I’m a little late to the party here but today is World Vegan Day and I just wanted to put out some words really quick…
I always thought going vegan was tough, that I would miss things and that it was going to be super expensive. I could not have been more wrong.
So for real, is it tough?
It took some adjustments at first, to be perfectly honest. But with all the substitutes out there it became easier and easier by the day. Going out for dinner was hard at first because I had to ask the waiter to remove this or remove that. Most places now have vegan options though, you just have to speak up. I was always coy about it. Now, not so much. I never wanted to use the vegan word because I felt like I was immediately being judged; now I could care less about that judgement, I’m comfortable with who I am and the choices I make. I am comfortable knowing that I choose not to harm other sentient beings in order to satisfy my stomach.
Since going vegan (almost 5 years ago) I don’t miss anything because what ever you can eat, I can eat vegan. Think about it, you season your food right? I use the same seasonings. You don’t eat meat raw do you? Of course you don’t, you season it and cook it. Vegans do the same thing with our food. My food tastes the same and because it’s not animal flesh, I don’t intake all the cholesterol and other harmful byproducts. Oh and vegan ice cream is the bomb by the way; yes we have ice cream!
It can be expensive but it can also be cheap. Any type of food can be expensive, I mean for crying out loud foie gras (which is really f*cking nasty by the way) is expensive and so is your filet mignon, so don’t say being a vegan is. Not only can veganism be cheap, especially if you eat beans, fruits, veggies, tofu, rices and grains. Unlike foie gras and filet, you don’t have to force feed a duck or slit a cows throat to eat some tasty AF rice and beans. No one get’s hurt and your taste buds will be just as happy with some seitan wings rather than the wing of someone who didn’t want their wing to be removed.
Your food choices affect more than just you. Today I ask that you take a step toward veganism to not only save your health and to save the environment but to save the lives of all the sentient beings that would rather live than to be killed and get served on your plate. If I can help you can always reach out to me, I’m happy to answer questions and help you transition to a more compassionate lifestyle.
Please, go vegan!