1 Year Vegan Anniversary: My story

Uploaded by Fabianv on 15.09.2012

Hi everybody, thank you very much for your comments on my previous video
It means a lot to me. I'll try to look into the camera from now on.
Thanks for that point many people brought that up.
This video is very special to me because its about my first year vegan anniversary.
Yes, I'm Vegan now for 12 months. I cant believe it's been a year already but yeah, time flies.
I'm very happy about having experienced this and I have so much to tell
Hopefully I can do a decent recollection of everything and share a bit of my story and why I've become a Vegan
- and why I stuck to it. My story starts a couple of years ago actually, I'm not exactly sure when but I think it was around 2010
I was working in a company and I was linked to Earthlings, now most of you know what Earthlings is but for those who don't know
it's basically a big documentary that shows you exactly what happens in the factory farms. And it talks about the ways that
humans are exploiting and dependent on animals in our current system. I watched this and I was freaked out! Most people I know
who watched this are so disgusted they cant finish it but I sat through it and I watched it and I just couldn't fathom the idea of continuing consuming animals
So that next day I tried to cut out anything that I knew came from an animal, you know, meat, dairy... all the animal products. Once I did that I realized
that my kitchen was very empty and that made me realize that oh shit I think I'm actually quite dependent on this stuff.
My wife actually always used to mock me and tell me - 'Fabian you basically just eat animals 3 times a day that's all you do'
I had nuts and dried fruits left in the kitchen, nothing else... so I ended up eating that for a couple of days in the office. My stomach hated me!
Can you imagine just eating dried fruits and nuts? Oh man, I don't even want to think about it, It was just horrible. I felt so bad inside out that I just couldn't understand how this could be
a lifestyle that I can continue... because I just didn't know what to do! My brain and maybe some external influences in the office I was working in
influenced me and persuaded me that being Vegan is some kind of cult thing or privileged thing or you know how you make these excuses to just
go back to the lifestyle you had before. I was fooled into thinking Veganism is something freaky that no one can do, and I continued back on the lifestyle of eating animals.
And nothing changed. At least I thought nothing changed, but the truth is that Earthlings started eating at my brain and my conscience
It just started giving me these messages in my mind but I didn't know how to make sense of it. I knew I felt bad for eating salami and cheese and all that stuff
But when It's just a habit you easily forget. So I'd like to say that, I mean I'd love to say that the reason I became Vegan was because I instantly felt horrible for the animals
But thats not how it happened, the reason why I actually stopped eating was because I got really, really damn sick. I was smoking for a while and I got the flu and all these things kind of
turned into this big mess and I couldn't get out of bed for 3 months I was coughing. I felt like hell and I was hating my job and everything was so bad and I just needed a change.
So, the first thing I did was I left my job. As I had more time for myself to reflect on my daily habits I started to think about my eating habits and when Christmas came along
and we went to have a big family dinner and ALL the plates of meat was laid infront of me and I stuffed my face I kind of realized afterwards
that this is just freaking disgusting. It just hit me like right there. You know that cliched thing where people make new years resolutions and they're like
'I'll stop doing this and my life will be better well I did the same thing! I said to myself 'I'm not going to eat this shit anymore! And I'm not going to smoke anymore
and I'm not going to drink anymore, I'm not going to drink...' what was it? I made all these little rules, I said 'I'm not going to drink coca cola anymore, no more sugary drinks
no more refined carbohydrates' so not white breads things like that... BUT 'I'll eat fish!' Everyone does the same thing they're like 'oh I'll stop all this stuff but I'll eat fish because fish is a plant'
I did all these things for 3 months and I posted on facebook and said 'Hey everybody look I'm not doing this anymore and I'm not doing that anymore...' I'm so wonderful wooo *sarcasm*
You know just trying to make myself feel like I'm doing something important... and it started to become this thing where people kind of attacked me for my choices for cutting out
coca-cola for example. And then I had to do a little bit of research to defend my point of view. As I started doing more research and more reading it just opened up this whole world
of realizing that you know the things that we put in our mouths actually screw us up so bad. And if it wasn't for those haters on facebook that argued with me all the time
I would never be where I am today because after those 3 months ran out I said that Im going to do it for another 3 months and then for another 3 months and eventually
it turned out that I cut out the fish, so I became Vegetarian. I cut out the cheese, so I became a Vegan. Then I started watching all the documentaries such as
which I highly recommend! If you're really considering going Vegan then PLEASE watch 'Forks Over Knives' it's probably the best Vegan documentary out there next to 'Earthlings'
I just started reading and researching into this lifestyle and ...ofcourse I started losing weight, a lot of weight. I was 103-104kg, I now weigh 85kg. After only 6 months
I lost all that weight so you could say that was a driving factor for staying on the whole Vegan thing because I kind of feel like the whole ethics thing came afterwards
especially when I think about it now because right now I cant fathom how that could be the case. For me the ethics side of being Vegan is the most important thing
It's for the animals it's not for myself but the fact is that when you're ignorant...I don't like to say ignorant but I was ignorant. When you're a person that kind of
closes your mind to things and... you have not woken up yet... the last thing that you're going to think of is how bad the animals feel you're going to maybe be motivated to
become Vegan by thinking about what you're going to get out of it. I did it because I knew that I would lose some weight, might get healthier... and I did. And as I joined all these Vegan
communities and started discussing what it means to be Vegan I started to understand it is a much bigger thing! It's a lifestyle, and it's a very special lifestyle...
