I keep mentioning that I have to change my diet and I thought that I would write a whole post about my changes. As you can see from the title of this blog post, I am going vegan. Before I get into why I am going vegan, I wanted to tell you my story.
When I was 5 years old, I was sitting in my Nana’s car with my brother and we were eating a McDonald’s happy meal. I bit into my cheeseburger, looked at my bother and said “OMG I AM EATING A COW!” From that day on, I hated meat and I would refuse to eat it. Most kids did not like their broccoli, but when I was a kid I rather eat my broccoli than meat. At one point when I got older my mom told me that if I wanted to be a vegetarian then I need to start cooking my own meals. She was tired of making two meals each night. I cannot say that I was a strict vegetarian because I was a kid and I had to do what my parents told me to do. Sometimes that meant I had to eat meat. As I got older and was living on my own, I became an unhealthy vegetarian. I say unhealthy because I did not know the first thing about nutrition and I thought eating a grilled cheese every night was a GREAT meal. (James and I at 29 and 27 years old)
A few years ago, I lost my job and was half living with my boyfriend at the time; who was paying for most of my meals. Well… needless to say, I started eating meat. I had no money and could not be fussy about the food that he was making. Even after we broke up and I got a new job and I continued to eat meat. Most of my friends are the most amazing cooks and love to have dinner parties and there was no way I was passing up a good home cooked meal. I still had a hard time eating some meats, but for the most part, I was full on eating meat. (homemade almond milk)
Side note: My brother and I were allergic to dairy when we were kids. I grew up drinking soymilk and did not have my first glass of milk until I was almost out of high school. I cannot stand drinking mike on its own, but I do LOVE cheese.
Today: I eat meat that is cooked for me, I will not and have not cooked meat for myself. When I eat out the only meat that I will order is a cheeseburger or fish ( I have always eaten fish.) Before, the holidays I deicide that I wanted to be a vegetarian again. I should note that I use the word “vegetarian” loosely because I eat fish. This year Thanksgiving was a little different because we had a few non-meat eaters and full on vegans. I am used to being the only non-meat eater in my family, but times are changing. This is really exciting for me beacuse it will be a lot easier over the holidays.
I have been dealing with crazy allergies for a few months now and they will not go away. I was talking to my doctor about my allergies and he said it might have to do with dairy. He told me to cut dairy from my diet for a few months and see if my allergies go away. This would make since that dairy is causing my allergies because I was allergic to it as a kid. I do not really know, but I am going to cut dairy from my diet and see if it works. Therefore,… this is why I am going vegan.
I am doing a lot of reading on the vegan diet and will share more soon.