Why I went vegan

I started eating vegan food in November 2016 and adopted a completely vegan lifestyle about two months later. But the reason behind my going vegan, might be a bit controversial. It wasn’t because of the animals. Or the environment. Or because it was healthier. Those are the reasons behind me staying vegan. No, when I first went vegan, it was because someone bet me that I couldn’t do it

Vegan challenge

Almost every month, there is a vegan challenge. More and more people are participating in them. Back in 2016, it wasn’t as well-known. I still lived in the Netherlands with my parents and everyone thought I was crazy for trying to eat vegan for a month. But someone bet me I couldn’t do it and my competitive side was desperate to prove them wrong.

Before going vegan, I ate everything. I wasn’t a big fan of dairy products but I did use them to cook. Not a big fan of meat, but I did eat it a few days a week. I had never even considered going vegetarian or vegan, simply because my entire family eats meat.

The idea of killing animals so that we could eat didn’t thrill me. Whenever I saw pictures of animal slaughter or hunting, I would get a sinking feeling in my stomach. I couldn’t understand why people would do those things to animals that were unable to defend themselves. But then I would turn around and still eat whatever my mum had cooked up for that evening. I ignored the gruesome reality of where my food came from because, one, it tasted good, and two, because it didn’t look anything like that animal anymore.

Then I started doing my research

The second half of October that year, I already knew I was going to do the challenge. So I started to do some research into veganism, curious about the reasons that people go vegan. I watched documentaries on Netflix like Forks over Knives and Vegucated and read some books on the subject as well. (Definitely recommend “Eating Animals” by Jonathan Saffran Foer!)

That was it. Everything I saw in those documentaries and read in those books was enough to convince me that veganism was the way to go. It’s now 2019. I’ve been vegan for almost 2.5 years and I haven’t looked back.

My reasons for being vegan

My reasons for being vegan are the same as almost everybody else’s reasons:

  • I don’t like the way the meat industry (or the dairy industry) works. I don’t agree with killing animals just so I can eat when there are so many alternatives.
  • it’s better for the environment
  • it’s healthier (if you do it right) and gives you more energy to do things

Just because I think this was the right choice for me, doesn’t mean that I want the entire world to go vegan. All I want is for people to make an informed choice on what they want to do.

What is your stance on veganism?

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  1. 1 March 2019 / 5:45 am

    I love that you say, “it’s healthier, if you do it right” – because you’re right. If you do it right, being a vegan can be completely healthy. However, so many people are so uneducated thus, don’t actually wind up gaining any health from ditching meat. Also, every body is different thus one person may thrive being a vegan and another (like myself) doesn’t at all.

  2. I’m about 80% vegan and 95% vegetarian (I eat fish from time to time but that’s it). I have done it for mostly health reasons. My body just doesn’t process meat and dairy. I think that says enough, you know? Most bodies really don’t process it well. Clearly we aren’t meant to eat it. I’ve always felt bad about the living (and dying) conditions of the animals involved. Then there’s the whole idea of eating another animal’s karma if you believe in that. And how bad it is for our environment (just look at how much methane comes from cows producing beef). There really is no need to eat animals.

  3. 28 February 2019 / 5:50 am

    I am not a vegan, but do enjoy having vegan meals mixed in my diet plan. I could see myself making the switch if I didn’t have a house full of meat-and-potatoes eaters to cook for!

  4. Catherine Santiago Jose
    28 February 2019 / 5:27 am

    I am not a vegan, too but I am not a big fan of eating dairy products. I am eating meat and vegetables but in a moderation because eating to much of these food will gives a big of problem in my tummy.

  5. Fatima D Torres
    28 February 2019 / 4:36 am

    I have contemplated turning vegan because of the industry. It’s never easy when you hear things on the news.

  6. 27 February 2019 / 4:00 am

    I am interested in trying vegan foods. All of the documentaries that I watch have me so interested in them

  7. 27 February 2019 / 2:59 am

    Investing in your health is a very nice move. Congrats! It also has a lot more benefits though

  8. 26 February 2019 / 6:51 pm

    I am not vegan but I think I am disiplined enough to do it if I wanted to. I do enjoy eating meat, I don’t really eat a lot of dairy as I don’t like the taste. I

  9. 26 February 2019 / 6:42 pm

    I’ve considered going vegan on and off. I limit dairy bc it gives me acne and I eat usually vegetarian when I go out, but it’s so easy to eat meat every now and then. I think if I take the time to do research on how to eat vegan without ending up with so many carbs, I might like to try it for a short while and see how I feel.

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