My name is Tasha, I have been vegan for 1 year and 4 months, which compared to most really isn’t that much. My vegan journey officially began when I was in my third year at university, I was working on a project on climate change. Upon researching the topic I discovered various articles talking about the impact of animal agriculture on the environment. I decided to take a break from my work and opened up YouTube where I looked through my suggested videos, I found myself watching Kalel’s video on why she went vegan and from there my eyes were thrown wide open. I looked through the comments on the video which led me to Gary Yourofsky’s ‘Best Speech Ever’ on YouTube and after that my resolve to become vegan was unwavering.
It took me a month to switch from lifetime meat eater to a vegan lifestyle. A lifetime of beliefs destroyed with a fresh new perspective. In that month I made sure to eat all my favourite non-vegan things (I was still vegetarian in this month and most of my meals were vegan), such as halloumi and eggy bread, after the month was up there would be none of these things. I was determined. In this time I avidly devoured information in the form of books, podcasts, videos, documentaries and studies about veganism. I wanted to make sure that I was doing it right and that I knew what I was getting into, I read books on nutrition to make sure that I would be eating right. In my initial months as a vegan I opened up to a new world of food, I tried foods I never had before – previously a fussy eater this was amazing for me. I tried chickpeas, lentils, artichokes, butternut squash and a variety of other things, I found that vegan foods could be just as exciting, if not more than the meals that I had once had, and I grew a new appreciation for food. Cravings were few and far between, the occasional desire for McDonald’s chicken nuggets was nothing in comparison to my resolve to partake in something I believe to be an incredibly important cause. I knew that these foods were just not worth the suffering, environmental degradation and the harm to my own health. If you want to make positive change in the world you have to be prepared to make changes to your own lifestyle.
I hope to explore a variety of topics on this domain, my intention is to write at least one essay a month on the subject of veganism. By doing this I hope to deepen my understanding on the topics surrounding veganism and provide critical analysis that will not only help me to keep more informed and objective, but will hopefully be an interesting read for those out there who are interested or are looking into the subject.