Happy New Year and Happy Veganuary 2021! A year of 500,000 participants. Wow! I always get so excited to think about all of the new vegans in the making. So, this year, I thought I’d share mine and my husband’s reasons behind going vegan several years ago.
I still remember the evening my husband decided to become vegetarian. We were sitting in one of those all you can eat buffet restaurants – the varieties of food immense. As he sat down across the table from me, with a plate of lamb dansak and other meaty dishes, I noticed a somewhat confused look on his face. Stalling for a second, he looked down at the plate and said to me, ‘Do you know, I should have had the veggie options, they looked so much more appetising’.
We went on to talk about it, and it dawned on him that an animal had died and suffered, just for him to put food on his plate, that he didn’t even really want to eat. I became vegetarian not too long after. We’d both been so ethically conscious in so many other ways, and I really couldn’t understand what had taken us so long.
It was a natural progression of consciousness for my husband. He gradually stopped eating dairy and eggs as the realisation of the cruelty in the dairy and egg industries sunk in. However, the thought of going totally vegan was still a big step for me. Being wheat intolerant, I was having a bit of an internal struggle. Justifying eating these foods, by telling myself that I might keel over any minute if I cut out any more foods from my diet!
Then I watched a Peta video showing baby male chicks being ground up in a evil machine, because they’re simply not useful. They can’t reproduce, and they’re no good for food. How delightful of us to toss another creature aside in such a brutal manner. I just could not eat another egg after that, knowing that I was supporting this industry. I instantly made the decision to become vegan and I haven’t looked back.
Animals suffer when we use them for our own desires. It’s not even a need. Humans simply do not need animal products to survive. We’re not even naturally evolved to drink milk. Milk from cows, who are forcefully impregnated, only to have their babies ripped away from them; to produce milk that’s happily tipped down the sink when it smells bad. Cow milk is for baby cows, and baby cows only. Realising that what was in front of me on my plate had caused suffering and hurt to a living creature really woke me up.
We both enjoy living our lives knowing that we are not causing harm and suffering to another living being. We feel healthier and happier, and have discovered such a huge range of foods that are completely delicious. Life is good being vegan. Obviously there are also numerous health benefits, and those are a fantastic bonus. Plus, going vegan is the single most effective way to reduce your environmental impact, so if you want to save the planet, going vegan is the way forward.
If you’d like to try going vegan, why not take a look at the Veganuary website and go vegan for January – you can start now, you’re not too late! It will open up your world to a whole new world of foods and flavours.
If you’d like to ask me any questions about veganism, please do drop me an email or contact me on social media. I’m always happy to help.
Thanks for reading!