How My Dad’s Veganism Affected My Life

I was maybe 4 to 8 years old when I realised I loved animals. All of my tops had animals on them because that’s how I showed my love. Thinking back on it, I wore loads of animal merch. The original merch collector right here. 

I hadn’t heard about vegetarianism, let alone veganism until I came to London, I was in secondary school and in year 8, and my friend was a vegetarian by her own choice. It wasn’t until around 4 years ago that I had someone close to me become vegan. The direct source of my meals at home… My dad. 

My dad is still a vegan today and I have learned a lot much about being vegan in that time. For any vegan that exists, there is at least 1 person learning more about veganism than they probably thought they would (yes I made that statistic up myself, thank you). 

My dad’s reason for going vegan was that he did not want to support the animal cruelty that went on behind the meat industry. His trigger was watching those videos that showed exactly what went on behind the scenes.

So how did my dad going vegan impact my life? 

  • Seeing as he is the chef of the family, it directly impacted what I ate. As a family, we drastically reduced our meat consumption.  We were part of Veganuary this year along with another “168,500 participants” (Veganuary, 2017).
  • It made me appreciate my dad more – he will still occasionally cook us meat separately from his dinners. Which means his dinners have contributed to more than a quarter of all evening meals in the UK being vegan or vegetarian (BBC, 2018).
  • Eating so many vegan meals made me healthier! One of the many reasons people go vegan is for health reasons. A whole 33% of British consumers have tried eating less meat to be healthier (The Vegan Society, 2017). I was not particularly unhealthy, but as I ate more plant-based, vegetables, fruits, I noticed a lot of changes in my general health and appearance. Of course, this has been over the course of 4 years, so I’m not sure when I started to notice these changes.
  • My cooking skills improved so much. Up until my dad’s veganism started, I did not know what a meal without meat was. On days where I would stay at home, I would help my dad cook dinners and I learned so much. It has become increasingly easy to cook vegan with the UK market for meat-free foods was reportedly worth £572m in 2017 (The Vegan Society, 2017) with most major supermarkets having “free-from” sections.
  • I found out a lot about food too. I feel like one of my favourite things about my dad becoming vegan was the number of vegan snacks that I discovered. My favourite is dark chocolate and Oreos. Actually, the demand for vegan and vegetarian ready meals and snacks at Tesco grew by 40% from 2016 to 2017 (The Guardian, 2017)

Going vegan was predicted to be the biggest food trend in 2018 (The Vegan Society, 2017) and it’s definitely a worthy trend to follow. If you’re going vegan because it’s a trend, good for you (and the planet), but make sure to also look into it and educate those around you and not only to benefit yourself. 

I feel like I have been a borderline vegan since being at home again, since its all I eat. But I am happy to have reduced my meat consumption either way. 

So have you ever considered going vegan? How easy do you think it would be? 


Credits: Featured Photo by Jon Tyson on Unsplash

43 Responses

  1. This has really interested me. I eat very little meat and I’ve always said I could easily be a veggie… but why not a vegan? I’m going to do more research! Thanks Lav! You will have to share some vegan recipes with us! Lots of love xxx

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      1. Ahh the cheese thing for me would be a problem. I love cheese! I’m going to have a look around the shops to see what’s out there. I’ll be looking out for those recipes! Xxx

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  2. I love eating meat but I’ve definitely thought of going meat-free for a week or have like a vegan week just to see if I could do it. It’s still a bit difficult to go vegan here in my country though, as there aren’t a lot of groceries with “free from” section but hopefully there will be more in the near future 😊

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      1. Yeah maybe I’ll do that! Me and my mom already do “Red Meat Free Weekends” every other month or so, so that’s definitely easier to achieve! Baby steps, you know 😊

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  3. ahh love this post so much! I’ve been a vegan for well over a year now and a vegetarian for another on top of that and I don’t ever see myself going back to meet. Mentally and physically, I feel so much better and I have learnt a lot about foods generally. I’m so much more aware now of what I’m putting into my body, which is something so overlooked by most meat eaters. I love how aware I am now and my mum, who cooks for me when I go home, has learnt so much too. It’s just a really cool learning curve!!

    Thanks for this post, I super appreciate any vegan exposure, especially from non-vegans!

    Love always,
    Kayla | growingkale.home.blog

    Xx

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  4. Paula |The Value of a Moment

    This is such a fascinating peek into the benefits of being a vegan. I really don’t eat much meat, only chicken. For some reason I’ve been hesitant to try vegetarian or vegan lifestyles. Now, I think I might try at least a couple of meatless days a week for my family in order to ease into it. Thank you for the post!

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  5. I used to be with a girl that was vegetarian. We coexisted pretty well, I didn’t mind most of the vegetarian meat substitutions. The “ground beef” was super tasty in chilli’s. I would specifically avoid buying grocery meat since there was no point when only I could eat it, but I still had my steak and burgers when we went out.
    I’m a bit more selfish in my diet now, eating whatever I want, and it might be a subconscious “rebellion” against the 7 years I spent with a vegetarian.

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  6. This is a great post Lav! The food we eat should always be a choice, I think. As a family we don’t eat much meat at all anymore and I like vegetarian meals. There are some vegan foods I like too – vegan mayonnaise is delicious. Mx

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  7. This is really interesting! I love that you put all the facts and sources in there too, that’s really brilliant. I’m a vegetarian and did veganuary this year, and trying to make more of my meals vegan in general. It’s a great change to make, and all the benefits you’ve experienced are awesome.

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  8. Loving all the statistics in there. I don’t think I could ever go full on vegan. It would almost strip a lot of my identity if I did. However, my bf and I have tried really hard to eat LESS meat and more veggies at the crib. Great post! 🖤🖤

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  9. I eat mostly vegan (meat and dairy are my no nos and everything else is in very small amounts) as full veganism is too restrictive at the moment. This is interesting though because I’m the only kind-of vegan in my family and they’re all very opposed to trying vegan foods like baked goods, dairy alternatives or tofu. As long as there’s less meat on everyone’s plates the world is doing better!

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  10. I became vegan about 4 years ago too after watching Cowspiracy. It really opened my eyes to the damage I was doing to the environment. Although I had the opposite of you in that my parents were very against it and so when I visited I would get the constant lectures “where are you getting your protein” etc 🙄 none of my answers were good enough! I feel so much healthier when I stick to the vegan lifestyle, although when I’m down sometimes my will power gives in and I eat chocolate etc. Especially around friends. X

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  11. I tried to count how many times the word vegan was used in this post but literally lost count 🤣 I found it interesting though, although I’m left with a few questions. Can I ask why you are not vegan? As of course there’s no right or wrong choice I just wondered if your dad was the source of all your meals, what made you not want to become a total vegan? I’d find that quite interesting more so than the facts you’ve included x

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  12. alisonw30

    I eat quite a lot of vegetarian food but I love my dairy products and eggs too much to go vegan I think. That said, I’ve seen some amazing vegan recipes!

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  13. Geraldine

    I’ve always thought about it but I haven’t actually made an effort to move to being all vegan.. it’s so hard when no one else in the household wants to be and you start smelling nice things LOL

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  14. Laura at Palette of Thoughts

    This is such an interesting post!! I really want to reduce my meat consumption and start having for vegan meals for health and the obvious environmental reasons! xxx

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  15. This is really interesting. I haven’t really thought about it before and don’t know how I would go with it since I am so used to eating meat. I suppose it’s something you get used to though. My partner is the chef so not sure how on board with this he would be. Will check it out. Thanks for sharing 💕

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