Vegan. Now there’s a word I never actually imagined I’d ever use to describe myself. Ironically, and perhaps somewhat shamefully, this is something that entered my life not of my own accord. I didn’t consciously think about this regularly and come to the conclusion by myself. And I’ll admit, initially, I was resistant to it.

Ultimately this all started with my boyfriend, whose brother had recently made the decision to abstain from eating animals or their byproducts. And I think, in a weird way, I had always been able to simply accept that meat was necessary to a healthy diet. And my resistance to changing my diet could be pinpointed primarily to the fact that I love milk and chicken.

And I remember thinking as my boyfriend repeatedly discussed with me how morally abhorrent he found eating animals to be (and rightly so) that I had no idea what I could possibly eat if I were to cut these two items out of my diet. Recently, it’s occurred to me that I already eat a mostly vegan diet anyway, minus the occasional lunch or dinner with chicken and the even more rare moments when I would have breakfast with eggs and/or milk.

I feel good about my decision to stop eating these products, though I know that I will miss certain foods. I’ve always loved cheese and it’s going to be hard to cut that out. But I think, at the end of the day it’s a good decision to make. I think I’m going to have a harder time cutting out their byproducts, such as eggs, cheese, milk, and butter. But I just can’t do it anymore. At the end of the day, the things these animals go through is so horrible that I’m making it a point not to ignore it anymore like I’ve done for the first 25 years of my life.

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3 thoughts on “Good Change and Moving Forward

  1. That is so cool, congrats! I was a vegetarian for a while until I found out that I’m seriously iron deficient and needed to eat more iron rich foods so I became a pescatarian and have been for eight years. I’m so excited for you! Keep me posted on how it’s going, I’d love to hear about your experience!

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    1. I take iron pills for anemia, but I’ll be honest when I say I have no idea how that’s going. I’m just sort of hoping it’s helping, lol. I think the important thing with it all is that we’re not contributing to the terrible conditions that animals go through in the meat industry.

      But yeah, my boyfriend and I have just been having a lot of conversations about it lately and it feels like the right thing to do. I’ll definitely try to include a few posts about it as we go. I love Indian food, so thus far it’s been easier than I thought it would be because they have some great options for vegetarian/vegan dishes.

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      1. That’s great, can’t wait to hear about how it’s going! I completely agree that Indian food is a great option since they do have plenty of options that are meatless. Thai food is a great option as well. I’m so happy that I didn’t have to get rid of my favorite food since pad thai is vegetarian/vegan.

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