Me

Nearly 2 years ago now, I switched to a vegan lifestyle and it has been an unbelievably fascinating adventure full of trials and tribulations and lots of people have asked me to blog about it so I’ve finally plucked up the courage to give it a go.

Here’s a bit of background for you…

I am probably the MOST unlikely vegan you will ever come across!  I was bought up in rural Herefordshire and spent a lot of my childhood perched on a river bank out fishing, standing with the guns out pheasant shooting or on top of a horse out hunting – never happier than when galloping lickety-split across beautiful Radnorshire countryside in hot pursuit of a fox…

 (me on the right and my sister on the left)

I told you… a very unlikely vegan…  My dad and uncle farmed sheep and we used to help out at weekends and in school holidays with whatever needed doing.  So I’ve done my fair share of de-licing, lambing, fleece wrapping and castrating.  I’ve eaten meat all my life (I’m now 31) and had never given vegetarianism or veganism a second’s thought.  The only vegans I’d ever really met to be honest were very ‘hippy-looking’, talked about ‘crystals’, ‘spirituality’ and ‘themselves’ too much and looked a bit smelly so I never took any notice of much they said.

Then, in February 2013, a friend of mine’s brother came to dinner and he was the first ‘academic vegan’ I’d ever met (uber intelligent, hugely articulate, passionate, well-read and delightfully clean!) and I spent the evening grilling him about his choices, his diet, his lifestyle and his reasons and literally over night I was converted.

Following that meeting, Ed (husband) and I decided to switch to a vegan diet for the duration of Lent (I’m not religious but I love certain aspects of religion!) which was starting the following week and said that we’d spend the month researching as much as we could into all the different issues surrounding the vegan debate – both for and against.

    

(me, Ed and our 2 little girls – Indigo (Gogo) on the left and Arcadia on the right)

So we read as much as we could (see library for some ideas) and watched as many documentaries, ted talks, lectures and whatever we could get our hands on and, suffice to say, 40 days later – we were both pretty committed to veganism.  When taking into account all the environmental issues, the animal welfare issues and the health issues, (all of which I will talk about later) it seemed like the right thing for us.

And so far, I can honestly say it’s one of the best things I’ve ever done.  I’ve never felt healthier, had more energy, enjoyed food and cooking more and I’ve certainly never felt as engaged and switched on to the world around me.  It’s also much cheaper (when I’d imagined it would be more expensive) so that’s a huge added bonus.  But it certainly hasn’t been without it’s trials and tribulations – many of which I will share with you here.  I also hope that anything we can do to encourage debate and discussion surrounding these issues is a good thing so please join in the debate.

So lastly… welcome to my blog and I hope you enjoy!

 (me and my sister)

 (me and my brother)

dad (dad)

 (en famille!)

10 thoughts on “Me

  1. Hi
    After spending a weekend with your fab sister – once again she has inspired us by your life story!! Barry and I are both intrigued and interested in the vegan life. We have a lot of reading and researching to do first (usually we jump feet first into things – but we both like our meat and dairy far too much), so don’t be surprised if we get in touch with you for advice. You are truly inspirational and loving the blog!
    Lydia x

    • Hi! Oh Lordy I never picture anyone reading it and the thought terrifies me. Great that it hasn’t put you off entirely though! If you don’t wanna go feet first then do it really gently. Meat free Monday is great and then slowly build up or whatever. Any change is a good step I reckon. Good luck and keep me posted! X

  2. Hi, I’m so glad I came across your blog. 6 days ago this blogger http://violetsvegnecomics.com/ liked one of my posts and I read her excellent poems and started thinking that it’s time to take action on my niggling conscience that is getting louder by the day. I tried my first intentionally vegan recipe. Then, I came across some disturbing documentaries by Viva on dairy-farming and a short film by Ben Zephaniah that made me realise that the Sainsbury’s boiled eggs and milk I’ve been eating almost every morning are also enjoyed at the cost of animal life. After watching the extremes of those harrowing films which left me a little bereft, to come across an upbeat and positive view such as yours with lots of useful tips. You know I think veganism will be the way for me and the most terrifying thought is offending my soon to be Mother-In Law when she presents the roast turkey on Christmas day. Thanks again for your balanced and excellent writing. 🙂

    • Thank you for your lovely email! Blogs are such a funny thing and I’m still very much finding my feet. You scribble away and have no idea how you are coming across and wonder whether your tone is too firm, too soft, too preachy etc. So hard to know how to pitch it when you have no idea who your audience is! So I’m glad you describe the blog as positive and upbeat as that is what I set out to do. Hard to find the humour in what is often such bleak and depressing topics so if some is getting through then that’s great!
      My mother-in-law has been amazing – immediately went out and bought a vegan cookbook and has been really supportive. Definitely helps that Ed is equally committed. My advice with friends and family which is by far the hardest part is make it clear to them that you are just asking questions, doing lots of research and seeing where it takes you. Include them in your thinking and never preach or talk about ‘your eating habits’ and ‘mine’. Always use ‘we’ and be inclusive. Good luck and keep me posted! x

  3. An inspirational and briliantly wirtten blog, chickenshedsinheaven, keep up the good work and I hope it’s ok to have non-vegans like me reading in ….

  4. Hello,

    I hope this message finds you well.

    I’ve just had the fortune of being awarded the Very Inspiring Blogger award and as part of the protocol I’ve awarded 15 other blogs as well, yours being one of them.

    Obviously I don’t know what your stance on blog awards is, but it’s your choice as to whether you’d like to accept it or not and I only mean to say thank you for putting together such a great blog that interests and inspires.

    Full details can be found in my post here: http://fashionthatpays.wordpress.com/2014/02/17/very-inspiring-blogger-award-home-calling/

    Regards

    Dolly
    (dapperdolly of fashionthatpays.wordpress.com)

  5. Hey there! I made the vegan transition two years ago and it’s the best thing I’ve ever done too. I’m so glad I stumbled upon your blog – I love meeting others on this path. It’s a pleasure to e-meet you! Celeste 🙂

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