After being vegan / plant-based for more than a year now, I think it’s time to talk about it online.
I want to make a lot of posts about this but I just never know how to start, there are so many things to say about this topic that I always end up writing nothing useful. So I’ll start by responding these three basic questions: Why? When? How? And hopefully I’ll get into more detail in future posts!!
So, in my case, everything comes from a very bad relationship with food. I just didn’t enjoy eating really much and it annoyed me that everything was celebrated around food. I’m the kind of person that if I don’t eat in a whole day I can still feel no hunger, so I didn’t have this urge to be eating all the time (pretty weird, I know).
Meat and diary made me feel absolutely gross and always felt so full after eating them. So, as I grew up, I started to learn to listen to my body and slowly cut these foods from my diet and replacing them with fruits and veggies. I liked how these made me feel inside and out, I never felt bloated and I had this sense of cleanliness and purity inside.
So I was this weird kid that didn’t want to eat the majority of the things at parties because they where super processed or they contained meat or diary. I was (and still am) a veggie/health freak and I thought I was the only one. So I learned to be ashamed and insecure about that (cuz that’s not cool, pizza & nuggets are cool) and always afraid of what others would say or think about me. In my mind there was always this constant fight between eating what I really wanted to or what they told me to, just because I wanted to fit in (society…). And I felt so alone in my veggie world…
One day though, I started this blog. A place where I could share not only my thoughts but also the plant-based recipes that I had been trying and experimenting with. And thankfully I found a bunch of veggie freaks, like me, that were interested in my recipes. It was at this point when I started to read blogs with plant-based recipes and this lead me to find people on Instagram and YouTube that inspired me every day. Here is where my whole perspecive started to change.
All these people I found were, unlike me, happy and passioned about their lifestyle. And they were determined to share that with the world. All of them had something in common and that was: veganism.
So hmm veganism is just for hippies… I don’t even like the word… I don’t like to label myself, I just don’t care about labels.
I was living a plant-based life, but I just was doing it for my health. And I’d watch and read all these people and they all would talk about all these documentaries about animals and environment and health.
Veganism is too extreme. Omg I don’t even like to watch documentaries. Okay, I’m gonna watch Cawspiracy, just because it sounds interesting and I’m bored. I don’t really care that much about animals to call myself vegan. Even if I was vegan nothing would change in this world.
So I saw Cawspiracy and then Earthlings and then 101 Reasons to go Vegan and then I couldn’t stop and I watched Gary Yourofsky’s best speech ever and then I didn’t have enough so I started reading everything I found about it. And then I made a choice and, let me tell you, there’s no way I’m going back.
So here are the reasons why I think you should consider going vegan (if you are not already):
DO IT: for your HEALTH. Eating a plant-based diet is the healthiest way to live and, in my opinion, far away from being restrictive. You just have to open your mind and soul. Explore and find out how many delicious stuff you can eat and how amazing you’ll feel after eating. Even if you are not interested in health, there’s vegan junk food as well (Oreos are vegan. So, there’s no excuse).
DO IT: for the ANIMALS. I’m not the biggest animal lover, I’ve never been and I’ll never be. But watching all those documentaries opened my eyes. If there’s something that I cannot stand is violence, and watching what we are doing to those animals in the slaughter houses hurts, A LOT. I couldn’t even see some parts of the documentaries because I had to look away from the screen. It’s a matter of compassion.
DO IT: for the EARTH & HUMANITY. The amount of water needed to make just one hamburger is absolutely ridiculous. It’s just not sustainable. Eating animal products contributes to deforestation and the malnutriton of civilisations that don’t have our privileges. We are growing soy to feed animals instead of using this land to actually feed humans.
And the list goes on…
What I’ve just told you is nothing, there are so many more terrifying examples. And the worst part is that it’s nothing new. It’s just an evidence that everyone knows and a lot of people want to ignore. Maybe because they are afraid of change, maybe because they don’t want to accept that they have been living in a lie for so long… who knows?!
This question is the easiest to answer for me, because eating a plant-based diet is something I chose by myself, without knowing all these things I mentioned above (actually knowing them, but ignoring).
So I’d say start by watching all those documentaries and finding out the raw reality, as it is. Then take your own conclusions and, if you, like me and so many others, feel like you need to change your lifestyle in order to live in a better place, then I’m sure you’ll find the right way to do it by living the best version of yourself. Research and passion will lead you.
When you are living the best version of yourself, you inspire others to live the best version of themselves.
So now. What about now?! I’ve had this desire to learn more and more about veganism. Something I never thought I’d be passioned about. Now I feel happy and feel no shame to talk about it. I’ve educated myself and I’m living the life I want by being consistent in my actions. Knowing I’m doing the best for me and for the world feels amazing and I want you to feel amazing too, so I’m determined to share as much as I can. I’m not preachy. I do believe everyone has to do what they feel inside. But I feel incredibly thankful, I’m much more positive and I’ve finally find something that’s worth living by. Something that makes sense. I’ve started to do more exercise, I’ve started to think a lot more deeply about life and what I want to be and happiness…, I don’t even care that much about the material stuff. I don’t know if everything comes from veganism but it definitely helped me to re-build my scale of values.
I think veganism is a new revolution and, for the first time, a trend that is worth following.
Make your research, follow your heart and don’t forget to stay true to yourself… Always.
P.S. Let me know if you are interested in veganism? If you want me to talk more about it? Are you vegan? I’d love to hear your stories!!