I went to yoga and stopped at the store on the way home to pickup some blueberry Lärabars when a young girl complained to her mother in the whiniest voice about never having tasted a Pop-Tart. Oh how I love frosted blueberry Pop-Tarts! Nevertheless, I might never eat another Pop-Tart because I've decided to go vegan. I never thought I would be saying those words, but I am. And before I move on, you must try Lärabars. You will be amazed when you look at the label and only see about two to five ingredients that are all easily recognizable as real food.
I've been vegetarian for a really really long time. Like more than half my life. I'm not that old, but I'm not so young either. When I was in college I dated a vegetarian and one of my good girlfriends was also vegetarian. My girlfriend, who introduced me to Veggie Boy, commented that it must be so great to date another vegetarian. I commented that it was OK but that I would never want to marry a vegetarian, nor would I want my kids to be a vegetarian. It's very strange that I would think that way, but I was pretty convinced.
I later had a relationship with a man who probably ate live cows. I'm exaggerating, but he did eat meat more than anyone I ever knew. He self-defined as a carnivore. When the relationship with Mr. Carnivore started to become more serious, I agreed that I would eat meat. I hate eating meat, but somehow I thought that I could do it for love.
But then I met my personal superhero, Morris, who is the most awesome vegan I know. Yes, he's the only vegan I personally know, but he is amazing. When Morris described his process of becoming vegan to me, I told him that I didn't think I could do it. He told me to just take my time and think about it. Well, almost seven years later, I'm doing it. Today begins day three of vegan food for me. I really don't see myself looking back.
For a long time I've been a mediocre vegetarian, not really eating especially nutritious food. I lived on foods like nachos, french fries, Pop-Tarts, etc. When I started a diet three weeks ago, I kept saying that I want to die in a vat of 7-Eleven nachos. But then again, I know better. I'm lactose intolerant. Dairy does icky stuff to me. It makes my face break out. It makes my tummy hurt. The beautiful thing about being vegan is that there is no more counting calories or really worrying about food. Now every meal is a culinary adventure for me. In the last two days I've eaten some of the best meals I've ever had in my life, all cooked at home. But if you can't be bothered to cook so much, there is vegan food at restaurants too.
Why should you go vegan? Because you will feel great. After just two days I'm feeling much more energetic and healthy. I am feeling the joy in life. Maybe it's the placebo effect, but I wake up feeling more refreshed. It's amazing how when you change your diet to healthier, more nutritious food you start feeling so much better than you remembered you could. Is being vegan safe? Can you get all of the vitamins you need if you're vegan? I can just hear all the questions from people now. The answer is that it's probably a lot better for you that what you're eating now, if you're eating what the average American eats. Take vitamin supplements. See a nutritionist.
Why did I go vegan? because ever since I've been 28 years old I've felt not so great. That is not an age where you should be sickly or tired all the time, but I was. Now at 31 I am going to live the best life possible, filled with kindness and yummy, nutritious foods. My inspiration was The Kind Diet by Alicia Silverstone. It totally makes becoming vegan seem less overwhelming. I highly recommend this book to anyone who just wants to eat better, even if you're not thinking of becoming vegan.
Any vegans around here? Anyone know why lay Buddhists eat meat or why there aren't more Buddhist vegans? Anyone have a favorite vegan treat or vegan website? Please help this budding vegan!
Posted as part of Best Posts of the Week, Share the Joy, Weekend Wander.