IN THE BEGINNING
I bet you’re thinking, “Oh crap, here we go, another damn vegan announcing their veganhood to the entire world! Another vegan thinking they’re better than everyone else, looking down on the omnivores, shaking a celery stick screaming ANIMALS ARE PEOPLE TOO!”
Look, I get it. But we’re told in the meetings we MUST announce we’re vegan at least every 15 minutes. It’s in the bylaws.
But my decision to become vegan didn’t begin with my love for animals. No, my decision to become vegan was based on the fact that in the summer of 2019, I went blind.
In June of 2019, I began having sensitivity to light. In fact, I would wear sunglasses at work, sunglasses while watching TV, sunglasses at night..okay, not at night…I’m not Corey Hart. Light KILLED me. My next symptom was a sharp, searing pain ripping through the right side of my head. Two weeks away from going on vacation to Gulf Shores, I started having blurriness in my right eye. I went to the eye doctor, they ran a bunch of tests and couldn’t find anything wrong. He said to wait it out for a few weeks and if it continues to come back. So, I decided to get south for vacation. While on vacation, I lost sight in my right eye. It was scary as hell! I drove to an optometrist in Pensacola, Florida. I was there for two hours, doing all the same tests done in Missouri. When the tests were over he came into the room and he’s like, “Yeah, man, you can’t see.” No kidding? We came back home to Missouri and after many doctor appointments, tests and money, the doctors came to the conclusion that yes, something happened. But what? Who the hell knows.
My sight is gradually returning but because western medicine has let me down, I decided to start healing myself. It began with meditation and visualization. Willing my mind to heal my optic nerve. My spouse asked me what I wanted for Christmas and I said, “Can you order me a new optic nerve on Amazon?” It’s on backorder. Next, I looked to nutrition and began watching food documentaries on Netflix.
The first documentary I watched was Fed UP which basically talks about how the food industry is making us sick. I then watched That Sugar Film which documented the journey of a man who consumes foods that are commonly perceived as “healthy,” but really aren’t. My bingeing continued with What The Health, Forks Over Knives and The Game Changers. These are the documentaries that revealed the power of plants and how meat and dairy products are unnecessary for a healthy diet.
I’m not sure which documentary I was watching, but when I saw video of dead, rotting pigs being fed to other pigs and chickens injected with sodium to plump them up, I decided to go plant-based.
If you Google vegan-diet, you’ll see posts claiming that it’s not NEARLY as expensive as a traditional, American diet. Well, that’s complete horse crap.
Startup costs when transitioning to this new diet are expensive. However, maintaining the diet, not so much. It all depends on the meals you make. Some recipes require ingredients like avocado oil or brown rice syrup and others are simple ingredients any schmoe can find at the local grocery store.
Is the vegan diet consistently sustainable for a busy family of four? To be honest, I would say no. Preparing whole food meals requires planning, shopping and at least one hour of preparation. If you have small children, choir concerts, softball games and dance recitals to lug your kids to, veganhood (every day of the week) is just not possible. But here’s good news! You can swap out those beefy, fast-food meals, a few nights a week or on the weekends, and feed your family some scrumptious plants. They will be full and feel so much better than eating a greasy burger or a bucket of chicken. Even when taking small steps, you’re still moving.
In this blog & podcast, I’ll share with you one vegan meal that is kid-tested and mom approved. These meals are yummy, easy and will leave you feeling plum full. Plus, I’ll continue to share my journey of finding, preparing and eating these vegan meals. Not all recipes I’ve prepared are as easy as the author claims and lemme just say this right now…stay away from cashew-based cheese. Ready? I promise, you’ll love these meals.
Hey, it’s been 15 minutes….I’M VEGAN! Oh, and be sure to check out the Hungry Herbivore Podcast here.