I personally love hearing about how people found veganism because everyones journey to this lifestyle is different! For me, it took a few attempts to make it stick, but every time I strayed away from veganism I knew what I was doing was wrong and felt like I needed to return to living a plant based lifestyle.
In the fall of 2015 I re-watched the documentary "Forks Over Knives" and watched "Cowpiracy" for the first time. After seeing the health and environmental reasons for going vegan presented in both of the documentaries, I was sold (temporarily). I was trying vegan recipes and primarily eating vegan but did eat some dairy and eggs so I was technically vegetarian. After about a month of eating primarily vegan, I gave into a craving and ate meat. The reason I could not control my cravings was because I was not eating enough! I was eating extremely healthy, but I just wasn't eating enough food to satisfy my body. I was craving meat because my body was trying to get me to eat something calorically dense. I then returned to eating meat for a few months completely forgetting about everything that had brought me to the lifestyle; the health and environment reasons for veganism were not enough to make it stick with me.
In the spring of 2016, I revisited veganism by making myself watch "Earthlings". I think I cried for the entirety of the documentary. I had to pause it multiple times to collect myself. It was in that moment that I found my reason for being vegan.The ethics behind veganism resonated more with me than the health or environmental reasons. I knew that I no longer wanted to contribute to the suffering and death of innocent beings just because of a taste preference. I immediately took meat out of my diet and over time removed dairy and eggs. This dietary change was met with resistance from my family of course, only because they care. I have had eating disorders in the past and they were concerned about me adding "dietary restrictions" to my life. Going vegan has helped my relationship with food so much! I don't see food as good or bad but rather vegan and non-vegan. As a result, nothing is off limits, as long as it is vegan. My family has come to accept my lifestyle change because they see how well I am doing as a vegan! On top of the dietary changes, I have switched all of my make-up to cruelty free brands as well as using cruelty free shampoo, condition, tooth paste, etc. Veganism is a lifestyle, it goes far beyond just removing animal products from your diet! It is about viewing the world through a more compassionate lens and doing everything you can to reduce suffering.
I can not wait to write the rest of "My Vegan Story" as I continue to live this amazing lifestyle!