Friday, September 2, 2011
What is Vegan?
Alright. So, I know many readers don't actually read what I write so I try to keep it short. With that said I've been doing a lot of thinking and I want to introduce a new feature to my blog. A couple years ago (3 and a half to be exact) I decided to become a vegetarian, I read some books on health (ok, only two: Skinny Bitch and one I forget the name but it was about healthy and spiritual eating) and watch documentaries on health and the food industry. With all of that I felt prepared to change my eating habits and I knew that I had the knowledge to do it in a healthy way.
For the first months I dropped eating meat, chicken, yogurt and milk, a few months after I dropped seafood, fish, and eggs and, then a few more months later I became vegan, meaning no cheese, animals, or any animal by-products. I went about my diet-change in various steps because I figured if I drop everything at the same time it would make me feel like I'm missing something; by letting go of things in my diet in steps, I was able to lose cravings or needs for things little by little, this increased my chances (in my opinion) to reach my goal to become vegan.
Let me back up a little bit. My father's family is german.. so meat eaters, really. I grew up eating fillet mignon, ribs (my dad makes the best ones), chicken thighs, calamari, sausages, anything, you name it, I ate it.. Well.. except lamb.. because I had a stuffed animal/best friend lamb and I didn't want to betray him. Until one day I realized that ribs.. was.. well ribs. Call me stupid and ignorant but up until I was about 14 I had not realized I was actually chewing on animal bones. This suddenly gave me the urge to stop. Ever since then I called myself a wannabe vegetarian. And then one day, I read about a book about Vegetarianism (Skinny bitch) and I wanted to read it because I knew that to be healthy and strong, I needed to learn how to be vegetarian. By this I mean, what to eat, where to get protein, vitamins, and everything I need to be strong and healthy. So I did. And I bought cookbooks and cooked my own food even though I still lived at home because I wasn't going to make my mum cook separate meals for me than the rest of the family, she had enough stuff to do as it was.
In the beginning I wanted to be simply vegeterian without drinking milk (because why drink an animals milk thats meant for their babies to grow.. into something much bigger than humans?) but when I stopped drinking milk, ( and the other things as well) I felt more energetic, lighter, cleaner.. and I became addicted. So I dropped yogurt, eggs.. and I still felt I needed to let go of cheese.. but oh, how I loved cheese! Brie, cheddar, Pizza!? But I told myself, you know what.. what is cheese? is old, hardened milk.. how gross is that? So I dropped it. Of course at this point everyone around me was saying VEGAN? WHAT? COME ON!? But I shut them out because they were not feeling what I was feeling. My whole body felt so.. it's indescribable! I feel regenerated and detoxified. When I thought of cheese after 2-3 months of being vegan I was disgusted.. and don't even make me start on meat.
Anyways, all this to say that I really want to educate people on vegetarian/veganism because I feel that the media and people in general tend to portray it in a very weird, granola, hippie way with pictures of fragile, pale skinned people.. and honestly.. do I look like that? I'm blonde, most of the time tanned, not anorexic looking, and into fashion.. pretty much the opposite of the vegan stereotype.
And hopefully I will influence some of you to try out vegetarian or veganism because it's honestly the best feeling.
I can just hear you now "but I love meat!" I did too! I adored it! but in all honestly I do not miss it. not at all! "but I love sushi!" Hello? there's vegetarian sushi, they put all sorts of veggies with different textures and it tastes amazing!
So, just open your mind a bit and let me at least teach you a bit about health.
More to come!
P.S the goal is not to be skinny, the goal is to be healthy. But.. a healthy person usually is thin.. skinny is just.. well gross, sorry.
*The book skinny bitch is written with humor, and the name is simply to attract people, it is actually a really thought out and the women who wrote it very knowledgeable.