As my mother has explained in her introduction, my brother and myself were never raised to eat red meat. Chicken, yes, fish, yes, but never cows or pigs. At the time we all thought we were doing our part, not eating animals that “cared for their young” and living a blissfully ignorant life. I had never done research on the animals we use for most everything in or daily lives and did not really care to. My life at the time was oblivious.
I lived that way for a good long until I went to college. Slowly I began to slip into the habit of eating without thinking and becoming even more naïve to the cruelty of animals. As my conscious began to suffer so did my waistline. The large consumption of dairy and meat caused my figure to expand. My semester in London certainly didn’t help either with my poor eating practices combined with a large, very large to be honest, consumption of alcohol caused me to gain a whopping 20 lbs! I’m 5’4”, my frame did not need a 20 lb addition and because of it I became a typical overweight college student… In October, after months of working out like a maniac, I finally said to myself “Hey dumbass! Maybe you should stop eating all this shit!” and I did. On October 16th I decided to cut the shit, suck it up and start eating healthy by following a clean-eating-vegan diet. Veggies and fruits were my main source of nutrition and my body finally started listening and began dropping some weight!
Then the research began. I learned so much, and still am, about the cruelty in factory farming and the disgusting practices used on animals by a depressing amount of industries. I decided I could not just sit by and take it anymore. It was time for some action. So here I am two and a half months later free of my leather boots and handbags, without my down comforters and jackets and having stopped wearing merino wool and angora.
I am not claiming to be the perfect vegan and I know I make mistakes everyday, but I’m learning from them. This is what this blog is about. I vow to not criticize people who make mistakes or fall off the vegan path and I will not ostracize those who do not follow the lifestyle 100% of the time. All I ask is for people to take that first step! Do a meatless Monday, buy an alternative “down” jacket (you’ll probably save money anyway), and maybe switch your family to almond milk instead of dairy. Take these steps to living a healthy, happy, and conscious life! It’s easier than you think.