I used to be fat. Not overweight: fat. It’s okay. We can talk about it. See, I say fat, because I wasn’t just overweight – I was lazy, and I was unhealthy. I drank beer or wine every day, I ate unhealthy food, and I sat on the couch from the minute I got home until I went to sleep (unless I had to get up to eat).
In January 2013, I made the decision that I didn’t want to be fat anymore. I started monitoring everything I consumed, and I started to exercise frequently. Over the course of the year, I lost about 60 pounds. For the first time in my life, I was healthy. It only seemed logical to take steps to make myself even more healthy. In November, I reverted back to vegetarianism (I had been a vegetarian all throughout high school, but stopped when I went to college), and at the end of November, I stopped drinking entirely. In January, after a lot of research and soul-searching, I changed my lifestyle and became a vegan. It has quickly become pretty much my favorite thing I’ve ever done. Here’s why:
I love food. I have always loved food. I just never had a great relationship with it until last year. But now, my relationship with food is amazing. I respect food. And I respect where my food comes from. That respect has lead it to be impossible for me to eat anything that comes from an animal, because I know that that animal was not treated with respect. No one asked if it wanted to die for me. No one asked if it wanted to give up its milk, which was meant for its offspring, for me to have cheese or yogurt or ice cream. I learned that I can still eat all of these things, but from plants! So why would I want to cause harm where no harm is necessary? I love food. I respect food. I respect all life. So I have chosen to lead a plant-based lifestyle. It’s pretty much that simple. It’s also been incredibly easy.
So, why does all of that make veganism my favorite thing ever? I get to be creative with food without doing harm. I like to be creative and share my food with people so they know that vegan food is fucking delicious and not just salads* 24/7. Also, I know that I am helping the earth, and if you haven’t figured it out, I have a thing about being “green.” I like living a lifestyle that is significantly more sustainable. And, honestly, I really love it because people ask me about it all the time. Telling people why I’m a vegan is quickly becoming my new favorite thing to talk about (and I really love talking about myself). I like to challenge people’s notions of what they think they know about my lifestyle, as well as what they think they know about their own. I like to make people think; that is, after all, why I became a teacher.
Expect to see photos of food and recipes as time goes on. Because what kind of blog would this be if I didn’t take close-up shots of half the stuff I shove in my mouth?
*Note: I’ve eaten 2 salads in the time I’ve been vegan, and that was because I realized I hadn’t had a salad in over a month, since I was too busy making other totally amaze-balls food.