It’s here! It’s here! I may or may not have just tinkled in my pantalones, but this is a judge-free zone, so pee away. It is September 1st which means that Vegan MoFo has officially begun. So many exciting things are happening with this veg-head, but first: what the shit made me decide to go vegan?
I distinctly remember what book and what quote it was that made me go vegetarian in college. I was a Religion major at a liberal arts college and had questionable bathing habits. Naturally, my path was to go veggie and to rock it hard. I was a vegetarian for 11 years before going full vegan, and honestly, I wasn’t the healthiest vegetarian in the world. But I stuck true to my beliefs (except for that one late night experience: eating bacon on a dare, but shit, I had a rep to protect!) for the long haul. I even tried to go vegan for ONE WHOLE MONTH and did not make it. I mean, it’s hard, right? Or so I thought.
I read vegan books profusely; books about health and wellness and food and vegan awesomeness. The book “The China Study” really rocked my socks. When I was reading Jenny Brown’s book, “The Lucky Ones” (you can read my review here), one quote struck me deeply: “Think occasionally of the suffering of which you spare yourself the sight” (Albert Schweitzer). Holy shitballs. Seriously. Let that sink in for a moment. It’s super easy to disconnect the meat you eat with a living animal that has an adorable personality. I’ve often heard of people that don’t eat meat with bones in it because it reminds them of the animal it once was. I get it. That’s a very safe place to be. Once you learn, like I did, of the suffering that farm animals go through, not to mention the toll factory farming takes on the environment and our health, it is really hard to turn a blind eye. I learned of what happens to each factory farming animal and how it dies, and there were times when I cried and cried thinking of the suffering. I could not longer choose the taste of cheese or shrimp over the suffering. I could no longer turn a blind eye.
At first, it was difficult, and I had several slips or thoughts of “I’ll start to be vegan again on Monday.” It happens. This is about progress and not perfection…I want no part of the Vegan Police. I’m not here to judge anyone, and therefore I don’t judge myself. Once I made the firm decision to go full vegan, it became easier than I had ever imagined. My world has opened to this giant amazing life, full of wonderful food and crazy awesome people. I’ve never cooked or baked as much in my entire life as I have in the past six months. Flavors and foods taste better than they ever did when I ate meat and dairy. It’s almost as if my tastebuds have finally awoken from a long, boozy slumber. And damn, life is SO much better now that I’m vegan. I feel more connected to the world around me, to animals, to the environment, my community, and my body. I am consciously choosing how to live the best life I can.
And here’s what I still eat:
Let me tell you all, I want for nothing. My life has grown in awesomeness exponentially since going vegan. I am so excited to be a part of Vegan MoFo and to be a part of this amazing community of bloggers. Oh! And what may be the MOST EXCITING news to hit my brain in a minute (I live a simple life), I am helping to bring a super cool documentary to Atlanta:
YES! October 16, Landmark Midtown Art Cinema, $13 tickets. Brought to you by yours truly and PlantBasedATL. More info to come. Head to the “Cowspiracy” website to peep the trailer. This should be a groundbreaking movie and I’m very proud to help bring it to Atlanta for all to see!
Vegan MoFo should prove to be such a great experience. Head to its website to see the official blogroll and meet some of the other great bloggers. I have many a fun topic in store for this month, and yes, I typed out a calendar to keep my posts on track and rocking, because that’s how this nerd does life.