Happy World Vegan Day! I have been ‘vegan’ for almost 2 years – I started back in January 2020 by doing ‘veganuary’, and from then we have had a pandemic, and a ton of new amazing vegan foods being launched almost every month. I figured I would share my journey and experience over the last few years and if I can get even one person to make a change then I am doing something right.
I aim to try and not come across as ‘one of those vegans’ as that is pointless and part of the reason why some not all vegans are given a bad rap (though usually its male carnists who feel threatened when someone says they are vegan)
Definition of Vegan
- a person who does not eat any food derived from animals and who typically does not use other animal products. “I’m a strict vegan”
- eating, using, or containing no food or other products derived from animals. “a vegan diet”
Definition of Vegan according to the vegan society
“Veganism is a philosophy and way of living which seeks to exclude—as far as is possible and practicable—all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose; and by extension, promotes the development and use of animal-free alternatives for the benefit of animals, humans and the environment. In dietary terms it denotes the practice of dispensing with all products derived wholly or partly from animals.”
Why I went vegan?
Ok I want to keep this brief as I want to do a whole vegan series and this is really just an intro post for. Mostly I went vegan to see if I could do it, in reality I was only really giving up eggs, cheese and chicken as I wasn’t really a huge meat fan anyway – though I did enjoy a good steak every now and then, I guess I was flexitarian – leaning more to vegetarian for the last 20 odd years.
The past 2 years I have really took off my rose tinted glasses and actually delved into learning about where the food on my plate came from and the disconnection that I had with the happy looking cows, pigs and chickens on all the propaganda that they are well looked after, to the slab of meat in the supermarket – I had my blinkers on as to how they ended up from farm to plate. And once you see that and make that connection – how you can still eat animal products beggars belief.
I have not had an easy time eating vegan – I have been eating animal products my whole life, so I knew it wasn’t going to be easy. For accountability I own up that I slipped up quite a bit – cheese is an addictive food and one that I miss immensely, and I own up that sometimes I still do, and when I do I am faced with immense guilt, bad stomach pains and an outbreak of I guess hives all over my neck and chest and painful spots on my face.
Its just not worth the pain anymore, but like any addiction it is hard to break.
Vegan Blog Series
Over the course of this blog series I hope you share with you as much information as I can with regards to veganism, my journey, my vegan reviews and much more!
If there is anything you would love to know or anything specific you want me to cover drop me a comment below and I will do my best to make sure I inculde it in upcoming posts.