Let me preface this by saying I LOVE MEAT. I will eat any kind of animal out there (with the exception of domestic pets). I love steak, poultry, game, fish, and whatever else tree huggers generally resent people for eating.
Sometimes there are moments where the veil is removed, the curtain is lifted, the blind gain sight, additional metaphor here, and you have to take a step back and carefully consider your lifestyle. I’ve recently watched a few documentaries on Netflix and my perspective has changed (cliche, I know), and I can’t go on living the way I used to. (Geez, I sound so dramatic) I’m not doing this because I suddenly feel like I’m one with animals or anything.
I’m still OK with livestock being used for their every resource…to a degree. I’m just not OK with the way it’s being done though. Not anymore. Even if I spend an arm and a leg on meats that are being raised healthy like the good old days on a small farm, turns out it’s STILL not good for you! I highly recommend Food Matters and What The Health because I’m not about to go hunting for the links to all the studies and information they referenced. Essentially, animals have been so corrupted by our industrial pollution that no matter where you get your animals it will still be unhealthy for you. ¯\_(ツ)_/ ¯
That probably wouldn’t have changed my mind too much except that I remembered something in Daniel 1:11-16
11Daniel then said to the guard whom the chief official had appointed over Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah,12“Please test your servants for ten days: Give us nothing but vegetables to eat and water to drink. 13Then compare our appearance with that of the young men who eat the royal food, and treat your servants in accordance with what you see.” 14So he agreed to this and tested them for ten days.
15At the end of the ten days they looked healthier and better nourished than any of the young men who ate the royal food. 16So the guard took away their choice food and the wine they were to drink and gave them vegetables instead.
OK, OK, I’ll concede to the possibility that something may have been off with the royal food. Maybe it was sacrificed to idols first, maybe it was among the unclean animals the Old Testament forbade them to eat or whatever, but still! The fact remains that Daniel & co were healthier from a plant based diet and that resonated with me because they couldn’t have been further from the industrial age! So pollution wasn’t even a factor! My conclusion was, no matter where the animal comes from, plant based is superior.
Now, don’t be too weirded out, the Bible doesn’t preach veganism, so don’t feel like you ought to feel convicted after eating a burger and wings (which I doubt any of you would have anyway). I just know that I personally want to be healthier and feel healthier. And I believe abandoning animals for plants is the best way to do it.
Has it been difficult? OMG YES!!!! Do you know how badly I want eggs and bacon right now?! Ughhhhhh!!!
But to be honest, I’m enjoying the challenge of being creative with my food. I’ve had some help from my cousin who has been vegan for longer than she hasn’t been (did you follow that?) and she’s sort of been my guide. I’m committing to this for a month and if by the end I feel like it’s definitely sustainable for me, then I’ll continue! I’m truly hoping it is.
So far I’ve made black bean burgers from Gardein, I’ve made Portobello mushroom steak, vegetable barley soup, a delicious tofu scramble, and BBQ pulled pork sandwich (I didn’t get pictures for that but I used this recipe from Buzzfeed). Just now, I made blueberry lemon cheesecake using this recipe, but substituted lemons instead of limes. It smells incredible.
I’m having a lot of fun so far! There are so many recipes and substitutions to explore! I’m only a couple days in and I caught a cold just as I started this so I can’t say for sure if I feel good yet, but I’ll definitely let you know.
Because I’m vegan now and I literally have to tell everyone I meet that I’m vegan. It’s the law.
*Ok, I’ll admit it doesn’t look that great in the picture, but I tasted it and it’s pretty delicious!*
Epilogue: I solemnly swear not to be annoying and constantly reference my plant based food/lifestyle (if you can even call what I’m doing a lifestyle). Honestly, I’m not even 100% vegan because I’m still using the protein shake I drink which has whey in it, and I’ll never ever stop using honey. So, I’ll only be about 95% annoying.
Just kidding, I just swore I wouldn’t be.