I am Elianne, a 20 year old nursing student from Amsterdam and vegan since 2017.

When I was little one of my favourite dishes was chicken leg with applesauce. I never thought more of it than just a tasty meal. Never questioned where it came from or what effect eating it would have on me and the world. I even believed it was unhealthy to follow a vegetarian diet since my two veggie friends were sick more than me (which really doesn’t mean anything).

Until one day when I was 16 years old, I saw a video on youtube of a woman who was vegan. She explained why and informed about the environmental impact of eating meat.

Consequently truning me vegetarian the next day. It took about two years and a lot more documentary watching before I continued my journey to veganism. 

As a young adult I learned how badly the environment was affected by animal agriculture and how this would influence the future. As a nursing student I learned how many diseases could be cured/treated or even prevented with a plant based diet. As a human being I learned how horribly we treated other beings. 

I decided that I no longer wanted to contribute to a industry that consciously promoted eating animal products or certain medicine instead of a plant based diet, just because there was a lot of money to be made. That I no longer wanted to contribute to one of the main problems causing global warming. And, that as a being I no longer wanted to hurt other beings just because it satisfied my taste buds.

I still crave burgers and mac and cheese from time to time, luckily we live in an age where almost all products have been veganised and we do not have to miss out on anything!

I have been vegan for over two and a half years now and healthier than ever before, like I can’t remember the last time I was sick. Therefore, I even regret I didn’t do it sooner.