I made the decision to become vegan in mid-December 2015, (feels like an eternity ago, actually only a month and a half!) but after a few weeks of falling flat on my face time and time again, I took some time to do my research and get organised before starting again properly in January.
Why did I decide to go vegan? Well, it all started with my love for documentaries and the environment! Whilst researching green living (tips, reusable products etc.) the topic of veganism as a way to massively reduce pollution kept cropping up. I tried to compromise first by only eating meat on weekdays, and then eventually only on weekends.
Flash forward a few weeks, and I’m bored out of my skull, really feeling like a documentary. Flicking through netflix, I see this one called Cowspiracy which had been on my watch list for a while, but I’d never actually gotten round to. From the synopsis alone I had this feeling it would leave me with no option but to become vegan, but I loved meat so much. I toiled, and then finally decided that living in ignorance is not the way. From the moment I finished that documentary I was under no illusion as to the harm I would cause to the planet through eating meat.
Once I had made the commitment not to eat another animal product, I was able to do more research without fear, and the overwhelmingly convincing health and moral reasons reinforced my conviction. I have definitely been weak, I have definitely made (many) mistakes, but it is important to stay positive. Even in trying and failing I am saving lives and helping the planet, and one day I will be able to look back and say I made a difference. If you are passionate about the environment, your health, or are an animal lover and are not yet vegan, I would encourage you to see my vegan links page so that you can be up-to-date with the facts and make an informed decision. It felt strange to begin with, but I am definitely satisfied with the decision I made.