my little seven-year-old head I decided to see if I could give up the chicken nuggets for lent one year and thirteen years on I still haven’t touched the stuff. In my head I was not condoning the killing of animals by being a pescitarian and so therefore I thought I was doing enough. I didn’t see the point of being vegan because chicken lay eggs naturally, that’s not harming them and cows make milk so how is drinking it hurting them?

Then about a year ago I started looking into being a vegan, I watched a few YouTube videos and read a few articles and the more I found out the more I realised being vegetarian wasn’t enough. I toyed with the idea but when faced with all the things I’d have to give up I thought there was no way I could ever do it so just turned a blind eye. However, the seven-year old animal rights activist in my heart started eating away at me and I decided to find out more. I spent one Wednesday night researching and googling and filling my brain with all the realities of what really goes on in the dairy and farm industries and on Thursday morning I was fully vegan. I’m not saying that’s the best way to do it but I’m an all or nothing sort of person so once I had set my mind to it I just took the plunge and it has been one of the best decisions of my life! My only regret about going vegan is not doing it sooner.

‘I like animals, all animals. I wouldn’t hurt a cat, a dog, a chicken or a cow. And I wouldn’t ask anyone else to do it for me. That’s why I’m vegan.’ – Peter Dicklage

DSCN6783Veganism is something I truly believe would benefit everyone and is a subject I am interested in discussing more on this blog along side my beauty and style content. I am not here to make you feel guilty but to simply provide the facts, my experience and my opinion about veganism and striving for a cruelty free world. Please don’t hesitate to leave your questions and opinions below, there is no question I won’t do my best to answer. I would love to answer any queries, as I know it is such a controversial topic. Veganism is something I am greatly passionate about and so I would love to share my insight, into the weird mind of someone who gives up bacon sandwiches, that I can.

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  • Adam Fray November 13, 2016 at 5:04 pm

    A great little read, Having ventured into nutrition at the start of this year, I started taking my own health seriously and whilst I’ve always been an avid meat-eater, I’ve been cutting back meat in favour of fish and plant-based protein (a lot of Soy!) It may sound pointless but I take a lot of vegan recipes myself (due to the fact they’re damn healthy) and if I’m missing the protein I’ll add some fish – I can see the transition in my minds eye: Omnivore to Pescatarian to Vegetarian to Vegan, thank you for a great blog, inspiring 🙂

    • Alex November 13, 2016 at 5:14 pm

      I’m glad you like it Adam! Most of my reason are ethical but even without those views, the simple fact that it can lead to a much healthier lifestyle is enough to sway me! Fish is probably the one thing I sometimes miss but having tried several different vegan dishes I’ve worked out how to get enough protein into my body on a fully plant based diet and I never feel like I’m lacking any nutrients. Fortunately it’s becoming a topic more and more people are open to which I personally think is great, and a step in the right direction for people’s health and the planet.

  • Jessie November 14, 2016 at 11:01 pm

    I don’t eat that much meat (mostly chicken/pork) but am interested in trying more of a plant based diet for nutritional reasons too. At the moment I am living in and out of hostels whilst interning so don’t have the time, space, or appliances to look into cooking more naturally. But I love that you’re posting this and I look forward to reading more 🙂 xx

    Jessie 🎀 allthingsbeautiful-x

    • Alex November 14, 2016 at 11:08 pm

      Well by the sounds of it you are already cutting down which I’m sure will make the transition easier. I understand that must be hard, perhaps just try making a few of your meals vegan and try to looking out for vegan foods in shops, every little helps xx

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