Two hundred and sixteen

Vegan.  What am I getting myself into?  I keep thinking about all the things I have to give up.  No turkey and gravy for Thanksgiving.  No leather belts or wool socks (how will I make it through the nights with my constant cold feet?).  No cheese or ice cream.  No bacon and eggs.  No butter.  Sigh. Everyone thinks I’m crazy to do this (most months people think I’m crazy though, so I’m starting to get used to it).  I love all kinds of food.  I love medium rare prime rib as much as I love a great vegetable curry.  Does being vegan mean I have to miss out on all those flavours and textures?  What will I eat when I go out to a restaurant?  Will I get annoyed with looking at every label for ingredients or asking at a restaurant if there is any dairy, eggs or meat in something?  Will I be hungry all the time?  What exactly can I eat?

For those who don’t know, vegan (pronounced VEE-gun) is: “someone who, for various reasons, chooses to avoid using or consuming animal products. While vegetarians choose not to use flesh foods, vegans also avoid dairy and eggs, as well as fur, leather, wool, down, and cosmetics or chemical products tested on animals.  Veganism, the natural extension of vegetarianism, is an integral component of a cruelty-free lifestyle. Living vegan provides numerous benefits to animals’ lives, to the environment, and to our own health–through a healthy diet and lifestyle.” (from the Vegan Action website

For the next month I will be living this lifestyle and diet.  I’l be writing about both my journey and larger topics about vegan living including shopping, cooking, vegan dumpster diving (called freeganism), eating out, clothing, celebrity vegans, animal cruelty, environmental concerns, raw veganism, and health benefits.

Hopefully by the end of the month I’ll be thinking less about all the things I had to give up and instead all the benefits of it.  Or else I’ll be drooling for that medium rare prime rib!

Note: I’ve already cheated twice, by accident, and it’s only been a day and a half!  I had honey in my coffee, which is generally thought of as non-vegan (although there’s some debate) and I wore socks that had wool in them without even thinking about it.  I really have to pay attention to what I’m consuming and wearing.