My First Year of Veganism
Around a year ago, I decided to go vegan for about two months – it was like a mini fast-type-thing as I prepared to launch the dōt blog. But, what I thought would be a two month thing ended up sticking. So now I’ve been vegan for a year and I’m going to take this opportunity to reflect on this first year and share with you what I have learned and what I would have changed.
Last year, on May 27th, I posted an article titled How to be a Vegan who eats Bacon. This was written right after my little vegan fast and right before I decided to fully switch to veganism. (I know, my vegan journey is a bit confusing, but bear with me.) In this post I wrote:
“I’m very very close to being vegan, however, I’m not one, at least not yet. Instead, I call myself plant-based. My end goal is to be a vegan, however, at this point in my life I’m a vegan who eats chicken, bacon, eggs, chicken broth, and insect items such as food dye. Although I eat a lot of non-vegan foods, I eat all of these foods in moderation. Since I learned about the effects of my diet on the lives of animals, the earth, and even on myself, I have significantly decreased my consumption of animal products. ”
I think this idea of being plant-based was essential to my switch to veganism. Diets can be hard and can even have unforeseen effects on your mental stability if approached in the wrong ways. That’s why it is so important to allow yourself to fail and not expect too much from yourself too fast. Through this plant-based diet I was able to slowly ease into veganism by eating less animal products, but not forcing myself to give up everything all at once.
For about a year before this, I would go vegan for a day or a week in an attempt to lower my carbon footprint. This was another thing that was suuuuper helpful as I became vegan. I was able to celebrate my accomplishments on a day by day basis, instead of focusing on my failures.
Sometimes I regret how long it took me to become vegan. I think about how much healthier I could’ve been, how many more animals I could’ve saved, or how much I could’ve reduced my carbon footprint. But honestly, none of that matters now, it only matters that I made it to where I am today – and it is so so important to focus on the positives not the negatives.
Also, if you aren’t vegan yet let me tell you something: I am honestly jealous of you sometimes. Those first few days of being vegan-for-a-day last year, and my first few months of fully going vegan were some of the best days I have experienced. Leonardo Da Vinci is said to have once said,
“My body will not be a tomb for other creatures”
And I honestly think about that a lot. When you eat only plants, nothing dead is entering your body. It may only be mental, but I seriously felt so much more alive when I first made this switch and I am so excited for you to feel this way as well!