03 July 2012

Why Alexandra went vegan

Deciding to transform my vegetarian diet to a vegan diet was not something that happened over night. In fact, it took me around six months of being vegetarian to even consider it fully. When I first decided to go vegetarian, I really had no idea that I would someday choose to be vegan. I simply did not understand the harm in eating dairy products for both the animals and for myself. I have always had allergies to dairy products and it constantly made me sick to my stomach, but that was not enough to stop me. I put up with the pain because I thought I could not live without ice cream or pizza! I was so wrong.

One night, I had finished a bowl of chocolate chunk ice cream and I felt so miserable afterward that I swore I was going to go vegan from that moment on, and I did. I no longer wanted to put myself through the pain and suffering of consuming dairy products when it was not worth the consequences. I am so glad I did! To help strengthen my decision, I read more books on vegan diets and I learned more about the horrible suffering that animals endure for us to consume their products. Even if I wanted to consume dairy, I felt too guilty to do so. Eventually, I didn’t even want to consume dairy products anymore and I started to crave vegan options! In fact, I am pretty sure I am addicted to both tofu and almond milk.

Transforming to a complete vegan diet took some time since I had to learn what I would and would not eat (as opposed to what I could and couldn’t eat…because it was my decision to want to do better for myself and for the animals)! I slowly eased into it and then before I knew it, I’d been vegan for a week, and then two weeks, and then a month! I felt like a pro! I felt so much better overall and I loved cooking more than ever. It was a new and exciting adventure to take on vegan cooking. I find it so fun to be vegan and I enjoy every day of it. I am always surprised when people learn I'm vegan and come to me for questions and advice on improving their diet. It shows that one person truly can make a difference.

When I was a vegetarian, I felt great about my decision, but I didn’t feel completely satisfied. To me, giving up eating meat is so important, but I eventually started to wonder what else I could do to make the world a better place. I was not satisfied with just that and I really wanted to do something else. I knew that veganism was the right choice for me. Now that I am vegan, I feel great and I no longer feel guilty about what I’m eating. I feel good about myself and the choices I make.

I am so happy with my decision and I know that eventually, I will ask myself what else I can do to make the world a better place, or how else I can improve my health. I am on a never ending journey and that makes life so much more exciting!

Oh, and the best part-consuming raw cookie dough and cake batter and not getting sick! :-)

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Minnesota Alexandra is a lover of all animals, but has a soft spot for especially dogs and rabbits. She believes that life is not complete without an animal to love. Alexandra is highly passionate about animals and animal rights, and wants to raise awareness of the cruelty that many animals suffer in the best way she knows how, and this is by written word. Alexandra is a recent graduate of Metropolitan State University in Minnesota, with a degree in Professional Writing and a minor in Creative Writing. She absolutely loves to write news and creative nonfiction, and obsesses over spelling and grammar.