I was a sophomore in high school, and the show I was in at the time had three vegans in the cast and one vegan-curious, me. On social media, I constantly found myself bombarded with vegan influencers, vibrant vegan fruit and vegetable dishes, and unending reasons to go vegan. […]
At the time, I had already adopted a paleo way of eating. If you don’t know, the paleo diet relies heavily on meat and vegetables. So, as someone who’s loved animals more than most things on the planet since the day I was BORN, part of me knew something wasn’t right.
I started by getting to know the show vegans a bit better. I asked all my questions, they busted all the myths, they shared delicious vegan food with the us, and I found myself constantly seeking more information as to why I should make the switch.
So, I did! With strategy, though.
I started gradually, one-by-one excluding red meat, chicken, eggs, yogurt, fish, etc. Unlike the paleo diet, I let myself indulge in more carb-heavy vegetables, like potatoes, to make myself feel a little more emotionally sustained, since I wasn’t eating any meat. My parents were kind enough to buy whatever groceries I would add to the grocery list, and I was in charge of cooking for myself. I immediately got on Pinterest to find inspiring vegan recipes, and I scoured Youtube for even more internet-famous recipe bloggers.