1. Wow. I have been a daily follower of your instagram since watching a few of those documentaries during the summer and becoming an over night vegetarian. I’ve cut out meat, fish, dairy and eggs at home but don’t ask too much questions outside of that and can relate to feeling bad eating something knowing it has dairy but trying nor to be “difficult” or just because it’s cake. I thought I’d never be able to be completely vegan but knowing you started the same way has given me fresh determination. Thank you Amy.

    • Oh that’s so nice to hear! Well done for getting to where you are now – there’s no shame in falling off the wagon! Keep up the good work 🙂 And thank you for the lovely comment!x

  2. You did this post at a time when I needed to hear that becoming vegan is a transition and doesn’t happen over night. I have a 17 month old, I’m breastfeeding and pregnant which all impacts your diet so I’ve found it a tough transition. I’m fully vegetarian now since probley 3 months ago I think and funnily enough my son is actually fully vegan as he has a dairy allergy so I only just needed to cook him meatless meals. I’m now working on going off dairy, I’m off eggs and milk but the hidden dairy is hard when your a fat starving pregnant hormonal mamma! Not that that’s my excuse! My end goal is to be vegan and my son and I’m excited to think my next baby will be vegan from birth! Thank you for this post, I feel like I’m not failing now and that I’m progressing!

    • Wow how interesting! Your story is amazing and well done for managing the way you do so far, it can’t be easy when you have babies – fair play to you though and keep it up! The hidden dairy is the worst…it’s very hard to avoid without going hungry when in tricky situations. Well done though and thank you very much for your comment 🙂 x

  3. I was influenced by girls I used to work with. First cut out red meat, then chicken, then fish. I have been a vegetarian about 16 years now and then started having problems with dairy so I became Vegan around 8 years ago. I still get asked loads of questions by people regarding where I get my protein and I still receive abuse from some people but I will not be changing back. Glad to see more and more products becoming available. I just wish restaurants and hotels would Buck up their ideas. I am usually charged more for a meatless, vegan,dish which is bland and tasteless. Usually pasta in a tomato sauce.

    • Haha yes I agree, can be very awkward sometimes when restaurants just don’t get it. Irish restaurants tend to forget about vegans when planning their menus and then panic when one comes in looking for food! 😀 8 years is ages – so impressive!

      • Thanks Amy, not many of us about then, still not many of us about in Donegal now but it is becoming more acceptable thanks to people like you spreading the good word through blogs and posts. If I mention the word “vegan” some people tend to look at me as if I have 2 heads. I tend to say “vegetarian”. I respect others, meat eaters, fish eaters, dairy eaters, I don’t go around preaching and trying to convert others, however, I just wish that they would give me a break sometimes. A non drinker doesn’t get as many questions or eye rolls or people trying to persuade them that to be a drinker would be better for their health. I almost have to provide a Dr’s certificate…..”yes I had my annual checkup and have been told by my Dr that my health, ie cholesterol and everything else is better than perfect!” Keep up the good work, you are a great advertisement for the cause!

  4. Hola chica!
    Nice to read your story. I thought many times being more vegan but I have an issue; I dont like potatoes, beans and linses! Its the texture, I really can’t enjoy it! For me its like eating flour. I eat less meat than before, but since I can’t eat those basic vegetarian food its too complicated for me to go all vegetarian.

  5. Wow – thanks for this intimate update! This challenge has all been about personal posts anyway, but the more I read, the more I’m amazed to re-realize what kind of unique wonderful human beings stand behind all these blogs.
    I think the most important part is to feel comfortable with yourself and your body, while living consciously. I like how you pointed out the whole process… from the idea, how it was a long struggle to finally find your way that you feel best with. That it’s no transistion made in a second and – boom – you change your complete nutrition, but takes time. Very inspiring!

  6. Love this post so much! I’m currently in that ‘limbo’ stage… I’ve been vegetarian for years but I’m struggling to make that final push to go vegan. I’m the same as you, I hate being rude and turning down food that people make for me, and a lot of restaurants in Ireland don’t have vegan options and I hate being ‘awkward’ so I just stick to the vegetarian option… I feel so guilty though 🙁 I’m going to do Veganuary in January though so I’m hoping that’ll work 🙂 That’s a great idea about Lent too, that’ll be my plan B 😛 Love your blogs and YT videos, you’re awesome 😀 Thank you 🙂

    • Thank you so so much I really appreciate your comment and your effort! Best of luck with veganuary! There’s a section now with Irish recipes on it and they’re all from my blog! 😀 It is great to hear that there are more and more Irish vegans/future vegans every day! 😀 xx

  7. Really fantastic post! I’ve been following you since I went vegan in April and your posts have been so helpful. I’m a member of a few vegan Facebook groups and I find that they’re so unbelievably judgemental and cruel towards people who are curious about veganism or are vegetarians interested in transitioning. That kind of negativity just shuts down their interest and puts people on the defensive, and it’s a real pity as it tars all vegans with the same brush. It’s great to see a post like this, though, as it shows that becoming vegan isn’t a race, and that trying to cause the least amount of suffering possible is what matters.

  8. I’m in the in between stage. I don’t really like meat and could live without it. I don’t like milk but love cheese, chocolate and prawns. Especially gambas españolas!!! I love beans and lentils etc…and probably eat vegan 70% of the day. I saw someone else posted about going vegan for a month. I was thinking of trying it. Maybe that would catapult me into veganism. I shut myself off from the animal stories because it’s so upsetting. But I feel guilty. Your story is inspiring. It’s nice that you were so honest in your battle to give up the things you loved to eat.

    • hi vanessa! Thanks for sharing your story! You’ll get there – and once you do you’ll realise it’s actually so easy! I clicked on your website link – your paintings are absolutely stunning! definitely my style of art 🙂

  9. Hi Gael’, you are an inspiration and a great positive role mode. ….As a young student in Brighton my land lady leant me a book called ‘Sugar blues’ after which I did everything I could to avoid processed food and contributing to animal cruelty so I stopped eating chicken ( I’d already stopped eating red meat which I didn’t want to handle; I’d never really thought about it when Mum was cooking and we never really ate an awful lot of it!) So age 18 in 1981 I became a health foody, 10 years later I stopped dairy after reading a book on the unsuitability of diary for humans. I think it’s great today; that we can all become educated and inspired by what’s current instantaneously! So finally 35 years since my first interest in health and 25 years of being semi vegan I am a one year old true vegan since reading China study have stopped the occational fish or goats cheese dip! Recently watched ‘forkes over knives’ and ‘cowspiracy’ Great these days with green leafy Geal and a whole pile of current plant based health motivators. Today with all the info available we can be so much more educated and it’s a bigger issue than I would have realised 35 years ago.

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