My feelings of hesitation and weariness towards animal products are all too familiar.
Ever since I was little, I remember struggling with this internal conflict… especially towards meat.
Family dinners and gatherings always included meat, always. Meat was the “main staple” and we didn’t have any vegetarians in the family. My brother and I drank cow’s milk with dinner every night while growing up, because milk has “calcium” and that is what you are supposed to drink in order to grow big and strong, right? Well, that is what most parents are led to believe. Although cow’s milk is meant for baby cows like breast milk is meant for infants. Weird to say (or write, rather)… but when you think about it, the concept just makes sense.
The word “vegan” never came up until one of my elective classes during college at Purdue University. Animal Ethics. I chose this class not realizing the sadness it would entail, and the emotions it would stir up. My professor was 100% vegan in every aspect of his life. From cruelty-free toothpaste to clothing to cleaning products, and obviously food. He looked exactly like Einstein, crazy hair and all! He shared stories about his visits to the slaughterhouse and how the system works…
His stories made my bones quiver and still do to this day.
Much of my time spent in that class was with my hands covering my eyes, trying to spare my brain from any more torturous images and malicious videos. I thought about removing myself from the class but the only alternative was Ancient Greek Mythology… ehh no thanks! Even though my professor was wacky, I couldn’t help but admire him. I had never met anyone like him before, let alone a vegan. His pure love and respect for the animals, for his health, for nature and for our planet opened my eyes.
When I reminisce about my courses at Purdue, his class sticks out in my mind. My heart carved out a spot for him and the perspectives he taught me. From that point on, I dabbled with vegetarianism, but I wasn’t in tune with my body like I am now. I wasn’t fully connecting the dots… yet.
Fast forward to about five years ago…?
A Saturday night at home with a glass of wine and Netflix. My boyfriend (at the time) had gone to the gym so I found myself scrolling through documentaries (why not movies?!! ha) I came across Vegucated. This documentary stood out because I remember seeing it all over Twitter. I started following vegan Twitter accounts a few days prior (subconsciously, I think?). How ironic, the stars had aligned! Just kidding… but really… I read the description and knew if I watched this, I’d be crying the rest of the night. For some reason I was okay with that!! We all need a good cry every now and again. It was one of those days where I felt relaxed and open for anything, plus I was intrigued to know what the vegan hype was about. Boy, was I in for it…
Throughout the documentary, concepts started to click in my mind as if I was buckling my seatbelt. I was in the process of connecting to the plant based lifestyle. My mind was in horror, shock and became overwhelmed with anger, but I was connecting on a higher level. I felt nauseous but I knew it was necessary; there was no way of getting around these feelings. As much as I didn’t want to think about it, this was real. I could see the animals suffering from anxiety, fear, and immense pain. They knew what was coming and could sense it. How could they not? I watched absolutely unnecessary, heartless acts being performed and it brought up real human emotion that stems from instincts. Raw emotion, real happenings and video footage led me to this daunting crossroads in my life..
I realize most documentaries show the worst of the worst and not all slaughterhouses run the same but I still saw what I saw… it still happened to those animals and happens everyday… I’m unable to remove the images from my mind.?
Feeling those feelings opened a new door to an unknown world. Those same familiar feelings from years before, but with a higher level of understanding and compassion. After the documentary ended, I sat there for a while.
Stunned. Numb. Confused.
Then came the sobbing. Then the thinking about what our world has come to. Then feeling disgusted with society. Disgusted with myself as well, that I had been so ignorant and oblivious to what was happening behind slaughter house walls but mainly behind big corporations. That the big name meat and dairy brands are powerful, full of lies and are absolute experts with their marketing and labeling. That for the most part, there are no happy cows or free-range chickens (unless you have a chicken coupe in your backyard). That cage-free doesn’t mean what we think it means. That we don’t know any better because we are swarmed daily with happy dairy ads, commercials and marketing schemes. That factory farming is very much existent, not to mention all the hormones and antibiotics that they pump into the animals to keep them from getting sick and to speed up the growth process, which is all too common, and is also powered by the big name brands connected to the government. That our food has become so processed and nutrient-lacking, we think we are eating healthy from the labels and what society says (got milk?), when we are actually missing the point completely, and it’s not our fault. That we don’t need animal products to thrive. Animal protein consumption is causing disease left and right due to the acid forming properties in the body. That plant based eating can resolve numerous ailments in millions of people.
That my life would never be the same. My seatbelt was buckled. This time, I was ready.?
Since that night I have not eaten any animal products. Especially after those images and videos which are now burned into my brain… I wanted nothing to do with meat or cheese or milk or any of it. I made the connection to a plant based lifestyle, to what my body needs in order to thrive and to all animals.
This realization was pretty empowering. My boyfriend had no idea what he was coming home to! He walked in the door to me sobbing, mascara running down my face with a wine bottle almost empty.. (!!) my world had turned upside down for a brief moment. He figured it was just a phase.
This was no phase, this was a major life change.?
Plus, it led me to a turning point in my life. My job satisfaction had been stagnant at zero since graduating and landing my first real corporate job. I had been wanting to start a blog for years but never knew what I would write about. This was it!! I had found my niche!! It was one of those magical moments I’d always wanted to experience. One where you know in your heart you are on the right path, you are exactly where you need to be. I feel grateful everyday for that Saturday night in.
Since then, I’ve watched numerous other documentaries, read books, articles and immersed myself in learning everything about plant based nutrition. I’ve become a nutrition junkie, wellness addict, health guru and plant based advocate.
Living vegan is unfamiliar for many people, which is why I created The Glowing Fridge – to shed light on this heated yet growing topic, to spread awareness and inspiration, to create deliciously vibrant recipes and offer encouragement. Going vegan doesn’t have to be scary or difficult. It’s back to the basics. It’s simple. It’s delicious. It’s real. It’s not processed. It’s whole foods from nature and ultimately, what you make it out to be.
Now I know what some of you are thinking. You don’t want to picture the process of how your food gets to your plate – it’s easier not to, I know.
Most people would shake their heads and say they don’t want to see it or hear about it, they just want to enjoy their cheeseburgers and milkshakes and be oblivious like everyone else. That used to be me until I took a risk that was out of the ordinary, uncomfortable and far from the norm. It’s easy to eat at a classic restaurant or pass through the drive-thru and make traditional family recipes… but it’s also easy to whip up a delicious, nourishing vegan meal in 5 minutes.
