Why I’ve Decided To Go Vegan (Again…)

After watching several documetaries on Netflix: the likes of Cowspiracy, Seaspiracy, What the Health and The Game Changers, I’ve decided to go plant based once again…

I did a poll on my Instagram asking if I should do it and it was 40/60 spilt – apparently a lot of my friends didn’t want me to go vegan.

I’ve been pescetarian, vegetarian and now I take on the challenge of being fully vegan. I was eating plant based a few months ago, but loved cheese and chocolate too much that I switched back to being veggie.

Reasons for doing it are, one, I want to lead a healthier lifestyle, two, I’m disgusted at how animals are being treated (I mean that’s not something new), three, I want to improve my endometriosis symptoms and lastly, four, I want to help the environment. I’ve just become aware at how bad milk and eggs are for you (I drink oat milk and have done for around 5 years). I know they have some benefits and I’m not a nutritionist to tell you the facts but after watching ‘What the Health’ recently, I decided enough is enough, let’s eat more plant based.

While I was watching ‘What the Health’, a woman said eating plant based cured her thyroid cancer, although I’m not aware of having any thyroid issues, however, I have endo and hope to improve the pains I suffer with through-out the month and that dreaded time of the month.

When I was eating pescetarian I would crave fish as you would (salmon, cod or prawns) but after getting engrossed in Seaspiracy, quite frankly I don’t want to eat fish again. I know some may say the documentary was heavily exaggerated but I’ve formed my own opinion and decided I would no longer eat fish again.

So there’s my reasons, I’m going to find it extremely tough giving up chocolate (I know you can get some vegan chocolate) and cheese.

Do you eat plant based? Or have you seen the above documentaries? What are your thoughts?

30 Comments

  1. Marilyn
    May 15, 2021 / 1:46 pm

    Good luck!x

    • zoey
      Author
      May 15, 2021 / 1:48 pm

      Thank you :). x

    • zoey
      Author
      May 16, 2021 / 11:38 am

      Thanks Danielle, it’s going to be tough for sure. x

    • zoey
      Author
      May 16, 2021 / 7:46 pm

      Thank you Hannah! x

  2. May 17, 2021 / 5:48 am

    Good luck in your journey! I’m not sure if I have plans to ever go vegan but I do want to ease into a more plant based diet!

    Life is a Shoe

    • zoey
      Author
      May 17, 2021 / 9:14 am

      Thank you! Good for you – I think generally eating more plant based meals helps the environment. Don’t have to be a vegan :). x

  3. May 17, 2021 / 10:13 am

    Totally understand your struggle! For me it´s very similar. I try to be vegan for years now, but every few months something happens and I go back to vegetarian. At the moment I live for a year in France and most things are with cheeses and I find it very tricky, but after summer time we will move again and already decided that from that point on I wanna be fully vegan again 🙂
    have a great start in the new week,
    Tiziana
    http://www.tizianaolbrich.de

    • zoey
      Author
      May 17, 2021 / 12:10 pm

      That’s great news – I know how hard it is to be vegan but more options are becoming available. More restaurants in the UK are having more vegan options on menus. I don’t know if France has Plant Pioneers – but they are great. I had some vegan sausages and mash over the weekend and it was the best I had. x

  4. May 17, 2021 / 2:32 pm

    I do think personally that all of the documentaries are massively exaggerated but it’s up to us to form our own opinions and choose how we want to live. I’ve massively cut down my meat intake over the past year and I try substitute my milk too. Envious of those who can do it full time as I find it really hard, especially with a little one as I buy milk, fish fingers etc for him regularly! x

    • zoey
      Author
      May 17, 2021 / 5:17 pm

      Exactly – I think it all helps cutting down. I should have said in my blog post that I used to eat meat years ago but kept cutting down my intake all the time. Going vegan is going to be hard, my friend Emma says shes 98% vegan and 2% veggie and I think that sums me up too as it’s hard to be 100% vegan. x

  5. Alice Spake
    May 17, 2021 / 5:27 pm

    Good luck! We try and have more plant based options in our plans than we have done before now xx

    • zoey
      Author
      May 17, 2021 / 6:05 pm

      That’s excellent news – there are so many meat-free alternatives which is great to see. x

