Motherhood Made Me Go Vegan

Forks over Knives and Becoming Vegetarian

A few years ago, my boyfriend at the time and I decided to try a vegetarian diet for 30 days. In my recollection, it was because we had hit a slump with our health. We were feeling tired and lethargic while eating all the normal healthy food people normally eat. According to the boyfriend, Marc, I asked him to watch Forks over Knives with me one day and that’s how it all started. It was very enlightening and we both had a prior interest in becoming vegetarian so it was an easy decision to try it. Marc stuck with it after the 30 days. I just reduced my consumption of animal protein. I began eating a more plant based diet for two reasons: 1) Marc and I lived together and it was more convenient to shop and cook the same meals for us, and 2) I felt better the less animal products I consumed.

A Gradual Shift to Becoming Vegan and Eliminating Thrush

My consumption of animal products became less and less. I ate meat about 1 or 2 times a month, I didn’t crave it or miss it like I thought I would. The same thing happened with dairy, I just started consuming less and less because I noticed how crappy I would feel after having it. We would drink a lot of almond milk but I would still have cow’s milk in my lattes. I knew it was impacting my ability to eliminate a mild case of thrush. I thought I could get rid of my candida infection (thrush) if I took all of my antibacterial and anti-fungal herbs diligently while still having milk. It wasn’t that much milk, after all. It was literally 16 ounces of milk every 2-3 days; that’s all the dairy I was consuming.

I kept having my lattes while dealing with thrush by taking coconut oil, garlic, barberry root, and probiotics. The thrush would seem to go away completely sometimes but it would come back the next day. I noticed that on the days I didn’t have a latte, the symptoms were more mild. Then, they would flare up within literally 10 minutes of me drinking milk. So I decided to switch my lattes to soy milk and voila, the thrush disappeared on its own within the week. Oh and I almost forgot to mention, I stopped taking all of my herbs about a month before switching to non-dairy milk. I just kept forgetting to take them. While the herbs did help, it was leaving the animal milk that helped rid me of thrush permanently.

Why I Became Vegan

The same week my daughter was born, I watched an undercover video of pigs at a slaughterhouse. One mama pig had given birth and her little piglets were running around the slaughterhouse lost, looking for her. She could barely fit in the space where she was being held, I hoped that’s not where she gave birth but in reality it probably was. One piglet fell into a stream, which was a mixture of fecal matter, urine, and other animal waste. The piglet squealed desperately trying to get out but it couldn’t. Its mother, squealing for her piglet, was crammed in her crate, completely helpless herself.

I couldn’t help but draw a parallel between that piglet and my baby; so helpless, crying, looking for his mama. I kept thinking of how it must feel to be that mama pig, pregnant for months, shoved in a crammed crate she can’t even turn around in. All to give birth to babies that she will never get to feed and nurture as her instincts tell her to but will instead die in a pool of waste. And she, herself, will be slaughtered so humans can eat her flesh. A life of pure torture and suffering from the moment of birth until the moment of death. It just didn’t make any sense to me. How can we treat a sentient being like this solely for the pleasure of our taste buds? It isn’t right.

That was the moment I decided to become vegan. My only regret is that I didn’t do it sooner.