Tuesday, 6 September 2016

5 Reasons I Became Vegan

Now this post isn't going to be for everyone, and i totally and utterly accept that. But i wanted to write it for me and for you, as i felt like i was kinda keeping a secret and skirting around the subject rather than just talking about it. So bear with me, normal programming shall resume.. But i would honestly love for you to read this and just have a little ponder to yourself (Who knows you may consider something like meat free monday), and thank you in advance for your continued support in making this a happy environment!

I've wanted to approach this topic for some time, so here goes.
I'm Rachel and I am Vegan *waves*
Now this statement normally generates the same responses.. "Why?" "What on earth do you eat?" "How can you give up ice-cream/cheeseburgers/pizza?" "But its not healthy surely?" "Nah, not me.. Top of the food chain we are"

Yep i've heard it all.

Sometimes people are interested and sometimes people get shitty with me. Its true, I've had all ends of the spectrum.

I hope that this blog is a happy supportive place, where people feel free to encourage one another, comment and love, instead of judgement, disrespect or ridicule.
I am not here to force veganism to you all, hoping to change the masses. But i wanted to share my positive happy experience as much as i would share something else happy, like my capsule wardrobe, or a family outing.
Becoming vegan is a huge part of my life and something I am really happy and impassioned by.
So share i shall :D


1. Morality

Eating animals is just plain wrong. Firstly.. why eat a defenceless animal when as humans we simply were not made to eat meat (check out your teeth, we are made for veggies, fruit and nuts), plus the alternatives to meat in this day and age really are fantastic and excellent for you (hello no cholesterol!). We've come to see pieces of meat as a detachment from the animal, desensitising it to make it easier for consumption.
Vegans save over 100 animals per year by not eating meat. If more people did that think of all the lovely animals that would be saved. Its been said before, but it's something that started me off on this road: "You wouldn't eat your pet dog, why eat a pig?" Pigs are in-fact more intelligent than dogs, yet we deem it perfectly viable to eat them.



2. Major Health benefits. 

We've all heard that we need to eat meat for the protein, and without it we would all shrivel up and diieeee. Well that's as outmoded as bootcut jeans.
Beans, greens, chicpeas, quinoa and soya are all fantastic sources of protein. Kale is also phenomenal it is one of the most densely packed plants with vitamins and minerals on the planet.

Plant-based diets have been proven to lengthen life spans, cut out major diseases and improve general health. I'm no good at relaying scientific facts (my mind is way to airy fairy for that), but I know that anything that helps lengthen and improve a lifespan can only be good.
I also never became vegan to loose weight, but it was an advantageous side point. My weight has yoyo'ed most of my adult life, but since becoming vegan I lost weight and have now plateaued to my bodies natural comfortable weight. And i can honestly say i have never felt better!

Power to the Plants!

3. Environmental factors

By having showers instead of baths, by that hosepipe ban, by turning off the water whilst you brush your teeth all sound like major brownie points in the environmental stakes, but the fact is by doing those things it is just a drop in the ocean (pah, excuse the pun) It takes TONS of water and crops to raise cattle (and then kill them), this is the biggest reason behind climate change and yet the meat industry grows larger and larger, producing more and more and taking over even more land to produce more meat. By going meat free you are helping save your home.. planet earth.

4. Mental Happiness

There's something wonderfully rewarding about going without eating animals. With it I found a strange calmness transcend in my mind that i hadn't expected. It seems on a sub conscious level maybe i felt guilt, without even voicing it to myself.  I then realised how happy I was, infact it would seem according to sources (i.e The husband) that i am the happiest I've been in years. Happy and healthy is not to be ignored. It could also be scientific as the animal fatty acids can create mood disturbing brain activity, such a stress and anxiety. A life with out stress and anxiety sounds dreamy doesn't it? Well I for one am up for doing anything that will help be journey down that road.


