Vegan eating is enjoying all the wonderful foods this planet has to offer, with the exception of any animal products. This means no milk, eggs, or meat of any kind. Yes, fish too. This sounds simple enough, but people sometimes don’t grasp the full concept until I specifically mention cheese and butter. Then it becomes “totally unrealistic” or “extreme”. These were some of my favorite foods, too, but now I know how bad they are for my body. I can even remember feeling icky every time I ate those animal products and never quite knowing why.
Vegan eating may seem restrictive. Well, it is, but the thing is that by cutting out the things you once thought were essential, you start to look at food in a whole different way. What vegetables can you think of off the top of your head? Carrots, corn, and potatoes? There are so many more! Vegetables aren’t all vegans eat, either. There are a plethora of fruits, grains, and legumes out there too. (Legumes are “a class of vegetables that includes beans, peas and lentils — are among the most versatile and nutritious foods available.”—Mayo Clinic)
When you open your mind to new foods and new flavors, you start to experience a whole other side of life, tasting and feeling things for what they really are, instead of smothering them in butter and cheese to feed your body’s addictions to oil and salt. (Although there are very realistic vegan cheese, butter, cream cheese, sour cream, tartar sauce, etc… substitutes for those occasional times noobs like us get cravings)!
You start to become more aware of your body’s needs and feels, and that cheesy (hah) phrase “your body is a temple” actually starts to have some meaning. It’s a really cool experience, and I highly recommend it.