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
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. (
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?