How to Become a Vegan: Testimonials from Vegan Newbies

These testimonials are written by several people who have made the transition to veganism, with varying results and feelings. Reading them will help you a lot if you want to try going vegan, as they reflect exactly the same concerns, doubts and concerns that you may be feeling at this moment. It comforts and encourages you to move forward.

First testimony. From vegetarian to vegan

When I became vegetarian a little over a year and a half ago (I’m 17 now), I suddenly stopped eating meat and heavy foods and found it difficult at first (aside from the lack of support from my family). Friends, I was tired). Now I want to switch to a vegan diet more slowly (and healthily).

First, I replaced the glass of milk in the morning with a cup of soy milk (it took me a while to get used to it at first, but in the end I like it and all, plus there are many brands and you can switch).
My diet hasn’t changed much, I’ve only slightly increased my consumption of legumes. For the “famous” vitamin B12, I take two spirulina algae tablets every day. Of the eggs I ate three times a week, there is now only one left (always organic).

The ideological step to becoming vegan didn’t cost me much, as I’ve always greatly admired vegan people.

Also, on the days I’m tempted to eat some milk, I visit a dairy farm/factory (I live in an area with a large pork and beef industry) and see the condition they’re in, which encourages me me to continue to do so.
JC

Second testimony. Vegan in transition

In my case, this transition has not yet fully occurred. At home and when I eat outside (at restaurants), I eat a strict vegan diet; and I eat eggs (always organic of course, I even know the chickens they come from because they live near my house) only sporadically, when a family member or friend invites me to eat, and only for me Doing the task of thinking about what to do makes it a little easier for me. to eat. But be honest, even these cases are becoming increasingly rare, because over time the people around me are becoming aware of the enormous variety that exists in addition to foods of animal origin. You just have to teach them and open their eyes a little so that they see all the possibilities that this lifestyle offers.

Aside from the food-related stuff, I also don’t use any personal care products that have been tested or contain animal products, and I avoid taking any kind of medication (unless absolutely necessary, and I’ll knock on wood because it hasn’t been done yet not the case).

Another point where I still can’t describe myself as completely vegan is the topic of footwear. The rest of the clothing is completely vegan, but unfortunately I still use leather in my shoes, which I really don’t like, but I still haven’t found an alternative to do without it. I know a few sites on the Internet where you can buy vegan shoes in England, but I don’t know of any place in Spain where you can do that, thank God I also use a lot of fabric sports shoes.
DBE

Third testimony. Vegan step by step

When I decided to become a vegetarian, I thought about radically giving up eating products of animal origin. However, since I had no prior knowledge and considered what difficulties I would encounter and how important it was for me to successfully complete the task given to me, I decided to approach it in stages.

First, I had to learn to appreciate, cook, and be creative with vegetables using softer flavors and different textures that I wasn’t used to.

First I stopped eating meat, then after a few months I stopped eating fish. Now, after eight years of being a vegetarian and starting from a 40-day grape cleanse that I am doing, I plan to achieve what I wanted from the first moment: a diet of non-animal origin (vegan or plant-based). ).

I think that the new challenge of giving up eating eggs, milk and honey will be a bit expensive at first, especially because of the eggs.

When I went to a non-vegetarian restaurant with other people, I haven’t had any problems. From now on it will be more complicated and I think I have to be more selective and perhaps more demanding about the places where we eat, but on the other hand I think that it is also a form of “protest” and that I let those around me know of my respect, concern and sensitivity towards beings that most people view as objects of use and enjoyment.

Another problem I will encounter will be my family who will not agree with my diet at all even if I consume milk, eggs and honey. Now things get even more complicated when I go out to eat with my parents. The power of habit and social and commercial support means that no matter how much she tries to explain to them, they do not agree and do not understand that she can have a perfect diet without consuming animal products and that they do not understand why That’s how your daughters developed “so strangely”.

It is not pleasant to feel different “outside the group” than the people around you. It is not pleasant that a happy and vital act like eating becomes the horror and sadness of having to sit at a table where you see your animal friends fallen, humiliated, beheaded, dismembered, cooked and happily devoured by people that you love and appreciate.