It's a process, it really is... it's a process of waking up... of making the connection. I love that, when I hear that 'making the connection' It's making the connection between
you and all the other things - creatures, objects and everything in the world and how you're moving along on this short little journey you have on the planet and what kind of influence you have
do you want to leave a path of destruction or do you want to do something positive? Do you want to make this world a better place? It sounds very fluffy and you know... hippy
or whatever but it really does have real meaning and is applicable to so many of the problems we have on the planet right now with overpopulation and wastefulness of resources
it's all connected to what we put in our mouths and what we buy in the stores. I dont want to go into justifying why I'm Vegan I just want to share my story. I just want you to understand
that it's something you have to come by yourself and all I can do is give my side of it. I can tell you that I have never in my life felt so awake as the way I do now
Every freaking day of my life before being Vegan I felt half asleep. I needed coffee to wake up, I needed all sorts of stimulants just to get through the day
Sometimes I'd get depressed, sometimes I'd feel disgusting, you know.. I'd stand in front of the mirror and I look at my body I think 'You fat piece of shit why are you doing this to yourself'
And then I'd sometimes not even think about fat I've become or how sick I've become because you have other things to worry about like your dreams and your aspirations
and what you want to do and become. When I see all the benefits of going on a Vegan lifestyle I wish I did it earlier, I wish I started much earlier than I did now but at least
I did it now. I don't get sick anymore. If you count sneezing once in a while as being sick fine but I don't get the flu, I don't have to go to the doctor... I have not been to the doctor once this year
for anything. I have not taken a single pill for anything. I used to have some blood pressure issues, If I bend forward my face would turn red like a tomato and I'd want to fall over
now when I do it nothing happens. I know it sounds weird but I've become more flexible like when I'm doing exercises and things like that I'm able to do better stretches and when I'm running
I have more endurance, my whole cardiovascular system feels like it's lighter and that it can endure more. I can hold more air in my lungs... I don't know how to explain it I just feel more energized
That's what everyone says and its because it's true. Its because all the vitamins, nutrients and all the minerals and everything that you get in eating plant foods is so vital to a healthy lifestyle.
All the antioxidants and all the health promoting chemicals and it sounds weird but vibrations that you get from this food is so beneficial compared to the fatty, artery clogging
unhealthy food that is basically full of suffering. I didn't believe it at first but now that I think back to it every time I had a piece of meat or I was eating some animal protein I would get angry
I know it sounds funny but it would be much easier for me to get into a fight with someone whilst I'm eating animal protein than when I'm eating just plants. It doesn't happen when I'm eating plants
but It's just something I think back on now and I really do feel like I was consuming the fear of the animal when they were slaughtered. That it was somehow stored in the food and there is some
scientific basis on that, that the adrenaline is stored in the meat, in the flesh.So yeah, massive weight loss, crazy changes in my health. I feel more positive, I don't complain as much
I just feel so much better. I think the biggest downside to this whole thing is that not everyone is going to agree with your new lifestyle. That is probably the hardest thing, the social influence
and how your whole social dynamic changes. You lose friends, you make new friends, you sometimes feel a bit isolated because people don't get what you're doing. You're suddenly the biggest
minority on earth. Everything seems to be against you, the restaurants, the shops, peoples snarky remarks about how tasty meat is... advertisements on tv, even though I don't watch TV
it somehow gets to me. Society is so built around the consumption of animals and the products from animals that you only realize how bad it is once you step back from that and you see
whoa man, it's nuts really. And they think of us as weirdos when really it's kinda weird and disgusting to be exploiting our fellow animals. We think of them as being dumb, as being lesser
than us because they can't write poetry, they can't create symphonies, they can't have an argument. We base that as the level for justification of hurting them, of killing them, of using them.
When we don't need to anymore, there was a time when we needed to, whether it was for survival or just from not knowing. But today there is no reason to do it because we have so much
scientific evidence now that proves that this lifestyle, the Vegan lifestyle - is the healthiest on earth. That people who do this live longer, feel better, have a better conscience, do such an amazing
thing for the planet... If everyone had to live like I do right now the world would be much better off. We wouldn't have these problems. Because It's not just about cutting out the animals from our diet
and lifestyles... it's about making that connection to the way we use everything. It's really just about waking up. I think it brought me closer to how I use things. I started my own garden this year
and started growing my own food. Sure I cant grow all my food but it just made me more connected to the earth, I didn't just blindly go to the shop and pick a product and come home and eat it I
started reading the labels, I started figuring out where everything comes from. I started understanding that all those preservatives and chemicals that they put in might not actually be that good for you
and started looking for alternative products that don't use that and I felt the health benefits. I started using products that didnt use high fructose corn syrup, something you have to look into
just messes you up. See there are plant foods that are chemically treated and concentrated and exploited also that messes us up. It's not just animal products that fuck us up but really
you get what I'm saying. Life has also become much cheaper. Turns out that steak is much more expensiive than a can of beans or a bunch of potatoes is not as expensive as cheese or whatever
you know. When you go to the shop as someone on a normal diet of consuming animals you tend to go for like... you know you have to get the eggs, you have to get SOME type of meat,
you have to get some kind of cheese, you have to get your carton of milk... all those things stack up and all of the sudden you've spent like 20-30 dollars just on the 'basics'.