People don’t see it that way though. Humans stick to what they know and don’t want to go through extra trouble if they don’t have to because they’re lazy and tired! They’ve given up. That is no way to live life though, we deserve way more than that. We have one shot. One life. One body. Being vegan is not as hard as society makes it out to be. Vegan is new and unfamiliar, that’s all – just like anything else. It’s not about deprivation, dieting or counting calories, it’s about adding in foods your body will love and will recognize as actual food that it can use . Real, living, colorful, whole foods found in nature.
Food is fuel.?Food is energy. Food is nourishment.
This lifestyle has impacted my life in so many ways! After feeling so healthy and alive, I could never go back to animal products. The biggest benefit for me was the feeling that my clothes fit better than ever as well as clear, glowing skin with a healthy tone that I’ve never had before. My skin is no longer dull, it’s smooth and improving everyday. I don’t have to wear as much makeup as I used to. Energy has been another major plus. Because I am feeding my cells food that it can utilize as fuel, my body functions better than ever – especially my digestion. After I drink my favorite smoothie, I swear I can feel the vitamins buzzing through my veins. I can feel the energy from the food. More energy means more exercise too. Strong is the new sexy!
I want everyone to experience these positive changes. My mindset is more positive (I mean not all the time, lets be real, I still PMS) but there is a new spiritual light inside me. I believe that’s because I am no longer consuming foods that are filled with anxiety, fear and pain. Following my intuition is my driving force, and my intuition is crystal clear. For the most part, I feel well and energized every single day. Who knew our bodies could feel this good?!
They are meant to feel like this, I swear.
I could go on and on but if you are looking for a healthy change or you want to lose weight FOR GOOD, this is the way to go You can live an amazing, fulfilling and satisfying life. Your body is powerful and will reward you if you feed it an abundance of plant based foods, its as simple as that. Fruits, Vegetables, Leafy Greens, Whole Grains, Nuts, Seeds, Legumes and yes, even dark chocolate for all my fellow chocolate addicts 🙂
Whether you want to take baby steps and incorporate more vegetables into your daily life or go full throttle like I did, that is up to you. There is no “right” way to transition. You could start by incorporating non-dairy milk, more fresh vegetables, fresh fruit and grains like oats and quinoa into your diet while slowly eliminating the animal products. Allow your body to adjust. You have to find what works for you. It’s a journey and a learning process.
Top 6 Tips for Transitioning to a Vegan Diet:
1) Try new recipes:
I have hundreds of delicious?recipes for you! Buy a few new vegan cookbooks. Remember to stick with real, whole foods and stay away from processed out of the box meals and frozen dinners. Just because it’s vegan doesn’t automatically mean it’s good for you. Oreo’s are vegan, but not plant based.?Click here for my Vegan Grocery List Guide. ?
2) What about Protein??And Vitamins?
The popular question – where do you get your protein? There’s plenty of options. Get more than enough plant protein from foods like quinoa, tempeh, organic tofu, lentils, black beans, chickpeas, hemp seeds, almonds, pumpkin seeds, kale, spinach, broccoli, peas, oats, potatoes, sunflower seeds, edamame, etc. The list goes on! I use the Cronometer app to measure all my nutrient levels to make sure I get enough of every nutrient we need on a daily basis. I take E3Live for my B12 plus some.
3) Start slowly, not all at once:
Eat the rainbow. Every fruit and vegetable offers different vitamins and nutrients for your body, hence all the different colors. Try them all at least once. Incorporate more veggies/fruits/nuts instead of eliminating meat and fish all at once. Do replace dairy milk right away with almond milk, soy milk, coconut milk, hemp milk, cashew milk or hazelnut milk. That’s an easy + delish swap. Try my 5-Day Body Balance Cleanse as a perfect way to transition to this lifestyle.
4) Self-educate with books, articles and documentaries:
My favorite documentaries are:?Forks Over Knives, Earthlings,?Vegucated?and?Food Inc. – all on Netflix. Do research! Find out why you personally want to incorporate more plant foods. You are likely to stick with this healthier lifestyle if you have a driving force. Be prepared to answer questions from others who may be concerned. Don’t let them manipulate or confuse you. This is your life, your decision! Start with my?Vegan Starter Guide to living a plant based life.
5) Ask a friend or loved one to try the vegan lifestyle with you:
Motivate each other. Offer support. Leave notes to one another or send an encouraging text. Learn with each other.
6) Allow your body the time it needs to detox and reset before fully reaping the benefits:
The detox process can take several weeks, months, even years. So be kind, patient and nurture your precious body. Eventually you will feel all the benefits from this lifestyle. You may feel kinda crappy sometimes, that is your body trying to flush out years of built-up toxins and chemicals from animal products. It’s truly a good thing!
Small changes in your life can make a difference you will feel good about. I promise, it can be so rewarding with new perspectives on life. Stepping out of your comfort zone is liberating and opens new doors. I can’t tell you how much positivity this lifestyle has brought me. I wake up eager to work on this blog everyday and connect with all of you. Becoming vegan has taken my health to the next level and was hands down the best decision I have ever made.
As mentioned above, I created a complete starter guide to living plant based (a downloadable PDF file that is viewable on any device) including how to transition and why, the basics, what to expect, what to eat, healthy digestion, meal guides, shopping lists, how to maintain this lifestyle long-term, dealing with friends/family and more! To learn more about?my Vegan Starter Guide, click here!?I also created a supplemental 5-Day Body Balance Cleanse to help you transition or just get back on track with healthy eating.?
So if you have any questions please leave me a comment, or send me an email. My email is email@example.com. I would love to hear your thoughts and personal stories. Your health is all you have at the end of the day. Take control of it and make those first steps to improve it today!
I’ll leave you with a few pics of my best little buddy, Taz, who stole my heart from the minute I saw him and makes me laugh every single day.
That is absolutely correct. Protein supplements should be taken by everyone who works out in the gym, not only bodybuilders.
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Thanks for sharing your story! I watched so many documentaries and read books about veganism and a plant-based diet, and I think it’s very interesting. Three months ago, I also started to eat more consciously, taking the time and effort to care about what exactly goes in my body. Since then, I never felt any better than I do right now – I feel a lot stronger and more energetic. And it’s a lot of fun eating plant-based food and preparing meals. Instead of the Cronometer app, I use the pro-version of Yazio to track my nutrients – I like it since it’s simple and easy to use (https://www.yazio.com/en/food-diary). Do you have any other tips on how to stay on top of your nutrient level? Also, since I just found out about your blog, I will try out some of your recipes!
