Over the past couple of years I have been toying with the idea of going vegetarian, but more recently I have considered going vegan for many reasons.
I have never been a huge fan of meat, even as a child. I grew up in a family that loved to eat meat, and still do. It was always a staple of our meals, and I remember struggling to finish most of my meals.
Now I’m not going to deny it, I do like the taste of a hamburger or bratwurst every now and then. However, the more I have been reading and watching documentaries, the less and less and less I crave meat. I actually don’t know the last time I had meat.
Giving up meat would not be an issue for me, but giving up dairy… now that is tough. I HATE cow milk and always have, so that is not a problem, but I love cheese!
I don’t eat cheese a lot, but I do really like it. Extra sharp cheddar, goat cheese, blue cheese, fresh mozzarella, parmesan… I love them all.
I have had vegan cheese before and actually did not mind it.
I would say the tipping point for me was a couple weeks ago. I have seen “Food, Inc” and “Forks Over Knives” and that got me really contemplating a diet change a year or two ago.
I have always been a healthy eater, but I slowly started cutting out things that were not necessary like chips and other junk foods. I don’t miss them.
Anyways, after watching Vegucated (and embarrassingly crying through it) I decided I had had enough. I am not choosing vegan because I want to lose weight, but I am choosing it for a healthier diet and my extreme love of animals.
I have not fully transitioned into a vegan diet yet because I still have dairy coffee creamer in my fridge and some Chobani yogurt. I hate wasting things, so I will finish those up. However, from that point on I will start buying vegan coffee creamer and soy based yogurt.
I am really excited.
Truthfully, my current diet is 90% vegan so the transition is not going to be too hard (I hope).
I have already sent Kelly (the bff) pictures of vegan chocolate bars I have found. Priorities right?!
Anyways, I will keep you posted on my transition into becoming a vegan and how it affects my running. I am not scared that it will have a negative affect, but I am more excited about the hopeful positives that will come out of it.
I have been creating all vegan recipes this week from my garden and it has been a lot of fun to try new things and eat essentially free this week 🙂