"Veganism is a way of living that seeks to exclude, as far as possible and practicable, all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing and any other purpose. " - Donald Watson, 1944
What is 'Veganism'?
Veganism is not defined as a diet, but a way of living. While vegans also have a diet free of animal products, they also do not wear or use animals for fashion, entertainment or any other purpose.
So why did I decide to become Vegan?
Around the age of 18, in my final year of high school, I began to develop anxiety and depression which led to an eating disorder. After a year, I overcame the starvation but continued with the constant dieting, calorie restricting, calorie counting, excessive exercising and alcoholism. In 2012, I developed bulimia, I began binging and purging my food, even more so when I was stressed. The anxiety I had around food was debilitating. For 2 years I battled with this, and the hardest thing was that I couldn't even tell anyone because I was so embarrassed. It was April, 2014 and I was possibly having one of the worst nights of my life. The anxiety had complete control over me, sitting at the bottom of the shower, crying. Every time I closed my eyes, all I could see was this negative energy telling me that I was 'fat' and 'didn't deserve to live'. I thought that this was going to be my life, that I could never look at food in a healthy way. That I had to forever measure, count and restrict or binge, purge or fast to maintain a 'skinny' body. But, how could I? I didn't not want to live a life like that anymore. So I prayed, I prayed for answers to help me because all the doctors, psychologists, my parents and friends couldn't. That night of April 19th, 2014... I had a dream about a blonde girl lying on a bed of fruit. I took it as a sign. I'm weird like that, I'll ask my dreams a questions in hope that they would answer it, and they did. So the next day, I researched 'fruit' diets on google thinking it was going to be an 'awesome' diet, the quick fix we are always searching for. The first thing that came up was Freelee the Banana Girl. She was a vegan who was fit, lean, healthy and passionate about spreading the vegan message for not only health but for the animals. Wow! A diet and lifestyle that not only keeps you slim but also save animals? It was perfect for me. I always, always have loved animals. But yes, I have to admit - I had been a hypocrite my whole life. I loved animals, yet... I ate animals?? Simply because I had been suppressed by society into thinking that it was okay to eat meat and because I was uneducated, I had no idea how meat made it to my plate. So I watched the documentary Earthlings as Freelee suggested. The connection between myself and animals became evident... I loved them, so from then on - I stopped eating them. I also knew that this was the opportunity for me to help save myself out of my ordeal. Now, over a year later, I'm the healthiest, happiest and fittest I've ever been in my life - and I owe it all to this lifestyle.
To see my full 'Vegan Story' please see my YouTube video here.
After being on this lifestyle for only a few days, I already started to see changes in my mind, body and soul. It's like I became conscious. My veins were no longer flowing with the fear, pain and suffering of another living creature which then enabled me to see beyond myself and the life society created for me - the way it made me feel, think and believe. I want to become a part of a revolution that's bigger than myself. I want to live in a world where animals are liberated and we live aside them in harmony, a world where people aren't becoming fat, sick and nearly dead from the animal products they are consuming, a world that will still be as beautiful as it is today for my children and my children's children where it hasn't been destroyed by this gluttonous species we call, humans. I used to think vegans were crazy, now I know they're just passionate for change that most people can't even comprehend. The change is already happening. The question is, can you make a difference? You already do, it's just a matter of what kind.