I am writing this post to answer the following questions:
Why did I decide to go vegan?
Where am I now?
Since I was little, I didn’t like meat. Like most parents, mine would make me eat a few bits at dinner. However, they never made me eat red meat, so, therefore, I have never had a hamburger, steak, etc.. After years of struggling to get me to eat meat, they gave up. At that point, the only things I would willingly eat were bacon, ham with French fries (because that’s the only way my mother could get me to eat it), and McDonald’s chicken nuggets.
By the time I reached middle/high school, I had become completely vegetarian, since I had decided that bacon wasn’t a healthy choice of meat anyways.
I decided to try going vegan when I was on my semester abroad in Vienna, Austria. I figured it wouldn’t be too hard of a transition, since I haven’t eaten meat in years. My initial reasoning was for the health benefits of going vegan. While abroad, I made the choice to just not worry and fully enjoy myself. That meant eating all the different foods, especially dessert. Because of this, I had, obviously, gained a bit of weight and wanted a way to get back to where I was before I left. I decided I would just try it for 3 months and if I liked it, try for 6 months, and so on. I wasn’t sure yet, if I was going to stick with it.
Now, here we are at the 6 month checkpoint!
I couldn’t be happier with my decision to go vegan. My family and friends have been very supportive, my mother especially. She is always making new recipes for me to try, making me a separate dinner from what my parents are eating, and making sure I am sent back to College Station with plenty to eat.
Since going vegan, I feel great! I feel like I have become more of who I am/who I am meant to be and am feeling like my body is mine again. Another perk, my skin has never looked this good! (This is probably a mixture of being vegan and starting to use Curology skincare.)
In the beginning, I wasn’t strict about honey and gelatin (made from bones) being in my food, but now, I have decided not to eat either. I still eat foods that say, “may contain:_______” because that just means it is made in the same facility as something containing those things and I’m not going to be that strict. Plus, PETA even says it is fine and I’m going to go with what PETA says on this one.
Since I have never really eaten meat, the meat like vegan foods don’t really appeal to me. I had a vegan burger once that smelled and tasted so much like meat, I couldn’t convince myself it wasn’t. I ended up barely being able to eat any of it.
Also, for me, being vegan has become a little bit more than just for the health reasons. It is my chance to make a difference. It is allowing me to reduce my carbon footprint and take a stand against the meat, dairy, and egg industry. (I have watched so many videos on how poorly they treat animals and it just breaks my heart.) I am not the type of person to tell you shouldn’t be eating meat or cheese; I don’t even care if you eat it in front of me. Though, if I even get people to consider trying veganism or even just getting someone to do something small, like using reusable grocery bags, I will be ecstatic.
I am willing to talk to anyone that has questions about being vegan!
I don’t think I am ever turning back!