How this egg made me turn Vegan

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Ok. So here’s where a few of my followers can either say, ‘I told you so,” or “Welcome!”

I’m ok with either. Look. I needed to get here on my own time. Back in January I made the switch from being a flexitarian to a vegetarian. And although I struggled with it and I wasn’t exactly perfect, I kept on. And I kept on eating eggs from this local farm and drinking milk in my coffee.

But one day, not too long ago, I boiled eggs and brought them out with my son and I, as a snack. He was running with the container and it ended up spilling everywhere. Boiled egg whites and crumbled yolks everywhere. (He hates the yoke part and only likes the whites). And as I picked up the spilled, smelly eggs (and other bits of snacks) I got this overwhelming feeling of disgust. I couldn’t place it. Just as I had this overwhelming feeling of needing to stop producing garbage, it happened.

IT HAPPENED.

I felt disgusted by these eggs and at that moment I knew I was done. Milk. Well I rarely drank it anyway unless it was in my coffee, but now that’s over. Bye-bye. Cheese, I haven’t bought any in a year because of the plastic but there are alternatives that I can make at home with just potatoes and carrots?!  and another melty mozzarella version. And my friend told me of a place in old Ottawa South that has vegan pizza, called Panago. So I’m good.

It’s been two days.

I ate like shit in Chicago and continued to eat like shit up until two days ago. I blame part of it on my period. But I hate feeling tired and shitty. And I always, always feel terrible all over when I eat horrible. My gut feels horrible. My mind feels horrible.

Why go through the suffering?

So, it’s been two days, but already I feel less exhausted and like I can… breath! I have the same feeling I got when I got rid of my trash can. My heart is happy. So other than the egg incident, why else do I feel so confident about it now?

I’ve found support.

I was having a hard time in my community because none of my friends are vegetarian, let alone vegan. So I went looking for support and found groups on Facebook to join. Turns out one of my Mom friends I met through homeschoolers playgroup was in that group and saw that I joined. So now we message each other for moral support.

“Today is pizza day. I guess I’m having toast,” she writes me.

Ah. It’s so nice to have someone that understands.

And today she directed me to a Zero Waste Vegan group and I immediately felt more relief. 709 members?! I’m really not alone!!!

But what really moved me to being a vegan is this woman right here. Her speech on YouTube was also great. She made me understand what it really means to be vegan and how you can’t be an Environmentalist and still eat meat and what I love is that she isn’t horribly obnoxious about it. She’s just got her facts straight. For real though.
Thank you for existing Bite Size Vegan.

Mind you, I have already felt the opposite from others. The, “I don’t care about any of that shit. I’m eating fucking meat” type of aggression. Curse words and all.

Look. I just want to live my life the way I see it working best for me. I understand you don’t care. But you don’t have to be mean or rude.

I do really care about the environment. I really do. It matters to me. So when you (FINALLY) realize that eating meat, dairy and eggs are actually destroying the planet and that it is worse than even driving a car AND it’s taking food and resources from people that could be eating it – not to mention – I can’t even stand the thought of hurting a spider let alone an animal!!!

Count me in. I don’t care what it takes. I’m in. Hello Vegans. Nice to finally meet you. And to all the animals I’ve eaten, I’m so sorry. I didn’t know any better.

Now to continue to inspire and motivate myself with more videos. Like this one.

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10 thoughts on “How this egg made me turn Vegan

  1. Congratulations and welcome! My heart felt happy when I committed to vegan too. I felt as though a huge weight lifted. I have a couple of recommendations to help with your transition: the podcast, “Food for Thought” was a huge help in my vegan education and getting my thoughts into words so I could better address questions people were asking. Try scrolling through the archives and clicking on any episodes that sound interesting. Also, check out veganrd.com and nutritonfacts.org for the best of the best in health info. Thanks for the tip on the Zero-waste vegan FB group!

  2. What took us so long?!

    For me it was finding out that chickens eat their eggs, so they don’t just make them for us to eat! Hopefully we can keep each other motivated. Plants rule!

    1. haha seriously right!? Thankfully there are so many of us to turn to! I’m really happy to know someone near me that is going through the same journey. PS. I’m trying to subscribe to your blog but for some reason it’s telling me I need a Google work email. Whatever that means. Facebook it is!

  3. Yay! So happy to hear that you’ve gone vegan! It’s an amazing adventure that I’m so glad I started – 10 years in and I could not be happier with my choice. And I’m sure you will too!

  4. Woo hoo! I decided to quit eating meat/seafood when I was around 11 or 12 and was mostly vegan in my adult years before finally taking the final step. Totally worth it. 🙂 Big changes come when we are ready for them. Unfortunately, as with any change, others will sometimes question our decisions and at times feel our choices are a judgment of their own choices. Stay strong. Know what you’ve done is the best choice for you and the environment. Thanks for introducing me to Bite Size Vegan. I hadn’t seen her channel before.

    1. Karen, thank you for the support! I definitely see it’s not easy, but I am loving it all the same and have a serious respect for everyone out there who have been on the journey for a long time. ❤

  5. Love your blog.
    What do you eat as a replacement
    For eggs
    Butter
    Cheese

    I do drink Almond milk.

    Any information would be Great.
    Thanks,
    La Conja

    1. Thank you. I make and eat my own cashew cheese. I don’t have a replacement for eggs, other than protein from chickpeas or other legumes and for butter, I use oils or more recently there are now vegan butters.

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