Before becoming a vegan, I knew the local butcher by name.  I always insisted on the best organic free-range meat and dairy products thinking this was the best option for my health, animal welfare and the environment.  Being surrounded by people who had already embraced a vegan diet helped me to realise that this wasn’t really good enough. Slowly, I learned more about how animals were farmed in the UK, how this impacts the environment and how much good adopting a vegan diet could do for my body.  As someone who runs a wellbeing centre, realising that I wasn’t doing the best thing for my health was a powerful motivating factor in helping me become a vegan.

Telling Horror Stories

Living in a city with a high vegan population and working in an industry with an even higher one, meant I heard a lot of people’s stories about why they chose a vegan diet.  A common theme was how animals were treated so badly weighing on people’s consciences. Some of the stories I heard about how animals were kept, even on organic and free range farms, were awful.  Research showed me how dramatically those animals’ lives were cut short and how cows kept for milk and chickens kept for eggs are forced to live their lives. It is grim.

Cow Farts

I knew that cows farting released methane into the atmosphere and this contributed to global warming, but I hadn’t really thought about how growing food for animals accelerates deforestation and contributes to global warming, as well as destroying animal habitats.  Another impact of growing food for livestock, which I really hadn’t thought about before, is the way it leaves less space to grow food for the human inhabitants of these regions, therefore putting their food security at risk. Growing plants to be consumed by humans puts far less strain on the planet and can make things easier for people living in the developing world.

All About Me

Now here’s the selfish bit.  Since a family crisis and resulting PTSD made me realign my priorities to focus on my own wellbeing, I have been looking at more ways to improve my own health.  Also, as I wanted to bring wellbeing benefits to the local community with my business, I am always interested in new ways improve everyone’s health. When the vegans I knew told me that I could get so many of the vital nutrients my body needs without the cancer-causing animal fats and excessive calories taken in with an ordinary diet by switching to a vegan diet, I jumped at the chance to learn more.  Bone health and heart health are improved on a vegan diet and the chances of developing cancer or becoming obese are greatly reduced. As we promote exactly these types of health benefits at my business, The Float Spa in Hove, I was sold on the idea and embarked on a vegan lifestyle.

Looking back, I feel a bit foolish for not embracing veganism earlier.  It helps towards so many of the things I’ve been trying to promote at The Float Spa and in my wider activities that it seems like an obvious step for me.  An unexpected benefit though, which really fits in with what my business does, is the peace of mind it brings. It really allows me to feel good about what I’m doing and what I’m putting in my body.  I would really like to share that feeling with others and am delighted that so many of my staff have started to embrace vegan diets too.

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