Wow!! Amazing you are inspiration for all of us!! That story is so powerful. Me and my girlfriend try for year’s to become vegan and so many struggle’s.. the path wasn’t easy.. we liked to eat everything we see.. but with people like you we manage to do it!! Our first progress was when we found this program https://bit.ly/3ik217M only for one month and we did it strick for the first time and that was our first big progress ever!! We want just to help more people to don’t get the all struggle like us.. keep trying you can do it!!!
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Hey everyone. I’m 16 and I’ve wanted to go vegan for about 2 years but I’m also one year into recovery for anorexia. I am fully weight restored and so mentally ready to go vegan but my parents won’t hear it. They’re completely brainwashed by the industry, and they insist that I go to a nutritionist if I even think about it, and not one that specializes in this either. We’ve been to two and both said straight up no essentially as they too are suck in the web of lies. I hate the way animal products make me feel- I saw earthlings (by accident, I wasn’t looking for something that brutal) and I was sobbing the hardest I ever have. I was a mess, apologizing to the screen for all the pain I could hear in their voices. And that did nothing for me when my dad walked in on me and got angry at me for “upsetting myself”, and they still refuse to listen to the research I’ve done or even watch a documentary. They let me not eat meat but I have to eat eggs milk and fish. I’m somewhat okay with the eggs we use because we get them from a farmers market or vital farms brand, both of which I’ve made sure are good to their animals (I used to raise my own chickens so I know what an egg from a happy chicken tastes like as well). As for milk I pretty much hate it and you would not believe how sick I am of salmon. I need help. What can I do?
I appreciate these blogs and website I finally had time to do more research. My daughter is 17 and became a vegan a few months ago. So, when she shared this with me, I have been trying to get her to try different things. She is not fond of many of them and would rather not eat than eat what she does not want to eat. She likes protein bars – she reads all ingredients and lets me know when I did not buy a vegan item when I thought I did. I can’t read sometimes that small print on the packages no matter how good my glasses are. She does feel better but is frustrated. I do not know really how to help. Do you have any suggestions? She has learned to bake really well substituting the egss with the flaxseed formula but when it comes to any other items not so well. Like I said, she is 17 and adamant about being a vegan. I want to help. I am slowly transitioning but she does not want to me meet 1/2 way to help her.
Hi, is so good to meet ppl likeminded. I have decided to go vegan this week after watching a documentary about slaughter house. I cried and I still can’t stop thinking about what happen to those animals. Is cruel, is murder!
I’m learning, not missing meat! : )
WoW! Your “awakening” and mine are VERY similar! I started with the whole, “I’m going to buy a “happy” free range cow and not support the animal agriculture crap!” Wellll….the day I went to the butcher, I sat in the parking lot bawling because I KNEW that cow was alive earlier in the week and was now dead, chopped up, and packaged up neatly just.for.me. I killed it. After that trauma, I too surfed Netflix and came upon Food, Inc. I cried hysterically through the entire thing….then I got mad…then I changed! I have watched a few more documentaries, the last one being “Earthlings” (aka the vegan maker) but since that one, I have to refrain as I have been somewhat traumatized by those images. I know what I need to know. Now my 3 daughters are transitioned with me and I think my most important job is to raise the NEXT generation as plant-based and to teach them to be wary of the meat and dairy industires and all of their lies….
I stumbled upon your blog and it is BEAUTIFUL! I can’t wait to try some of your recipies.
As a side note, we live about 90 miles east of you by South Bend in Northern Indiana-right in the “heartland” of meat and dairy. It is a difficult existence, but with people like you, this lifestyle is so easy and such a better way to LIVE! Keep up the good work!!
Great story. In these days is hard to find some good stories about being vegan, seriously. I think we have to put these things together. Thank you for your recipes, I can collaborate with some other i found since i’m vegan: http://zumos.com/recetas/ Lot of juices!!
I watched Vegucated a week ago and your response to it was mine to a tee. I cried for hours and made the switch overnight. The images of the atrocities done to animals in the video are burned into my brain forever. The switch was easier than I thought and I must say my energy levels is through the roof. I sleep better and my nearly 50 year old joints/body feel like a 20 something’s. I am amazed at how quickly the positive benefits have shown themselves. So glad I found your blog-it is a treasure trove of information for a newbie!
Hi Shannon, I’m so glad your boyfriend is supportive. I watched Earthlings and cried for 3 days (I kid you not, the howling kind, not pretty). My husband was horrified and decided to see for himself. He lasted less than 20 minutes. Since then my boys (3, all primary school and no, there’s no way I would let them watch this at video their age) have gone vegetarian, it’s a start, and they are constantly educating themselves about animal abuse etc. Hubby’s a dedicated carnivore but 3 out of 4 isn’t bad. Best of luck with your blog you’ve done a lovely job and are helping so many people (and animals). Be proud, you deserve it.
Thank you for the pep talk! I just transitioned to a vegan lifestyle and have been going strong for 14 days now. I have already started feeling energy, healthier and happier.
I have two questions:
1. I am always on the run for work with very little time for me…..I went to our local natural market (specializes in vegan foods) and purchased quick meals from the frozen case….Nate’s and Gardein were the two product names. However I know (I’ve always ate clean even as a carnivore) frozen food cases are the devil but not all. So what should I look for or stay away from in the quick meal section? There are times were I just can’t make a non-processed meal.
2. What egg substitute do you prefer for recipes?
Thank you for your time…
First off, that’s awesome! Good to hear that you’re feeling energized and healthier 🙂 it’s a great way to live! I totally understand the time commitment to eating vegan (or healthy, in general) but if you could put aside a couple hours on a Sunday afternoon, it would be life-changing. I love to meal prep on Sundays by making big batches of salads for lunch and preparing something like soup/chili/tacos for weeknight dinner. I have recipes for all of those here on the blog. I also cook a large amount of quinoa or brown rice for the week. This makes it possible to whip up something quick at night. You could also chop up veggies for snacks and divide them up for the week and have fresh fruit on hand for snacks as well. I can’t go without an apple everyday! Cooking at home is a way to connect with what your eating and it saves money too. The only “processed” frozen items I buy are veggie burgers and I make sure they do not have soy protein isolate, only whole food ingredients with little sodium. I also buy frozen fruit for smoothies, but that’s not processed, obviously! There are lifestyle adjustments which are necessary if you want to eat vegan and not processed. It’s so worth those couple hours on Sunday though, I promise.