On the things that are actually just making you sick. When I go to the shop now I have a few bags of fruit, some heavier carbohydrates like a bag of rice or... Quinoa... or beans...
or potatoes or whatever you know it's simple CHEAP foods that cost half of the price of the animal products. So you're saving a lot of money, I think that's a huge benefit and maybe something
that would inspire others to try it because price wise... and you know it's funny because everyone is like "being Vegan is so privileged only the rich people can do it." no, eating meat,
and cheese and all that stuff is privileged and if you actually paid the amount of money that that stuff is really worth, considering the fact that governments have huge subsidies for meat and stuff
like that. if you actually paid the real price you wouldn't be able to afford it! I think it's a human thing also like we want to feel privileged, we want to feel like we're having the nicest cheeses
and the nicest meats because we're rich and well off. People call beans the poor mans food... why? Why should I be embarrassed for eating beans. What because it is going to make me fart?
I mean come on, everyone knows that the foods that make smelly farts or whatever is the sulfur containing foods, the animal proteins. People make all kinds of excuses to continue with
with their nasty lifestyles. One of those excuses is that I'm just one person what kind of influence can I have on the planet. The truth is that we can have such a big influence. Just in this one year of being
Vegan I have converted and yes I know it sounds funny saying 'converted' because it sounds like a religion but I've inspired so many people to become Vegan, to stop eating those animal
products and I can see them losing weight. I can see them feeling happier. I can just see the energy glowing out of them. And they're telling their friends, and their friends are telling their friends...
and this is how a small group of people can change the world. So don't ever feel like you cant do anything because it's people who believe in something really really strongly that can change the whole world.
Really, one person can change the whole world. So don't ever ever feel discouraged. There are people out there who are going to be like 'oh man those Vegans, they're so opinionated.
they always want to tell people about how its bad to eat animals' and things like that. All I can say is that it is not about me, it is about the animals. They don't have a voice, we have to be the voice for the
animals, because we are earth's shepards. We've messed it up so we have to look after it, we've messed it up so we have to fix everything. It's not some governments responsibility
they don't care. They only want money. The responsibility is on us. Normal people. Only we can change everything. That is why I love this lifestyle of Veganism because it sends a clear message
to help 3 aspects in this world. The health of human beings. It helps the animals and it helps the planet. There is nothing in this world that is so beneficial on so many levels than Veganism
I really do believe that. It's a life philosophy that is going to cause us to evolve. You know there is so many quotes out there and I wish I could just read some of them out to maybe I should do that
I hope you guys dont mind :) Let me get some here, sorry just a second, I've been collecting these quotes. Just some things I've written down during this year just to inspire me to continue
'Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter' - Martin Luther King
'Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful commited citizens can change the world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has.' - Margaret Mead
'The eyes are useless when the mind is blind' - Unknown
'Few are those who see with their own eyes and feel with their own hearts'- Einstein
And here's a classic quote - 'Bombing for peace is like fucking for virginity'
'If we believe absurtities, we shall commit atrocities.' - Voltaire
'The love of all living animals is the most notable attribute of man' - Charles Darwin
'The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated... I hold that the more helpless a creature, the more entitled it is to protection by man from the cruelty of man' - Gandhi
'Until he extends the circle of compassion to all living things man will not himself find peace' - Albert Schweizer
'Life is as dear to a mute creature as it is to a man. Just as one wants happiness and fears pain, just as one wants to live and not die, so do other creatures' - The Dalai Lama
And this is something I might want to get tattooed one day 'The ones who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones that do.'
and 'Activism is the rent I pay to live on this planet'
'As long as there are slaughterhouses there will be battlefields' - Leo Tolstoy
'You may never know what results come from your actions - but if you do nothing no results will come' - Gandhi
'Never be a spectator of unfairness or stupidity, the grave will supply plenty of time for silence' - Christopher Hitchens
'You have not lived until you have done something for someone who can never repay you' - Unknown
'Those who do not move do not notice their chains' - Rosa Luxemburg
Just 2 more quotes - 'Think of the fierce energy concentrated in an acorn. You bury it in the ground and it explodes into an oak. Bury a sheep and nothing happens but decay.' - George Bernard Shaw
'Truly man is the king of beasts, for his brutality exceeds theirs. We are burial places. I have from an early age abjured the use of meat. And the time will come when men such as I will look
onto the murder of animals as they now look on the murder of men' - Leonardo Da Vinci.
These are quotes that moved me a lot and kind of makes as a good closing for the video so thank you very much for watching. It was great sharing my story. I hope it inspired you. Looking forward
to talking to you soon. Bye Bye.