Contrary to the title, this does not imply that I am no longer a good girl. It is a gracious nod to what vegans are doing and that is breaking out of “normal” and adhering to something else entirely.
This blog will chronicle my undertaking of a Vegan lifestyle. Currently, I have my toe in the water and am eating as a pescatarian, but I am ready to jump all the way in! To start, I embarrassingly had to google, “What is vegan?” The next few posts chronicle my journey into finding out what I need to do to ditch the fish and swim in a sea of green.
According to The Vegan RD, the hardest thing about sticking to a vegan diet is the motive behind it. They say, “We can (and should) tell people that a vegan diet is a good choice for healthful eating; we just can’t tell them that it’s the only choice. Plant-based diets that include small amounts of animal foods are likely to be as good. But the ethics of veganism? Once you embrace them, there is no alternative way of living and eating. This seems to be especially true for those who embrace an animal rights ethic (3). If you agree that animals are not here for us to use under any circumstances, veganism is really your only option.”
For me too, it’s ethics. In no way do I want to preach. Going vegan is a discovery and everyone has the right to do things how they want to do them! You do you.
Why be Vegan?
Here are some of the major game changers that I discovered…
- ANIMALS – 55 million animals are killed per day, go vegan and spare 198 animal lives in ONE year
- ENVIRONMENT – lower your carbon footprint
- HEALTH & ENERGY – the fruits + vegetables one eats supply you with complex carbs = clean fuel to run on
- RESOURCES – 30% of Earth’s land mass and 60% of all Earth’s water is dedicated to raising animals
- BEAUTY – alledgely better skin, hair and nails, (we’ll put this to the test!)
- TOXIC CHEMICALS – fish contains heavy metals and carcinogens while meat & dairy is fortified with steroids