FEATURE: Dia Hancock

I became vegetarian the second semester of my freshman year in college. It was initially for weight loss, health, and wellness. I did more reading and research and determined that I was also vegetarian for the animals. Deciding to change over from being vegetarian to a fully vegan lifestyle was something that I wanted to do for a few years before I actually committed to it. All I could think was: I can’t live without cheese.  It took a moment for me to come to the conclusion that there are other living beings that don’t live healthy normal happy lives because I can’t live without cheese.  Babies are being torn away from their mothers because I can’t live without cheese.  Over the last five years I’ve definitely learned to live without it and I’m happier and healthier because of it.

My journey in veganism has been an amazing experience. I’ve learned a lot about myself and the world around me. Knowing that I’m not contributing to the suffering of other animals and the steady destruction of our environment gives me a bit of peace. When people ask if being vegan is hard, I always say no. It just takes a bit of thoughtfulness, patience, and compassion.

I’ve made it my personal mission to plant the seeds of veganism among friends and family. I don’t preach but I encourage. I’m always happy to share my breakfast, lunch, dinner, and miscellaneous snacks with whoever will eat them. I like to let them know that cruelty-free food can taste good too. Since, in my opinion, veganism is a lifestyle and not just a diet I also like to let people know they can look good while they eat good and still be cruelty-free.


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