I stopped eating meat and dairy two months ago today! I've learned so much. I have to say, it was way easier than I thought it would be. I feel better than I've ever felt! Its been a surprising and inspiring journey for me so far. Here's a little bit about how these two months have been for me and why I decided to finally make the switch.
I decided to stop eating meat and dairy shortly after losing my daughter. I saw three different videos of mama cows and baby cows being separated minutes after birth. It was so heartbreaking. I couldn't believe I had been supporting this my whole life. I thought about someone trying to take my daughters milk and I lost it. You could see it in the reaction of the mama cows. They're so heartbroken. Just like any mother taken from her newborn child would be. Having been through such a similar feeling experience, losing my daughter during birth, I knew wanted to make a change.
Most people that have been following me for a while know that I'm a big foodie. This is one of the main reasons I was still eating meat and dairy even though most of my friends were already eating vegan. I loved going to fancy restaurants. We are lucky to have some of the best chefs in the world in our city. I loved a good cheese plate. I was obsessed with butter. I grew up in the south and have been accused of trying to kill people one stick of butter at time. They were joking of course but I had no idea that it was kinda true. I loved yogurt and used cream in my coffee every morning. How could I ever give these things up? I thought "Oh man, this is gonna be hard." I reminded myself I was doing this for my daughter. There is no stronger motivation than a mamas love for her baby. I had to come up with a realistic transition plan. I told myself I would slowly replace the items I use with vegan alternatives as I find good ones so I don't get overwhelmed.
The first trip to the grocery store was intimidating to say the least. I found some soy milk and butter that I LOVE! I was really surprised how quickly I found something to replace butter, something I never thought I could live without. I started to realize pretty quickly that these foods tasted just as good or better than the stuff I thought I couldn't live without. That says a lot coming from me, I'm extremely picky about quality and taste. I'm lucky to live in a very vegan friendly city. It's only a matter of time before everyone has access to vegan alternatives that taste even better and minus the pain and suffering of these mamas and babies.
Ive been vegan for 2 months today and Ive saved 60 animals lives. 1800 sq. feet of forest. 66,000 gallons of water. For the first time in my life I feel good about everything I eat. I never say this stuff with judgement. Everyones path is their own. It just made me feel better and it makes me feel like I'm honoring my daughter, the earth and animals everyday. This process made me realize that I wanna help others find plant based options. Once you know better, do better. whatever that is for you.
I'll be sharing some of my favorite vegan places, foods and recipes here. I've been getting lots of questions on Instagram so I felt like it would be easier to do updates here. Let me know what you'd like to see!
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