If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I just recently became a full Vegan! I’ve been eating a mostly Vegan diet until now but as of September 1st, I am fully committed to eating a clean and responsible diet.
Here are the videos I watched prior to making my decision:
(I was linked to these through Essena O’Neill’s video Tips For Vegan Beginners)
There are three main reasons that I chose to commit to Veganism:
#1: Moral Reasons
The first reason that I stopped eating or using animal products to the best of my ability was moral. I basically spent an entire afternoon and evening watching informative videos about slaughterhouses. The places shown in the videos were considered “humane” and as soon as I saw that, I knew I could not support it. The videos were graphic, but I think it’s important to know what you’re paying to support. Every decision we make, including what we choose to nourish our bodies with, is based on a set of beliefs.
#2: Health Reasons
I have suffered from a lack of energy and a general feeling of being bloated from consuming all of these foods. I’m lactose intolerant, and before I knew the background of where we get milk and how it affects animals it was difficult to let go of dairy products. Dairy is actually the worst for your body out of all the foods Veganism cuts out.
This ties in with health and morality, but when I eat a Vegan diet, I’m way happier! It’s so simple.
Finally, the HOW. I spent a lot of time telling myself Veganism would be too hard and too expensive. But my grocery list is way cheaper, and I’m still just as lazy as I was…without all the bloating! I am definitely not a health specialist, so by all means, do your own research. There are tons of helpful YouTube videos that really break it down. That being said, here is what a day of eating everything at home usually looks like for me:
-Smoothie Bowls, Oatmeal or Granola with almond milk
-Fruit and seeds on top (flax seeds, chia seeds, pumpkin seeds…)
-Crunchmaster multi-seed crackers
-Red pepper hummus
-Coconut water or juice
Dinner: (I have to admit, most nights I’ve ordered pizza so far. This guide to ordering Vegan at normal delivery chains is a life saver!)
-Curried Tofu (I get it by the pound from Jimbo’s and keep it in my fridge. It’s cheap and delicious!) or spaghetti with marinara
-Dark leafy greens…I usually eat them straight up, but if that grosses you out you can put them on a pizza or blend them into your pasta sauce!
These meals are no more difficult than anything I was making before!
If you have any delicious, quick and easy Vegan meals up your sleeve, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and share them with me!