I first dove into the idea of Veganism in September 2015. I had heard of the term and like many, the ‘extreme’ nature of that one vegan friend we all have. But on the 4th September I was looking to wined down after a 12 hour shift and decided to explore the vast world of YouTube. I came across one of Kalel’s videos explaining why she is vegan. After listening intently I watched all of the videos she had linked to hers in order to get informed, educated and out of pure interest.
The videos I watched had me in tears and also captivated and in desperate need of further education on the topic. Like anything in this world there are the extremists, but also those who will not shove there beliefs down your throat and will rather show you the evidence. This is how I felt after watching Kalel’s video. I felt more informed. The next videos helped me realise some lies we buy into as consumers. Lies that I am still guilty of believing.
At the beginning of my ‘journey’. Yes, I am referring to it as a journey for the sole reason that it is part of mine. I am 22 and looking to find myself and as cheesy as it may sound, being vegan is part of who I want to be. Back to the point. I fell off the wagon a couple of times due to my job which required me to cook, sell and try non vegan dishes. I also had a lapse in judgement at a house warming party-5am, talking and alcohol are to blame for that pizza relapse.
Over the last 3 months however, extreme relapse. I kept to a vegan lifestyle as much as possible due to circumstances. But, for those three months I was far from vegan. I was vegetarian and for roughly one month pescatarian. I may have also had a cheese burger. Okay maybe my train completely derailed and ended up in a ditch. I did learn some things about myself though. I do not actually really like meat, at all. Also, I want to be vegan and so far that has only consisted of the ‘diet’ aspect, but I want to start the process of being completely and whole-heartedly vegan.
I want to include many links below to the YouTube videos I consider a must watch for anyone who wants to know more. There are a number of fantastic documentaries on Netflix which I plan on posting about in the future, but the first one I saw was Cowspiracy. I think it is a must watch for everyone whether interested or not.
How it all began
How it all continued
The less ‘preachy’ approach
There are plenty more valuable videos up on YouTube, but I am sure that you are more than capable of finding them.
Now if you will excuse me, I have bags of fruit, vegetables, almond milk and other ‘vegan’ foods to put away.