People go vegan for different reasons. They vary from the love of animals to just pure health reasons. As much as I love animals, mine are health reasons. That and the fact that I have never been a fan of meat in general. So I will share how I got to this place and how I find it. The pit falls and everything else that I have experienced in this journey thus far.
The other day I was having a conversation with my mother and she mentioned that when I was about 4 years old, I refused to eat. For 2 whole years, I wouldn’t touch meat. I asked her what reasons I gave and she said, I just didn’t want to. I guess my journey started way back.
Just before I went to high school, I became very ill and one of the conditions when I went to school was that I had to drink milk every day. For four years I had to drink milk every single day. This wasn’t the watered down, processed kind of milk. It was more of, straight from the cow, into a sufuria then into my body. From the day I finished high school, I was so done with milk. I just couldn’t stand it anymore.
I have never been crazy about meat and I fell out with dairy a couple of years ago. By the time I decided to go vegan, about 2 years ago, I was basically living a vegetarian life. I would only eat meat when food was offered elsewhere and I had no choice. Meat was not something I would prepare in my house unless I had guests. A friend, Lea, introduced me to veganism. She and her brother Paul had been vegan for a while by the time I met them. You should see their skin. Glowing is an understatement. After having a brief conversation I decided to do a bit more research.
I watched a million and one videos on the pros and cons and how to transition. It really wasn’t much of a transition in my case as I was already halfway there. Well, maybe even past the half mark. It had been a journey I had started and wasn’t bad.
Being vegan wasn’t hard for me. That is as long I was not looking to eat out. At some point I was working from an office and when I tried veggies at our eating spot, they were often bland and overcooked. No one needs that in their life. So, for a period while living a vegan life, I was surviving on ugali and fried fish. If I was to compromise, that was the only kind of meat I could stand. If possible, a homemade lunch would have been ideal but my schedule did not give me time to prepare much.
With time I have learnt the importance of a meal prep. This last couple of months my fridge has been acting up and getting a good fundi only happened this past weekend. I can’t wait to prepare my meals and not have to worry for a short period.
Living with a non-vegan has not deterred me in any major way. We just co-ordinate our meals and prep around it. He enjoys my food sometime and doesn’t mind tasting here and there. I doubt he will ever go vegan but I can only hope!
If you have any particular questions you can leave them in the comments and I shall respond. I will also do a post on how to transition if that is something you are interested in.