As far as egg substitutes, it depends on the recipe. Are you baking or wanting something similar to scrambled eggs? For scrambled “eggs”, I love tofu with nutritional yeast, veggies and spices (there’s a recipe here on the blog in the “breakfast” category). For baking, that also depends but mashed banana, applesauce, flax “eggs” or chia “eggs” work nicely! Hope this helps 🙂
Hi Shannon! I’ve stumbled onto your blog, and have a quick questions about food for the vegan lifestyle. Have started thinking about becoming a vegetarian, but have food allergies to gluten and nuts. Any suggestions on how to become a vegetarian or vegan with these food allergies? Have struggled with finding or knowing what alternatives to substitute into recipes so that I can incorporate them into my life! Thanks!!
I just have to tell you that stumbling upon your blog today could have not come at a better time. I am so glad I read your vegan story- because what you went through before you transitioned is exactly what I am going through right now.
The internal struggle is real! The food I’ve been eating my whole life does not match my values or my deep passion for all animal life (I too have been recently watching all of those documentaries and like you cannot get those images out of my head, nor do I think I ever will) and recently this has been incredibly conflicting for me. This past weekend I made a pledge that I would eat less animal products if not go cold tofurkey! It’s been a bit difficult this week with my husband, friends and family being huge meat and dairy eaters. This blog is exactly what I needed- to read your story and to see how closely it matches with mine just lets me know that it is possible and I can live this healthy, cruelty free lifestyle and know that it’s not difficult!
I am so excited to start this journey and so happy that I found your blog to be my guide!
Thanks for sharing your story Shannon 🙂 I was vegetarian for two years before my vegan ah-hah moment. I somehow knew I was ready for the transition to veganism and one day, out of no where really, I researched some books on veganism. I ran to Barnes and Noble and read the book in one weekend. After the first chapter I knew that I had what I needed to make the life change. The rest is history and now I come here daily to get recipes and motivation.
I am a vegetarian and had transitioning to vegan on my mind for quite some time. Thank you for being a wonderful inspiration, I’ll let you know when I make the transition.
Thank you for sharing your story and starting your blog. Our stories are quite similar. I have dabbled in vegetarianism and veganism for the last 6 months after watching various Netflix documentaries. I couldn’t shake what I saw and I knew in my heart I needed to be full on Vegan. I am starting out and I am so proud of myself for finally doing it. Your website and recipes will certainly help me in my transition! Thank you!!!
I just came across this article on Pinterest and just wanted to say how much I appreciated hearing your story on becoming vegan, as it reminds me of my own in some ways. I’m excited to try out some of your recipes! Thank you for doing what you are doing and helping to spread the word! People like you make me so happy and gives me hope for the world we live in.
Hi Shannon. A vegan co-worker sent me your blog, since she knew I was transitioning from vegetarian to vegan. Wow! All I can say is thank-you. You’ve joined the ranks of my rock stars, like T. Colin Campbell!
It was hard for me to slowly covert to Vegan. So I just jumped right in and went vegan. I have made some mistakes, but I dust off and move forward. Read labels too. Not all sugar is Vegan and neither is Honey. Now I know. It’s been 8 months for me and my hardest part is knowing if I am getting enough protein. So thank you for the suggestion for the app. I take a B 12 shot once a month. I really don’t miss the meat with all the delicious recipes for Vegans.
This is probably one of the best things I’ve ever read. I’ve always been a huge animal advocate, and recently the thought of animals being hurt for ANYTHING including household items to food has made me sick to my stomach.
Thank you for enlightening me.
Hi Taylor! Wow thank you, that means a lot. All it takes is reading something, watching something or hearing something that makes you realize you want to change. It’s amazing when it clicks so thank you for sharing and loving animals!!
Thank you so much for taking the time to blog. I deciddd last night to go part time vegan. I am getting into hunting and thanks to a very inspirational teacher 1p years ago he inspired the idea of only eating meat harvest by myself or close friends. For now while transition i plan on eating a few portions of free range turkey per week (its in my freezer). I have been gaining weight for several years and cant seem to loose weight no mater what i do i cant seem to loose. Now that my mental health is improving and im recovered from a head injury im ready to do something big for myself. I cant wait to keep reading your blog and get started. Last time i went vegetarian at 14 i couldnt make it work but now its time.
I really enjoyed reading this post. I have been a vegetarian ever since my parents gave in to my demands when I was five. I too lived in a meat eating family, town, state… but I had a dream or a vision, I do not know what, but I recall it clearly. And, I just could not stand the thought of eating an animal. My kids and husband like meat, my daughter especially! But now that she is in junior high, and has become very good friends with a vegan, she is also very committed being vegan. I am so proud of her determination.
I tried going vegan years ago, and I remember how much better I felt without the dairy in my system. So much energy! Better health, digestion….It is good to hear it from another source so that I know that I was not imagining those things. I am trying to make the transition now. There is so much more information out there now, that I feel confident that this is the time!
Thank you for the encouragement and the push. I needed it.
I have been in a two year on-going transition.
I actually need to go back about three years ago when I took a nutrition class. That was a wake up call. When I found out that we needed to feed ourselves at a cellular level , I felt like whatever I was putting in my mouth was starving my body. It got to the point that I pretty much stopped eating which was a bad thing to do. I did end up learning what fruits, vegetables, grains and protein I needed to properly feed my body (this was before I started researching Veganism)
After doing some research on Veganism two years ago I went vegan for about 6months. It was really difficult when you do not have support. My husband thought it was weird. After the first months, I did still watch what I ate and limited meat and dairy as much I could.
Then last year, my husband, had an ah-ha moment and started to understand where I was coming from. That I was doing it for health and to help save the planet. He has done his own research and has even read book of mine. We still haven’t converted 100%, but now we’ve got each other and we will keep trying.
Wow, your story is so inspirational and you’ve written about it in such amazing detail. Thank you so much!
I really like the part about going vegan with someone else. I think you really need that level of support for two reasons:
1. It’s obviously great to go through a difficult challenge with someone
2. It’s so hard to go vegan initially with so many ney-sayers and negative people telling you that you shouldn’t. So important to connect with like-minded-people.
Thanks so much for this.
Vegucated changed my life too.
It is so refreshing to know how many people are changing their lives this way.
Diana van Eyk
I’ve been vegan for over 31 years and have never looked back. It’s great to see how many people are being sensitized to how much cruelty there is towards animals, not to mention the environmental and health consequences of not being vegan.
Thanks for sharing your experience, and I wish you many wonderful years of fabulous eating!
Loved your post. My meat loving daughter started on the vegan road in high school and then at 23 committed definitely. My other daughter is a vegetarian. I also chose to watch Vegucated, thinking it would be the least graphic of all the docs and like you was truly horrified by what I saw. Your post came at a good time, as I needed reminding as to why I was continuing on this path. For me it is purely about not contributing to the cruelty towards animals, as I don’t feel any benefits as far as an increase in health or energy etc. Thanks for your great recipes and inspiring words!
