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.
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.