I became vegetarian at 19 as I believed that was the kindest way to live my life. For years I was the only vegetarian I knew. Gradually I met more vegetarians but mostly they were vegetarian because of religion or taste. I had never met any vegans.
Just over a year ago I happened onto a picture of male chicks being ground up alive in the egg industry. It caused me to spend an evening researching both this and the dairy industry and I was disgusted that I had believed the lies about happy hens and happy cows.
I went to sleep that night and woke up a vegan. I originally decided to finish the vegetarian foods in my freezer and then restock. However, the thought of eating them just disgusted me and I ended up throwing them all out.
Within a matter of weeks after becoming a vegan I was surprised to see how my health benefited. I had suffered with psoriatic and osteoarthritis, psoriasis, IBS, constant sniffles and recurrent eye infections. I always felt tired and had a tummy that would no shift no matter how much dieting I did. I was taking 17 strong tablets a day and using steroid creams for my skin. Being vegan cured all my health problems. I now take no medication, my walking sticks and crutches are put away, I sleep much better but need less of it and feel more refreshed. My tummy has gone and I feel like I can eat anything I want and no longer put on weight. I haven’t had a sniffle in over a year and no ee infections at all. My eyesight has also improved.
This is a change that is not only ethical for the animals and the planet but also benefited me enormously, a very very nice surprise indeed.