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My vegan journey started a bit like many other peoples – I dated one!
Ok, that may not be the same for everyone, and it wasn’t an overnight thing either. I used to think that giving up meat and dairy would be near impossible until my eyes were opened.
I’ve been vegan for about 11 years now and I still get asked the question “why” by new friends and colleagues like I live some sort of alien life. The truth is, I ran out of excuses. I knew about some of the horrors of the world of animal testing, dairy production, and the meat industry but turned a blind eye.
It was when I found out about the dog meat markets in some parts of Asia that I got emotional. Once I dug a little deeper I found that not only could my conscience no longer deny the truth about how dogs are treated then the same had to be true for other animals.
I thought it would be a difficult transition, But being vegan is easier than I expected.
Sure, having a partner who made delicious vegan meals made the transition easier, but it wasn’t long before I was making my vegan lasagne with lentils a-plenty, and thai green curry with chickpeas for protein instead of chicken.
I think we all love animals, so it is not surprising that many of my vegan friends are plant-based for ethical reasons, but I found the health benefits to be eye-opening.
I removed meat protein and dairy from my diet and started to take B12 supplements as I knew this would be difficult to get a lot of in a plant-based diet. Still, I have plenty of iron from the likes of broccoli, leafy greens, and lentils (I even managed to get used to the texture of tofu after a while), I found I could concentrate better, and had more brain energy. I’m not one to life-hack myself like some of the other health-conscious people out there, but there was a noticeable difference.
I was a fair-weather cycling enthusiast who made an excuse to not get on the bike, but going vegan made mornings easier; With more get up and go, I found time for a cycle before work, something I am still trying to maintain to this day. Although feeling more alert did lead to me giving up coffee for a short while when I believed I no longer needed it (turned out to be a huge mistake!).
When I first turned vegan, there was not exactly an abundance of options out of the house. But in little over 10 years I have been pleasantly surprised by the changes made in supermarkets and indeed coffee shops.
Now that I can ask for oat milk in my latte (that’s my go-to) pretty much anywhere I go, although not every independent coffee shop will stock it. There is still some awareness to be had out there.
As a regular in the gym, I have also been pleased by some of the plant-based protein powders available. They are a real lifesaver as I do like to get a sweat on and hit the weights. Being vegan hasn’t stopped me from living how I usually live, I just do things a little differently.