top of page

My journey to Vegan





My focus here at Did You Bring the Hummus is to help you go vegan, so, I thought I would share my journey with you.

I had always been curious about and interested in animals. My parents adopted a puppy 6 months before I was born so I grew up witnessing the range of emotions in Ponch, I was no stranger to the fact that dogs had experiences, they were interested in life, could feel pain, joy, sadness, and happiness but I never looked beyond him, I never thought about other animals in the world and how they experienced life.


The first clear moment I have of putting together food and animal suffering was brought about by the below page from a magazine. I believe I was around 10 when I saw this. Because of this picture, even as a person who consumed animals, I never ate veal. I tore this page out of the magazine and hung it on the back of my bedroom door. I haven’t seen it since we moved from that house only a year or 2 later but that page is burned into my mind forever.




While this picture was effective in connecting me to the fact that I didn’t want to eat veal, I kept eating all of the other animals I was accustomed to. When I was faced with the issue of PETA’s Animal Times magazine that simply showed up in my mailbox in July 2001, it all finally clicked. I realized that how I was living was inconsistent with my values. Who I believed I was. I have always loved animals and believed that made me compassionate. However, I quickly realized it is hardly a compassionate thing to love animals but eat so many of them. To be against animal testing but not against consuming them? I had always felt that my top two values were compassion and kindness but had never questioned if I was actually living them out.

And so, I read that magazine cover to cover and was instantly a vegetarian even though I didn’t really like vegetables or know how to cook.

German philosopher Frederick Nietzsche once said:


He who has a why can endure any how.

I had made the connection to who I was eating and in that, I had found my why. I was no longer willing to contribute to, participate in, or pay for the suffering of others. This why was so strong, the how was easy. I slowly learned how to cook, I remained curious about veganism, I read every book I could get my hands on and embraced the learning process. I gave myself the compassion I needed to look at how I had lived and make the changes I needed to in order to move forward and live my values. When we know better, we do better.


I spent many years flip-flopping between veganism and vegetarianism, I had changed everything in my life to be in alignment with veganism, except sometimes I was eating dairy cheese. So, while I wish my story was “neater”, I wish I had gone vegan right away back in 2001, I am so glad I am here now. I finally said goodbye to cheese and the cruelty involved about 6 years ago. I’m never looking back. Kindness and compassion are why I am vegan, I am vegan because for me, it is the kindest, most compassionate way to live.


Finding your why is the key to making any change last. Have you found your why? Whether it’s the why of your whole life, or an aspect of it, I’d love it if you would share with me in the comments below.



25 views6 comments

6 Comments


Andrea Amador
Andrea Amador
Aug 07, 2021

Looks like we are definitely in alignment with one another. I went meatless back in 2017 soon after my cat, Owie passed away. All of a sudden I saw his face on every animal. One day I was posting Pinterest images for a former client, Ginger Burr, a vegan image stylist. She had a Pinterest board that explained what veganism was and the reasons behind choosing it. I was shaken and horrified when I saw in graphic detail the cruelty behind animal farming, Seeing those images was enough to turn me off to eating meat. That was my step on the road to going vegan.

Like
Kimberly Winters
Kimberly Winters
Aug 07, 2021
Replying to

Thank you for sharing your journey, Andrea. Images like that did it for me too.


I'm sorry about Owie. 💙

Like

Doug Jarvie
Doug Jarvie
Aug 07, 2021

I get the sense that more people are eating less meat. They are doing it for a variety of reasons but it should benefit everyone in the long run.

Like
Kimberly Winters
Kimberly Winters
Aug 07, 2021
Replying to

I think so too, Doug. It's exciting for sure.

Like

Mary Elizabeth O'Toole
Mary Elizabeth O'Toole
Aug 07, 2021

Thanks for sharing the journey of your transition. I appreciate hearing your leaning and motivation. I am not vegan but moving toward vegitarian living. Any meat that we buy we get from local small farms with free range animals. As you say, it is a journey and has had ups and downs. Striving to continue to do better.

Like
Kimberly Winters
Kimberly Winters
Aug 07, 2021
Replying to

That's wonderful, Mary! If you have any questions, do let me know!

Like
bottom of page