For me it was pretty much all about the food. I had been buying cruelty free products for years and the only non-food item I bought that was non vegan was boots. After watching Earthlings I stopped milk and didn't buy eggs again, although still ate them now and again. It was a small step in the right direction but only a small step.
For the last couple of years I have become more and more conscious of my own health. I was overweight and looking to my diet (as well as exercise) to try and loose weight. At the beginning of this year I cut out a lot of the cheese I was eating.
Gradually, through research and YouTube videos I could see how a plant based diet would be better for my own health as well as helping the environment without causing any suffering to other living creatures.
Over the last few weeks I have transitioned to a completely vegan diet with a couple of slip ups on things I just didn't realise had small amounts of egg or milk in and a few things that I had left at work in the freezer that I bought to eat while at work. Generally though I have been vegan and after 10 December when I will eat the last thing in the freezer that is mine I can call myself 100% vegan!
I love this quote from Matthius Ricard:
True happiness can only be attained when we avoid causing pain to others.
There will be a separate post more about emotional well being and spirituality, this quote overlaps both subjects a little. How can we really have true happiness and feel joy if we are ingesting a creature that has suffered, or a product from an animal that has suffered?
More on my vegan journey another time. for now thanks for looking :) xxx