I’ve recently passed my first year anniversary of eating a strict vegan diet.
I was vegetarian on and off many times in my life, starting at age 16 while traveling in Africa and seeing so many amazing animals there. Unfortunately I was never able to be completely vegetarian and gave up trying for most of my life. I think I’ve been able to eat vegan for this long due to my increased knowledge on the subject, the increased vegan food and supplements options available and the fact that being vegan as opposed to vegetarian eliminates the use and potential over use of dairy on a vegetarian diet. I feel the supplements I take now have been critical for me remaining vegan for the last 14+ months.
My main reason for being vegan is that I don’t want to be responsible for any animal suffering or death and I want to do what I can to reduce the negative impact that animal ranching has on all creatures, the earth’s environment and the planet as a whole. A bonus of being vegan is the food is so much cleaner, healthier and more flavorful. I’ve always been disgusted by having raw meats in my kitchen, the smell, bacteria and diseases of meat make cleaning so much more difficult and time consuming.
I now take a B12 supplement which has helped even though I try to take a multiple vitamin everyday. I also think my use of vegan Algae oil DHA/EPA has been very helpful and is one reason I’ve eliminated any cravings and the fatigue I’d experienced before when trying to be vegetarian. I also like to take Calcium Citrate daily when I remember.
I enjoy meeting other vegans because I feel that ethical vegans are the most sincerely compassionate humans on the planet. I post pics of vegan food and recipes and other animal/human rights related things on instagram @fellowcreatures_
Disclaimer: Unfortunately, I can’t yet claim to being absolutely 100% vegan because although I’m trying to eliminate leather and even faux leather from my wardrobe, I did recently have to buy footwear that has leather accents for back and knee problems I was having and I did buy an inexpensive multi vitamin at Target with gelatin in the ingredients. I don’t like to take too much iron or iodine (a personal preference due to thyroid issues) in my supplements and the vegan option with no iron or iodine cost at least 10x as much….. I do alternate the cheap multi from Target with the inexpensive vegan Deva multi-vitamin (which has iodine). I’ve been donating all my old leather clothing and accessories to thrift stores but then I did buy a couple of wool rugs at the thrift store without thinking about it. I’m keeping the wool rugs for now, but won’t be buying any more.