“I’ve been vegan since I came to Japan after college. But I’ve been vegetarian for eight years before that. I slowly eased into it by cutting out red meat, then chicken, seafood, and eventually all meat. Although I was still having dairy products and eggs so I was still strictly vegetarian. Then I decided to take more control to see what it could do for my health and it was really empowering. Improved energy was one benefit. I remember my mom saying, ‘You can’t be vegan or vegetarian. You need to eat protein.’ This was when I used to be a soccer player. It’s a common argument that everybody says. But people do it for different reasons. Some people are vegan for their health (I was having mental and physical health issues), some for animals, while others for the environment. And you don’t have to be all or nothing and everything to do this. You don’t have to give up your entire life. When I was living in this amazing place that’s world renowned for sushi and fish, I’d eat fish once a week and cook vegan for myself at home. If you’re trying your best to do a couple of meals a week, it’s still going to make a bigger difference than not doing anything. But a year and a half ago, I finally became officially vegan. That means I also don’t wear leather products or makeup that’s been tested on animals. I just started making substitutes and then one day it wasn’t so hard. Although I must admit, pizza was always my biggest struggle. I’ve always been a pizza fanatic.”

Tokyo, Japan

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