Being Vegan, Vegan Being: Sanne Malfait – I Never Thought Being Vegan Could Change Me so Much

Tell us a little about yourself.

Hello, my name is Sanne Malfait I’m an enthusiastic 26 year-old girl who was not raised vegan and who lives in Belgium. 

I’m  graduated as a photographer and love to take pictures in my free time. For a living I work in a non-vegan restaurant as a waitress but since I been there this changed. There are now plenty of delicious vegan options on the menu including breakfast, hamburgers, veganized Belgium dishes and dessert. I love how I introduced the vegan lifestyle at my workplace to my colleagues. 

What lead you to veganism? How long ago?

I went vegan almost 2 years ago when I went to Berlin with my boyfriend. This is actually one of the best cities to get introduced to veganism if you ask me before that, I always said, ‘I could never go vegan’ (said almost every vegan before going vegan). But I never thought it would be so easy and changed me this much. I no longer believe animals are here for us for food, clothing, entertainment, testing or any other purpose. 

When you first went vegan how did you phase out your non-vegan food, clothing and other items?

I rolled in this new lifestyle in phases. You can’t push yourself when it feels ‘unnatural’ or make a major change in one day! Because in my eyes you will not last long. I began at 90% vegan food per week, first mainly hamburgers or processed vegan foods at the supermarket and later I began to choose more whole foods because I learned that processed food isn’t that good either. You can still be a vegan and be unhealthy, that’s something a lot of people misunderstand. 

In the past when I shopped and saw fur because I LOVED fur, I would go crazy and even crazier when it came from a real animal. How sick is that? I was so blinded and didn’t think about how it came here or what the animal must have been through for this oh so beautiful jacket? Today, I would never buy real leather, fur or something else made from animals, because I could not forgive myself for supporting these sickening companies who think that they are better than a chicken, a cow or a pig. 

Do you make any exceptions for yourself or if you are married with kids – your family, when it comes to veganism? 

I make exceptions yes, when at a family party or with friends and there is regular mayo instead of Veganize I choose to still use the regular one. But meat, cheese or fish is no option for me, it’s just the little things like sauce or bread or something. But when cooking for myself I never use animal products. 

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Do you believe we should show children the process of how animals are turned into meats?

Yes, I think we should because this shows children the reality of a glass of milk instead of the cute cow on the commercial with the kid on the farm. However, I think that we should take it easy, not the bloody horror scenes of the slaughterhouses, but more like giving them a heads up to the future, just warning the different lies we been telling us. 

How compassionate or empathetic are you towards non-vegans?

I think that everybody should just know what they buy or eat, and if you know and you are okay with what happens in the process, that’s your choice, doesn’t mean I’m ok with it but at least you know. The thing that bothers me the most is that a great group of non-vegans don’t believe that the horrible things shown in movies for example at slaughterhouses really happen. I’m like, man open your eyes. Or maybe they just choose to not believe so they can eat their meat in peace. 

Some encouraging words for new Vegans?

I hope you can all find peace with yourself because you’re doing an amazing job, not thinking only about yourself but also all the other beautiful creatures that are here on this planet with us; and the planet itself. Forget all the weird faces and stupid comments on your lifestyle because honey, you rock! And remember nothing tastes as good as vegan feels. 

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