Being Cruelty Free
In July 2017 I became a vegetarian, this all began because I didn’t want to participate in the harm against animals just for humans consumption. I had been trying to make the change for 6 months but I kept going back to eating chicken. But when my Dad ran over a rabbit when I was in the car, I decided to stop completely, I couldn’t take the thought of a animal’s life ending. It was pretty easy to live as a vegetarian because my Mum has been a vegetarian since she was 16 so I had been brought up eating plenty of vegetarian meals. Around this time my Mum and younger sister, who were already a vegetarian, decided to start living the vegan lifestyle after my sister watched Netflix’s documentary What The Health.
Being vegetarian was pretty simple for me, I didn’t eat red meat or fish so it wasn’t as if I was missing out on anything. Most of my breakfasts consisted of eating scrambled eggs with spinach and mushroom. In about the summer of 2017/2018 I started to want to make the change again to being vegan because I was aware of the harm in the dairy and egg business. It did take me a lot longer to change, I would swap my cereals from being with dairy milk to trying almond or soy milk, along with my hot chocolates and milos. However, like when I was transitioning into being a vegetarian I kept going back to consuming dairy and eggs.
Finally, after about being a vegetarian for 12 months I watched the What The Health documentary which really opened my eyes. I didn’t want the extra hormones and cholesterol that is found in dairy and egg products. I transitioned over about 3 days. I would have vegan meals but I would be given Cadbury chocolate and I would eat it. I have always been a sweet tooth and chocolate/baked goods were my weakness. I was becoming too addicted to chocolate and the milk chocolate would make me feel really low mentally after eating it. This was one of the biggest drivers to change to being. I wanted to harness my consumption of chocolate. I can still remember my last egg/dairy meal. It was Krispy Creme doughnuts. I ate them and instantly regretted it. It just didn’t taste as good anymore, it wasn’t worth worth it. From that day on I have been a happy and vocal vegan.
I am so happy that I have become a vegan. I have seen so many positive changes in my health and best of all I still it mostly everything that I used to. During the time that I was becoming vegetarian I was suffering with a lot of mental health issues, my mind felt constantly down and cloudy. After about a month of cutting dairy, eggs and limiting the amount of chocolate that I ate I started to feel more positive and my anxious thoughts were not as intense. A lot of people lose weight when the begin living the vegan lifestyle and I lost weight in my chest. I went down 3 cup sizes and I believe that this is from not having the extra hormones/cholesterol that is found in dairy and eggs. One big myth that I have found from being vegan is that you can’t get protein from eating a vegan diet. Just from increasing the number of vegetables and being mindful about what ingredients are in my food, my muscles and my body is at the fittest it has ever been. The positive changes in my health has shocked me.
I love food and eating now that I’m vegan. I enjoy cooking and finding different things to cooking with all sorts of ingredients. It’s amazing just to see what you can make and how good you can make the food to share with others, which doesn’t cause harm to animals and is good for you. I also love eating out at restaurants, I love finding new restaurants that have vegan options and experiencing their creations.
What you eat is important for your health just as much as exercising. Everything stems from what you put into your body. I believe that more people should be living cruelty free, everybody should be equal no matter who or what they are.