It’s crazy to think that it’s almost been a year and a half since I decided to go vegan. It has definitely been an interesting journey. I am so thankful for everything that this lifestyle has brought me and I’m also thankful for the challenges it has presented. It has made me a stronger person. Also, I would like to thank those who have supported me in this lifestyle change. Not everyone has been so understanding, but to those who have been, I don’t know if I could’ve kept this lifestyle without you. Now, let me introduce myself.
Who I Am:
Hey guys! I’m Alex. I am a vegan, tennis player, grad student, and all around animal enthusiast! Last year I graduated from The University of Iowa with a Bachelors of Science in Psychology. Since then I have moved to Chicago, got my Personal Training Certification from NASM, adopted my sweet little baby (pug-terrier mix) Hooper, and have started my first year at my grad program for Health Psychology.
Why Did I Become Vegan:
In the Spring of 2013 I studied abroad for a semester in London. I became extremely unhealthy, drinking more than I should’ve and eating mass amounts of unhealthy, fatty foods. If you could have seen me over there I probably would’ve had either a scone smothered in clotted cream or fish and chips with a pint of beer in front of me. When I got home I knew I was fat. I could see it in my parents eyes, I could see it in the mirror, and there was no denying the number on the scale. I knew I had to make a change, or else I was heading towards a lifestyle of heart disease, diabetes, and a myriad of other health issues. After reading up on every fad diet known to man kind (paleo, calorie restriction, atkins) I decided to cut the crap and make the big leap to veganism.
Why Am I Staying Vegan:
I wish I could say that I began this lifestyle out of my love for animals… but I didn’t. The reason why I’ve stayed on this track is entirely for them though, and a little bit for all the added health benefits. There is no denying the cruelty and disgust of factory farming. It is a mass genocide that I believe needs to be stopped. Every time I see one of those videos depicting the suffering of sentient beings I cannot help but weep for them (seriously though, ask my boyfriend… I sob every time). Anyone who deeply loves animals would feel the same way and have no problem giving up meat and dairy (which isn’t good for you anyway).
I hope you enjoy Veganosity and get something out of it. We’re here for every type of person, from vegan to non-vegan. Just by eating one vegan meal a week you can make a difference!