I made the transition to a plant-based lifestyle in 2015 and have never looked back. I have only one person to thank for this and that is of course Layla. Before becoming a mum I had absolutely zero interest in nutrition or looking after my health. I’ve always loved animals but still continued to eat them. Family and friends used to mock me and say if I loved animals so much then why did I eat them? My answer was always ‘they’re already on the shelf dead so I may as well eat them so they don’t go to waste’. But really this was just a convenient excuse to keep eating meat.
I started following a few vegan accounts and became more and more interested in the lifestyle but never did anything about it. It wasn’t until it came time to start feeding Layla solid food that I finally decided to look into it further. Although I wasn’t vegan myself, the thought of putting dead flesh into my daughters body didn’t sit well with me. She was this tiny, perfect human, I didn’t want to ruin that. So, I had half-made the decision to raise Layla vegan, but realised it wasn’t fair to put a plate of broccoli in front of Layla and then a big slab of steak on my plate. That’s when I finally forced myself to watch some videos and discovered the cruelty that was going on behind that piece of steak and that carton of milk. I always knew it wasn’t good, but never realised just how bad it really was. I watched two videos on YouTube- The Best Speech You Will Ever Hear and 101 Reasons to Go Vegan, and that was it, decision made. Of course, I’ve made a few mistakes along the way but since that day, I have never intentionally put an animal product into my body.
Overtime I have learnt so much more about nutrition and the effects meat and dairy have on our bodies. I have customised mine and Layla’s diets to suit what feels good for us while also suiting our tastebuds. It’s been a huge learning experience with a lot of trial and error but it’s definitely been worth it. I wouldn’t want to raise my family any other way.