Tuesday, December 2, 2014

My Vegan Adventure

My transition into veganism was almost an unknowing one. I was vegetarian for five years and in those five years I began cutting other harmful animal products out of my diet. First, I stopped buying cows milk because I had never liked the way it tasted, though I still consumed food that had dairy as an ingredient. Then went eggs, which where a huge childhood favorite of mine. Eventually, I wasn't that far from becoming vegan but I hadn't really given it much thought.

The turning point for my veganism was watching Forks Over Knives. The film not only effected me from a health stand point but opened me up to a whole new dimension of animal suffering that I wasn't really aware of. Though they don't go deeply into animal rights in Forks Over Knives it was enough to pull the wool (vegan, of course) from my eyes. After that, there really wasn't any going back.

I went vegan with a fierce determination and I wanted to devour any and all research or information I could surrounding it. Everything I read or watched from that point on was adding a piece to the vegan puzzle. One that sticks out in my mind is "Vegan for Life" by Jack Norris, RD and Virginia Messina, MPH, RD. It really breaks down how to be a healthy vegan for the longterm. I really suggest it to anyone who is already vegan or considering it.

The social backlash of my going vegan was minor. Since my husband and I became vegan together, there was an instant support system and sounding board. Of course, over the years comments have been made socially, but I try to meet them with logic and understanding. One of the great things about being the only vegan in your family is that you can really see how your lifestyle effects them over time. My husband and mine's family have taken a closer look at how they eat and where their food comes from, which is a huge step in the right direction.

I have now been vegan for almost three years and it is one of the best decisions I have ever made. One of the things I love the most about being vegan is the community that it creates. When it seems like you live in a world that flies in the face of almost everything you believe in and want for the world, it's really important to have a community of people that share the same values. That understand you. Whether it's in person or online, I think it's very important to have that support as a vegan.

 I try to make a better world for animals through living a vegan lifestyle and animal activism. I do my best to spread the word about animal cruelties that are happening around the world and informing people about how their food gets to their plate. Everyday I want to be a living example of how easy and important it is to live a cruelty free life.

I'm really looking forward to continuing my vegan adventure through this blog and I hope you enjoy it.

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