August Advice Column: Becoming a Vegan
Ever since I was about 9 years old, I knew I wanted to be a vegetarian, however I couldn’t quite cook for myself at that age. Anyway, once I got to the age of 16, I decided that I was going to become vegetarian. Little did I know that three years later I would up and become a vegan. So, what led to my dramatic diet change you ask; honestly, it’s a multitude of things.
My health// this summer, my dad suffered from a TIA (Transient Ischemic Attack), which can be a precursor to a stroke. Surprisingly, all his vitals up until this point were perfect even though he was overweight. My dad’s health scare was eye opening for my entire family and, even though I was already vegan for a month at this point, got us to completely change our diet… and we feel amazing. I have so much more energy and my skin looks great. It seriously makes such a difference.
The health of our planet// as some of you may know, I am a documentary junkie. There is almost no documentary I haven’t seen on Netflix, which means, yes, I have in fact watched almost every food related documentary. Watching documentaries such as “Cowspiracy” and “GMO OMG” got me thinking a lot about what we are eating and how it affects our planet. It is actually shocking how much of an impact industrialized farming has on our planet. Although I know it takes a lot more than one person to change the world, one person does help, and I want to be a part of the solution.
Animal rights// no surprise, I am a huge supporter of animal rights as well, and I personally feel that the way we treat animals in industrialized farming is terrible. “Vegucated” completely changed the way I see meat. If I’m being totally honest, I feel guilty when I eat any sort of animal product. It just doesn’t feel right to me.
Even though I am vegan now, I had to work my way into, and that is the best advice I can give you if you are thinking of switching to veganism. Don’t force yourself to completely give everything up! We just don’t work like that.
For example, instead of cutting everything out, start by cutting out a few things. If you are a big meat-eater, then just switch to having fish or poultry first. If you are a vegetarian, start cutting out eggs or maybe milk. Eventually you will get to your end goal, but it takes time and can’t be rushed.
Overall, I LOVE being vegan and feel great about my decision, but veganism isn’t for everyone and it is definitely a big life choice; however, if you want to do it, I say go for it!
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