I’m super excited to share this post with you guys because today, November 21st, 2016, marks my official 6 months of living on a plant based diet… a very brief experience of the vegan lifestyle. I started this journey back in June after returning from a semester abroad. After years of watching freelee the banana girl terrify me and countless others, I thank her today for being that aggressive. It really helped me. (Before anyone attacks me after the next paragraph, yes… I do know the difference between being plant-based, being vegan and being vegetarian. I just prefer using the term plant-based because veganism is a rigorous lifestyle choice)
Years ago, I would joke around with my friends about how I would become a vegetarian. When I studied abroad in the beginning of 2016, I would throw the idea of me going vegan around. Of course, my friends found it hysterical. Thanks guys haha. I went on and off this philosophy because I was never completely serious about the cause.
Nevertheless, in the past six months, I’ve been living on a firm plant-based diet /vegan regimen and it has been so therapeutic for me. I’ve never felt so happy, so alive and so content with myself, I had a purpose. But, it was extremely difficult… I was conflicted… (The no meat part was easy… It was the no dairy & eggs part that got me) Not to mention, I had to limit my shopping choices and I had to refrain from wearing any fur or leather. It was definitely strenuous, my Chanel bags were sitting in my closet begging to see the sun. This lifestyle went on for six months but in the end , I did aspire to be a vegan but I could never reach that level of commitment. My preferred lifestyle just didn’t suit the label. I didn’t want to constantly worry about the ingredients used to make my meals-as long as there’s not meat, I’m good. For me, time is a delicate object.. and so is fashion. It was all just way too much for me. I struggled with this issue for half a year but I think I’m starting to develop a customized behavior.
I know that this may be a surprise for a lot of those who do know me. But many of those who are close to me knew that this was a goal I had in my heart for years already. I made small baby steps to get to where I am today and I’m infinitely proud of me and my choices. I’ve been struggling for so long to reach this very moment… but I’m going to admit right here and right now that this is not my peak. I’ve had weird discrepancies with my eating habits, I would starve and then binge, I would look at meat and feel absolutely guilty about consuming it, and I knew that something had to change. Meat production/livestock agriculture severely impacts the environment 🙁 I’ve also watched weeks worth of factory and slaughtering videos.. there was no going back from that. Switching to a meatless diet was probably the best decision I’ve ever made (not that I made many haha). After about half a year of veganism, starting 2017, I’m switching over to vegetarianism.
This was an unforgettable experiment and after seeing what I’ve seen, I don’t think I can ever go back to eating meat. I just can’t. I still have flaws. I am not perfect. But what I can tell everyone, is that the fact that I believe that I’m making a difference changes everything for me.