jar-in-yard-editedHere’s my vegan story…

In the summer of 2015, I made the decision to decrease my meat consumption based on health reasons.  As I started researching the commercial animal industry, I realized that my choices on my plate were more important than just a meal.  My path to a vegan lifestyle has been a complicated one.  I was raised on a dairy goat hobby farm with lots of animals over the years.  I’ve never lived in any house without some animal providing constant love and affection.  My husband and I have a Shih-tzu/Maltese, Brodie, that has created lots of interesting experiences in our lives.  I was raised eating a minimal amount of meat and enjoying the vegetables that my grandparents grew throughout each summer.  Tomato sandwiches are simply the best thing about summer.

While 2015 was a turning point, my story actually begins a little earlier.  Let me back up to explain myself a little better…

In the fall of 2013, I decided to take a drastic risk and go under the knife to have weight loss surgery in the form of roux-en-y gastric bypass.  It has a choice that I felt was a last resort and has helped me reduce a large amount of my excess weight.  From day one of recovery from surgery, I was struggling with my prescribed diet.  The diet was predominately meat based and the entire focus was protein.  Protein in animal form with instructions to track only protein grams.  Not calories.  Not carbs.  Not fiber.  Not the nutritional value of real food.  I struggled with the way I felt all time eating meat constantly with very little fruits, vegetables and grains.  I felt heavy, bloated and uncomfortable physically.  I missed eating apples in the fall fresh from the orchards in the mountains.  Garden ripe tomatoes freshly picked.  Large salads with a rainbow of vegetables.  Sitting down with half a fresh watermelon and a spoon in the sun of a hot summer day.

Last summer, I started watching documentaries on animal agriculture.  I chose to never learn or be ignorant rather to the fact that the that the steak or chicken on my grill at a backyard barbecue was from the slaughter of the animal itself.  Immediately I started making changes.  I decided to make those changes gradually over the past year.  I am currently eating a 100% vegetarian diet on my way to a vegan diet.  I’m not perfect.  I know I’m going to make mistakes, but I’m healthier and happier for this choice of lifestyle I am living.

Follow me on my journey to being vegan.