I’ve been holding back on doing a post on the way I eat…because when I say the word that labels people who eat this way, many of you will instantly walk away from your computer. I think Mrs. Priss does a great job of explaining why she chose to be vegan, and her feelings about it. She explains it far better than I could, and I strongly agree with her points.
So don’t freak out. As Ann Gentry says in her book, Vegan Family Meals, “A standard peanut butter and jelly sandwich is vegan.” Most people have vegan sides or even main courses without even noticing it! It’s really not as crazy as it seems…
I’ve been an off-and-on vegetarian from the time I was 7. When I went to college, I was a pretty strict vegetarian, and then I met a boy. He was from the south, and insisted I eat all kinds of southern meaty delights (biscuits and gravy, Waffle House, etc). I completely let go of the eating habits that I had clung so tightly to. When he dumped me, I decided that I wanted to do something for myself, and I had been wanting to go vegan for a while. A friend of mine had been telling me about all the health and environmental benefits, so a week after my break up with the silly southern boy, I threw out my milk and gave the remaining eggs in the fridge to my roommate. Within a week I felt better, and since I went vegan I look the best I ever have. I have tons of energy, and I am more sensitive to how foods make my body feel.
I love being vegan, and I don’t hold myself to ridiculous standards. If I’m feeling like sushi, I’ll have a piece of fish and won’t beat myself up about it. And a few times a year, I like a good eggs benedict – I’ve even mastered Julia Child’s hollandaise, emergency cold water bath and all.
When I first met James, he was really interested in my eating habits. On a whim, he decided to try out veganism. I wasn’t even with him; he was traveling through Canada alone. He loved the way he felt, and he’s been vegan ever since.
When people ask me about my dietary choices, I always say that the most important part of eating is listening to your body. I lead a pretty active lifestyle: I do Bikram Yoga at least 4 times a week, and I like to go for a good long run once or twice a week if I can. So I need plenty of good foods to fuel my lifestyle. For me, it’s easier to be so active if I don’t have a belly full of cheese and milk, but that’s just me. No two bodies are exactly the same, and like plants, we all have different nutrient requirements. I’ve been vegan for 6 years now, and like I said, I feel the best.