Yes, the title of this blog post says what it means. But before you start raising eyebrows, I’m asking you to have an open mind. I’m officially a vegan, I’ve done my research, and am quite excited about how this lifestyle will transform my life like it already has. It comes down to the endless long-term health benefits and pure human physiology and psychology. These benefits outweigh the only thing that would keep me from going vegan which is my emotional attachment to chicken tenders, salmon, and scrambled eggs (my personal favorites). You may be thinking, “Amanda, you are crazy! How could you cut meat and dairy out of your diet?!” Well, to tell you the truth, it has been a long time coming to have gotten to this place, and to make this life changing decision. It is also about something that is bigger than myself, not to mention, I’m trying to lose the college freshman fifteen.
I can recall a few months ago having a conversation in the Notre Dame Dining Hall with my friend, Eddy. Eddy was raised in a vegan family, and I thought it was the strangest thing that he would refuse to eat any meat or substantive protein besides tofu and beans. I thought to myself, “We are humans, duh, we are made to eat meat. This guy is crazy.” So I asked him, “How are you vegan?” And he responded to me and said, “How are you not?” I told myself in the back of my brain that I would need to revisit this subject of veganism because I did not understand what would make a sensible person become vegan.
To go back even further than this, historically, I have always struggled with my weight. High school was when my weight started to go up and down seemingly all of the time. Thankfully, I have never been obese nor unhealthily skinny, but the struggle to live a consistently healthy lifestyle has always been there. One day this summer, I was researching on YouTube ways to make money and I stumbled across this one vlogger, Sarah Nourse. Sarah is a well-known YouTuber and has made awesome videos about how to save up money, live minimally, and be vegan among other things. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND SUBSCRIBING TO HER BECAUSE SHE IS SO INSIGHTFUL (Link to her channel click here). She and her husband have inspired me to go vegan with their testimonies, and now I’m passing the torch and maybe inspiring YOU to go vegan as well!
Additionally, I watched this video by a vegan activist, Gary Yourofsky on YouTube which sealed the deal for me in deciding to go vegan. He explains everything in deep detail about veganism. I’m going to come right out and say I think animals are cool creatures, but I’m not some-crazy-die-hard-display-it-on-my-license-plate-animal-lover. In fact, I grew up with no pets. After taking an environmental science course at college this past semester, I now believe animals deserve to live for their own sake, not ours, because they do not belong to us. Animals are actually an essential part of our planet’s naturally reoccurring ecosystem processes which is another topic that I will not elaborate on in this post. After watching this video and seeing the graphic displays of what goes on before your chicken tenders become your dinner, I will never be able to look at meat or dairy in the same way. This is coming from a girl who loooves her meat and dairy, but this is not about me anymore. This is a personal choice I’ve made to make our planet a better, more peaceful, compassionate, and sustainable place.
I have found that veganism has the most profound impact not only your health, but the environment as well. I know becoming vegan is not for everyone, and I don’t wish to offend anyone who is not vegan, but my goal is to open your mind and inform you about what goes on before you consume your meat and dairy. It is not a pretty sight, and all that comes to mind when I see meat and dairy is the horrifying cruelty that animals go through before they become food to eat. Probably similar to you, I was ignorant and misinformed about what goes on behind the scenes in animal slaughterhouses.
The food we were physiologically built to eat are plant-based foods. Furthermore, the American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has demonstrated that humans can survive solely on a plant-based diet, but not a meat-based diet. Thus, we absolutely need plants to survive, not meat. Psychologically, we are programmed to see animals as companions, not to skin them, kill them, and eat them as food. Even from a young age, we grow up admiring animals, but then as we get older our society tells us that it is perfectly ethical to kill them for food. I don’t know about you, but I would never go up to an animal and kill it. Everything that we need to survive is on earth in terms of food through plants, fruits, seeds, nuts, and beans. Thus, the vegan diet seems to be the most natural diet since it is already there for us to eat. Again, I encourage you to watch this video where Gary Yourofsky goes more in-depth about this. It is a very moving speech, and watching it was life changing for me.
Now, I am vegan and feel healthier, happier, and more energized than ever before! Plus, my skin is looking and feeling as radiant as ever all because I’m eating a plant-based diet full of fruits and vegetables. Making the decision to become vegan is worth it, and the pros greatly surpass the cons. There are an infinite amount of benefits to being vegan, and I’m going to keep you all posted throughout my journey. I’m excited to see where I’ll be in 2, 3, and even 6 months from now! But until then, much love and peace my friends.
Miss Amanda Rosemarie
“Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.” -Maya Angelou
P.S. Here is my vegan strawberry dark chocolate chip oatmeal recipe! It takes approximately 5 minutes to prep and make!
- 1 mashed up banana
- 1 tablespoon of extra virgin coconut oil
- 3/4 cup of coconut milk
- 1 cup of oats
- 1 tablespoon of cocoa
- 1 cup of strawberries
- Dark chocolate chips (dark chocolate is usually vegan)
- Turn stove on high.
- Take 1 tablespoon of extra virgin coconut oil and put it on a cooking pan.
- Put in a mashed up banana.
- Pour in 3/4 cup of coconut milk.
- Pour in 1 cup of oats.
- Dump 1 tablespoon of cocoa.
- Mix the yummies together.
- When it looks well blended, dump into a bowl.
- Top it off with a cup of strawberries and dark chocolate chips.