About Me > Veganism
This page describes how I went vegan, followed by resources like documentaries, podcasts, news sites, and more.
I've been vegan twice in my life. Once, in high school which I failed at because I didn't know any recipes and reverted back. In late 2021 I went vegan again but it was after several years of gradually reducing my meat consumption to the point where I was eating meat roughly only once a month for 1-2 years. This is called the crowding out method.
The Crowding Out Method
This method is where you reduce your reliance on animal-based foods by learning more plant based recipes to replace them.
After 1-2 years of this, one day I just remember feeling tired and asking myself "What are you waiting for? If you're going to go vegan, you may as well just do it now." and then I reasoned I would see how I do for a month of eating no meat and then see how I went.
And it went fine.
"But am I really vegan?" I wondered. "What if somebody asks me about factory farms and I don't have a strong enough opinion because I haven't watched any documentaries?"
Watch Dominion (Is a Meme)
Only after a month of eating a fully plant based diet did I watch the documentaries Cowspiracy and Dominion. I started with Cowspiracy to get my toes wet, it was mainly about climate change and was educational but not confronting, though I did find the ag-gag laws disturbing. But next was Dominion which featured brutal footage of animals being killed on factory farms. When I was vegan in high school I never looked up documentaries of industrial farming and I knew it would be confronting to watch and would upset me, but I didn't want to be ignorant this time. I do not regret watching it for a second.
What's more, the footage in Dominion is from Australia and New Zealand so all the issues they brought up were directly relevant to me. It reinforced my decision to go vegan, and I don't regret watching it. After this, the vegan label stuck a bit better.
My first attempt at veganism was a failure but I learned my lesson and knew I had to take it slow. I was mainly motivated to reduce my meat consumption for health reasons, though the ethics of veganism always appealed to me and I really admired vegans for being true to their values and living with an optimistic perspective of the future. That dream is that animals are not exploited by humans, we live in harmony with them and the environment.
Try New Recipes
I try new recipes all the time but I don't go back to all of them. I've curated a list of Vegan Recipes that I do go back to. They're affordable, healthy, and tasty. If you're thinking of reducing meat or animal protein for any reason, consider trying some new recipes like I did.
Some resources for veganism
Cowspiracy. A documentary about why climate change organisations and charities do not talk about the animal agriculture impact on carbon emissions.
Dominion. Hidden drones and cameras reveal what the animal agriculture industry does not want you to see. WARNING: Extremely graphic depictions of animal mistreatment, neglect, injury, death, and human cruelty.
The Chickpeeps Podcast. Evanna Lynch (yes, who played Luna Lovegood in Harry Potter) is a big inspiration for me. She hosts a vegan podcast and lives what she preaches. This podcast is the only podcast where I listened to the entire catalogue.
The Animal Law Podcast. I've only listened to a few episodes but they were educational in that they highlight the legal issues associated with farming, including how the animal agriculture lobby will try to "screw the rules" and find loopholes in the law to, for example, reduce their responsibilities to monitor environmental harm caused by their industries. I wouldn't recommend this to everyone but if you are interested in legal issues and love details this may be for you.
The Vegan Grocery Store. An online Australian vegan grocery store. Some vegan recipes require ingredients unavailable from the major Australian retailers. Things like Vital Wheat Gluten for making seitan can only be bought online.
Plant Based News. A neutral-toned news site. This site is the biggest vegan news platform out there. I love reading about the new technologies being developed like precision fermentation and new kinds of plant-based leather or food.
Vegan Australia. Most useful is the Events tab where you can see vegan events for your state.
Vegan Food and Living. If you get addicted to news sites like me then you can add this to your list. Warning: this website sometimes freezes on Firefox, if that happens to you just refresh and scroll which usually fixes it for me.
Vegconomist. A vegan business newsite. Has articles not featured on other sites, sometimes interviews with business owners about why they run a vegan business and some of the opportunities and challenges associated with that.
Barnivore. Vegan wine, beer, and liquor guide - check if alcohol is vegan or if it might contain undeclared allergens like milk, fish, or egg.