So, we all know I'm the Wannabe Vegan. I "want to be" vegan, but I have a little problem....it's called willpower. I have none. Literally. Unlike my little sister EcoVegan, I have absolutely no discipline. So, I attended a Thanksgiving where all 20 people were carnivores. I did pretty good by filling up on side dishes (which although they weren't vegan, they were vegetarian). I had about 4 oz of meat. I don't even know why I ate it, turkey and ham are the meats that I hate the most. That's peer pressure for you.
I wish I was a "cold turkey" person and could quit all animal products and by products, but everytime I try and do something like that I fail. So far I've quit milk, butter and mayo, mostly due to disgestive issues as I'm lactose intolerant. My next omission is going to be pork and turkey, since that will be the easiest for me to uphold as I don't really like them anyway.
I guess the main point of my post is there are different ways to the path to veganism. Not everyone will reach it the same way or at the same time. The goal is to move forward at your own pace and remain consistent. Remember why your doing this....whether its for you, your health, the animals or the earth.
Peace, Love and Veggies...
At 24, I'm truly grateful for being where I am today--at my first Vegan Thanksgiving. A mere 9 months ago I took the time to listen to Colleen Patrick-Goudreau's informative and inspiring podcast while away for work. That week changed my life. My eyes were forcefully yet lovingly opened to see and feel things most people never allow themselves to. That week I decided to "go vegan" cold-turkey (as they say) and rather than find it cumbersome, it's been a really rewarding (though at times challenging) experience.
It's true--It's not easy denying animal products and by-products in a society so plagued with them. Thankfully, oh so thankfully, I am a really disciplined person and I found that taking the compassionate route isn't so hard when I considered the price paid on the other end.
I wasn't one of those people that "never liked" the taste or smell of meat... I was gleefully raised on it, had it on my plate at every meal, savored the various textures and flavors or different animals. And sure, this is hard to say or hear now, being vegan, but back then it was normal as it still is for the majority of people in my life. Normal is comfortable, easy, encouraged. Veganism requires one to go against many lifelong traditions and beliefs, yet, if you put the time into developing it and incorporating it into all aspects of your life, it is rewarding, compassionate, and contagious (yea, WATCH OUT!).
I want to thank you, the reader, for giving me and my sisters a chance to share our experiences with this new lifestyle. If this blog does nothing else, I simply want it to inspire awareness. Veganism is not just about animal rights (although that is a HUGE issue); it's also about ecology, and health in our CURRENT times, for the present Earth we share. It's about being conscious of our relationship to this planet and striving for its well-being as well as our own.
Here's to a compassionate day of gratitude for all.
it's all happening...
EcoVegan (the lil' one)
Hi everyone. I’m the 3rd sister and also known as Foodie Vegan! I have been vegetarian (for the most part) since March of this year and I am slowly transitioning to veganism. I became interested in vegetarianism/veganism because I accidentally came across some literature about how animals are treated in factory farms (aka where most of the meat we eat comes from). I was so saddened and moved by it that I decided a couple weeks later to stop eating beef, pork, and chicken right away. Since then I have also opened my eyes to how good this decision is for my health and for the planet.
As my name implies, I LOVE food…..and this used to include things like: filet mignon, brie cheese, blue cheese, fondue, ice cream, etc. So I am here to ponder how one can be a foodie AND be vegan. The terms seem mutually exclusive, yet I am sure that they can coexist together, in fact, quite happily!! The Earth gives us so much wonderful and colorful food, that I want to show people how you can still have a ravenous love affair with food, but yet also be compassionate to animals and to our Earth.
In my day to day life I do a plethora of things for money (I don’t like the words “work” or “job”) including: being a sales rep in the fashion industry, planning events, planning weddings, booking travel, walking dogs, etc. I also live in the Los Angeles area. My days usually start early and end late. I find myself in the car a lot and going from one thing to the next….so I have to pack a lot of food “to go” every morning for the day. One of my biggest challenges is always having vegan snacks on hand that will last all day sitting in my car…..so I’ll try to give tips or ideas for quick, on-the-go vegan snacks.
Also being the foodie vegan and being an avid cook….I hope to share some great recipes I have gotten from other vegans as well as just simple stuff I create at home! We all hope you enjoy our blog and everything we share!!
About myself, I was actually the first one to try vegetarianism out, and it lasted a month. All of my little sisters have followed suit and I'm not gonna lie, they've been a little more successful than me, hence my name, Wannabe Vegan.
My reason for wanting to become vegan is purely health related. I'm a two time cancer survivor, and I've read many books on nutrition and health that relate to the monumental health benefits of veganism. Of course this interests me immensely, I want to be healthy as possible! After talking with my sisters, they introduced me to the cruelty that befalls animals that are slaughtered for our consumption, this seemed like another great reason to pursue veganism. I love animals and don't want them to suffer for me to eat!!
So, buckle your seatbelts, here's to a great blog and to us all being Skinny Bitches!!
Love and veggies,