Becoming vegan was one of the best things that both myself and my husband have ever done. For me it was for moral reasons that led to better health and wellbeing. And for Ian it was to support me and then he started to feel the benefits. But it does raise one massive question... what about the things we can't change, the things that have already been purchased or consumed. Taking time out to be sensible and not take things too drastically we are easing ourselves into all areas of the vegan lifestyle.
There are many things we can't change. That's what's already been consumed, purchased or other peoples values, and why would we want to its in the past and everyone has a right to their own opinion. The things that have already happened have happened. This leads me on to one area I know a lot of new vegans have trouble with and thats our wardrobe full of old purchases. What do we do with all our shoes, bags and leather accessories? It's a really big change and can be very costly.
Aside from selling my designer bags and myself making a profit from my old leather goods that doesn't sit well with me. So I have decided as from now I obviously won't be purchasing anything other than synthetic or faux leather goods. I have also decided not to throw away everything from my wardrobe in a drastic moment. I have had a massive clear out of many items, but I'm being sensible. A girls got to have footwear and a few items left. Don't get me wrong as I'd hate to be bullied for not immediately throwing everything away. It's a huge change just like your diet.
If I decide to do anything with my designer bags I will donate them to an animal charity on the basis of 'one in, one out'. This way I feel that some money will be put back into the care of animals. I can't beat myself up for my past ignorant ways, but I can start to make little changes. My Louis Vuitton canvas bag still has a leather strap and I'm swaying more towards donation of these items or replacing them over the coming months.
So we have thought about clothing and accessories but have you also thought about the other areas that are effected by animal welfare?
The other areas of a vegan lifestyle that need to be addressed? And that's what you consume when out for drinks. Many alcoholic drinks are made using animal derivatives and smoked bones. Its a ghastly thought. If you are serious about becoming vegan your go to drinks might have to change! Here is a link to a list of vegan friendly drinks.
My go to drink other than a nice glass of Perrier-Jouët champagne on special occasions is a virgin marry when I'm out. Even that sometimes has horseradish sauce in the ingredients and that contains milk! Not a problem if the odd thing slips past your lips, but for me its a game changer. I have an allergy to dairy we have discovered after many years of illness.
It's really food for thought if you are wanting to become a full vegan. Its a very slow process and one that can take a long time to get to grips with. For us we just are taking it day by day. Seeing where we can make better choices. Its a journey that's inspiring us to eat more mindfully and to understand whats really in our food and how its manufactured.
Let me know your thoughts on the matter as I'd love to hear about your vegan lifestyle journey. Becoming vegan isn't easy, but for me it's easier than causing unnecessary harm and pain. How you have made the transitions. Have you totally cleared out your wardrobe and changed your lifestyle in one big hit or are you doing what you can little by little?