I’m Emily and I am writing to you from Brisbane, Australia! I am a 23 year old university student who is absolutely obsessed with anything to do with the ocean, science, animals, music and fashion photography. I also happen to be a vegan.
My decision to go vegan was pretty simple really – one day I was sitting down watching a video by a man named Gary Yourofsky. While happily munching on some ricotta and spinach Quorns (amazing meat substitutes for vegetarians, for those who have not heard of it) when he showed a video of some graphic footage taken from a dairy farm. I won’t go into any detail here or in my blog’s posts because if you are already vegan then you know what i’m talking about, and if you’re not then you don’t need someone shoving graphic details in your face. I believe in a different attitude towards changing opinions that I’ll touch on later. For me at the time, the footage immediately changed my view of the world. I promptly threw out my food and pledged to go vegan!
I would love to say that from that moment I have never looked back; I mean, in a moment of strength we kind of imagine it will last forever, right? Well it certainly was not that clean cut for me, as I can imagine it is for many people trying to change their habits. One thing I did notice was that after a ton of research, I was left with little information on how to maintain a vegan diet without dramatically changing your lifestyle. Everything needed me to throw out my recipe book or source foods that no stores sold within 50 kilometres of my home.
I wanted to be vegan and limit the amount of dairy and eggs that the planet consumed, without eliminating the things that I loved. While I felt that was achievable on my dedication alone, I feared that events such as BBQ’s, dining out, dinner parties with friends, travelling and even seasonal celebrations (Oktoberfest being one of my personal favourites) would have to be a thing of the past. Well I’m here to tell you that you can still enjoy all of these things without needing strange and unknown items or substitutes that will make your friends look at you as a puzzle they’ll never understand.
There are certain ways to tackle a vegan lifestyle that make your life, and the people’s around you, much easier. I’m here to give you tips on making social situations easier, quick and easy recipe ideas that’ll take the stress out of finding a variety of suitable meals, and how to handle hearing the classic “How do you know someone’s vegan? Don’t worry, they’ll tell you” line, that we have all come to love like a close friend.
So join me and get involved in some conversation. I’ll be sharing how you can live a vegan lifestyle without too much hassle, but I always love to hear others ideas.