I was just wondering how many folks on here might also be vegan?
I became vegan in the autumn of 2009, so it’s now been 9 years and I never looked back. Back then, it wasn’t super common here in the UK, but at the time I was living in Portland, Oregon, which is a very green, super liberal, massively vegan friendly city.
I guess you could say living there gave me a vision of what the future might be like, and the insane rise of veganism in the last few years here in the UK has seen that prediction come true!
Back at that time, it was a struggle to get vegan products in a lot of UK supermarkets. Nowadays, most of them have their own in-house vegan product ranges! Here in Birmingham, there’s several vegan or vegan-friendly restaurants now, most of which opened over the last 2-3 years, and even non-vegan chains now have lots of vegan options.
I’m always a bit wary of coming across as preachy (although get a few drinks in me and I’ll have a good old rant!) but essentially back in 2006 I realised that I could no longer eat animals, and that I’d never actually made the choice to eat them in the first place. Like everyone else, we are conditioned by how we grow up and whatever diets our parents follow. So at that time I became vegetarian, and 3 years after that I became vegan after realising that many of the reasons why I wasn’t eating meat also applied to animal by-products.
If anyone has been considering it, I would highly recommend a documentary called “Forks Over Knives”, which follows the research into curing disease with a plant-based diet. I’d also recommend Gary Yourofsky’s “Best Speech You’ll Ever Hear” on YouTube ️
Anyway, I thought if there’s a few of us here we could share some good tips. Favourite vegan restaurants? Any new products showing up at your regular supermarket, etc ️