I want to comment on ur story here. The part that got me was where you said:
” We have one shot. One life. One body. ”
I agree. The sad thing is, too many people, especially kids, feel like life is like a video game. “I’m not woreri9ed if I die. I have another life.” Uh, no you don’t!
You might be wondering about me. I’ll give a short answer here and if you like, I’ll expand. I’m a 52 year old disabled male. I’m currently tip (squish) the scales at 330 lbs. I want to try and get back down to somewhere between 180-200 lbs. This afternoon, I was on Pinterest and saw your recipes for Mashed Chickpea Salad and thought I’d give it a try. I haven’t tried it yet, but will report on what I think. I still want to check out the rest of your site, but I like what I see so far. As soon as I send this letter off, I’m scrolling back up to read the rest of how you got started. I just had to respond when I saw ” We have one shot. One life. One body. ” and to let you know somebody is out here reading this.
Robert, my husband (age 62) and I (age 57) took the leap to a plant based diet two years ago after watching “Forks Over Knives” documentary. We’ve never looked back. All the craving are gone; we’re much healthier; no medications (hubby was on Lipitor for years); etc. I found so many excellent recipes on Pinterest. Watch the sugar and salt, though. Just because it’s Vegan doesn’t mean it’s healthy. If a recipe calls for a lot of sugar (a cup or more), but otherwise sounds good, I might try it with half the amount of sugar. I use 100% pure maple sugar, which you can find here: http://www.jedsmaple.com/phpNew/fam8001.php
I buy the 1.5 lb jar which is a lot cheaper than the health food stores even with the shipping.
We also do not use soy in any form, but many Vegans do. I buy fresh, organic produce and we eat at least half raw. I love that I can have dessert that is made from healthy, real ingredients. Many dessert recipes use dates or other whole fruits for the sweetener and include veggies. It doesn’t get any healthier than that!
It sounds as though you are willing to work in the kitchen. That will be a huge part of your success!
Also, as you begin to feel better and loose weight, you will need to add exercise. You mention you are disabled. If there is anything you can do physically, you will find ideas on Pinterest. Just do the best you can.
Good luck on your journey! Start today!
I cannot bring myself to watch Vegucated. I think I would die. I cannot stand the torture animals endure. It makes me so ill.
My question is, if my kids and husband wont go along with being vegan, how can I cook for them? I hate buying or making meat for them but that is what they want.
My kids are not yet convinced, either, but they are adults, so I don’t have quite the direct influence as you do. They know they will be eating Vegan when they come over here and they are OK with that. I just can’t get them to do it at home.
If I may, my strategy suggestion is to gradually make more of the meal loaded with veggies and very small amounts of meat. Buy grass fed organic meat and poultry. Start with one day a week meat-free, then increase it (leftovers?). Find tasty recipes you think they would like, but don’t tell them it’s Vegan or what’s in it. They need to try it first. This is what I’ve done with my 80 year old parents. Dad tried the avocado chocolate pudding with coconut cream topping and loved it! I told him after the fact what was in it. You can find those recipes on Pinterest.
Try to make as much as you can with whole foods, nothing processed. It will be more work for you, but as you find things they like, you can build from there.
I’ve been vegan for 2 years but my husband and son are not.. I do all the grocery shopping and the cooking though so they eat whatever I cook. I refuse to buy or cook it for them and they respect that. Sometimes my son will eat meat at school and my husband goes out to lunch 1 day a week but overall their consumption drasticly decreased because of me. You can make any craving they have into a vegan alternative. Example: teriyaki chicken = teriyaki sauce over crispy cauliflower bites.
Great story! Check out http://www.nourishedyogi.com . Came across this gem the other day. Amazing recipes!
I had been vegetarian for about 15 years and when I became lactose intolerant I stopped eating dairy. I then also watched Vegucated and I immediately stopped eating any eggs and other animal products. The hardest part for me is I’m a very picky eater and I am not fond of cooking…then there’s grad school and a full time job! I just need to find some easy recipes that I really love. I’m going to check out your website a little more to see what I can find 🙂
Try happy herbivore! She has everyday happy herbivore which is 30 minutes for dinners! I’m sure Shannon has some great easy options too. Like she said–its back to basics!
Hello Shannon…. I had to force myself to watch Earthlings, which was one of the hardest things ive ever done. A very graphic and Horrific way about the Truth how societies treatment in the dairy and meat industry treat animals. How animals are sold in pet stores Fur trade how Animals are skinned alive. Animal experiments . Medical / scientific research., The list goes on. This had a profound effect, chilled me to the very bone and touched deep into my soul. I cried and screamed out loud as I forced myself to watch as I knew I must learn the truth to be able to change my life for the better.. Right then a light switched on in my heavy heart of sorrow for all the suffering of these dear sweet creatures that we share this earth with. No Animal needs to die in order for me to live . I have been Vegan now for just over a year and a half. Its the BEST thing I have ever done. As long as I live I will continue to be a voice for all Animals.
Not all of us can do Great things, But we can do Small things with Great Love in our everyday life which make a huge difference and impact on the Animals the planet and us.
I found your lovely vegan pins and look forward to cooking up some scrumptious delights…Thank you, with much love and sunshine…. Deana ps and Dixie is my rescue cat , she is my Best furry 4 paws friend 🙂
I’ve been totally whet free for 6 weeks now. Inspired by the book wheat belly. I feel great, and I’ve lost about 10 lbs. I don’t crave wheat and I don’t ever plan on ever adding it back in my diet. I’m still learning what I can and can’t eat. I learned wasabi has wheat in it. Anyways a coworker is a vegan, well I think she doesn’t do wheat also. But between her influence to convince me to go without dairy and watching forks over knives I decided to go vegan. I’m doing it strictly for my own health. I’m glad I came across your blog. So far some great tips and recipes.
I recently went Vegan and like you I have been a nutrition nut! I can’t stoop watching documentaries, listening to podcasts and reading blogs about the benefits of plant based diets. While I feel so much better in several aspects of my life since going vegan, I still struggle with creative new dishes to make for lunch and dinner. Oh and I still crave CHEESE but I have yet to try a vegan ‘cheese’. Do you have any recommendations? Thanks so much for sharing your story. I live in Florida but grew up in Indy and went to Indiana University. I was excited to hear you went to Purdue! Keep up the good work.
