Bikini Girls take a stand: Deni's speech at Vegfest London 2016
I want to share one of the biggest moments of my life with you.
I spoke about Vegan Fitness at Vegfest London 2016: How to craft your dream body and achieve optimum health on a vegan diet – something I am an expert in.
This happened eight months ago but this is the first time I’m writing about it.
It was an honour.
People were spilling out of the room to hear what I had to say. It meant so much.
It means more to me than most things in this life to promote vegan health and fitness.
It is because people seem to think we need to torture and kill animals for our brains, muscles, and other parts of our physiology to work their best.
We seem to think we’re ‘supposed’ to mess around with other creatures, use and abuse them, ignore their free will and inflict unknown pain and suffering upon them because we may benefit from ingesting parts of their bodies or excretions.
Of course, no-one is going to stand up and admit they believe in animal abuse.
People work hard, mentally, to create emotional dissonance around this. It is unthinkable.
And so we distance ourselves from the true and blatant fact.
Drink milk? You contribute to child murder, the breaking of a new mother’s heart and abuse of the miracle of bearing children. Rearing cattle for dairy is the most un-feminist practice I can imagine.
There are simply no two ways about it.
And that was me less than two years ago. I was that person – the same as the 90%+ of the world’s population that consumes dairy.
It is simply a case of allowing ourselves to accept the world as it is presented to us by society and our families – who, by the way, were exposed to the same stuff we are now. So how do they know better than us? Why should we learn how things are and should be through them?
We allow ourselves to question so many things once we become teens, but due to heavy, heavy advertising campaigns around animal agriculture industries, we never question this practice.
Then I saw the light.
My newly-vegan pal Chris Hines told me the truth about how you get dairy,
I just want to apologise in advance to sensitive people who read the stuff on that link. It’s all true but really horrible, so, I’m sorry.
I spent a fortnight crying on the tube and googling stuff, then I went fully vegan.
Rare steak was my favourite food before, and now I eat tofu, seitan and pulses for protein. You can do it too.
I since dropped 10% body fat, 10 kilos and won 1st place Beach Body at the Miss Galaxy Universe European Championships 2016.
Here’s the way I see my form of activism: I am an example in myself as to what a vegan looks like, how healthy a vegan can be or how healthy veganism can make you, and how ‘normal’ you can remain.
Plus of course, how easy and pleasant it is to be vegan.
Look, ingesting bits of animal is unarguably, at the very least, INESSENTIAL.
Just LOOK at me ^^^ up there, with the abs, with the brain with the functioning physiology. Vegan two years. Not dead.
Ergo, ingesting bits of animal: Inessential for good health.
So, now we have to think about what we’re doing in the context of preference rather than need.
And so the onion begins to peel.
Peel it further, take off your blinders, please. Be free of this cognitive conditioning around animal agriculture, a billion-dollar industry tightly involved with government.
On the mentality side of things, if there is ONE THING I can recommend it’s please, please:
Read: Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs And Wear Cows by Dr Melanie Joy.
'It's just a savage; it's just a woman; it's just an animal.' Never heard words so powerful. Picked up this book at the Veganuary 2017 launch at @tibits_restaurants today. I've been interested in reading it since October 2015 when I broke down listening to Dr Melanie Joy talk about #carnism at Vegfest London… An event at which I can't believe I'll be speaking this year. Thinking about going vegan all you need to ask yourself is; 'What's the right thing to do?' #philosophy #theory #vegan #feminism #slavery #ethics #equality #veganism #ideology #gayrights #gaypride #savages #carnist #feminist #genderequality #heforshe #beliefsystem #innocent #animalrights #ethical #prejudice #injustice #veganfitness #bikinimodel #model #love #onelove #evolve
It’s brutally truthful, educational and impenetrably informed. It will make you cry.