Why Did We Become Vegans?

We thought we would share our story about why we started our journey into veganism almost 7 years ago.


The 7th of February 2010 started off like any other day. I went to my animal care aide course which I was taking for my love of animals. Little did I know I would be in the mist of changing my life and health for good. On that day, we got into teams and did a debate on factory farming. We had to discuss the pros and cons.Two minutes into the discussion I realised there was no pros.
It's like I had been walking around with my blinders on, unable to see the cruelty around me. A girl in my class recommended everyone go to kentuckyfriedcruelty.com to learn more. That evening I had sushi for dinner, which was a mix of fish and vegetables. I regretted eating it part way through and stopped. I couldn't eat another animal product. I told him that I was going vegan. I started reading books on eating a healthy diet. These books consisted of "Skinny Bitch", "The Kind Diet" and "Vegan Freak". I also watched films such as "Earthlings", "Food Matters" and "Fast Food Nation". While I watched these films I had my guinea pig in my lap, Whenever an animal would scream, she would bury her face into me. My heart was broken, and I knew I was doing the right thing for myself, the animals and the planet.



 It took a little longer for me go vegan. She went vegan overnight but I was a sceptic so I decided to look into it first. I read "Omnivore's Dilemma", "Eating Animals", and "Skinny Bastard". I had always heard that vegans were unhealthy and I believed that animals lived good lives and were slaughtered humanely. When I saw this wasn't the case, I looked into 'humane meat' and 'free range' eggs and going that route instead. I was expecting to find a flaw in the vegan arguments about the ethics of eating animal products. The more I read, the more I found the benefits of veganism. I found that veganism is healthy, it makes you feel good for avoiding unnecessary suffering of animals, it is more environmentally friendly, and it's easy to do once you learn what to eat. I slowly transitioned to veganism cutting out different foods as I learned. After being vegan for over 6 years it becomes second nature and I have no regrets. Nowadays, I'd recommend that you read "How Not to Die" or maybe if you're a tough guy then "Meat is for Pussies" is more your style.



If you have any questions on veganism please do not hesitate to ask in the comments below. You can also take a look at our list of "Best Vegan Documentaries" for more information. 

34 comments:

  1. I have ready the Skinny Bitch and love that book, I shattered me and stopped eating factory meat and try for free range, even at that I realize the cruelty and it's so difficult. good for you for make the changes in life to go vegan, it must have been difficult in some ways learning to eat and prepare food but on other hand would have been hard to eat animal products knowing what you know now

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    1. Doing research helped answer all the questions we had and made the transition a lot easier. Now it is second nature.

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  2. My sister is vegan and she loves it!

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  3. I have periods during the year where I abstain from meat. It is rewarding but difficult. It is a journey I would take if my family would come on board.

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    1. A lot of people say they would go vegan if there wasn't so much societal pressure to conform and eat animal products.

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  4. We've switched to cruelty free and free range. However, I would really love to take the plunge and become fully vegan.

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    1. You could try doing Veganuary where you pledge to go vegan for a month and see how you find it.

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  5. My husband and I have been thinking about becoming vegans.

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  6. Very interesting! I can't say that going vegan would be a good choice for me personally, but I can definitely understand why it is a choice for others!

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  7. Alright, having deleted my previous comment due to an embarrassing typo, I'll try again.

    I can understand both sides of the veganism debate, and while I can see the logic of the many reasons people choose to live a vegan lifestyle, I can also see and understand the reasons some people choose otherwise. I don't think either side is wrong, either.

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  8. would love to switch to being vegan too. problem is organic veggies are so scarce from where we live.

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    1. Cool. It may surprise you but you don't have to eat anything organic to be a vegan.

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  9. I loved reading your story! I'm not a vegan but I like hearing why people choose to change their lifestyles!

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  10. Oh that is very interesting to hear what made you decide to become vegan.

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  11. Thanks for sharing your story. I'm not a vegan but I can understand why people make the lifestyle choice.

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  12. There are a lot of vegan substitutes out there now. 10 years ago I had trouble finding substitutes for recipes.

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    1. Yeah, every year there seems to be a new launch of products.

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  13. I no longer eat meat. I think it's always up to you, if you've done your research and if that kind of lifestyle works for you, go for it. It's nice to have a choice, always. Thanks for sharing your story on how you decided to become vegans. I think it's pretty cool!

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    1. Thanks for reading. Ultimately we didn't do it for ourselves.

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  14. always interesting to see what drove someone to make such a choice - thanks for sharing!

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  15. Very insightful post! My husband returned to being Vegan and loves it. I need a lot of protein so this is still a challenge tho I love eating more plant-based food :)

    KatrinaJeanCarter.wordpress.com

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    1. It's pretty hard to not get enough protein if you are eating enough food in the day, especially if you are eating whole foods. Nuts, seeds, and whole grains all have a lot of protein. If you still want more protein then I'd recommend hemp protein powder, pea protein powder and rice protein powder. Or there is even peanut butter powder!

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  16. Very interesting read. I'm a vegetarian, and have been considering going vegan for a while now- so this was super insightful!

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    1. Glad to hear! You should join www.veganuary.com

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  17. Thanks for writing this article, I have not really learnt a lot about vegan's in the past. I guess a bit blindsided, but I did enjoy read and what inspired you to be a vegan.

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