Today is Day 15 of my vegan (more like vegetarian…damn u, cheese!) experience and I wanted to share some of my initial thoughts. Actually, I had penned an opus to share before tumblr went wooky and lost it.
Please accept the following more abbreviated, less pithy observations:
1. It’s easier than you would think. There are plenty of different meal options and combinations that are incredibly filling and makes the absence of meat almost unnoticeable. Not every meal consists of a big salad, people.
2. Changing your eating habits is a personal journey. Don’t expect everyone to understand or support you. Besides, everyone shouldn’t have to. What you put in your mouth is your business. If I let all the adversarial type questions get to me, I would have been derailed Day 2. Either keep what’s on your plate to yourself or ignore the naysayers. Your choice. I live in Texas. Almost everyone eats meat. Babies teeth with beef jerky. (Well maybe not, but I am sure if anyone has tried, it’s a Texan.) Its just a little more challenging to find other vegetarians or people who empathize with them.
3. You aren’t going to have every answer Day 1. Overachieving little me had to learn the hard way that I couldn’t answer every question or figure out every balanced meal combination. I trust that with the proper reading and researching, I am well on my way to a well balanced diet.
4. Accept help. I know I just said that its a personal journey (it is!), but it also takes a bit of support. Ask other vegans and vegetarians how they got started. I know its helped me. I have had total strangers offer book recommendations, help me navigate Whole Foods when the question mark on my forehead was too huge to ignore… its been great.
5. Baby steps are the key. Rome wasn’t built in a day, Lady Gaga didn’t decide to don a meat dress in an second, and eliminating all things animal doesn’t happen in an instant. If nothing, I’ve learned not to beat myself up and try to eliminate as I feel comfortable. It’s why my 15 days have been more vegetarian than vegan. Eggs and cheese are a couple of toughies for me.
I am educating myself with the following books that I hope to share reviews on in the future:
- Detox Your World by Shazzie
- Veganist by Kathy Freston
- Skinny Bitch by Rory Friedman
- The Vegan College Cookbook by PETA
I started my journey because I realized that I was at my lowest and least energetic after meals. Food is fuel not a hinderance. Something was definitely wrong with my diet. Initially, I worried that because my journey wasn’t tied to my spirituality or belief that Elsie the Cow needed saving that I wouldn’t be successful. I have to admit that the longer I eat more “kindly”, the more I feel like the universe is treating me in kind. Weird, but true. Only time will tell.
Thanks for letting me clear my throat. : )