I first became a vegetarian at the age of twelve. An avid animal lover from day one, I had fanciful thoughts of giving up eating them for a while, but hadn't yet summoned up the self-restraint. The whim didn't become a reality until I was mid-flight to London on the eve of my twelfth birthday. A highly unappetizing white slab of boiled chicken was placed on the fold-down tray in front of me as the in-flight meal. One look at that pale lump, and I thought, "Meh. Now is as good a time as any." I promptly hit the Call Button and asked to swap for the vegetarian meal. 

The gauntlet to commit to a more compassionate diet was thrown, and I met it with due-diligence. I was on a mission to abstain from eating anything that once had a face: no meat, no fish, no poultry. However, thanks to my gloriously fast adolescent metabolic rate (a moment of silence to mourn the loss of my teenage metabolism), I sustained on a diet of bread, cheese and a feverish addiction to chocolate soy milk. Looking back, I'm amazed I made it out of my teens alive. 

By the time my mid-twenties started creeping up, I became deeply concerned with nutrition and sought every natural avenue to avoid (*gasp*) the ominous threat of early-onset wrinkles and ever-pudgier hips. Through thorough research, I unwittingly stumbled upon the horrors of the dairy and egg industries, toxins in beauty products and the environmentally destructive practices of most of the fashion sector. I also started to weigh the consequence of wearing materials derived from animals, and my conscience grew heavier. And then there were GMOs and pesticides to be concerned with - and don't get me started on gluten. 

Since then, I've been on a mission to infiltrate compassion, health and eco-consciousness into all areas of my life, whether it be nosh, duds, vanity or wanderlusting. The goal is to elevate, never to feel like I'm sacrificing.

Viva la vegan! Be the movement, y'all.

xx Eva


  1. Love reading how your journey began. And I must say, I ADORE your writing so much.

  2. My daughter became a vegan at 12 when we went to San Francisco and visited Chinatown! At 26, she's still a vegan. Good for you!