Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Veganocity

I just finished 30 days of being a vegan.

Surprisingly, the transition has been easier and more delicious than I thought.
I decided to go cold turkey and give up all animal products and sugar all at once. The sugar went out the window pretty quickly, but the rest of my new cruelty-free diet has stuck.

While giving up dairy seems a little extreme to some, I wanted to make a point that I not only disapprove of animal farming, but also of the treatment of animals in dairy farms. The health benefits of a vegan diet are an added plus.

While vegetarian and vegan related diets are gaining popularity, the food options are more bountiful than ever. Everything I thought I might miss has a vegan friendly option- some are so good, you can't taste the difference. One day, I made my husband a spicy chicken cheese burger that he didn't realize was fake.

I've always had a mental block about dairy food, and with the soy milk, cheese, ice cream, and butter, I no longer feel a little bit sick with each bite. Plus, soy dairy is deeeelicious! Soy ice cream = heaven. Soy butter- can’t taste the difference. Now I admit, I while starting off, I haven't been 100% strict. I've done my best to only buy processed foods without dairy ingredients (as far as I know). But, being a girl with chocolate cravings, I sometimes grab a desert snack at work that I know isn't 100% vegan.

It's impossible to tell someone about your new diet without them ending the discussion with "I could never give up meat." Well, obviously you can't give up meat unless you make a conscious decision to. I haven’t missed meat or dairy once since cutting the cord, and I was a hard core meat eater before. Plus, I no longer need coffee- I didn't intend to give it up, but I haven't had a "needed" cup since the conversion. I wake up feeling fresh faced and ready to go.


Some interesting tid-bits that I've learned in the process:
- Cheese-less pineapple pizza is a.m.a.z.i.n.g.
- If all Americans stuck to a vegetarian diet, we would have enough resources to end world hunger.
- A 2006 United Nations report found that the meat industry produces more greenhouse gases than all the SUVs, cars, trucks, planes, and ships in the world combined.
- Eating 1 lb of meat emits the same amount of greenhouse gasses as driving an SUV 40 miles.
- There are 29 Olympic athletes who are vegan or vegetarian.
- The consumption of meat, eggs, and dairy products has also been strongly linked to osteoporosis, Alzheimer's, asthma, and male impotence.

The list goes on and on, and you can find out more information at goveg.com

The bottom line, I watched a close friend of mine do the vegan thing for two years, thinking she was crazy. But now that I’ve jumped on the bandwagon, I fell crazy for not trying it sooner!


1 H. Steinfeld et al., Livestock's Long Shadow: Environmental Issues and Options, Livestock, Environment and Development (2006).
2 http://www.goveg.com/environment.asp
3 http://www.veganathlete.com/vegan_vegetarian_athletes.php

1 comment:

  1. I'm impressed how well you've done. Other then the cupcake cravings you've stuck right by it. I do love my cheese though! :)

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