My Vegan anniversary

A few days ago marked a year since I decided to go Vegan. How’s the lifestyle treating me? Do I have any regrets? Before we recap the last twelve months, let’s take a quick jump backwards, to where it all began.

It all started when I stumbled across a video showing the harsh realities of the meat, dairy and egg industries worldwide. This really helped to take those ‘blinders’ off and allowed me to see things for what they really were. I realised that I simply could not contribute to such industries any longer. I had to make a change. And so, I became a pescatarian.

A few short weeks later, I decided to cut seafood out as well…because after all, fish feel pain too right? So I was Vegetarian for just about a year and a half and in July of 2017, I determined that it was finally time to go Vegan.

As you can tell, I wasn’t an ‘overnight Vegan’. For me, it was a process. I found it easier to transition over time rather than to rush into it.

Being Vegan for just one year means that I have saved approximately:

  • 401,500 gallons of water
  • 14,600 lbs of grain
  • 10,950 sq.ft of forest
  • 7,300 lbs of co2
  • 365 animals lives

What a year! And this doesn’t even include the impact made during my time as a Vegetarian.

I think it’s safe to say that being Vegan is rewarding in more ways than one. Not only am I saving lives, and the planet, but I’m also bettering myself. I feel healthier, more caring and more open-minded than ever before. Being Vegan has also allowed me to make so many new friends who I can relate to on a different level, whether online or in-person.

Throughout my year as a Vegan, I’ve witnessed so many changes within the food industries. More and more restaurants and fast food chains worldwide are now offering Vegan options. The future is Vegan.

I honestly have no regrets and quite frankly, I see this being a lifestyle that I want to live for the rest of my life.

Need help going Vegan? Check out this post!

Click here to read about my reasons for going Vegan in greater detail.

Until next time,

-Mikayla

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