This blog aims to discuss and feature that which promotes the best for all humans, animals and the earth.
Veganlosophy – The Philosophy
To me the term “Vegan” is far more than just a reference to a diet choice (no animal products). Being vegan is about striving to live in such as way that creates the least amount of cruelty possible, and therefore promotes the highest level of health and happiness. So, by choosing not to eat meat a vegan is striving to lessen the amount of suffering that is caused in this world to sentient creatures, while also lessening the impact on the earth. But in striving to cause the least amount of harm possible while living a full and happy life we must also take care of ourselves. Some vegans will rally so much for animal rights, environmental issues or human ethics, and save no energy left to direct inwards or to put into cooking healthy wholesome real foods. I believe the first place we should start is with ourselves and so understanding and living a life that includes proper nutrition, care with what products we use on our bodies and around our homes, adequate exercise, meditation and awareness, and conscious, meaningful relationships is highly important and something that I focus on when I talk about “veganlosophy”.
I have been vegetarian for almost 20 years, from a very young age, after my whole family went vegetarian. The change was a result of learning about the health dangers of consuming meat and the health benefits of a vegetarian diet.
About 6 years ago I went completely vegan almost overnight after realising the connection between the dairy industry and veal production when researching vegetarianism to help out a friend who wanted to make the switch. The change had a profound affect on my life, yes being a vegan is hard, but the benefits far outweigh the struggles – and I’m not just talking about the health benefits, the benefits to the animals or the environment – I’m talking about the psychological and well being benefits that come from standing up for what you believe in, in a world where there is criticism around every corner, and the psychological benefits of having a huge weight of guilt lifted from my shoulders that I didn’t realise was there (from eating dairy and other animal products for years) and the general boost of energy that comes from eating this way.
I now work as a personal trainer helping other people to become more active and healthy. I love fitness but find spirituality an integral part of it and I am hoping to soon also do a yoga teacher training course so that I can offer the gift of yoga to others and weave together all the information about the health of a plant based diet, meditation and mindfulness, and physical exercise.
There is of course a lot more to the story than that but that’s it in a nutshell.