As you may know, since the bells rang in January 2018 I, along with 150,000 others, have been taking part in Veganuary.
This is where I thought I might be writing a post about how I found the past 31 days challenging, listing all the things I have missed, debriefing a month of want and sacrifice.
Well, I am sorry to disappoint you meat munching, dairy swilling punters, but I’m staying this way.
And here is why:
- I have learnt so much about what happens to animals within the dairy and meat industry, whether they be “organic”, “free range”, “halal”, “RSPCA stamped” or whatever, that I just can’t call myself an animal lover and still participate in it.
- What I have learnt has been shocking and upsetting and entirely beyond what I thought was legal in the UK.
- I don’t like eggs enough to be able to blank out the images of baby chicks being blended up while I eat them.
- I feel better – in my body and my head.
- I haven’t lost weight, OK this is actually a bummer, but it also shows I haven’t been going hungry.
- In fact I haven’t felt deprived of anything; as I write this I am eating a homemade chocolate cake and drinking a cup of steaming tea, as I say – my table has been so abundant I haven’t lost a speck of weight (FFS).
- I live in Glasgow, possibly the easiest city to be a vegan in, the options are many and delicious.
- I have found a buzzing online community full of insight and debate which I want to remain a part of.
- People have either been happy for me, intrigued or just plain uninterested in my decision, maybe I have been lucky, but I haven’t had any crappy comments from anyone.
- Eating food that hasn’t felt pain or fear is wonderful, I feel I am doing my soul just as much good as my body.
- My skin looks better.
- I feel lighter and less bloated.
I hope my good pals, and my amazing fiance who has put up with – and may I say – enjoyed – the meals I have been making, keep on the support and/or lack of interest. It has been such a pleasure to be able to explore this lifestyle without having to explain myself or get into arguments with people, that was my biggest worry about doing this.
I know I am very new to this, and seasoned vegans will be giving me a virtual pat on the head about how naive I am being about the lack of confrontation I have had, but hey – I will enjoy the peace while I can.
So here I am – a vegan, yoga doing, meditating, Corbyn liking, tattooed, mindful white girl: