“I’m Gonna Make A Change,
For Once In My Life.
It’s Gonna Feel Real Good,
Gonna Make A Difference
Gonna Make It Right”…
So this is it. I have decided to commit to becoming a vegan.
veg·an [vee-guhn] –noun. a vegetarian who omits all animal products from the diet; animal flesh (meat, poultry, fish and seafood), animal products (eggs and dairy), and usually excludes honey and the wearing and use of animal products (leather, silk, wool, lanolin, gelatin…).
I have been a solid vegetarian for a few years now. Within the last year I have noticed a HIGH sensitivity to all things dairy (I’ll spare you on the gory details). So currently, the only animal products I consume are the occasional baked good that may contain an egg or honey (cookies, bread, muffins, granola) and the all too-often soy caramel macchiato from sbux (sadly, milk is an ingredient in the caramel sauce). Additionally, residing in my closet as I type are more leather goods than I care to admit, just yet.
So, why vegan you ask?
Well, throughout my journey of vegetarianism, I have developed an even deeper compassion (which I thought was impossible!) for my four-legged (and no-legged with gills, two-footed with wings, etc.) friends. I love animals, they are amazing, interesting, unique creatures with hearts, souls, minds and personalities of their own. I find it unfair to kill another living being for the sake of the momentary benefit of my taste buds. Or so I can look fly in the latest trends.
This is going to be a process, like every kind of behavior change. So I am breaking the process up into phases.
Phase 1: I am going to start with what I ingest From this day forward, my goal is to no longer consume any animal product or by-product. I will be a more educated consumer and ask questions regarding the ingredients of food items. If the person being questioned isn’t 100% confident of the list of ingredients, I will pass on the opportunity to dine on that particular item. Yes caramel macchiatto, we are breaking up, it’s not you, it’s me… Any suggestions for a vegan-friendly latte rebound?
Phase 2: I will focus on what is in my closet. The majority of my clothing should all be animal-free, I am a cotton kind of girl! But I may have some wool hanging around. What I am really concerned about is my overabundance of accessories. I definitely own my fair share of shoes, purses and belts made of leather and I even (gulp!) own a pair of UGGs. Ugh. FML. So dissecting my closet will be a larger task, but it will aid in my attempt at living more minimally (more on that at a later date). Anyone wear size 8-9 shoes or have a weakness for handbags…Make room in your closet, have I got some
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What is the most challenging lifestyle change you have attempted? What lifestyle change are you most proud of?