It’s officially my 10 Year Veganniversary!!
10 years ago I made the switch from vegetarian to vegan — one of the most fulfilling decisions of my life. While it blossomed into something greater than I could have imagined, it wasn’t my intention to go vegan the day I finally made the switch.
You see, I had been vegetarian for 15 years prior to ditching dairy and eggs. My mom raised me plant based my first three years of life to give me a healthy foundation, but at age three, my dad introduce chicken, turkey, and dairy. Apparently I was offered scrambled eggs once and I simply replied “I don’t eat those” At five I watched an animal-centric show on tv and told my mom I would never eat meat again. Being an all or nothing person from the get-go, I walked my talk. #KidsGetIt
It took me many years to learn the full story behind animal agriculture and factory farming. I was the person who passed by the PETA activists proudly declaring I was vegetarian for the animals. I had canvassed for Greenpeace due to my sense of responsibility for our planet. I even thought I might go vegan one day, you know for health... maybe in my 30s (oh hey, I’m officially 30 ) so I could indulge in ice cream and dairy-cheese pizza in my 20s (joke’s on you baby Alice, the plant based space has evolved to be delicious).
Fun fact: I tried going vegan in high school for a few months and began having reoccurring dreams about ice cream and cereal with milk. My friends all celebrated my return to “normalcy” with extra cheesy baked ziti at Wildflour.
Enter Thanksgiving 2010. I went to my ex’s family’s home to celebrate the holiday and I was thrilled to have so many vegetarian options since I typically had to make my own veg-friendly food. It was delicious and it being Thanksgiving, I was extra gluttonous. While there were many vegetarian dishes, they were heavy on the dairy and I simply didn’t feel great after a few days.
So 10 years ago, I told myself I was “taking a break” from dairy and eggs (while I never had an egg in its full glory, I did enjoy desserts and such). I had no idea how long it would last and despite trying to ditch animal products before, it felt easy this time around. A few weeks later my cravings dissipated and I embraced the fact that I was living a vegan lifestyle. At that point, I became open to learning more about animal agriculture and once I learned that the meat and dairy industry were one and the same (don’t get me started on the egg industry), I never looked back. I was officially vegan for the animals
Everyone’s vegan journey looks different. Whether you’re looking to make the compassionate shift or simply want to integrate more plants into your life, I’d love to support you! As a certified health coach and bonafide foodie, I’m here to help you #VeganizeAndThrive 🥰