About a year ago, I accidentally stumbled across this video (attached below) and everything changed. I could honestly end this post here, but I'll explain.
I love being vegan. It was a seamless transition that has felt so true to who I am since the minute I decided to do it. So in honor of National Vegan Day, I decided to tell you five reasons why I did it.
WHY I'M VEGAN:
1. Killing animals - not into it.
My old partner at work used to kill animals in her backyard for dinner. Meanwhile, I had to step out of a luau in Hawaii, holding back tears as they dug the pig up from the ground. I feel like it's important to note that i'm not saying one is right and one is wrong.
I'm sure you've heard this before; If you had to kill your food personally to eat it, would you? Could you?
Also, side note: Our bodies don't process, "bacon." They process, "decomposing pig flesh." Sorry I had to.
2. Ugh, Dairy.
We are the only animal to keep drinking milk after our mothers stop producing it. Milk is advertised as "calcium for strong bones" and we give it to our ten pound babies. Really it was made for a 2,000 pound animal and not to mention, almond milk has 50% more calcium.
I wish I had a dollar for every time someone said to me, "I could give up meat no problem, but I could never give up cheese."
Cheese lovers - I get it. You love cheese, but your body really doesn't. If there's one takeaway from this post, let it be that dairy isn't doing ANYTHING good for you.
3. I'm not on a diet.
My favorite thing about being vegan is that it's not a diet at all and I never feel deprived.
I've done my fair share of diets though. My sophomore year I became a vegetarian in hopes it would make me skinny (absolutely did not), i've done weight watchers, my fitness pal, the fat flush, juice cleanses etc. etc. I'm not vegan because I want to loose weight or look differently.
Simply put, veganism is a choice I make everyday and that's that.
4. Pizza is better Vegan. There I said it.
I can name five people off the top of my head that would argue this to their grave. You might be one of them, but just hear me out.
I'm an avid pizza lover. I can eat a large pizza to myself just fine. In fact I get anxiety about sharing pizza at all. This used to be kind of a problem, but with vegan pizza you don't have any of the heavy cheese to weigh you down. Eat a large pizza and feel fantastic - not bloated. You hear that cheese lovers?
5. Meat is not sustainable.
I don't want to be dramatic here, but meat isn't sustainable. I'm not going to throw you a bunch of numbers about how much money and resources we waste on meat each year. Because this blog is about honesty and honestly, I don't feel like digging all that shit up to prove a point.
What I will say is that, we're starting to see more and more foods being produced with sustainability in mind. For example, the "Beyond Burger" was created to positively impact climate change, conserve natural resources and improve human health. Similarly, "Tomato Sushi" was created for the purpose of keeping tuna from going extinct. Because 90% of all large predatory fish (like tuna) are already gone.
By the way, i've eaten the Beyond Burger. It tasted so real I didn't like it. It was definitely made for meat eaters.
"Anyone can make a burger, leave the vegetables to the professionals"
I found this quote somewhere and I love it because it's SO true. Making vegetables into an unforgettable meal is a craft that any vegan or non-vegan can appreciate. I love the creativity that goes into vegan meals and honestly, I've had some of the best food of my life as a vegan. Including pizza!
Interested in learning more?
Meat.org: It's intense. This was the last push to me becoming vegan.
Peta.org: Honestly this site kinda stresses me out because there is so much going on, but you could explore for days.
Minimalist baker: Great vegan recipes and major inspo
Vegan Places in NYC: All ahhmazing
The video that changed it all.
This is an extremely simple video. It's not "preachy." You'll learn a lot regardless of your food preferences.
Thanks for sticking with me to the end.