Why I Went From ‘Meat Lover’ to ‘Vegan’

Today is World Vegan Day, which of course feels like the perfect timing to introduce the Vegan section of my website.

If you were to tell me two years ago that I was going to be a ‘Vegan’, I wouldn’t have believed you! I would have probably laughed at you actually. I remember always saying

‘I could never be a Vegetarian! I LOVE meat! I couldn’t live without it!’

‘I mean WTF do Vegans eat?! Salads? NO THANKYOU!’

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I loved my ‘food’ too much to give it up. I lived off of TGI Fridays, McDonalds, Dominos etc etc, without realising what I was actually feeding my body.

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I thought being a Vegan was some sort of trend, a new diet to lose weight, or just a way to look ‘cool’ and ‘hipster’.

 

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Here I Am today, as a ‘Vegan’ and Animal Activist, not only living but THRIVING, and passionate about making the world a better place.

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Like most people, I was conditioned to believe that eating animals and drinking their milk was ‘normal’, and what we were supposed to do. I would give love and appreciation to my beautiful dogs, whilst sitting eating a pig, cow or chicken, and calling myself an ‘Animal Lover’.

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Reading that now looks absolutely crazy, but at the time, I didn’t think twice about it.

I’d see slaughter videos come up on my Facebook feed and I’d quickly scroll by, I didn’t want to see that! It made me upset and uncomfortable, but yet I didn’t add up the fact that I was actually PAYING for this to happen, and then eating the flesh of the animal that had been killed.

Ignorance is bliss, right?

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You know yourself if you have pets, they are the sweetest, purest, most beautiful beings that give unconditional love and look to you to protect them and love them. They make our lives amazing and give us happiness! They are part of our family.

Your dog is the same as a pig, a cow, a chicken, a sheep, or any other animal we have been conditioned to see as ‘food’.

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When did we determine which animals we love and which we kill?

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I would see pictures of cute lil piggies and say ‘AWWWW’ as I ate a sausage or bacon. It makes absolutely no sense! If we were meant to eat pigs our natural instinct when we saw one would be ‘YUUUUUM’ and we would proceed to hunt the pig down and kill it ourselves with our hands and teeth, could you do that? Or do you look at this sweet picture and just want to give them love?

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I have a huge lump in my throat as I write this, knowing that so many of these beautiful beings will be slaughtered today for the sake of human tastebuds.

We see ‘Bacon’ ‘Sausage’ ‘Beef’ etc, instead of seeing what it REALLY is, and that is an animal that wanted to live. 

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But do we really love the taste of meat? Would any of us eat raw meat? We need to cook, and season it, is that natural? If we were meant to eat meat we could it eat it as it is, just like a Lion does. I used to think I loved the taste of meat, but I really loved the sauces, the seasonings. Even plain cooked meat tasted gross! We need salt, WE NEED KNIFES AND FORKS FOR GOODNESS SAKE. If it was natural we wouldn’t cook, season or use cutlery, think about that.

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And then think about milk. Our bodies do not need milk to survive, the only milk we need is our mothers breastmilk. Just like baby cows need their mothers milk. We are the only species that drink the milk of another species, how weird is that? What need does the human body have for cows milk? 

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We are now living in the age of information, where ignorance is a choice. We can choose to make the right decision for OUR HEALTH, THE ANIMALS AND OUR PLANET.

WE CAN BE THE GENERATION THAT SAVES THE PLANET.

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I thought eating healthy was only if you were on a diet, trying to lose weight, I thought it was boring and taking the fun out of life. Why not just treat yourself to a cheeseburger, I thought. Not realising WE ARE OUR OWN DOCTORS. The food we eat tells our DNA what to do, and determines whether we are sick or healthy, that then therefore determines the life we live. If we are feeding our bodies dead, tortured, stressed, suffering animal flesh, what is that telling our DNA to do?

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You might be thinking WHY right now. Why are we told eating animals and drinking their milk is normal. Why is it advertised constantly? Well I would highly recommend watching ‘What The Health’ on Netflix for the answer to that question.

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I believe being ‘Vegan’ is our natural state of being. If you are reading this and you have not made the choice to Go Vegan, I would really encourage you to watch documentaries, do some research, but most importantly look to your own heart for the truth. Within you, you know what’s right!

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You don’t have to go Vegan right away, it can be a process! Start by cutting down on your meat intake, switch to Oat, Almond, Coconut milk instead of cows milk. Small changes can make the biggest difference! Even things like ‘Meatless Mondays’, but I guarantee you once you educate yourself, you won’t want to eat it at all!

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If you are switching from eating meat to going Vegetarian or Vegan, there are so many meat alternatives that taste just like it! Actually so much so that I can’t even eat them anymore because they are so similar, but it is great for people who are stopping eating animals! We eat meat for the taste, you can get the taste, without the need to harm an animal, how great is that?!

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Available in most supermarkets!

Meat Alternatives:

  • Quorn
  • Linda McCartney 

Milk Alternatives:

  • Oat (my favourite – best for tea!)
  • Soy 
  • Coconut
  • Almond
  • Cashew
  • Rice 

Almost every meal can be made Vegan! If you have a favourite dish, just type into a search engine ‘Vegan Lasagne’ ‘Vegan Pizza’ ‘Vegan Burger’ etc!

You do not have to miss out on your favourite foods!

Documentaries to watch:

  • What The Health 
  • Cowspiracy
  • Earthlings
  • Forks Over Knifes
  • Vegucation 
  • Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead
  • Food, Inc

These documentaries will CHANGE YOUR LIFE

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It’s time for LOVE, It’s time for CHANGE, It’s time for PEACE.

 

FOR YOUR HEALTH, FOR THE ANIMALS, FOR THE PLANET. GO VEGAN.

 

Peace, love and light,

 

Leah-Luna

 

XO

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