Good morning blog readers!
I get this question a lot and thought it would be a good idea to mention it here.
I went vegan two years ago.
When I was a kid I ate everything and even had dreams about McDonalds.
A older neighbor gave me tofu once and I thought it was weird.
A friend’s family were vegetarian and I thought their house smelled weird.
I always ate fruit and veggies as snacks.
Fast forward to 2009
When I lived in Alaska I ate moose, caribou, beaver, and who knows what else. I felt bad and had no idea what animal I would eat next so I researched vegetarianism and proclaimed that I was a veghead.
Well that only lasted until I left Alaska.
In 2010(after my first half marathon), I decided to change my eating. So I cut my calories and started eating ‘clean’.
In 2011 I continued researching vegetarianism(basically I read every book I could get my hand on and checked out every website). After hearing about Cindy Trimm’s 40 day Soul Fast(which had the beginners do the Daniel Fast). I decided that after I finished my 21 cans of tuna(because I was a broke clean eater), I started the Daniel Fast(which is a vegan base). I was pretty hardcore and weaned myself off of everything.
I worked out a lot(ok a lot is probably an understatement) and just with diet alone, I lost thirteen pounds. I was happy.
Then in 2012 things changed and I couldn’t completely control my diet, so I became a snacky vegan. I was also stressed out and gained atleast twenty pounds.
Today I am still vegan(working on the snacks) and I have a little under thirty pounds to lose to get to my goal weight. I don’t stress about my goal weight but it is there and I do hope to get there in time.
Why am I still vegan? Some people ask me this. The reason why I am still vegan is because once I stopped eating me, I realized that my stomach doesn’t crave meat, it just wants food. I get my ‘chewing’ sensation with mushrooms and other chewy veggies. Also, I love spices and seasoning so when I do cook, my meals are the bomb(to me and whoever happens to walk by the kitchen). I try not to be a vegan nazi so if someone serves me something with meat in it that I can see, I just pick the meat out(aka Luby’s putting bacon in their cabbage).
Why I’m not a perfect vegan: I still eat ice cream when I need it(aka that time of the month) and I still eat all kinds of chocolate. I am a chocoholic(I accept it and admit it). But those things are workable to me. Mostly I am kind to myself.
Also, I am a vegan because I love life and all kinds of animals. I see everything as having life in it(I know people make jokes about plants having life). So I feel like, if it bleeds, I’m not going to eat it(and yes, fish bleed).
So that’s my story and I’m sticking to it.
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