Here we go, the crazy Vegan post! Let’s start from the beginning, shall we?
When I was 21 years old, I decided to give up meat for Lent, mind you, this happened to fall a week before I went on a cruise! But I did it! I made it the whole season of Lent without eating “meat,” although my definition of meat has also changed significantly throughout the years. After Lent, I tried to eat chicken again on a couple different occasions, big mistake! I was instantly ill, and the chicken just didn’t taste right to me! From then on, I decided to become a vegetarian. Now, I was, as most vegetarians, very lenient with the term and diet. I still consumed some milk products, cheese, fish, and eggs.
However, I was still experiencing vast stomach issues, skin irritations and breakouts, and something just wasn’t sitting right with me. I’m not sure what made me switch over to the dark side (veganism) but there it was. Honestly, after we adopted our dog, Charger, I became much more aware and compassionate towards all animals and animal rights. I think this is when I really started to change my ideals and the way I looked at the world.
Making the switch the full veganism wasn’t as hard as I thought it was going to be! I’ve always loved fruits and vegetables, so that wasn’t a problem. The problem was cheese (hello addiction) and big breakfasts with eggs on the weekends, going to dinner, family functions, etc. OK, so it was a little hard in the beginning.
It’s been about 2 years since I have been living a vegan lifestyle and I LOVE IT. It was an adjustment in the beginning, but the more you learn about how important it is to be conscious about what you are eating, the better you will feel!
Now you know a big about my history with Veganism, let’s talk about why it is important!
YOU. This lifestyle will change your body, and mind, dramatically. Plant-based diets can help regulate your blood sugar, support your organs, help manage your weight, give your body the nutrients it needs vs. wants, and can help prevent certain cancers. I mean-WHOA!
THE PLANET. With more and more people deciding to take a leap of faith into a vegan lifestyle, we can hope to see a change in our planet. We could see a drop in energy consumption, water conservation, help purify the air, and not only helps the planet, but all of us that live here.
ANIMALS. Ah, the long awaited post about animal rights! Ethically, factory farms are just awful. I highly recommend doing your own dive of research into factory farming, you may learn a lot! My personal journey did not start with the ethics behind it, but it has grown immensely and I truly stand behind the animals. The main reason? They do not have a choice.
In general, we are consuming too much meat, there are too many chemicals in said meat, causing too many diseases in those consuming it! How can we change that? Simple, don’t eat the meat.
But, life is not simple, so let’s talk about some quick tips and tricks I have learned throughout the years!
All information has been through my own journey, research I have personally done, research and learning through plant-based nutritionists, and many scientific studies. I can share if you would like more resources!