I’m Maya and this is my first blog post! Eek!
I have been a vegetarian for 8 years now. I live in London – a City that is so veggie and vegan friendly I sometimes forget how lucky I am! I moved to the big smoke a couple of years ago to take the next step in my career (I am a scientist) and I’m really enjoying life here!
Being an animal lover was inevitable for me – I grew up in Sri Lanka on a coconut and rubber plantation, surrounded by nature. Rescuing animals and looking after them was a major part of my childhood; stray kittens that were left abandoned by our gate, injured pythons, a baby monkey whose Mum was killed by villagers just to name a few. I was happiest when up a tree somewhere, writing stories or looking after our many animals.
I wasn’t raised veggie but I was raised a Theravada Buddhist, so I’ve always had the view that life is sacred. All creatures want to live. I became a vegetarian when I was 22, just as I was finishing my Masters degree at Uni. I had a somewhat ‘epiphany’ moment where I was watching a documentary on wild tuna fishing, whilst eating a tuna salad and rice. Needless to say the documentary really opened my eyes to the sheer suffering that fish go through and as I watched them thrashing about on the boat deck gasping for air, I thought, ‘I don’t have to eat tuna or any fish! It isn’t essential for my survival’. One of my good friends was a vegetarian, so with her help I transitioned to being a vegetarian pretty quickly. I have never regretted it and never looked back.
I believe that all living creatures have a right to live and enjoy their lives and that no one has a right to take that away from them. Pain and suffering are universal to all creatures and I don’t want to be a part of it.
So why aren’t you vegan? I hear you say. Well, I see myself as a transitioning semi-vegan. My life is mostly cruelty-free, I don’t wear leather or silk and I try to buy brands that are vegan/don’t test on animals. I do veganuary and veganovember. I am not 100% there and I don’t believe anyone can be 100% actually. There will always be a question about where ingredients are sourced and if they are completely animal product-free. The important thing is to try. I strongly believe in doing what you can to help on a personal level; even if it’s a meat-free Monday, cutting out seafood or red meat or dairy – it doesn’t have to be an all-or-nothing attitude, it all counts! I applaud anyone who has taken even the tiniest step towards leading a cruelty-free life.
So what are your beliefs? Where is your boundary? Do you think 100% vegan is truly possible? If you’re not veggie or vegan, what are your thoughts on a vegetarian or vegan diet? I welcome veggies, vegans, raw-foodists, flexitarians and meat-eaters alike to read my blog; please join in with your thoughts and opinions but remember to be polite and respectful; we all have different beliefs and ideas and it’s important to remember that and to be kind and compassionate. Also, if you have any topics you would like me to talk about or recipes etc. you would find useful, please comment. I intend to share some yummy recipes, nutrition tips and my views on veggie fitness, animal welfare and much much more, varying it each week. I hope you enjoy this blog and find it useful!
Have a wonderful week!