Sustaining a vegan lifestyle is surprisingly easy nowadays because many businesses see the benefits of providing plant based options to their consumers. It’s no wonder why the Biggest Milk Producer in America has filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy, as more dairy free options become available, and plant-based meat products are being adopted by fast food chains; like Carl’s Jr with their Beyond Meat patties, and Burger King with their Impossible Burger patties. If anyone has ever considered going vegan, NOW is the best time and it’s not as hard as you think!
Truth is, my life has changed so much since going vegan and I have been documenting all of it in hopes that I can help anyone who is trying, struggling with, or considering a vegan lifestyle. I am not a dietician or health coach but I have found a way to keep all animal products and by-products out of my life and thrive on it since 2016!
I highly encourage each of you to do your own research. Watch documentaries about the egg, dairy, and meat industries!! (I have provided a list below). Talk with your physician, and if your physician does not agree with a plant based diet; then find a new physician. Jk but seriously, consider the so called “facts and benefits” we were taught and raised on. Question them all! What you will learn is that there are no benefits to consuming animal flesh or drinking bovine breast milk. Nothing is humane about slaughtering animals. Meat is murder and a vegetarian diet is not cruelty free.
There are more healthier, beneficial, and sustainable ways to live our lives. There are so many things in this world that are bad for us and many things we can not control. This is true but think about this: Deciding on what you eat, drink, and wear can truly make the biggest difference in whether you are funding animal cruelty or helping to create a more peaceful place on Earth for ALL beings.
The choice is yours but consider this:
- Animal agriculture is responsible for up to 91% of Amazon destruction.
- We are currently growing enough food to feed 10 billion people and still can not end world hunger.
- 82% of starving children live in countries where food is fed to animals, and the animals are eaten by western countries.
- 1.5 acres can produce 37,000 pounds of plant-based food.
- 1.5 acres can produce 375 pounds of beef.
- 2,500 gallons of water are needed to produce 1 pound of beef.
GOING VEGAN: WHERE TO START?
I think one of the most important things you can do while transitioning to a vegan lifestyle is “make the connection”. Make the connection with the “food” on your plate. Understand that this is not food, but a piece of cooked flesh that came from a sentient being who did not want to die. Make the connection that by consuming animals, we are destroying our lands, littering our oceans, denying the poor and hungry of food, and the list goes on and on. Realize that by consuming animal products, you are helping to cause suffering for all beings on this planet. But you can change this today!
Start by learning how to veganize (make/create without using animal products/by products) all your favorite meals like omelettes, pancakes, pizza, nacho cheese, carne asada tacos, etc. This will help you with your transitioning, tremendously.
I also encourage you to do your own research! Research all the benefits of a plant-based diet and vegan lifestyles. Yes, they ARE different. By researching facts about a plant-based diet, what it does for the environment, and animal agriculture; you are creating a foundation of knowledge and facts. This will boost your confidence when around others who question your transitioning. “They” will. Don’t let all the questions, negative assumptions, and jokes steer you away from the best possible action you can make for yourself, the animals, humans, and the planet.
Nutrition is crucial on any diet and the plant based diet is NO different. What I have found is that most people do not consume all the nutrients and vitamins recommended each day with their current eating habits and/or diets. This is why it’s important to speak with your physician to have a better understanding of what you need to consume to be healthy each day. You can also visit https://veganhealth.org for evidence based nutrient recommendations. Do your research!!
- Veganism is for everyone!
- Veganism is so beneficial!
- Veganism is the future!
With that being said, I challenge you to make the connection and begin your vegan journey today! Veganize one meal a month, a week, a day, all at your own pace. It is important not to pressure yourself in trying to be a “perfect vegan”. There is no such thing and this is unnecessary pressure that has the potential to cause you to “fail” on your vegan journey. Take things as slow or fast as you would like. I started as a vegetarian and within 2 months of doing further research, I became vegan and dropped dairy and eggs in a heartbeat.
Again, transition at your own pace. Maybe remove meat one week, then eggs another week, and finally dairy. It’s all up to you. Be encouraging to yourself and don’t beat yourself up if you “slip up”. The most important thing while you are transitioning is your intention. As long as your intentions are positive and you are passionate about making the connection, then you can’t go wrong on your vegan journey.
Watch Fork Over Knives – Healthy eating has never been easier.
Watch Conspiracy – The film that environmental organizations don’t want you to see!
Watch Earthlings – is a 2005 American documentary film about humankind’s total dependence on animals for economic purposes.
Watch Dominion – “Dominion uses drones, hidden and handheld cameras to expose the dark underbelly of modern animal agriculture, questioning the morality and validity of humankind’s dominion over the animal kingdom…”
Follow These Activists for Information on Animals Rights
James Aspey – @jamesaspey (Instagram)
Direct Action Everywhere – @directactioneverywhere (Instagram)
Earthling Ed. – @earthlinged (Instagram)
Vegan Outreach – @veganoutreach (Instagram)
Dolphin Project – @dolphin_project (Instagram)
Andrea Diaz – @ayveegan (Instagram)
Follow These Vegans for Inspiration
Jonny Juicer – @Jonny_Juicer (Instagram)
Dr. Angie-Vegan Fit MD – @angie.sadeghi (Instagram)
The Vegan Zombie – @theveganzombie (Instagram)
Vegan Community – @vegancommunity (Instagram)
Conscious Muscle – @conscious_muscle (Instagram)
Follow These Vegan Foodies
Hot for Food – @hotforfood (Instagram)
Taqueria La Venganza – @thevegantaqueria (Instagram)
The Edgy Veg – @edgyveg (Instagram)
Vegan Fat Kid – @veganfatkid (Instagram)