Basics, Part I: Becoming Vegan

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This post is another one of those being written with the help of one of the official MoFo prompts, but this time I’ve decided to expand it a little bit. Rather than just telling you about how and why I became vegan, which I suspect you probably have the gist of already if you regularly read this blog, I thought I’d address the more technical side, describing the transition (or lack of) I went through. I’ll follow this post up with Part II: Vegan on a Student Budget next Thursday, to hopefully give you a little overview of how to manage this oh-so-expensive (dripping with sarcasm there) lifestyle on a day-to-day basis.As is only fitting for someone who loves reading as much as I do, my journey into veganism began with a book. As I’ve mentioned before, Skinny Bitch by Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin gave me the necessary shove to ditch the animal products.

This book has gotten very mixed reviews, due to the slightly harsh tone the authors use and the admittedly impractical meal solutions they suggest. For me, however, this was the perfect introduction to this new lifestyle, covering both the ethical and the health-focused side of veganism. These authors also brought out a second book called Skinny Bitch in the Kitch, which is an awful cookbook full of fake cheese and fake meat, which tells you absolutely nothing new and is impractical to put into practice. This was twice as bad when I first went vegan, since specialty vegan products were mostly exclusively available on the internet and extremely expensive.

Nontheless, the book had gotten me very keen to eliminate all animal products from my diet and I started researching ways to do so on the internet. That may have been the best idea I have EVER had. I came across the PPK for the very first time, which has been a brilliant tool for helping me progress and is an alround great community and resource pool for recipes.

I bought my first vegan cookbook, Vegan Cupcakes Take Over The World, and started experimenting with the different vegetables and products available. This is also approximately the time that my favourite sauce for pasta, quinoa and just about anything else came to be.

I began to accumulate more and more cookbooks, began trying different types of produce and generally grew quite a bit as a cook, if I do say so myself. After a few years, I began this blog to share some of my creations and thoughts on the topic.

MOre recently, I’ve become more serious about expanding my diet into other parts of my lifestyle, including fashion and cosmetics. This means that I am replacing all my non-vegan items (not many clothing-wise, quite a few in my bathroom cabinet!) with cruelty- and animal-free alternatives. While I’m not throwing everything away, I would not repurchase a non-vegan item. This transition is going fairly quickly in some areas of my life, in others it will take a bit longer. For instance, I own a pair of non-vegan boots, but I really am not in a financial position to just chuck them/donate them and buy a new pair. Instead, I will wear them until they come to the end of their lifespan, then replace them with a vegan option. I know many people disagree with this process and think I can’t write a vegan blog if I own a pair of shoes that aren’t suitable (please don’t leave mean messages in the comments), but for me, it’s the most sensible way to move forward.

And that brings us to where I am now. I am by no means perfect, but I’m working on it and becoming more knowledgeable every day. A huge part of that have been all the other vegan blogs I read, many of which showcase some serious talent. Thank You!

What has the process been like for you? Or are you one of the lucky people who have been vegan their entire life long?

 

4 Replies to “Basics, Part I: Becoming Vegan”

  1. Great post :-)
    I also still have non-vegan shoes and purses. I am not throwing them away/ donating them either, they were expensive, and I once bought them, so I don’t see the point of giving them away (when indeed, it’s not possible for everyone to just throw out everything that’s not-vegan and replace them with vegan items).
    Sometimes it’s a great conversation starter, because you can show people that you weren’t always vegan and that it is possible for everyone.

    1. Thanks Sara! I feel the same way, often people don’t realise that not everyone has the financial capability to replace everything at once. And you’re right, I like to see it as an ongoing transition rather than a ‘breaking point’ in life!

  2. Since I work as a make up artist , it’s tricky trying to replace £4-5k of kit into a vegan kit over night !!!! So I totally understand !!! It wouldn’t be very Eco friendly to just start binning stuff either !

    I think you need to just do it gradually!

    I only wear Birkenstocks in summer but my autumn footwear will need rethinking as I love Uggs!!!

    1. Wow, that would be quite a lot of stuff to replace as well! I love my snuggly boots as well, but I’ve found knock-offs called ‘snugg boots’ online that are vegan and cost less as well! I think I’ll be purchasing those once these wear out.

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