Why I Went Vegan

I remember the very first time that I found out what beef and pork meant. I was a kid. I cried. I was disgusted and so incredibly upset. But somehow, I chose to put it out of my mind.

And from that point on, I kept myself in the dark. I didn’t want to listen to what people had to say about animal cruelty or learn anything about the meat industry. I just wanted to eat what I liked without feeling any guilt.

I always thought that vegetarians were weird and I never understood why anyone would “deprive” themselves. I also thought that having vegetarian friends was so annoying because I thought they “couldn’t eat anything” and I found it so difficult to eat together. I actually said once, “Who cares? The animals are going to die anyway.” Ahhhh *cringe*! When I was in university, I went to a (raw) vegan restaurant with my friend Leo to try out, and I remember absolutely hating it, and saying to him, “I WILL NEVER EVER GO VEGAN!!!” Oh how times have changed!! Hahah.

So, what happened????

While I was living in Taiwan, one day I was eating beef noodle soup and I couldn’t eat the beef. It started making me gag, so I just ate the noodles and left it. I didn’t know what was happening, but I slowly got more and more repulsed by meat. The taste and the texture just grossed me out.
Then, in the same day, I was scrolling through Facebook and watched these two videos that my friends Michael and Brian had posted:

Warning: graphic!!!

The first video made me realise that I had been falling for all these marketing tactics, and that I definitely fit into the “wilfully ignorant” consumer bucket. And the second video made me so upset because it was my first time seeing how cows were treated.
I decided that I would educate myself on what I put off for my whole life. At this point, I still thought that I would be a meat eater, but after I started watching documentaries and reading up on the animal cruelty, the meat industry’s impact on our health and the environment, I just couldn’t support it anymore. I decided immediately to go pescatarian, but I always had the intention to go fully vegan. Seafood was my favourite food and I really didn’t know how to give up cheese (even though it always made me feel sick).

But one day, it just clicked. I didn’t want to be a hypocrite anymore and contribute to unnecessary cruelty. Aaaand I went vegan! 🙂

What’s your story?

Comment below! Would love to hear about it! ♥

4 Comments

  1. Madison Friend
    September 14, 2018 / 5:04 pm

    Heyyyyyy I’m madison and I follow you on Instagram and saw you had started a blog and just thought I’d check it out. I absolutely love this first post and can’t wait for more I think it is amazing. I went vegan for a number of reasons. Before I went vegan I was vegetarian and loved doing that. It made me feel good and like I was doing something right, these animal’s don’t deserve to die in such horrible ways for human pleasure. I then saw a video by this guy who was doing a presentation at a lecture hall as an advert before a YouTube video (I think it was maybe your vegan cake Video) and it started to question my choices of what I was eating and consuming. I then went through instergrams such as your own and decided to make the choice of going vegan… One of the best decisions of my life. Going vegan also helped me with a recovery from anerexia and basically saved my life so I would just like to say a huge thank you to you for inspiring me and being a role model for me as I’m not sure whether I would be here today without people like you. Keep being incredible and inspiring me and many others. I would love to visit Singapore one day as it looks beautiful. Thank you again.
    Yours sincerely
    The forever thankful
    Madison xxxx

    • admin
      September 15, 2018 / 1:47 am

      Hi Madison!! Oh my gosh, GIRL!!! THANK YOU SO INCREDIBLY MUCH!!! This has totally made my day. Thank you for sharing your story and a huge congratulations on going vegan!! 🙂 That’s amazing, and I’m so so so happy that I was a small part of that! :’) You are the sweetest. Thank you for your kind words! :’) YASSSSS, COME TO SINGAPORE!!! I’ll be your tour guide and bring ya to all the vegan spots! 🙂

      So much love,
      Vanessa x

  2. Kimberley-Rae
    September 20, 2018 / 4:35 am

    Yaaaay!!!! Congrats on your (awesome) 1st post! LOVE reading about your journey and your personal stories! ❤️❤️❤️

    • Vanessa Ainsley
      Author
      September 20, 2018 / 5:00 am

      Thank you so so so much, my loveeeee! ♥

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