Namaste, from my compassionate heart to yours,
Plant based living can be confusing and difficult. Especially when first starting out with a new lifestyle diet. I say lifestyle diet because many people who choose to eat more plant based, or go vegetarian, or vegan do not choose to go back to eating the way they did before thus becoming a lifestyle diet.
I am here to talk about my personal journey and what has worked for me and why I continue on this sometimes difficult but incredibly rewarding journey.
Now, while I identify with being Vegan and sharing Vegan views, I do not force my beliefs on anyone. I compassionately let myself be reminded that I once ate animal protein and cheese and loved it. It’s been a long and bumpy road for me in this transition.
When first choosing to go vegan it’s good to be reminded no one is perfect and we may occasionally slip from our lifestyle for a snack or meal. What is important is to forgive ourselves, allow ourselves freedom to choose so we do not become resentful towards our new lifestyle, and to keep trying.
I do not see this as wrong because every little effort adds up so much in the scale of things.
Eating a plant based lifestyle involves eating lots of vegetables and fruit through the day to get your daily dose of naturally colored food. It could mean substituting that pasta for some spiralized zucchini, or just adding a variety of vegetables to the spaghetti pan.
Eating a vegan diet involves eating plant based foods without animal protein or animal products (no dairy-cream, milk, butter, cheese; no eggs; no fish, chicken, cow, turkey, veal, duck, alligator… nothing that ever had a face; no gelatin- found in many gummies, chewing gum and candy; no whey- milk derived product;no honey).
With veganism growing in popularity there are vegan milks, butters, cheeses, eggs, meats and more and they taste great! Eating vegan has allowed me to experiment with new foods and flavors I hadn’t thought to try before. I have opened my eyes to quinoa, nutritional yeast, chia seeds, flax and hemp seeds, cashew cheese, kale chips and so much more. I learned how to really cook for myself and find flavors I enjoy.
As a vegan I choose to not to support animal product such as fur, leather, tusks, etc. As a vegan, I choose to not use products that have been tested on animals. Committing to these decisions I have a sense of self-pride in doing something I can say I feel good about. I never want to be the cause for harm to another being.
Living a vegan lifestyle involves recognizing how much everything and every being is the same. Every being has a right to freedom and life for themselves. Life is precious and should be highly valued and not disregarded for taste or sustenance purposes when there are other options.
I have a respect for Mother Gaia, the Mother Earth around us. In having a respect, I choose to stay vegan because this lifestyle allows me to reduce my environmental impact. Look for my page coming soon on why being vegan is the best you can do for Earth’s health.
Namaste and thanks for sharing your time with me,
“A philosophy and way of living which seeks to exclude—as far as is possible and practicable—all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose; and by extension, promotes the development and use of animal-free alternatives for the benefit of humans, animals and the environment. In dietary terms it denotes the practice of dispensing with all products derived wholly or partly from animals.” – https://www.vegansociety.com/go-vegan/definition-veganism