One day just over a year ago after watching some brilliant documentaries (Cowspiracy and Forks Over Knives) Ash and I decided we were going Vegan. That day we cleared out our cupboards of all animal products, bought some cookbooks and we haven’t looked back since. It was one of the best decisions we’ve made and we love everything about it, theres been a lot of learning curves along the way but I finally feel like I’ve pretty much got it sussed. I’ve come across amazing recipes, ‘veganised’ my own recipes, found some brilliant and inspirational vegans on social media and YouTube and restocked my entire collection of beauty products with 100% cruelty free and vegan.
My best tip for anyone thinking of going Vegan (or even anyone not thinking of going Vegan) is to educate yourself, there are so many documentaries and books out there you just need to look, and with the power of the internet and social media its easy! Go onto amazon and search ‘vegan’ and you’ll be inundated with not just cook books but books that explain everything you need to know about plant based diets, and making sure you meet all your nutritional needs. I’m currently reading ‘ How Not To Die’ a book written by Michael Greger, MD, founder of nutritionfacts.org an amazing website FULL of information about the food that is good for your body and the food thats not good for your body. The introduction alone is inspiring and definitely worth a read.
So year one of being Vegan has definitely been eye opening, I’ve learnt so much that I was oblivious too, like the true effect animal agriculture has on our planet and the awful industry of meat and dairy. I’ve always thought of myself as ‘an animal lover’ but what I actually was was a pet lover, I loved animals but continued to eat dead ones, that just doesn’t add up. To love something is to not hurt it in anyway and its safe to say that doesn’t include funding and supporting an industry that mistreats and kills millions of animals a day. It’s also encouraged me to try so many new foods and I’ve gone from having a tiny portion of veg and little to no fruit a day to having a plate FULL of veg every day and can’t get enough fruit!
These are just a handful of the positives of going Vegan, the list really is endless, but don’t just take my word for it, try it for yourself!