  6. May 17, 2021 / 11:01 pm

    I haven’t watched any of the documentaries as I’ve seen nutritionists’ views on them, plus all of the Consultants that I have seen have said to eat a balanced diet. I don’t eat red meat very often, but do eat eggs and chicken. It’s a case of each to their own in my opinion. I really hope it helps you and that it’s not too difficult to make the change x

    Beautylymin

    • zoey
      Author
      May 18, 2021 / 5:02 pm

      That’s fair enough, I say do what works for you. If I slip up and eat something veggie it’s not the end of the world for me. But I’m making a effort to try and not to x

  7. May 18, 2021 / 2:19 pm

    I haven’t seen the documentaries but I’ve heard of them and how they really change people’s perspectives. I am not vegan but I do like to incorporate plant based meals into my diet. I’m not a huge meat eater but I do love fish. That would be a difficult one for me to give up.

    Tracy
    https://www.findyourdazzle.com

    • zoey
      Author
      May 18, 2021 / 5:04 pm

      Yeah – they really made me think twice about what I’m putting into my body. That’s great that you include plant based meals. I thought it would be tough giving up fish too but if you watch Seaspiracy, it’s easy to make the switch as it really puts you off. x

  8. May 18, 2021 / 4:17 pm

    I totally commend you and respect this decision! I’ve been following a plant-based diet for 4 years now, but over the last year have become a bit more relaxed making exceptions every once in a while for usually dairy products at birthday parties, etc.

    But after watching Seaspiracy, I think I’m going back to being strict — not that I was eating fish, but it was just such a big reminder of why I made the decision to stop consuming all animal byproducts in general. Plus, more and more great plant-based alternatives are emerging so it’s essentially easier than ever to be entirely meat and dairy free.

    What we DO need is more plant-based milk chocolate. Come on brands! How about some almond milk chocolate? Oat milk chocolate? let’s do it!! x

    • zoey
      Author
      May 18, 2021 / 5:07 pm

      Thank you Kelly! That’s awesome – go you! Yes you’re right there are so many great dairy free and meat free alternatives out there. I had vegan cheese today and it actually didn’t taste as bad as I thought it would!

      YASSS! We do! I heard Kit Kat are bringing out a vegan version soon. Dirty Cow, Nomo and Fellow Creatures are great vegan chocolate brands, I think I’m going to do a whole post on them soon. x

    • zoey
      Author
      May 19, 2021 / 1:08 pm

      Thank you! That’s great news. x

  9. May 19, 2021 / 5:35 pm

    I’ve been vegan for nearly two years now and I would never go back now! Applewood smoked cheese is the nicest I’ve found and is fab for cooking with and NOMO chocolate is lovely too, unfortunately these alternatives come with a hefty price tag but I wouldn’t look back now! Milli x ~ http://millidavison.co.uk/

    • zoey
      Author
      May 19, 2021 / 8:26 pm

      That’s great, go you! – I really hope I can stick to it this time! I need to try applewood smoked cheese – I’ll add it to our shopping list. I bought a box of NOMO chocolate haha. Yes, everything is super expensive but it’s worth it. x

  10. May 19, 2021 / 7:54 pm

    I hope it goes as you plan for it to go! I want to watch those documentaries, I just want to be mentally prepared for what I’m going to watch. I’m also looking to gradually start swapping things like milk, cheese and have a plant-based meal at least once a week. Maybe I’ll take the plunge one day but not just yet. Best of luck to you!
    Mary-Ann x

    https://thelazychain.com

    • zoey
      Author
      May 19, 2021 / 8:28 pm

      Thank you – I hope so too. The Game Changers is a good one to start with. Seaspiracy and Cowspiracy scarred me – so deffo be prepared for those ones! That’s great news – every little helps the planet. x

    • zoey
      Author
      May 22, 2021 / 9:57 am

      It sure is, you have to look at EVERYTHING. x

  11. May 27, 2021 / 5:38 pm

    I have recently been diagnosed with CFS and have considered becoming vegan. I’m (mostly) vegetarian now and I never cook meat myself. I’ve heard dairy can have an effect on the body in terms of fatigue, so definitely something I need to look into further!

    Lucy | Forever September

    • zoey
      Author
      June 2, 2021 / 1:03 pm

      Sorry to hear it, oat milk and coconut milk are great alternatives! Being vegan has been the best decision I’ve made this year, that and getting our pup Archie. x

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