A short summary of my story is that my name is Lindsay and I’m vegan. I love food… alot. I find cooking soothing and exciting, and I never want to waste a meal on something boring.
The long version starts when I was 16 years old and decided that I was going to become a vegetarian. I started by cutting out chicken, then red meat, and eventually seafood.
I find that many people want to try a vegetarian diet but become frustrated rather quickly when they cut everything out at once and feel they don’t have enough options.
I encourage everyone to make changes at their own pace (see the “Why Vegan?” tab), not only because you’ll be more successful but because it will be much more rewarding.
Ten years after starting my veggie path I had replaced most dairy and egg products with vegan substitutes (hummus dip instead of cheese, veganaise instead of mayonnaise, coconut ice cream instead of traditional ice cream). Then on my birthday in 2010 I decided to commit to being an absolute vegan!
What made you decide….?
I like to answer questions about being a vegan and the most common question I get is ‘Why?’. I have yet to find the perfect answer, mostly because I can’t think of one good reason not to be. I fight the urge to ask why they’re not! I love the curiosity but sometimes its odd that no one asks carnivores to explain their choices.
When I was 16 I started to get into environmental conservation and animal rights. I learned that the meat industry has a disastrous effect on our environment; polluting our water, air, and rainforests. I’m still shocked when I learn that prominent environmentalists eat meat. The fact is that eating meat isn’t sustainable.
I was also shocked when I saw footage of slaughterhouses and where animals are raised. Some things you will never get out of your head. Nothing makes me more mad then to hear someone justify their love of meat by saying ‘I don’t like to think about where it comes from’. This is simply unacceptable. We wouldn’t accept these excuses from children and we shouldn’t accept it from ourselves. Treating a dog or cat they way we treat livestock would be considered extreme animal abuse. My personal motto is ‘If I wouldn’t do it myself, I won’t pay someone to do it’, meaning if I don’t have the heart to kill a cow myself then no burgers for me! I actually respect Mark Zuckerburg who only eats meat he kills, I don’t want to kill anything myself but it’s more honest then buying bacon from the supermarket.
Finally, being a vegan is fantastic for your health (ensuring you have a varied diet). I find eating vegan exciting and completely rewarding. And because of the above reasons, being a vegan is empowering. It’s knowing that there are unethical and unsustainable business practices that I am refusing to support. Which is why I would never guilt someone into giving up meat- it needs to be a positive experience.
I could never give up meat…
I will call out anyone who makes this statement! This is a total cop-out and it means the person is refusing to examine or justify their actions. There are tons of vegan foods bursting with iron, protein, or even vitamin B12! There are endless vegan options for a complete and varied diet that it’s staggering. Just check out this blog as proof! Plus there are more and more amazing vegan products every day so you don’t have to give up mozzarella or whipping cream! So if you’re not vegan, I encourage you to explore this exciting and amazing world!
My cat Angelina, who keeps me company while I cook.
*I did not make that cupcake in the photo, my awesome friend Laurel made vegan chocolate cupcakes!
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