I had been thinking about writing a post like this for a little while now (even though I’m not a vegan) and I was inspired to finally write it after reading a Powered By Mangos post, 8 Easy Steps to Go Vegan, as I would like to make a strong attempt to go vegan, or at the very least, vegetarian.
I hated vegetables as a kid. When I was 6, I wrote and drew a book entitled, I Hate Peas. It was about me getting in trouble when I wouldn’t eat my peas and went from there. That was a long time ago and I’m still not a big vegetable guy.
A year or so ago, I went vegan for one month—sort of. I still ate cheese and ice cream, but I kept it minimal. I also didn’t pay super close attention to ingredients as I should have, in order to be truly vegan. After all, I was just trying it out. I tried a variety of dishes and made some of my own favorites vegan friendly. I like to cook, so this was fun.
Giving up meat wasn’t all that hard for me. I don’t consume much red meat as it is, aside from an occasional burger, or some carne asada, I don’t eat it. But I do like chicken and pork, so I did and will miss them, but I can survive without. Dairy was difficult. I don’t drink cows milk, but I do like to use heavy cream and milk in cooking, especially pasta dishes. And I fucking love ice cream and cheese. I have yet to try vegan ice cream or any good vegan cheese.
I started my month long adventure by doing research and reading vegan recipes. There were some I never tried again (they was nasstay), but there were some really good ones that I still cook here and there. My partner loved them, even though she would never go vegan, nor would I force that lifestyle on her.
The key to my success would lie in vegan pizzas. I’ve never had one, but I’m sure there are some good ones out there. Hell, I could probably come up with a few of my own. It would feel sacrilegious to eat a pizza without cheese, but I did find a Buffalo Chickpea Pizza recipe I never tried. It looked good in the picture. Dammit, now I want pizza.
I’m not sure when I’m going to give the vegan experience a try, again, the sooner the better. I’m definitely going to go the Powered By Mangos route next time. That month long experience was a little rough, but once I got going, I physically and mentally felt great!
Time to get back on it and make the shift to a healthy living, not to mention to no longer support animal cruelty and stuff. I’m not a hardcore fanatic, but I do believe in animal rights. They shouldn’t be treated cruel, even if they are going to be slaughtered and consumed.
I would never say everyone should stop eating meat, but people should definitely reduce the amount they eat, as it has been proven to lead to health issues and disease. But I don’t believe it is my place to tell someone how to live their life. It comes down to education and personal choice.
But if you’re curious, as I was, do some research and educate yourself. It doesn’t mean you have to go vegan. Knowledge never hurt nobody. There are amazing delicious dishes out there to be discovered, even if you only want to go vegan one or two nights a week. Your body deserves it.
Don’t be scurred.