There are many parts to this. For a lot of people, going vegan occurs for health reasons. And this was part of the reason that I made the commitment to cut out animal products from my diet. But it’s not the reason that I stayed vegan.
I went vegetarian in 2008. My beautiful man Davey had just gone vegetarian and after an initial period of, “well just because he’s gone veg doesn’t mean I’m going to and how dare he make a decision that will impact our dinner dates without me!” I was intrigued. Thankfully he never pushed his feelings or views down my throat and gave me the space and respect to make this decision for myself. I started watching some YouTube videos and was horrified at what actually happens in factory farms. It was like a light bulb went off – I didn’t feel comfortable exploiting another being. Period.
I didn’t put pressure on myself though…I simply decided to try my best to avoid animal products TODAY. I remember saying to myself, “Oh but if I feel like fish or prawns or a little bit of cheese then maybe I’ll have it,” but months passed when I didn’t reach for those things anymore and I realised I was vegan. I realised I could do it.
I want to be clear here, I believe it’s impossible to be 100% vegan – we breathe in tiny bacteria with every breath; we probably kill bugs with every step; animal by-products are in things like car tyres and plastic bags; animals are still killed in the harvesting of non-animal products like wheat and sugar…but we can still try our best. Making that decision to choose to avoid animal ingredients wherever I could felt like the least I could do.
It was like a weight had lifted from my shoulders and I honestly felt more love in my heart.
To me, it’s not about being the healthiest I can be or being eco-friendly, though these are both extra awesome side bonuses (you can find loads of information online about how a vegan driving a hummer is more eco-friendly than a meat-eater driving a prius or about how the World Health Organisation has classified processed meats as carcinogens alongside tobacco and formaldahyde).
It was about deciding that my life is not worth more than another’s.
Even an animal’s. Even a silk worm. Even a bee. This is the ultimate in ‘gentle living’ to me.
So I eat a vegan diet (no meat, dairy, honey, eggs, fish sauce, etc,), I only wear vegan clothes (no wool, leather, silk, fur) and I check everything that I buy including household cleaning products, skincare products, medicine, etc. And, despite what many people think, it’s not difficult. 99% of restaurants and cafes that I have been to have a couple of options on the menu or have been more than accommodating in putting something simple together. It’s encouraged me to try new foods, get creative in the kitchen and be much more mindful of what I put in to my body – something I’m immensely grateful for.
Davey and I were very active in sharing the vegan message a few years ago. We toured the country giving free talks to hundreds of people about the health and environmental benefits of a vegan lifestyle. Davey used his savings to put up a vegan billboard (which was recently put up again in regional QLD thanks to the efforts of some local vegans in Toowoomba) and we even created a vegan discount card called the Vegan Card which gave card-holders discounts at over 100 businesses around Australia. In the last couple of years we’ve moved on to different projects, for lots of reasons, but mostly because it felt right for us. We’re still very supportive of the work that many vegans are doing out in the world; spreading awareness, sheltering and rescuing animals. They are true Saints.
There are lots of incredible resources out in the world to make the transition to a vegan lifestyle as easy as possible. If you’re interested in learning more, you can download our eBook Live Vegan: The 21 Day Ultimate Guide for FREE (it used to be $29.95). You’ll also find some of my favourite recipes and pretty old blog posts below.
www.suprememastertv.com for the spiritual benefits of a vegan diet
www.vegiehead.com for lots of delicious recipes
www.vivalavegan.com for forums and support
www.australianvegans.com.au and all of Kathy Divine’s books like Plant Powered Women and Plant Powered Men
www.shinefromwithin.com.au/shop/ for all of my favourite vegan beauty products
Sweet potatoes are growing like crazy in our garden at the moment! These super easy, yummy and nutritious hash-browns have been fueling us for weeks…read more
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A few days ago I finally got back in to juicing – OK well I made 1 so it’s a start – and it was a veggie juice with carrot, cucumber and pear. If you like to get your juice on, then you know that you usually end up with fair amount of pulp. In the past I’ve just put this on the veggie patch but this time I decided to keep it. I’ve been mixing some in with Trudi (our darling daughter puppy’s) dinner to sneak in some extra veggies but we still had a take-away container full of pulp sitting in the fridge. So I decided to try my hand at baking muffins.read more
Today I want to introduce you to a brand new segment – Cafe Sticks!
Cafe Sticks is located right here, in my very home in the middle of no where, or as we like to say, “in the sticks.” Welcome. Take a seat. Let me introduce you to a world of delicious vegan fare, using lots of organic produce from our very own organic vegetable garden.
On the menu today: Cous Cous Stuffed Squash
One of the wonderful things about blogging is that occasionally you are gifted with something from a marketing company who wants to promote their product. As bloggers around the world, and more recently around Australia, are being noticed as influential media (thanks for reading everyone!!) we are offered all sorts of weird and wonderful products for review. It’s not a bad perk considering that we certainly don’t blog for the money and we tend to crap on about whatever the hell we like (that’s the whole point right?). So today, I want to share a new product that I was sent recently – SlimPasta.read more
Christmas is only a couple of days away – Yikes! I just sent out a little Christmas greeting to all of my wonderful subscribers, so if you didn’t get it, make sure you sign up now so that you don’t miss out on the latest eco news next year! I’ll be stepping things up a bit in the new year so stay tuned!
As we busy ourselves with buying pressies, catching up with family and cooking up a feast, we can easily forget that this is also a time for being thankful and finding compassion within. Now I certainly don’t want to get preachy here, but I do want to share with you why I decided to be vegan.read more
For a healthy and absolutely divine breakfast, treat yourself with a bowl of beautiful summer fruits, nuts and seeds and a splash of heavenly coconut cream! It is such a yummy way to get a big bowl of fruit in to your belly first thing in the morning and the coconut cream makes it so rich and creamy.
I assumed that coconut cream was probably not the healthiest addition to my breakfast, but after doing a little bit of research, it turns out it is actually very very good for you – bonus!read more
image viaIn the last couple of weeks I've tried my hand at baking. It may not be the healthiest past time but it's so fun and addictive! When I serve a plate of freshly baked goodies to Dave and Trudi (our staffy), they are just so happy and polish them...read more
I met some lovely tweeps (code for peeps on twitter) last week and we all decided to share a different vegan recipe each week. I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with the fact that I can socialize and network while sitting in my PJs - it's fantastic, but...read more