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Perspective Can Change

As human beings, it’s pretty cool how we can all look at something and have a completely different perspective on it.  I also find it interesting that a bunch of us can do one thing, but for many different reasons.

Say… going vegan.

A few months ago I wrote a post entitled Stop the Stereotypes because quite frankly, I was sick of being judged as an animal rights activist when people found out I’m vegan.  Not to different from other people, I chose to go vegan because it is one of the healthier diets out here.  Since I never ate meat all that much to begin with, it was a little easier to make the change.  Either way, it wasn’t because I suddenly became an animal rights activist that I became a vegan.  I just simply wanted a healthier diet/lifestyle.

Curiosity has gotten the better of me though.  Since these people I don’t even know are assuming I’m an animal rights activist, I decided to look into why some people live a vegan lifestyle in order to be “cruelty-free.”  To be honest, I was disgusted how some animals are treated for food processing and now I can understand why people choose to become vegan for this reason.

But I have to wonder, are they only living a vegan, cruelty-free lifestyle?  Or are they still living the rest of their life as someone who is not passionate about saving animals?

As in, are they also using cruelty-free products?  I believe it’s no secret that animals are used for testing a variety of products, though some might have been banned if I read correctly.  Still, if a person wants to preach a vegan lifestyle to others because it’s cruel to the animals, then shouldn’t they also boycott regular make-up and other product companies that are not cruelty-free?

I guess unless they’re being specific to how animals are treated on the food processing aspect, then they don’t have to.

I will say that what I’ve learned from this has definitely ensured that I will not ever change my vegan diet.  Though I’m not going to go out preaching that others should become vegans because of animal rights, I still was affected by what I have seen from my research.  So no worries, I will not force my vegan diet on anyone.

After all, “To each their own.”


Possible Project

So with trying new vegan recipes and starting up this blog I have been toying with the idea of doing a blog with vegan recipes I try and posting my thoughts on them.

Then I realized how many vegan food blogs there are and it seems silly to start another one.  So I threw the idea aside to figure out something else to try aside from this blog where I blog about anything and everything.

Only a few hours later, as I was helping my housemate Lindsey make dinner, I came up with a (possibly) great idea…

Do a food blog that’s Vegan vs. Non-Vegan with her.

See, she recently graduated from the Culinary Institute of America and has been cooking since she was young.  The only problem I’m having is trying to convince her to collaborate with me on this project.  If I can get her to do this with me, I think it’d be a real fun project for us.  And I’d also get my brothers Sam and/or Ian to take pictures of the food or at least teach me skills in food photography.

I hope it all works out, ’cause I’m kinda excited to do this.


Quick, Simple & Healthy!

So one of the things I love about being vegan is that there’s a lot of foods that can be eaten raw or don’t take much time to prepare at all.  One of my favorites is making quick salads when I don’t know what else to eat.  After eating strawberry pancakes for both breakfast and lunch today I decided to make one of these  salads for dinner.  It only took a few minutes to throw together and my hunger was satisfied quickly.  My housemates (none who are vegan, mind you) actually gave it a try and they loved it!

Marinated kale salad with strawberries, tomatoes, cucumbers, & carrots in a dressing of blended strawberries, mango, avocado, garlic, orange juice, & basil.

Marinated kale salad with strawberries, tomatoes, cucumbers, & carrots in a dressing of blended strawberries, mango, avocado, garlic, orange juice, & basil.

Score one for the vegan kid!


2 Months Vegan

It is two months to the day that I started my vegan diet, and I couldn’t be more happy about it.

Vegan chocolate chip espresso cookies.

Vegan chocolate chip espresso cookies.

When I first decided to go vegan my friends and family thought I was crazy. I am a guy after all, and guys like their meat.  However, I’ve never been one for meat, with the exception of chicken and fish meals, but I haven’t had either in the last two months.  My siblings especially thought I would quit this diet after only a week.  It’s not that they don’t believe I can stick to something I want to do, it’s just to change eating habits can be somewhat drastic, especially starting a vegan diet.

Coconut-avocado key lime pie with cashew-macadamia crust

Coconut-avocado key lime pie with cashew-macadamia crust

Of course, starting my diet wasn’t easy.  Even now I still get tempted when it comes to seeing my friends snack on the foods I used to love eating, but I still get to enjoy foods I used to eat, I just have to change the recipe such was when I have pizza or cake.  Which is another good thing from going vegan, I have had to learn to cook a lot of the food I’ve been eating.  Not that there is really much to cook since there’s no meat involved, but for making vegan hot foods or pastries, well, you get my point.  So there’s a lot more work involved with being on a vegan diet, but for me it’s most definitely worth it.

So here I am two months later and honestly, I feel so much healthier.  Without a lot of the junk that is in the foods of my old eating habits, I feel like if I were to go back to those foods I’d get sick.  Yep, going vegan was one the best decisions I’ve ever made in my life.