Where to start, I guess at the beginning.
I like many of you was taught that meat, fish and dairy were things that are good for you, it was only when I started to see videos of animal cruelty ie medical experiments and the testing of cosmetics along with videos of starving children in Africa did I come to understand the suffering that was going on in the world. That was about 18 years ago when I was 13, I stopped using products tested on animals wherever possible because for everyone you buy that's one they make and always popped my spare change in the charity box in the grocery store. As the years went on I became more aware of the impacts we have on the planet, such as deforestation, intensive farming, horrible animal testing and climate change. I thought that buying products not tested on animals, buying free-range organic meat and walking to my local grocery store rather than driving was enough and adequate. HOW WRONG was I! Through misinformation and lack of education I had became a corporate pawn, mindlessly slogging through life, buying things I didn't need and taking things from the planet I had no right in taking.
My lifestyle change happened quite recently, In four years I had put on 3 stone in weight and was feeling miserable. The reason for the weight gain was simple, I had stopped exercising and my diet was crap, drinking beer most nights of the week, eating chocolate, high fat foods like curries, pizzas and lots of meat and cheese, and to top it off drinking a few energy drinks just so I had the energy to do my job. So I decided to get in shape, I started cycling to work, well I tried, the motivation was there but I just didn't have the energy, I thought maybe if I get a road bike it would be a little easier to pedal and a lot quicker to get work, so that's what I did, I bought a road bike, and it was a hell of a lot easier to get to work on but I was still struggling!
With cycling not getting any easier I thought I would go on YouTube to look for some Cycling Tips videos, I watched a few and came across this scruffy Aussie called Durianrider, I watched the video, enjoyed it and started watched more of his cycling videos and subscribed to his channel. I liked the guy he was funny as **** so I wasn't picky on what videos I watched of his, it was at that point where my life had changed, this guy was educating me, informing me about what I'm actually putting in my body, how bad it is for me and how the food is actually produced, from that point on I started to make a change, I started a vegan lifestyle.
My vegan experience has been a bumpy road so far, I watched almost all of Durianriders videos and most of Freelees, it wasn't until I watched Earthlings that I truly grasped the scale and horror of what we were doing to the planet, I am ashamed that I was a part of it for such a long time. Then I read The China Study, my shame has now turned to anger, how is it that these bastards have known about these findings for so long and still we give our kids milk in school, continue to market low fat dairy and lean meat as health food, it's shocking.
Now I've been educated properly and eating vegan I feel enlightened and I will be forever thankful to that scruffy Aussie bloke on his bike. Thank you Durianrider