Found you on Pinterest this evening and reading your blog. So inspired!! I have been pescatarian for almost 2 years and still trying to make the full transition to plant based. Have been eating too much dairy, processed foods, and sweets lately and feel sluggish as a result. Getting back on track after reading your blog, thank you!!
Your story is very inspirational! I am working becoming a vegan again…I am sixteen and I believe there is no age to “start” becoming vegan…My family is completely baffled by the fact that I wanted to become completely vegan. I noticed they all say the same thing, “Angéla, your way too young! You will need protein, it is not healthy and you are no doctor!” I know that I have the dedication and I’m not doing it for “personal image insecurities” or to be “cool” I have been inside a slaughterhouse before and seen animals being mistreated and killed. It does bother me when people say similar things as if becoming vegan was “bad” or “wrong”. Last month I tried the vegan diet and the only person that supported me was my younger sister. I ate plenty of fruit and veggies and drank only water, exercising daily. I went for a week until my Ma said I was starving myself because I was becoming slightly slimmer…She stopped buying fruits and the veggies I ate. And down the mountain I go…
But reading your story today, greatly influenced me to keep trying! I dream one day to be as healthy and as positive as you are! Thankyou so much :]
Hi Angél – Oh wow I’m so sorry to hear that. You are right – there is no age limit to begin this healthy lifestyle!! Finding some common ground with family can be the most difficult part though – especially at first. There are plenty of ways for you to get adequate protein and maybe showing them some resources or even meeting with a holistic doctor/nutritionist would be beneficial to make sure you are getting all the nutrients you need. One thing that helped me at first was entering my food intake into the Cronometer app. It showed me where I was lacking and where I was getting too much. A different approach could make all the difference and give your family some peace of mind.
I wish you the best and definitely keep trying, don’t give up! It’s amazing to hear how driven you are, especially at your age. Keep it up!!
I agree. I am 13 years old and have been vegetarian for about 3 mons now and I never liked meat or ate beef. I really want to get into a more vegan diet, but my parent are already upset with me for deciding to convert to vegetarianism. I hate thinking about the animals killed and hurt, ever since I watch earthlings I have tried to be as close to vegan as I can. I really want to be vegan but I’m scared about what my parents will think as I have had an eating disorder in the past. I don’t want to do it to look better or different, I just want to stop pointless slaughter.
How cool! I can relate sooo hard. Vegucated was the turning point for me. Right after watching that I eliminated animals from my diet! It was a weird internal struggle at first but my heart knew this was the way for me 🙂 A little over 2 years later and I see how that was the best decision I’ve ever made. It opened so many doors in my life and I finally felt like I knew myself.
Thank you for sharing your story and helping others as well!
I can relate because watching Vegucated is what influenced my decision to go vegan. I haven’t gone full on vegan yet; however, I am researching and slowly clearing out the the animal products from my fridge. This guide is something that I have been looking for to help get started. Thank you!
Hi Corliss, I’m happy I can offer inspiration to help you get started on your journey. I’m here to help in any way that I can! Good luck on your journey and best wishes to you.
Hey Stephanie – I totally know what you mean with the internal struggle. Vegucated was so intense! I will never be able to watch it again – once was enough. I’m so happy to hear that you are thriving on this diet after 2 years though, that’s amazing! Thank you for inspiring and spreading the love!
I went vegan after reading Dr. Fuhrman’s book Eat to Live and I’ve lost weight and my skin is glowing after just two weeks! I’m 100% aware of what I’m putting in my body and the unhealthy processed food doesn’t even tempt me any more as my body is satisfied with all the healthy food I’m giving it.
Me too!! I love that book.
I recently saw ‘Cowspiracy’ and ‘The best speech you’ll ever hear’ and I was really shocked! Like many other people I eat my whole life meat, eggs and diary products, because I never really think about all the stuff behind the food. I’ve changed now my food to mostly vegan, but I’m trying to go full.
But the thing, that amazes me the most, it’s not even really hard and it’s easier to eat healthy. I can now say no to chocolate, desserts… because I don’t want to eat the animal products in there 😉
I found your guide through Pinterest and I’m looking forward to read it!
Thanks for sharing so amazing recipes and infos, you’re a great inspiration!
Kathy Sturr of the Violet Fern
Vegucated is what threw the switch for me, too! I love how you mention a new spiritual light inside – I feel the same. My life is more blessed somehow since I became Vegan. I have a link to Earthlings but I haven’t worked up the nerve to watch it. Someday – I’ll be sure to have a bottle of wine on hand ha ha.
Hanna @ Gold Polka Dots
I’m so glad I found your blog! I saw Vegucated last week and immediately stopped eating meat. I’m completely comfortable with that decision, but I’m having a hard time with giving up every animal product such as dairy and cheese. What makes going vegan easier is that my husband wants to be vegan as well. Hopefully by being vegan at home, it will be easier to make vegan choices when I go out to eat.
Can’t wait to look through your recipes!
Hi Hanna – That’s amazing! I remember that feeling, especially with cheese. For me, it passed after a month and I honestly don’t miss it at all. Occasionally the smell of pizza makes me a little crazy (why does it have to smell so good??!!) but it’s not worth eating it for me. How awesome that your husband wants to be vegan too – that support will help you immensely, it’s a team effort! Making vegan decisions while eating out gets easier with time and there are more and more vegan restaurants popping up every day 🙂 I wish you the best, let me know how it goes!
I was compelled to comment and let you know how similar our stories are!
I too have always (since I was young) had an uncomfortable feeling about eating meat and drinking cow’s milk. I only ate what I needed to, to keep my family off my back! But the thought of eating animal flesh, truly grossed me out, if I thought about it, or saw it raw!
After watching Vegucated (along with the other documentaries) I was completely unaware and appalled at what the food industry does to our food, especially to animals. (I must admit, I like animals, but never been an “animal lover”, but NOTHING deserves to be treated so poorly.)
I have slowly been moving to a plant-based/whole foods diet…and after watching Vegucated, that pushed me over the edge…I’m done with animal products.
I want everyone to watch these food documentaries, but don’t want to be pushy. What are you’re thoughts? How do you handle those who think it’s extreme?
Thanks so much!
Hi Mandi, thank you so much for sharing and commenting, it really means a lot. Watching those documentaries truly is eye-opening and I so wish that everyone would watch them. I feel you! When I first made the lifestyle switch, I ran and told everyone that they must watch the documentaries immediately… but that didn’t work. If anything, it backfired and made them even less compelled to watch. My parents still haven’t watched anything I’ve asked them to because they just don’t want to know about it. I’ve learned that people have to want to learn more for themselves, they can’t be told. While planting the seed and letting them know how it affected you may help and open their eyes, they truly have to want it before any change can happen. Once they see how good you feel, they may start asking questions and gain more interest!
