Let’s go back in time.
I had my first stint with veganism almost 10 years ago. Without doing any research, I ignorantly adopted this new diet, and my body ended up inflating like a balloon. I was eating a vegan diet, but it was all carbs. (Confession: I downed an entire bag of Trader Joe’s Vegan Trailmix Cookies in one sitting). And yet, I was still confused as to why I wasn’t slimming down and getting healthier. In fact, I became extremely annoyed and frustrated.
I figured that veganism just wasn’t for me, and I assumed the reason my body responded to it that way was because I needed to consume meat. Thus, I continued eating meat — beef and pork, only occasionally; but I ate chicken, seafood, and dairy on a daily basis.
At the time, it felt “right” to consume meat and animal by-products. After all, my family and loved ones did, and it was those meat dishes over which we gathered and shared many a precious moment. No doubt, food can be a very sentimental thing, and I convinced myself that going vegan would only make my family and friends uncomfortable. Plus, I didn’t want to explain my dietary choice at every meal. Therefore, I resolved to remain in my convenient world in which I was able to dodge awkward questions and looks of concern.
So the meat consumption continued. And then, several years later, my body blew up like a balloon yet again; but this time, it was because pregnancy happened…
More to come! Please stay tuned for my next post in which I’ll be sharing how I finally went vegan!
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