My 1 Year Vegan Anniversary

Today marks one entire year of me following a vegan lifestyle. I can't believe its been a whole year. Sometimes it feels like I've been vegan for years and years and it's something that comes naturally for me now and it's a massive part of who I am.

I've spoken about being vegan a few times here. It's something I'm really passionate about and proud of. I've always struggled with food and to say I've made it a whole year being vegan makes me so happy and proud!

So, on October 10th last year, I decided I wanted to go vegan. Again. So I was actually vegan for a few months 2 years ago but I really struggled with it and I just couldn't do it. I went back to being a vegetarian but I was really disappointed with myself for not being able to do it. I thought about it often and finally I made the ethical connection. Now I couldn't imagine not eating plant based.

I'm going to be completely honest, it can be hard especially when you are eating out or over a friend or familys house. Thankfully my family are really supportive of me and my sister (who is also vegan) and whenever there's a get together there will always be some sort of vegan food.

Eating out in cafes and restaurants is the hardest part for me because I am gluten intolerant too and most vegan options have wheat or gluten in them so I can't eat it. Almost everywhere you do these days has at least one vegan option but finding a gluten free and vegan option is hard. But when in doubt, I always order chips. It's the safest way to go.

I have had a few slip ups in the last year where I've assumed something was vegan and then discovered later on that it wasn't. The first time this happened to me I was so heartbroken and I felt disgusting. But I hadn't intentionally done it so I eventually got over it. One tip I have is to ALWAYS read the label!

As for the health benefits I don't suffer with IBS anymore. I didn't at all for the first 8-9 ish months and then my IBS hit me like a ton of bricks! I don't know what happened but I followed a low FODMAP diet for a couple of weeks and that cleared it up.

There are so many different reasons why I went vegan. I went vegan for the animals, my health and the environment. My main motivation though was for the animals because I am such an animal lover and I couldn't bear to be a part of any unnecessary pain they suffer. I spent so many months being an angry vegan and I couldn't understand why anyone would want to eat animals or their bi-products but now I've come to just accept it. If someone wants to eat meat, dairy and eggs then that's their business and I'm not going to preach to them just as I wouldn't want them to preach to me about eating animals.

I'm so happy being vegan and I can't wait to celebrate my 2nd anniversary next year. The only regret I have is that I didnt go vegan sooner. Like I said earlier, I was vegan briefly in 2017 but I just couldn't do it at that time. I tried but I didn't make the ethical connection and then it was impossible to do. But I watched lots of documentaries about veganism this time around and read plenty of books and that really helped. I still have more books I want to read to educate myself even more about this lifestyle.

Are you vegan or would you ever concider going vegan? If you have any questions about it I would love to help.

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