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I've eaten a vegetarian diet for the last eight or nine years of my life, and I feel like I'm ready to push myself to the next step, take it even further and try a vegan/ plant based diet. I originally became vegetarian because of multiple reasons. I never really enjoyed eating meat due to the taste and I also hated the thought of slaughtering an animal for food. I've always been such a lover of ALL animals and I always will be, so the thought of eating them when there are so many other delicious foods out there is absolutely beyond me. My reasoning for wanting to try a vegan diet is slightly different. The more I've researched into how much the meat and dairy industry is impacting our planet terrifies me so I've been trying to be a lot more conscious of how I'm living. Over the last few months I've taken a keen interest in the vegan diet and forever find myself watching vegan related YouTube videos and I've also bought a lot of recipe books to help inspire me! I was going to join in with 'Veganuary', however I was still living at home for the first few weeks of the month which isn't ideal. So I decided I would do 'vegan February' instead and see how I get on. This probably won't be a permanent thing, but I'll see how things go!
I'm going to document a lot during the month of February so that I can let anyone who is interested know how easy or difficult I found it, and what struggles I face. There will be blogposts and videos on my channel all about the month and how I found it.
I must say, I thought I would be slightly worried about consuming a plant based diet but I'm itching to get started and try lots of new, yummy foods that I wouldn't usually eat. I think a vegan diet will force me to be a lot more adventurous with my food alongside educating me about nutrition. I don't see it as restriction, I see it as room for adventure.
I'm not writing this post to force ideas and opinions on anybody; I don't ever want to be that person. However, I do think it's important to be ignorant about what the meat and dairy industry is doing to our planet. Even if you're happy eating meat and intend on continuing your current diet, I think it's super important that you at least educate yourself and know what impact it really is having.
For every 1KG of fish caught, up to 5KG of unintended marine animals are also caught and discarded. This includes dolphins, sharks and turtles.
Cattle alone consume a quantity of food equal to the caloric needs of 8.7 billion people, more than the entire human population. If we ate the grain ourselves instead of feeding it through animals, there would be more than enough to end world hunger!
Animal agriculture is responsible for almost 91% of the destruction of the Amazon rainforest.
So there you have it, a little update and a bit of food for thought perhaps? I strongly suggest heading over to the PETA website next and just have a little read. Educate yourself and don't be ignorant towards the meat and dairy industry.
Leave me a comment down below if you have any vegan recipes for me to try! I'll speak to you all soon.
Emily Rose x