I have just recently decided to be a vegan. Having dabbled in vegetarianism for almost 13 years, I decided to take the plunge. Why? I owe it all to a church basement showing of Forks over Knives.
I randomly received an email about this group called Meaningful Movies— they meet every Friday evening, prepare a big pot luck meal, and watch important documentaries on current issues. This whole evening proved to be a delight, and the documentary was enough to change my dietary habits forever ( I hope)
Here is why: you can reverse health effects simply by switching to a plants based diet. This movie focused on the science of the vegan movement, and the ability the diet has to reduce your risk of cancer, diabetes, high cholesterol, obesity… EVERYTHING. My dad, stepmom and I all walked away inspired to change our eating habits.
I haven’t looked back.
As an environmentalist and animal rights activist, it was easy to give up eating meat.
As a lover of cheese, it was a bit harder to give up dairy. But here is the thing, I feel 100% better in my own body once I cut out dairy. No more stomach aches! I have more energy! My skin is clear and zit free! I dropped four pounds for the heck of it!
All of these things deserve exclamation marks.
This path to veganism can be limiting, but I live in a city where there is a plethora of vegan options. Another reason why Seattle is the best. Hello Flying Apron and Mighty-O Donuts (I still like to indulge in sweets.. what can I say?)
This blog will be dedicated to the things that have brought about incredibly positive changes in my life.