5. Believing the world can be a better place

Veganism opens your eyes to the world. I started to research all kinds of topics such as environmental impacts, animal welfare, ethical and fair trade. It made me realise that there IS a better way. Consumer driven western society has room for improvement. We all do (heck I've only recently gotten on board with proper recycling, so I have A LOT of room for improvement), and like i mentioned above, surely if we can help our fellow inhabitants, whether that be man or animal, and just *try* to do our bit, well the world would be a damn site better off, and I sure as hell know I would love my children to grow up in a loving caring environment, which extends out from our front door in to the world around them.




(And a Bonus)

6. .. Vegan food is absolutely delicious

When I took out all the things I could no longer eat , i sat down and started to cook again. I previously loved cooking, but lost my way to the ease of convenience food. I cook all our meals from scratch with all plant based ingredients, and I have never tasted such amazing food in all my life. Vegan food is full of flavour, once you remove meat an animal by-products you have to start thinking about how to make this dish utterly scrumptious. Herbs are now my best friend, and finding the perfect pairing between vegetable and seasoning is thrilling (FYI Mash potatoes, olive oil and cumin equals HEAVENLY... just sayin')
Getting inventive with my food has made me have a much better relationship with food also.
Lots of meat-eater friends say to me (mostly men i might add..) "I could never quit meat, I don't like vegetables" My answer simply is " You just haven't tried the right ones yet"
Since quitting meat altogether i have not missed it once. When the taste is so phenomenal without it, why would you miss it?





When i first turned plant based and then Vegan it was about the animals, and what food i consumed. But as time went on its stemmed out in to all parts of my life.
This past weekend I went through (my quite frankly ridiculously) huge makeup collection. 98% of the products came from brands that still test on animals.
I packed them all up and gave them to friends and family (those are meat eaters and are happy as they are.. again no judgement here).
I looked closer at the ingredients in my shampoos and started researching vegan and cruelty free alternatives.
My household products are now switched over too.
It literally stems out in to all parts of my life.

But strangely, I have never felt more grounded or more happy. Its liberating.

Here on the blog you will see things will change, I will start writing about Vegan beauty finds, i will no longer be purchasing leather and suede etc, but I really hope it won't effect you reading. This will never be a place where i bash you over the head with my vegan rule book.
This is me just offering up alternatives (variety is a good thing after all) and things that vegans and non vegans can all enjoy!

But I am set on living my life the most authentic happy way i can, and that excites me.


Thanks so much for reading and coming here, I can't wait to share some positivity with you all!

Big Love

Rxxx






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19 comments

  1. I will welcome any of your recipes! Please share! Also, cosmetics tips are appreciated.

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    1. Martina, you are an absolute sweetheart. Thank you for this lovely comment, i can not wait to share some fabulous beauty finds and delicious recipes with you!XX

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  2. Well done to you!!! It is a great thing to do. We don't eat loads of meat or animal products in our house (except cheese and milk) but I have never taken that step. I know that vegan food is Amazing (in fact my dinner and Lunch for the past 2days have been vegan bar one ingredient-egg) tofu is one of my favourite treats!

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    1. Kezzie the fact that you are already conscientious about the products you eat is wonderful. This is a great way to be. Eggs were the last thing for me to give up as the egg argument in the vegan world is quite a debate let me tell you. Thank you sweetie, for taking the time to read my rather lengthy post and comment in such a wonderful positive manner XXX

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  3. Absolutely amazing, inspiring and truly beautiful. Thanks for sharing, can't wait to read more vegan posts x

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    1. Thank you always for believing and supporting me, you truly terrific human xxx

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  4. I have know problem with you being vegan, but I think the comment the people get shitty with you because of their own guilt is untrue and unfair. I eat meat, and I do not feel guilty about it. Also, you talk about the animal lives that you save, but if people did not eat meat, these animals would not exist. No farmer is going to keep animals in a field as some kind of petting zoo. And there would not be any land for them as they would be all be full of crops. I respect you decision and lifestyle, please do the same for others who do not share your views.

