Last February, after reading a book called Skinny Bitch, I decided to try to be a vegan.
*Cue the gasps, screams, and horrified moans.*
When I was first getting started, it was pretty difficult. Obviously, I would have the problem where the only thing I wanted in the entire universe was to eat an entire tray of Chic-fil-a nuggets, but I got over it. Now, the worst thing about being vegan is other people’s reactions. I get a range between “Wow, good for you!” and “WHY ON EARTH WOULD YOU DO THAT TO YOURSELF, ARE YOU CLINICALLY INSANE?!”
People think I’m either obsessed with being skinny (lol no) or that I’m some kind of hippie freak who’s trying to save the world one organic piece of tofu at a time (also, lol no).
My interest in vegan-ism started when my sister, who is a nutrition major, decided that she wanted to try it. If you had told me 2 years ago that I was going to become a vegan, I would have laughed so hard that I might have accidentally spit some of my baby back ribs on you. Sorry for the gross imagery, but you get the picture.
If I wasn’t so stubborn, I probably would’ve only lasted about a month doing this, but whenever someone tells me that they don’t think I will be able to do something, I have to prove them wrong. And believe me, I had a LOT of people who didn’t think I could do it.
So to all of the nonbelievers…
If you haven’t read Skinny Bitch, I strongly recommend it. If you are definitely set on NOT becoming vegan or vegetarian, I just suggest that you skip the chapter that has first hand accounts from people who work in meat factories.
If I’m being totally honest, I am the worst vegan EVER. I’m more of a vegetarian that tries really, really hard to avoid dairy. If a salad has little shreds of cheese on top, or the pasta is technically made with egg, I’m not going to be obnoxious and send it back. However, you won’t see me drinking a huge milkshake and eating cheesy scrambled eggs. The reason I don’t tell people that I’m just a vegetarian, is because everything that is vegetarian is absolutely LOADED with cheese or cream, which I would rather avoid if I can.
I don’t want to get too into why it’s so great too be a vegan because the authors of Skinny Bitch do a much better job than I ever could. I know I’m starting to sound like a commercial for this book, but it is just that good. It’s an easy read, hilarious, and has some really great points about eating animal based products that I had honestly never considered before.
So, yes I am a vegan. Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, let’s move on.