For those who think it’s extreme, I usually stay quiet to keep the peace, more for myself. This is a personal choice and decision, ya know? They are not ready to hear what you have to say and are mainly looking for an argument of some sort. It’s not worth trying to change someone who is far away from wanting to learn! If they are truly interested in what you have to say, then share some facts and share how your life has changed and keep it light and upbeat 🙂
I hope this helps!! Good luck on your journey!!
Grace Victoria Murray
Hi Shannon , I decided to become vegan two days ago. My story is similar to yours in some ways, I have eaten meat my whole life, never even thought about being Vegetarian or let alone Vegan.
I came across the films from “Mercy for animals” and ”Earthlings”. Now I feel like I would throw up if I ate anything even remotely related to those animal crimes. I have never been so horrified in my life, I don’t want to touch, smell or even look at meat or dairy or animal related products. I cried all day and when my boyfriend got home he was a little confused but supportive (Lol although he says he is not going to be Vegan but will help me.)
I have never met anyone who was Vegan. I have been eating oats biscuits I made, vegetables and fruit. I’m a little scared but excited for the future. I believe that I was ment to come across this and make the change. I wish I had known sooner of the real process beforehand. We lie to ourselves unfortunately.
Thank you for telling your story, I have found some Naturally Vegan Middle Eastern recipes that I look forward to using.
You are an inspiration. Thank you
Hi Grace, good for you! I know what you mean, I feel so disgusted if I see animal products of any kind now. That’s so great that your boyfriend is supportive though, that will really help you in your journey because it’t not always easy completely changing your lifestyle, but it is SO WORTH IT. I promise 🙂
I wish you the best and if you ever need support or have any questions, I would be happy to help.
Found on of your recipes yesterday on Pinterest, and now spent an hour pinning today, so much I want to read, but I fear I will be here all day.
I had very similar experience to you, always from a child had deep seated desire to be vegetarian. always pressured to eat meat/dairy based family meals. I finally after many previous requests to Husband and kids started vegetarian journey a year ago, luckily met an American vegan on Pinterest, who told me about dairy, so we literally went vegan overnight. never been so excited about food, or enjoyed it so much. Your recipes look so exciting and tasty, kind and healthy. Can’t wait to try them out.
Hi Judy – yay so happy for you as well as your family! It’s an amazing way to live and I wish you the best of luck on your journey!
Pinterest eats up WAY too much of my time as well haha!
Thanks so much for sharing your story. I have been pescatarian for a little over a year now. I have been dabbling in veganism for a while but haven’t been able to make the switch yet. I’m still stuck on dairy. I know that diary cows are treated horribly and that milk is to fatten up calves and yet I still eat cheese and butter.
I know this is silly but the hardest thing for me is getting together with family and friends. Everyone I know gives me crap just for being a pescatarian. I know I should be brave enough to handle everyone’s criticism, I mean I’m 30 years old not a little girl, but for whatever reason its been a challenge for me. At every family gathering EVERYTHING has meat or cheese in it. I literally can’t get anyone to not put bacon on green beans, or leave the blue cheese out of a salad. Its always a huge deal because someone has to make something special just for me.
Anyway I whole heartedly agree with your philosophy of creating your own path in life and I just need to do it. With or without the support of my spouse or loved ones. They will eventually stop judging me.
Hi Monica, ahh I feel your pain! That has been one of the hardest things for me too although my family has come to terms with it and now embrace more veggie dishes at family gatherings. But they still say things like here is a vegan sweet potato for you and here is your vegan pasta which makes me laugh because it’s just a regular potato or just regular pasta with tomatoes! Most people tune out to it and think we eat these odd foods when really all plant based vegans eat are vegetables, fruits and whole foods… not food from outer space!
I’m thinking I should write a post about it because it’s something we all deal with and it can really get to us, especially when we first start. I always bring something to family gatherings or at least offer so they don’t feel the need to make me something, so maybe try that. All you need to remember during those times of judgement is that this is your body and it’s what YOU want, that really helps me! I can leave the table feeling light and energized while everyone else feels weighed down and bloated, I’ll take that feeling any day 🙂
I wish you the best!
Thanks for sharing your story 🙂 I was vegetarian for two years before my vegan ah-hah moment. I somehow knew I was ready for the transition to veganism and one day, out of no where really, I researched some books on veganism and came across Eating Animals. I ran to Barnes and Noble and read the book in one weekend. After the first chapter I knew that I had what I needed to make the life change. Knowledge shapes our values, and once you acknowledge the value in all sentient life there is no other lifestyle to choose. Eating meat or dairy isn’t even a choice anymore. It might as well be poison. I’ve been vegan 6 months since that weekend and I haven’t looked back. I’m so happy that your partner was open to veganism, I’m hoping one day my significant other will have his ah-hah moment 🙂
Hi Jamie – That’s amazing, it’s funny how it all works out isn’t it?! I couldn’t agree with you more, meat and dairy are far from my radar 🙂 my boyfriend has phases at the moment… I know he understands the whole philosophy about living vegan and he fully appreciates and loves the lifestyle but if he has a taste for pizza, he won’t hesitate… I’ll take what I can get I guess! Thank you for reading my story, it truly means so much to me.
Love you web site. Can’t wait to try some new recipes
Thank you Kathy! It means a lot!
I read all the bad things about farms and how that is the major turning point for becoming a vegan for many people. I grew up on a farm in a community of farms and I never saw anything like what is shown on the documentaries. I just want it out there that not all farms and farmers mistreat their animals. For many the animals are part of their family. The livestock is what their family relies on to survive so they take very good care of them.
Thank you for your comment and I understand not all farmers mistreat their animals. I’m sure the documentaries show the worst of the worst, but what I saw changed the way I view animals forever. For me, going vegan was about way more than the mistreatment of animals. It’s about feeding my body real living plant foods that are full of life and color because it makes me feel good. Foods packed with antioxidants that can nourish and give me healthy, glowing skin. Everyone has to find what works for them and this is definitely working for me.
