Celebrate! Celebrate! I have now been vegan for a year and it's been a lovely journey. At first, I was miserable in a cloud of despair because I couldn't stop thinking about the creatures whose lives are filled with terror and disease. And while it obviously still saddens me to think of these poor souls, I try to focus on the fact that none of my money has directly gone to support such a cruel industry. In the process, I have become more aware of my health and the environment because the three issues go hand-in-hand.
All of my friends and family have been pretty supportive and I'm very thankful for that. For anyone who doubted my switch in lifestyle, I hope you can take note now that I am doing very well, thank you very much.
And I'm going full speed ahead.
-In the first few months of veganism I lost 30 pounds and ever since I have maintained a steady weight without even thinking about what I'm eating or drinking.
-I have not found any scary bits in my food, like bones, gristle, tumors or lumps, etc. because those problems certainly don't exist in plant foods.
-I feel I am thinking more clearly than I have in past.
-I have learned to cook up a storm in the kitchen with new and exciting ingredients. No one helped me to learn to cook but I got all my tips from cookbooks, online recipes, a lot of experimentation, etc.
-It's difficult to find foods in restaurants that are vegan-friendly, although not impossible. It's better for my health and my wallet, anyway.
So here's to the first year gone, there's lots to come.