A little over a year ago if you had told me that I would have the discipline to give up meat and dairy I would have laughed. Dieting has always been a non-starter for me. I tried and failed many times and eventually learned that all it did was make me unhappy so I stopped trying.
Last May we had a barbeque at home and 4 out of the 8 guests we invited were vegan. When we talked to a couple of them they told us that their motivations were health and that a book called “The China Study” had motivated them to turn vegan.
At that time I had no interest in what I saw as denying myself all my favourite foods for health reasons. I was working out regularly and had lost a few kilos and inches and even though that had plateaued I was finally feeling comfortable with my body and weight. So I didn’t really think too much about it.
Then they mentioned a book called the “30 day vegan challenge” and that appealed to my competitive nature so I googled it and found a whole bunch of podcasts from the author on iTunes.
That night I began to listen to Colleen Patrick-Goudreau talk about veganism. About 30 minutes later I was determined to give up dairy products. As she talked, very sensibly and without much rhetoric, about not just the health aspects but also the shockingly inhuman treatment of animals I was often in tears.
I do encourage you to watch her videos on youtube and do your own research if you’re interested.
To me it was a no-brainer. I could not in good conscience consume animal products knowing that there were healthier and kinder alternatives.
I had literally turned vegan overnight.
TG was on a business trip in Australia and was doing her research (unbeknownst to me) on whether a vegan diet was healthy. She was determined to find holes in that theory and determined to prove that meat and dairy were good for you in the right amounts. She said that all the research she read pretty much backed up the fact that it was healthier to eat a plant based diet.
So, fortunately we both came to the same conclusions just via different motivations.