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Dear Vegans-to-be


Adopting a vegan lifestyle can be difficult, at least it was for me. If you ask us if in our life we’d ever think about going vegan, I can assure you that a majority would answer no. I would answer no. Veganism is often seen as this unrealistic movement, with hopes and dreams that are so far from reality; but when you take a closer look, it makes complete sense. Some might still view it as being extreme, but what’s wrong with being extremely compassionate? We aren’t used to people having convictions, and actually following them. I mean, everyone loves animals, right? Everyone is against animal cruelty, but so few actually act on it. And if you become vegan, you’ll probably be criticised for it; trust me, though, it’s all completely worth it. I can honestly say that going vegan is the best thing I’ve ever done. It makes me proud and it agrees with my ethics; there’s nothing better than living up to your own morals.

I know many people think that once you go vegan, you have to stop eating everything you like. Of course, there are some foods that you won’t be able to eat again, and while that thought might seem frightening, there are so many alternatives that exist out there. This will most probably depend on where you live, as larger cities often have the most vegan options. I used to think that by going vegan, I was saying goodbye to lasagna and pizza, or biscuits and cakes. It’s actually not too difficult to find these in the appropriate shops, or to find the ingredients to make them yourself; and if you’re not too good at cooking, you’ll probably become a pro. Another important point, is that it doesn’t necessarily have to be expensive. There’s this big idea that a vegan diet is very costly and that it’s only reserved for the wealthy. They couldn’t be more wrong. Of course, being vegan often means paying attention to the food we buy, so we tend to turn towards fresh and organic foods, but not everyone has the means to do so. Eating wholegrain rice, lentils and vegetables for dinner, with the right spices, can be absolutely delicious and extremely cheap.

The internet was a great help when I became vegan, and it still helps me today, two years later. It can help you find recipes, vegan cosmetics and restaurants in your area that can cater for you. I highly recommend that you use the internet whenever you have a question or uncertainty, or when you feel like you can’t ask anyone around you. You’ll also be able to follow pages on social media, such as Peta, Mercy for Animals, or Bosh, which will be able to motivate you and keep you going, and offer many recipes for inspiration. You can also find many vegans online on twitter or on Instagram for example, and therefore be part of a community where you all love and support one another.

When I became vegan I made quite a few mistakes. Several times I ordered food at a restaurant, forgetting to ask if it contained any animal products or I’d forget to check the ingredients on a pack of crisps. However, that won’t make you any less of a vegan. You’ll learn from your mistakes and remember not to do them again; you can’t be too hard on yourself, in the end we’re human and mistakes are a part of life. It takes time to master veganism and to be completely comfortable with it; it took me a couple months to be able to say I’m vegan in a restaurant with confidence, and without feeling like a burden. Eventually, it’ll become part of who you are and it’s something to be proud of. 

If you aren’t able to become vegan right now for whatever reason, that’s okay, and there are still things you can do to help animals. Avoid going to zoos, animal parcs (such as SeaWorld for example), aquariums or circuses that use animals. Also, be sure to buy cruelty-free and vegan cosmetics; there are several brands you can choose from, and you can easily find a list of cruelty-free companies online. Finally, avoid buying clothes made from the suffering of animals. This means dropping leather, fur, wool, kashmir, silk and down. The animals need their skin, you don’t! 

I hope you’ll be able to join us on this wonderful journey towards a cruelty-free way of living!
Lots of love,
Eleonore

Comments

  1. Great post! After reading No Impact Man by Colin Beavan, I am going on a journey to live a lower waste lifestyle. I have seriously considered being vegan, so this post was super helpful! For now, I am taking baby steps and will be doing Meatless Mondays each week. Hopefully it turns into full veganism eventually :) Saving for later - thanks for sharing!
    -Jenna <3
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  2. Oh I've never heard of that book! Good for you, I wish you all the best, and you're right to take it slow if that's what you feel is best for you!

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