I’ve gone vegan for good, and you can too! If you’re not ready to take the plunge completely, you can still find great tips, recipes, and inspiration for a healthy lifestyle here. I’ve been vegetarian since 1987, when I’d read John Robbins
‘ then-new book Diet for a New America
, which exposed the inhumane practices of factory ‘farming’, the greed behind all that cruelty, and the misinformation we are fed regarding nutrition and animal products. For a couple years at a time, here and there, I’d go vegan. But without a community of fellow vegans (and before the internet), I couldn’t sustain a vegan lifestyle longterm. I would miss cheesecake, milk in my coffee, creamy French tarts with glazed fruit on top, and making vegetarian quiche for my nonvegetarian-but-love-Jen’s-cooking friends. I knew I was using the same excuses as carnivores who say they ‘like the taste’ of meat even though they might feel some regret for the animals. I rationalized, too, that it’s not possible to be ‘perfectly’ vegan. But over time an inner voice persisted: “When are you going vegan?”
I now live in alignment with my compassion for animals. January 2013, I was suddenly in the right place and time to become vegan for good. An emotional weight was lifted within a few days. And, another weight lifted: about a pound per month. I run 20 miles per week, enjoy advanced level yoga, and at 50, feel more fit and energized than ever. WhoooHooo!!
I hope my blog can be a fabulous resource for delicious, nutritious recipes and ideas for your healthy lifestyle.
It’s never been easier to go vegan — or as plant-based a diet as you feel comfortable with — than it is today!