Hey everyone, thanks for taking some time to read through another blog.
On the 1st November, it's World Vegan Day. Running since 1994, this is a good opportunity to raise awareness of this lifestyle so I wanted to put out a series of blogs over the next week in the lead up to this day to explain my thoughts around all things Vegan. I hope you find them useful!
So I 'turned' Vegan at the back end of July 2014. I say Vegan, if I'm being 100% honest I still have a leather wallet and bag but these are old hang ups from my previous life. That said, I have had a 99% Plant-Based diet since then and other than a few unfortunate incidents whilst overseas I have absolutely loved it.
My reasons for going plant-based were largely ethical. I watched a few documentaries on Netflix & youtube and realised that an 'animal-lover' who ate animals is hypocritical to say the least. These beautiful animals that we mistreat so badly and eat for our own pleasures is nothing short of bizarre in my mind. I couldn't see the difference between farming a Pig and eating your own pet Dog or Cat. It's a strange world we live in.
Although I have some strong views on this kind of thing I'm also not militant about my beliefs. I don't force my view on people and I don't lecture people on what I believe are the wrongs and rights of this. I have researched things, found that it weights heavily on my conscience and made a change. Weirdly diet is a little bit like religion or politics - people have incredibly strong views on things and emotions can go crazy when trying to debate such subjects.
Now I just ask that people take the same journey I did and make their own decisions. It's important after all that we know where our food comes from.
I found the transition from Omnivore to Plant-based fairly easy. At home, I didn't eat a huge amount of meat (maybe once or twice a week) with some Fish also included a couple of times a week at lunch so this wasn't a big change. I found the removal of eggs difficult as I often included them in fried-rices, soups or having a big omelette for dinner but my reasons for changing my diet were strong enough for this not to be the hardest thing in the world to do.
My training performances have improved since I started this diet and I feel better not only physically but perhaps spiritually as I now connect and feel comfortable with the choices I make. I am living in one with my beliefs and being true to myself.
I contributed to an article in Running Fitness Mag earlier this year about my diet and you can have a read of that below: