Fighting for animal liberation and an end to speciesism
by Robin Lane
When I became a vegan, back in 1982, veganism was considered weird and vegan products were few and far between. I remember, in 1983, getting very excited about vegan choc ices and, whilst we now take so many vegan products for granted, back then it was really special. Although there were very few brands of soya milk available, we were able to buy “one cup” size containers, which were very handy, and something we can’t get now. As a new and isolated vegan, it was very much a learning process. For instance, I didn’t realise that caseinate was a dairy product and so I was quite happily using dairy milk “substitutes” for the first few months.
In 1985, I became interested in following a fruitarian diet, having been in touch with the late Wilfred Crone. At that time in my life, I was a none-too-healthy vegan, living on toasted sosmix sandwiches, drinking an excessive amount of alcohol and taking too many drugs. I only managed to follow the fruit diet for a month before I gave it up.
The year 1999 turned out to be a turning point for both myself and Alison who run CALF (Campaign Against Leather and Fur). During the summer of that year, we attended a London Vegans talk given by the long-term rawfoodist, Dr. Douglas Graham. We immediately adopted an 80% raw food diet, gave up alcohol, sugar, coffee and margarine and, over the next few months, increased our raw food intake.
By the beginning of the year 2000, Alison was eating a 95% raw vegan diet and I began to follow a fruitarian diet. One year later, I am 95% raw food fruitarian diet, and I am both very healthy and very happy. We have joined a local vegan/raw food group where we continually sample delicious desserts, our most recent being a raw food, fruitarian trifle with pine nut “cream”!
Yours, for a very fruitful life,
Robin Lane, London, England
(Page 276 of Vegan Stories, published in 2002 by The Vegan Society - www.vegansociety.com )
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