I became vegan only two months ago, although it seems like I’ve been vegan forever. The researching and watching documentaries has been endless. I found so much about the world that I was so ignorant about before. Veganism really changed my perception on things. It made me more sympathetic and it also made me more environmentally aware. So today, I wanted to tell you everything that has been on my mind on veganism.
Also, before I start, this post is mainly meant for vegans, so read at your own risk. I don’t mean to offend anybody at all. In fact, I would love to answer any questions you might have about veganism. Let’s begin!
If you research the benefits of veganism, you will obviously see that it’s very good for your body. There are an incredible amount of pros but a few cons as well. One of them is planning. If you are vegan, you should always try to plan your meals the day before, so that you know what to eat and to make sure you get enough nutrients.
Another con is travelling. If you’re a picky vegan like me and you don’t like to share the same pan/grill with meat, you’ll know that it’s hard to eat out and travel. I’m lucky that I have a lot of vegan restaurants in my area, but when I travel… not so much. I try to only eat in vegan restaurants because I know that everything is 100% vegan. Then I know that there are no hidden animal products like gelatin, bone char, etc.
Lastly, another problem could be the excessive amount of soy products that vegans seem to eat. I say COULD because it is a actually a myth that has been debunked by scientists. I only consider this a maybe con because I’m still not 100% sure. But for the most part, I try to have protein from a variety of different plant sources.
Daily Life and Socializing
Since I’m a new vegan, not many people know that I am. One person that knows for sure though are my parents. Ever since I became vegan, the jokes from my dad have been endless. *sigh* I hope one day he will learn the truth. Most people are usually very accepting and very impressed actually.
But, I think that the best part of veganism is the food. It’s undeniably amazing, and even most meat-eaters agree. If you have one in your area, I highly recommend you go to Native Foods Cafe. It was the first vegan restaurant that I ever went to, and the my most visited one too. A lot of people usually wonder what vegans eat, but the truth is, we eat everything you do, just with replacements and healthier versions. Also, despite what most people think, I don’t actually eat a lot of salads.. I eat pizza, lasagna, burritos, tacos, soups, sandwiches, sausage, bacon, cheese, etc. I also have to admit that daiya cheese is the best. The resemblance to cow cheese is amazing.
My Connection to Animals
Seeing the horrors of the industry has really opened my eyes to the world. It has made me realize that life is not sugarplums and fairies. The positive outcome though, was that I felt like I could truly love animals without feeling hypocritical. I could love them before, don’t get me wrong, but I feel more connected and loving to them now. I feel like I am finally on their side. I know the horrors that they go through, and I am willing to fight for them.
Going vegan has changed my life. Going vegan has broadened my views on this country, and the world. Going vegan has made me realize that I am an animal’s right activist.