I feel like since veganism has started to become a “trend”, it’s been looked down on more than ever before. Vegans left right and center trying to tell you what to eat, how to eat, how much to eat- I wouldn’t blame you if that made you NOT want to be one even more. I even know “””vegans””” in real life who promote veganism on their social media for the image of that pure, genuine and wholesome person they want everyone to view them as but sneak chicken burgers behind the screen.
Okay, I could sit here and tell you the list of facts on why veganism is great for your health, the animals and the planet, but I think you’ve heard that all before. If you want to know about that, watch 101 reasons to go Vegan– it’s long, but it will change your life. That’s one of the videos that made me change my mind.
Veganism somehow allows me to feel a strong, rich connection with the earth, the planet. I don’t know how or why, but one day I realized that I often find myself chasing the sun everywhere it goes, desperate to feel its rays on my skin, feeling a sense of peace wash over me in nature. Hiking, nature, the outdoors in general used to be so foreign to me, but since going vegan I’ve taken any chance that comes my way to be out, surrounded with the scent and feeling of the lush trees and wet soil and hot sun. I went vegan for the animals, so trust me, I know how hard it is for people who “hate” vegetables and fruits. Before I went vegan, the only fruit and vegetable I ate was a grape. Literally, a single grape. As time passed, I began to get used to the taste of plants and felt everything I put into my body nourish me. It’s probably a placebo effect but as soon as I eat a plate of colourful, beautiful fruit I automatically feel myself smoothen out, get brighter. I could never explain the feeling of knowing that everything you’re consuming does wonders for everything that surrounds you.
I’ve heard people say they want to go vegan but because of where they live or their family, they can’t. I live in one of the most meat-eating countries in the world, and it can be hard. I’m not going to sugarcoat it. But the difficulty of eating vegan is such a tiny fraction of the whole picture of veganism, and I promise you, It is worth it. If you really want to feel connected, lighter, nourished, energized- do it. The only thing stopping you is yourself.
“What about my parents?” Oh God, if I had to sit down and explain the number of fights and arguments I got with my parents over this. They thought I had an eating disorder, they thought I was going to die of undernourishment, they thought I was literally going to cripple into nothing but dust. The amount of tears of frustration this brought for me was insane, but know that they will get over it once you show them that this is more than just a phase you’re going through, that this is something you’re passionate about. My heart has never felt more full with love and compassion. It has impacted me in the most beautiful, magical way and I can’t thank this lifestyle enough for everything it has brought me.
I’m going to stop here because I think no one is bothered to read paragraphs and paragraphs of me talking about this, but I hope a lot of you have read it and considered at least eating one plant based meal a week. See how you feel ♥