There’s a million and one reasons to go vegan.
At the end of high school I saw the documentary Forks Over Knives, which was my first introduction to the science and truth behind a whole foods plant-based diet. While this movie took my blinders off on the issues with the meat and dairy industry, I resisted. I said there is no way, I don’t have the self-discipline to give up dairy.
Go Vegan Why?
As I have sat on this information for over 5 years, it has stewed in my mind. I know that being a vegan is healthier hands down and with the birth of my daughter, I knew my health had to change. I need to act as an example, in order to teach my daughter about the important of life-long healthy choices. I was starting to be plagued by the environmental concerns, because I wanted my daughter to inherit a healthy planet.
The animal rights concerns were the last revelation I had, I am embarrassed to admit. I finally stopped kidding myself. I have been raised as speciesist, which is why I felt more compassion for local cats and dogs, but was unable to connect that compassion to the animal’s that crossed my plate.
I finally had a discussion with my boyfriend, Isaac, and he agreed with the health improvements and said he fully supported me transitioning myself and my daughter to a vegan diet. With his understanding, I have now dived straight in and consider today my first official day of the transition.
First thing in the morning I started with a large glass of water. We played on the living room while I decided what we were going to have for breakfast. I had purchased some vegan gluten-free waffles at my last grocery shop and really wanted to give them a try even though it’s essentially a vegan junk food. So i had a waffle and a half with maple syrup and Jocelyn had half a waffle (with no syrup) and a banana.
Late Morning Snack
Isaac had told me how much he loved kale so I bought a HUGE bag and decided to make some kale chips for lunch. Just de-stemed some kale, threw it on a pan, sprinkled some salt, and used about a tablespoon of olive oil and popped in the oven at 325 for 10-15 minutes. I had never had it before and it was an absolutely delicious snack! Jocelyn liked it too but was confused by the
For lunch I decided on soup. I tried Amy’s Black Bean Vegetable soup and I had a can of lima beans so I mixed the two together. I also made two pieces of avocado toast topped with sesame seeds. Finished the meal off with a kiwi. Jo ate everything on her plate but was not a fan of the soup.
I really wanted tacos but didn’t have an tortillas, but I had tortilla chips so I went with vegan nachos. I boiled a potato and some frozen sweet corn. I had about 20 tortilla chips loaded with authentic salsa (made by a friend of Isaac’s and it’s like crack), corn, potato, avocado, and pico de gallo. I also threw on a small handful of vegan cheese but don’t think it added anything to the meal. The entire time me and Jo were eating it (except she didn’t get any tortilla chips) I could not believe how delicious it was. I seriously say out loud “Omg” and “Wow” the whole time, like a goon.
A couple of hours after dinner I wanted another snack so I grabbed Chocolate Chip Macadamia Nut Cliff Bar and had two spoonfuls of peanut butter and was good to go!
I am very proud of my first day as a vegan. I feel physically very good, but I feel more proud of myself for not feeling an urge to consume animal products. Day 1 down and a lifetime ahead! I know this will be a transition period and understand that there may be days and situations that I slip up but the general ideal is to transition over a long period of time and to reduce my overall consumption of meat and dairy.