Becoming Vegan: Alyssa's Story

Award-winning short documentary:, Spring Creek Festival, GreenspaceNYC
This short documentary chronicles Alyssa’s transition into the vegan lifestyle and also provides an overview of veganism.

If we recognize that every ecosystem can also be viewed as a food web, we can think of it as a circular interlacing nexus of plant-animal relationships, rather than a stratified pyramid with man at the apex. Each species, whether it be a form of bacteria of deer, is knitted together in a network of interdependence, however indirect the links may be.
TITLE: Shannon R. Giedieviells presents Becoming Vegan: Alyssa’s Story
Hi, my name is Alyssa and I’ve been vegan for about one year now. Veganism is the practice of not using or consuming animal products or by-products.
I met a friend who had a friend that was vegan.
I was somewhat against it because I thought, wait we’re supposed to eat meat. I was raised to believe that we were meant to eat meat and meant to drink milk and everything.
But, after researching and after thinking more about it I looked up veganism on the Internet as anyone would do and I discovered a video that showed the entire process of what animals go through every day at factory farms.
And, after watching I just realized how wrong all of this is and what we’re doing to animals every single day.
And just like that, it wasn’t about me, it was about them.
After researching veganism, I decided that I wanted to do it for both health and ethical reasons.
Vegan isn’t a diet exactly, it’s a lifestyle choice.
There’s two things to think about; there’s plant-based diet and there’s veganism.
On a plant-based diet you can still wear leather, you can still use animal products that you would normally use.
If you’re doing it for ethical reasons, for the animals, then vegans don’t use any of that stuff.
People think that vegans don’t get all of their nutrients and they don’t get enough protein.
Some vegan sources of protein are tofu, lentils, chickpeas, almond milk.
Some people think we don’t get any B12, but really we get B12 within fortified almond, soy, or cashew milk.
To me, the most challenging thing about being vegan is actually hearing people criticize it.
A lot of people don’t understand why I’m doing it and how important it is to me.
I think people just don’t understand it fully and they believe that eating meat is natural and we’ve done it for years so why stop doing it.
The world is definitely changing now.
People are getting a lot more used to the idea of veganism.
I think educating people in a more positive way and not showing such disturbing images would lead them to maybe accept it or even try it for themselves.
My advice to people who want to try becoming vegan, start out little.
Replace dairy milk with rice or soy milk.
Try to cut down on your meats.
And just embrace nature more.
After becoming vegan, my mind is more pure.
My body feels more energized.
In addition to being vegan I also exercise and I’m very active.
I’m able to do a lot more, which gives me a healthy lifestyle all around.

Credits: Becoming Vegan: Alyssa’s Story Produced by Shannon R. Gieideviells
Special Thanks to Alyssa G, Murray Bookchin, and VideoBlocks
For more information, please visit the Vegetarian Resource Group’s Website at


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