When I became a vegan, nearly a year ago, it was a split second decision. I saw what was going on in the meat and dairy industry, and I was appalled. I knew right at that moment that I could no longer be a part of a system that was so cruel to living beings, so I immediately stopped buying animal products for myself. I couldn’t expect my loved ones to give up meat dairy and eggs along with me, so I felt very alone, but that didn’t matter to me. I knew I was doing what was right. (more…)
Food is an interesting thing. Before going vegan, I spent so much time thinking about it, but not really understanding it. I thought about what sounded good. I thought about what to eat for lunch, what to eat for a snack, and when to eat it. I thought about it while I was doing laundry, images of hamburgers and milk shakes danced through my mind while I was at work. I thought about how cheesy and melty and yummy the nachos I had the night before were. It was quite possibly present in two thirds of the thoughts I had. (more…)
I’ve been doing it wrong! What have I been doing wrong, you ask? Well, a lot of things. But today, I’m I am talking about veganism. When I became a vegan, it was solely for the animals. Once I learned what they endure on a daily basis, I couldn’t allow myself to contribute to that. And I thought, “Hey, the health benefits are pretty cool too!” And I was right. It’s a proven fact that someone living on a plant based diet suffers from less health problems. But there’s an exception to that… (more…)
Before going vegan, I had never heard of tempeh. Even after going vegan, I didn’t really pay it much attention. I’ve always been kind of wary of meat substitutes in general. They rarely are a close enough mimic to be worth all the trouble. Not to mention that most meat substitutes are quite highly priced. But I began trying them every now and again, making a conscious effort to keep an open mind. In most cases, my original feelings on them rang true. Then I tried a tempeh Reuben at a local vegan restaurant. (more…)
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Today’s sentence to finish is “I hit a turning point in my life when…” I hit a turning point in my life when I became a vegan.
I’ve always called myself an “animal lover”. Aww puppies and kitties… I’ve always had a soft spot for the types of animals that are kept as pets. My dog Carabella (who unfortunately I have to miss every day, because I couldn’t bring her with me to New York.) holds more of my heart than most humans I know, and my cats are some of my favorite living beings. But I didn’t really regard any other animals as important. The animals on my plate were bred to be eaten. I hated that animals were being tested on in laboratories, but what could I really do about it? Bugs were yucky, and meant to be squished if I found one around the house. And the animals that don’t fall in any of these categories were just kind of ignored and unimportant. (more…)
My life seems to be naturally unfolding in a very green direction. I’ve spent the last 4 months not eating meat or dairy, finding natural alternatives to chemical household cleaners, and growing my own garden. I think the next steps for me are pretty obvious. (more…)
When I made the change to my diet, and stopped consuming anything with any kind of animal product, I didn’t think about the changes I would need to make to my household products, and my health care. Sure most medicines and cleaning products are technically vegan, in that they don’t contain any animal products. But most of them do test on animals in laboratories. What kind of vegan would I be if I stopped eating meat and dairy to stop contributing cruelty on farms, but continued giving my money to people who force animals to live in cages, and be pumped full of chemicals? (more…)
My list of favorite things for this week. This week has been a really exciting week for food !! I’ve found so many cool things, so I’m going to dedicate this to the yummy stuff I’ve been munching on.
It has been nearly 3 months since I stopped eating meat, cheese, and eggs. Going vegan has really been one of the most interesting things I have ever done. The most interesting thing about it, I would say, has been that it wasn’t nearly as challenging as I had first anticipated. I really saw it as this huge mountainous obstacle, that I would never fully clear. But really, after the first month, it just fits into my day like everything else. I’m not saying it was without a bit of learning, and sacrifice, but it was all worth it to me. Here are the key things I have learned about surviving this meat and dairy obsessed world as a vegan. (more…)
Nutrition is really hard to understand! Since becoming a vegan, I’m constantly questioning whether or not I am getting the right nutrients. I’m not sure why I care so much now, when I was eating meat and dairy I’m sure I wasn’t doing any better. But I guess now, I spend a lot more time thinking about food. I think about ways in which to get calcium and protein, and ways to make sure I’m getting in the right amount of green leafy vegetables. Something I’ve thought about is getting some type of portion plate. I think it would be really handy to have around, and try to use it at every meal. It would take a lot of the guess work out of eating.
Have any of you ever used one before?
Okay, so I’ve admitted that I am a food addict, right? So I think it’s safe to say that going vegan is probably just about the hardest thing I have ever done. I have to rethink every food craving I have, and find a way to make it fit into the guidelines I have created for myself. There are some things that are completely out of the question for me, like milk chocolate. I just want to eat some damn milk chocolate people! Dark chocolate is good, but it just isn’t for me. (more…)
I finally got my Valentine’s Day gift yesterday! I asked Chris for something I could use, rather than flowers that would wilt, or chocolates I couldn’t eat. (Yeah, thanks veganism! Way to ruin my life! How on earth do people live without chocolate?) So yesterday they came, all wrapped up and ready for consumption. Want to see them? You know ya do! (more…)
It wasn’t on purpose. It isn’t something I had been thinking about for a long time, or even really thought was an option for me. Meat? I could kick it, I had even considered going vegetarian a few times, but I loves my cheese! So nah, I wasn’t really interested in veganism. What I had been interested in, was nutrition. I had been on basically one big junk food binge since Thanksgiving, and I was interested in getting back into the swing of eating healthy again. (more…)
Two weeks ago I decided to make a major, life changing choice. I chose to become a vegan. It wasn’t a decision I took lightly, and I intend to completely pour my heart out about my decision sometime within the next few days. But for today, I just want to share one of the more amazing animal free recipes I’ve tried since making the change.
Today we craved pancakes. Unfortunately for me, all of the boxed pancake mixes in our possession have dried milk in them, so that was a no-go for me! I could have easily found a lovely vegan recipe for myself, and just made Chris the boxed one to “get rid” of it. But I was really eager to try to find a pancake batter we could have together in the future, that would satisfy us both. (more…)