I'm no longer eating animal products or meat (again). This lifestyle not only benefits myself, but also the animals and the planet.
So why all of a sudden? Well, I've always been vegan-ish. I was a vegetarian in high school and post-college. I re-introduced meat and dairy to my diet a few months ago, because I developed binge-eating habits and started obsessing over food. I initially thought I was going to lose weight on a vegan diet, but I actually gained a ton. I religiously followed a popular vegan YouTuber and they said we can eat as much as we want without gaining weight. Yes, we should eat more on a plant-based diet and we don't have to calorie-restrict, but that doesn't mean we should eat when we're no longer hungry. That message wasn't clear. Also, you CAN gain weight on a vegan diet (hi Oreos), and everyone's bodies are different. Some people can eat white bread, pasta, and bagels without gaining a pound while others can't.
I once bought an entire loaf of sourdough bread, and ate four slices on my way home from work. That probably explains why my jeans were feeling tight. I've learned a thing or two from that experience, and am no longer following a specific diet (i.e raw til four, fully raw, oil-free, hclf, etc.) I'm eating foods that make me feel good. Just because someone eats twenty bananas a day or a huge bowl of white rice, that doesn't mean I should do that. I've figured out what works for me.
I try not to shove my beliefs down people's throats, or judge how people choose to eat. Likewise, I hope no one criticizes or questions my diet. However, there will always be a few people who ask:
- Where do you get your protein? Lentils, beans, nuts, veggies, vegan protein bars, tofu.
- Do you only eat lettuce? No, I can eat anything you eat if I want to. Burgers, fries, pizza, ice cream, but without meat or dairy.
- But why? Because I don't need animal products to survive. I don't want to support animal abuse, or put hormones into my body. I don't need milk from a cow. I can't see what I've seen and not do something about it.
If you're interested in learning more:
- Vegan: Everyday Stories (documentary)
- 101 Reasons to Go Vegan (presentation)
- YouTube - SweetPotatoSoul, KaylieGrace, KristSoup, TessBegg, EdgyVeg, JessBeautician, HotForFood, MarysTestKitchen, SoYoureDatingaVegan, NiomiSmart, ThrivingOnPlants
- Cookbooks - The Book of Veganish, Oh She Glows Everyday, Minimalist Baker's Everyday Cooking, Deliciously Ella
- Instagram - DeliciouslyElla, BrusselsVegan, VeganEatsNYC, VegNews
- Food - by CHLOE, Sweets by Chloe, VBurger, 00 + C0, Veganized, Dun-well Donuts, Two Boots Pizza, Bar Bombon, Quintessence, Rockin Raw, Little Cupcake Bakeshop, Van Leeuwen, Terri