I'm not quite sure how to start this..
My sister and her family are all living a Vegan lifestyle and have been for 2 years now. I admit at first I was also very interested in changing my diet too but having two small children and one that will not eat or try anything other than chicken nuggets, hotdogs and spaghetti it didn't really seem an option for me. Yes I am well aware of how unhealthy his diet is but when he refuses other foods and will gladly starve rather than eat other foods what can I do?
My sister and her family went vegan after watching a documentary called "earthlings" after hearing about this documentary I couldn't understand why anyone would want to sit and watch this so I did the ignorant thing and just put it to the back of my mind and ignored it, What the eyes don't see cant hurt the heart right?
So fast forward two years I decided that for September I was going to do 30 days vegan, just for myself at this point. My sister and her family are all very healthy and are rarely ill at all! Me on the other hand, I'm always full of colds, mouth ulcers, cold sores, headaches, really bad moods and the outbreak of spots every month! My little girl is 23 months and has had 14 infections....14!! Its something I had to try for me and my children just for the sake of our health.
So September the 1st came and I did the first day all to plan and then came the 2nd...I woke up and had cows milk in my cup of tea and chomped on a chocolate bar for breakfast! wtf!!I knew there and then that I had to watch this documentary if I was going to get through the next 30 days, already failing on day 2!!
So I sat down after the kids were in bed and prepared myself for this 1h 35 mins documentary....I clicked play.. and that was that. I cant even describe the meat and diary industry and what happens in these "slaughter" houses and dairy farms. I was heartbroken, I honestly felt like someone close to me had died, I was full of grief and constantly sobbed whilst watching what was in front of me! How the fuck is this happening? How the hell have I been so ignorant to this for 31 years? I have played a part in this and the horrific killing in these beautiful animals!
I urge EVERYONE to watch this documentary I really do, as horrific as it is, I do believe we should all understand how our "food" is getting to our plate. Yes I'm aware we all know animals are killed to be made into our meat but its HOW they are killed, how the baby Calves are born and instantly ripped away from their mothers so she can be milked until death for humans to drink! Whilst filled with antibiotics because she is so infected from not been able to feed HER baby. I could go on and on but I'm not going to be a push down the throat type of person I just believe everyone should watch this for themselves.
I managed to get to 48 mins in and that was enough my heart couldn't take anymore so I turned it off went to the kitchen and emptied all the meat and dairy shit that was in my cupboards!! 30 days? 30 days....no it was now a life decision for me. I cant be a part of that, I really cant.
The area I'm finding really hard is making my 6 year old understand why he cant have a certain type of crisp or chocolate bar anymore but I'm getting him some child friendly books to read and have found a video suitable for him to watch so we'll see how that goes. I did feel really bad the other day for not letting him have a chocolate digestive but then his dairy free option was Oreo's and bourbons, so he really isn't missing out its just another way for us to try. Ill tackle the "Mcdonalds" problem when we come to it...but lets face it Jamie Oliver found out that, that stuff has so many chemicals in it, its legally not allowed to be called food!! So I wont be feeling to guilty there!
I have said I wont stop him from having children's birthday cakes at parties and at school, as this happens very rarely and at his age at the moment he just doesn't understand. There are so many meat/dairy free options out there, and he still can have his (non chicken) chicken nuggets and spaghetti!
If just one person goes vegan according to PETA 198 animals wont be produced to be killed.
So that's it....That's the reason I'm going Vegan.
Thanks for reading,
If you want to see what happens when you buy meat and diary you can check out Earthlings here