Over the last few months I've had the ENORMOUS pleasure of being involved with the 2016 Veganuary Campaign Video!
Over two days of filming I met so many fantastic, inspiring people. I went to two of my favourite places in Manchester, got to eat phenomenal food, meet so many like-minded people and most importantly, spread the Vegan message.
I'm so happy with the finished result; it embodies how I feel about a vegan lifestyle and what I want to shout from the rooftops. Being vegan does NOT have to change your life. It doesn't have to turn you into a new person, stop you from doing anything fun or change your personality.
It is simply a PART of who I am. An important part and a part that has changed me for the better, but it will not stop me eating in restaurants, being fit and active, eating delicious food or hanging out with my friends.
It's a detail, a detail that will be as important as YOU make it. It can take over you life if YOU want it to - but it does not have to. Life is about balance, doing what makes you happy and what will make your life better. For me, going vegan has only made my life better. I'm healthier, more compassionate and have more understanding of the world I live in. I've debated so much in the last four years - I've heard every anti-vegan argument there is. Some intelligent, some not-so-intelligent, but they all make me think. I do not and will never live my life in a vegan bubble, believing only what some people tell me. I want the whole story. I want the entire picture. And it is that very attitude that has gotten me here. This lifestyle makes sense, it checks out, it's logical and it's VARIED. Most anti-vegan arguments can be debunked with a simple Google, others are for brains far more powerful than mine.
But, if it's a risk I'm taking - I'd rather risk eating plants than eating innocent animals. We are over 10 billion land animals a year now... slaughtered.... for our stomachs. That doesn't even account for marine animals. Seriously people, the madness must stop. And what great timing with the most recent World Health Organisations report on Meat and Cancer. The facts keep rolling in and we KNOW animal products ARE NOT HEALTHY. Red and processed meats are finally without debate now (though many will try). The rest will follow, I guarantee it. Studies like this take time and the WHO most recent report took 800 studies into account. That shit takes time. So again, why wait for the study that will tell us what we know to be true.
Go vegan - save some animals and let's build a better planet together. The entire world will never be vegan and I know that. If you want to keep eating meat, please, at least try and find the most local, sustainable option.
If you know anyone who is flirting with the idea of giving up animal products - please do "share" this video with them and inspire them to take up the Vegan Month challenge.
It's only 30 days and there is so much support from an enormous, caring community.
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