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    1. Thanks Georgina for your comment. As written in the post, it is not written from a judgemental stance on any behalf and it saddens me if you thought it was. The majority of my family and friends are in-fact meat eaters, and this is never a problem. Respect is a huge part of my belief system. This will always be a topic that gets people voicing their opinions, which is great. It is a fantastic free world we live in and we are all vastly different. Sadly like i mentioned, i have had people react rather shittily to me and their reasons are their reasons. I have deleted the end of the paragraph that upset you, as that was actually a discussion between myself and a Dr of Sociology who's reasoning i quoted. But everyone is different, and that is what makes this world an interesting diverse place.
      If you ever do want some scrummy plant-based recipes and some organic natural cosmetic recommendations then i do hope you'll have a read here on RTH.
      Best Wishes to you
      Rxx

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  5. Hi as I've mentioned before I've followed your blog several years, you have never looked happier,healthier or more at ease with life than you do now. Your life choices are your own and yours obviously suit you, I made the step to make healthier choices for myself & family from early 2016 & it's a choice I'm/we are pleased with. Enjoy your journey and food dishes as they look bloody tasty! Kimchad72 x

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    1. Kim thank you so so much for your lovely comment. i think you've hit the nail on the head there.. when you're happy and healthy it really does show, and i am at that point in my life. I'm so pleased you're happy with your healthy choices too, thats so wonderful to here. Wishing you a wonderful week sweetie xxx

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  6. I'm a vegetarian and eat limited dairy, so it's nice to "meet" another plant based gal. Have a great week :)

    Blessings,
    Edye | Http://gracefulcoffee.wordpress.com

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    1. Oh yay hey fellow plant based pal! Its great that you're already eating limited dairy and are a veggie, thats exactly how i started and felt so so much better for it! Wishing you a wonderful week, and thank you for your comment, i really appreciate it xxx

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  7. Hi Rachel
    I find it delightful that you are being your true authentic self. If anyone has a problem with your life choices, they can stop following your blog, simple as that. I don't plan on going anywhere as I've been following you for a few years now, and like all friends, we should all love and support every part of them and encourage their choices and help them to evolve into their most comfortable self. I think you are amazing and even though I'm not quite completely vegan (I'm not ready to give up seafood yet!), I am as plant based as I can possibly be and your recent Instagram photo's of recipes have been helpful to add new ideas to my diet. Keep being you, as that is why we love you.
    Many blessings lovely friend
    Love Kelly from Australia xx

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    1. Oh Hi kelly!! Thanks so so much for your wonderful encouraging words. you are completely right, if this was real life (so to speak) then i wouldn't just quit my friends because they aren't vegan, and vice versa. We are all different and have to choose the right paths that make us our most happiest healthiest versions of ourselves. And thats where i find myself. Its so so great that you are plant based, i found quitting fish the hardest myself actually, it was only when i started to loook at great vegan recipes that i realised i didn't have to miss it with other great ingredients. But it took me a while!!
      Thanks again for your blessings and kind words, it truly means a lot to me
      Rxxx

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  8. I agree with you altough I am not a vegetarisch. I eat less meat than I used too and only biological. And eat a lot of vegetables and nuts. There are more restaurants now that give more attention to vegetarisch dishes!

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    1. Thats great that you are starting to do what feels right to you, by even cutting back it really makes such a difference. And yes there are lots of great veggie options opening up to people, which is so great! Thanks so much for commenting, i really appreciate your kind words and support xxx

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  9. Hi Rachel. I eat meat and I have no problem with people who don't. I don't agree with all your points above but I respect you are entitled to your opinion. It's your blog and you can post what you like. I could write something pretty similar but about processed foods and how they are really bad for you, so well done for highlighting something which is important to you.

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    1. % of our Thank you kindly for your thoughtful and respectful comment, its really kind of you. And you are totally right, we are all so so different but respect is the main key here to a happy lifestyle. I totally agree with you on processed food. not only have i recently become vegan but i'm also glutenf ree, which basicailly means i can hardly eat anything processed as they usually put wheat(or milk) in EVERYTHING! I now cook 99% of our meals from scratch and freeze leftovers as 'ready meals' for convenience. I've never felt healthier in myself having quit processed food. Its amazing when you think about the bad stuff they must put in products!
      Best wishes to you
      Rxxx

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