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! :-)