Just wanted to say hello from a fellow vegan blogger! You popped up in my Pinterest board the other day, and I’m going to make some of your cookies and your Sesame Kale Bowls this week! Yum! Did I see that you went to Purdue? I went to college in Indiana as well, but now am living far far away in Seattle! Happy blogging 🙂
Hi Sarah! Can’t wait for you to try some recipes. And yes I went to Purdue, where did you go to school? I’ve always wanted to visit Seattle. Very happy blogging to you 🙂
Thank you so much for sharing your story! I was a vegetarian for years, and I recently went vegan and can relate a lot with your thoughts. This a huge life change for me, and I’m already seeing great results, from better sleep, to better digestion. The only problem I am having is my husband who is worried about me, because as much as I try to educate him on how dairy is not necessary, he believes its not healthy for me. He often makes me feel guilty if I don’t want to order pizza or eat with him because its not part of my diet anymore. It kinda stinks when I feel like I’m being difficult.
Thank you Dakshina!
I totally understand. Some people are very skeptical of this lifestyle and most people are uncomfortable with change. It can shift the entire family dynamic. I found that with time (and me not making a big deal about what I was eating) my boyfriend became more interested and started asking questions. Then we watched a couple documentaries together and slowly, he started to understand why going vegan was important to me. I realize every situation is different and it’s also easier said than done, but reassuring him that you are still “you” and you will still be able to enjoy meals together is important. You can order pizza with veggies if you want, just be sure it’s cheeseless and the sauce/crust isn’t made with animal products. Or ask to try a new vegan restaurant together! Asking for support and mentioning that you are trying a new way of eating to see how it works for you can help alleviate stress. With time, it’s possible he will want to make healthier choices with you and learn more about this way of eating. Throwing facts can turn people away and they may resent this lifestyle even more so talk about all of the good things that have come from going vegan like how you are sleeping better etc. instead of saying why this food is bad and unnecessary. Good luck!
I enjoyed reading your story Shannon! I found your blog through the VVP and it’s beautiful. I went vegan about 1.5 years ago. I used to think vegans were ridiculous and never thought I could give up dairy. It was hard to change my diet at first (I went cold turkey), but the longer I stuck with it the easier it became! I eat a wider variety of foods now than I ever have and I don’t feel deprived in any way. I wish more people could see how do-able it is to eat a plant-based diet. Thanks for sharing your journey!
Hi Faith, I’m so happy we could connect through the VVP! As I continue connecting with other vegan bloggers, I’m finding out that many of them have gone vegan overnight/cold turkey which is so interesting to me! All it takes is that one moment where everything clicks and your world is never the same 🙂 I wish more people could see how accessible this lifestyle is as well, and how amazing it would make them feel. Thank you for stopping by and I’ll be sure to visit your blog!
Vegucated was what did it for me, too. I had been vegan before in my life, but not because I really knew what was going on in farms and such. I was doing it mostly for health, and a little to impress a boy, and I still thought that when my mom bought “cage free” eggs she was doing something that was okay. I knew the factory farms that, like, Walmart and McDonald’s used were bad but I had no idea how bad the whole system was.
I watched Vegucated while I was eating pasta with vodka cream sauce and about a half hour in, I saw the male chicks getting tossed into a grinder (because they were considered useless) like they were a piece of defective clothing or something and I dropped my fork and declared aloud to myself “never again.”
And I haven’t touched an animal product since, not just food, but any kind.
Sometimes I think overnight is just how it happens. Thanks for sharing your story!
That’s so true, I think most people are just unaware of how bad the entire system actually is, I definitely was until I watched Vegucated and other documentaries. What an amazing moment for you though! It’s eye-opening and unlike any other feeling. I’m beginning to see that many vegans have gone vegan overnight. All it takes is one moment to change your entire life. Thank you for sharing your experience and I’m glad we could connect!
After months of procrastinating I am finally making the transition! I am 20 years old and dying get from high cholesterol and almost having diabetes! I suffer from PCOS and gained over a hundred pounds in less than 6 months because of this disease. I went from being 120 pounds to 220 and it has been killing me! After doing research I am finally ready to take charge and begin! I don’t have any support here, my husband will forever be a carnivore but he is going to eat more plant based. I’ve seen what being a vegan can do for a mind and body! You’re story and this blog will help keep me on track and my goals in focus!
Hi Sierra, wow! Good for you! So happy to hear this! It must be difficult, but you are taking control of your health which is amazing. The transition is never easy, but living a plant based life can completely transform everything from your body to your mindset to how you think about food in general. It’s inspiring and I wish you the best. I am always here to answer questions and offer support 🙂
Sierra! Hi! I just so happened to read this blog post after doing some searches for helpful ways to make the vegan transition. Anyway, your comment being the most recent, I stumbled across it, and wow! I cannot get over how similar your story sounds to mine! I just turned 21, and I was diagnosed with PCOS when I was 16. After my diagnosis and subsequent treatment, I gained loads and loads of weight that I have struggled with ever since. I have been a vegetarian for 7 years, but never wanted to become a vegan until recently. My husband is actually the driving force behind my decision; he is a lactose intolerant vegetarian, so his decision to become vegan has inspired me. It’s a shame your husband doesn’t feel the same, but perhaps when he sees you making it work, he will be interested in trying. I think that our similarities could make you and I a wonderful support resource for one another, so if you’re interested, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Good luck to you!!
This is almost exactly what happened to me. I went vegan over night and I also feel more at peace with myself knowing I am not taking part in all the pain and suffering of farm animals anymore. I also feel like food has energy and if it comes from something that is suffering it will bring you bad energy…but people always look at me weird when I say that lol
Haha I know right?! It makes sense though. Almost as if a weight has been lifted off my shoulders 🙂 Food definitely plays a part in our overall energy. I love to find like-minded people, thank you! I love to hear other people’s journey to veganism too. Did you watch Vegucated as well?
Shan, this is such an amazing story! I always love reading about each unique journey to veganism.
Thank you so much! Yea I love to read about everyone’s journey too, it’s so interesting! I totally remember reading about your journey a while ago and loved it 🙂
What a great story.. i in the process of becoming vegan as we speak, somedays it’s easy somedays it’s harder but when i stick to it for days on end i feel ALOT of energy. Everything flows more if you no what i mean and i feel happier. I hope more people get the message so that one day it becomes a way of life for everyone, hindsight is a great thing but people like yourself can make it possible 🙂 X
Thank you for the kind words. That’s amazing that you are transitioning to the vegan lifestyle, good for you! I know what you mean, there are ups and downs but if you feel your best while doing it, then it’s all worth it. I am always here to offer support if you need a friend or just someone to chat with. I feel much happier too! That honestly might be the best part, feeling happy and excited pretty much every day. That’s what life is all about! I hope one day being vegan will be a norm, all we can do is spread awareness and love. I wish you the best on your journey and transition. What a cute blog name you have there too! I’ll be stopping by 🙂