It’s not pleasant to put up with meat-eaters’ jokes or to accept everything with a smile.

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It is not pleasant to have to face the people you love so that they accept you as you are, and I assume that we have lived this fight, we are living it and we will continue to live it, the People who, born in an environment hostile to animals, we feel that we live in an unfair, violent and cruel world, especially towards these beings who only want to live in peace, without human interference and manipulation, without this animal, who one day stood on his two feet, who calls himself a human, takes over the life and death of the other beings with whom he shares this planet.

I would love it if one day, when the years I have lived have wrinkled my skin, I can open my eyes and see and know that women and men are fairer, more sensitive, more consistent, more humble, more peaceful, more respectful, more are aware of the importance of education and example for new generations, as well as the great value and importance of the natural world that surrounds them and all the living creatures that inhabit it.

Despite all the anger, sadness, inconvenience, problems, confrontations, controversies and struggles that animal rights bring, the vegetarian cause is truly worth living because of the strength of our beliefs and the example of our lives.

A hug to everyone, congratulations on your choice, your strength and your courage to continue to defend something as fundamental as the lives of the weak, those who have no voice, those who cannot defend themselves.
MC

Fourth testimony. Difficult transition

I have been a vegetarian for almost 5 years. I have always believed that veganism is the most coherent because it covers all aspects of animal exploitation. However, I have to admit that it is more difficult for me to give up dairy products, eggs and honey than meat and fish.

In general, I tend to consume these products as little as possible, but when I eat out of the house, in a restaurant or with friends and family, I’m not so strict. The reason for this is that while there are certain products that are demonstrably unhealthy (both for those being exploited and for those being exported), I do not consider them to be equally harmful. This worries me because it is a sign that my conscience does not agree with my reasoning. I also feel (I can’t help it) that I’m causing problems for people who aren’t used to a cruelty-free diet.

Once I firmly decided to go vegan, and even when I saw a piece of cheese, I saw clotted blood in my head. But the external pressure was greater than when I became a vegetarian and I couldn’t withstand it.

Now I have become independent and cook for myself. I have more decision-making power, but also more responsibility. I eat one to two free-range eggs a week, reduce my cheese consumption as much as possible and make my own yogurt with soy milk. I hardly taste honey and I don’t buy fur, leather or wool clothes… I just bought some good hiking boots that last a long time. There are “vegan” shoes, but for me they are very expensive and you have to order them by post to England.

I know that someone who wants something has a hard time, but in my case, my commitment goes so far. Furthermore, it would be too problematic, I would not wear it with conviction, but rather with compulsion and disgust.

I hope that the fight for animal liberation continues, that there are more and more of us and that we manage to change the habits and prejudices of so many people, which actually slows down or advances any social change.
SVR

Fifth testimony. experiment

I’ve only been in the process of transitioning from vegetarianism to veganism for a week and I hadn’t told anyone until now because it was more of an experiment to see what would happen.

I am 45 years old and have been an ovo-lacto vegetarian for 25 years. The first 5 years were totally strict, the next not so much because I gave more importance to relationships with people than to food and not to taking care of myself, certain opportunities to adapt to the circumstances and occasionally commit “culinary sins”.

When I decided last week to take the step of becoming vegan so as not to consume anything caused by animal suffering, I was worried about health, habits and all that. I would have to stop eating pollen, honey, kefir, yogurt, Eating cottage cheese, cream cheese and the delicious eggs that the neighbor in the country gave us every now and then from his chickens that he let run around there and whose taste reminded me of those eggs. With the strong orange yolk of childhood.

But the truth is that I am really amazed because now I have no worries at all. I feel good. I eat more relaxed, with more enjoyment and more appetite. I felt a peace, a serenity and at the same time an affection, a sensitivity and a compassion for animals that I had not felt before. I don’t care if one day I get a disease because of a certain deficiency, it’s like what certain smokers say, who would rather have several years of pleasure than many more years of discomfort.

It seems incredible to me that I felt so many emotions and so much energy in just 6 or 7 days. I feel like running, taking the stairs two at a time and I feel younger, brighter and much happier.

I think it was a great start. www.

Ana Moreno
Excerpt from “Survival Manual for New Vegans”

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