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I Hate The Term “VEGAN,” But I Became One Anyway.

By October 8, 2015 0
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“Vegan”

Many of you probably shudder at the word. Veganism is becoming more and more common, especially in trend-setting areas such as New York City. However, it’s rise is popularity has come with a rise in jokes, confusion and even hate for vegans. So I decided I wanted to share why I, personally, went vegan. I might get a lot of crap from the vegan community for this, however I feel that it’s important for the rest of the world to know that not all people go vegan because they are crazed animal activists who throw red paint on Kim Kardashian and refuse to wear deodorant.

*DISCLAIMER* I am an animal lover, but my love of animals has very little to do with how I first started to go vegan.

I’m not here to push veganism on you. In fact, I’m not even a fan of the term ‘vegan.’ It has such a negative connotation to it, and I feel like whenever I mention that I’m vegan, people automatically stereotype me into a group of radical, fat-shaming activists who look down upon anyone who consumes animal products. How I see it, the most important thing in life is to be happy and live comfortably. I’m not going to judge anyone for living the way they want and I hope you can all do the same for me. I choose to eat a plant-based diet because it works for me. It makes me feel great inside and out, which is the main reason why I do it.

Okay, so without further ado, the story of why I decided to go vegan.

When I was in eighth grade I struggled a lot with food. My body was going through natural changes, but my mind didn’t like it. I wanted to remain the same skinny little thing that I’d always been. I started experimenting with weird diets (I lived off of Special-K protein bars) and starting counting, and restricting calories. I would barely eat all day than come home and BINGE. I would overeat before bedtime almost every night to make up for the lack of food I ate all day. I was never diagnosed with an eating disorder, however if I hadn’t caught myself sooner, I might have been. Eighth grade was by far my worst year, but I still had a love/hate relationship with food throughout most of high school. Even when I was eating properly again, I still felt pangs of guilt when I ate overate or ate something that wasn’t healthy for me. Finally, when I became fully vegan my senior year in high school, all of that changed. I watched, actually I still watch, a lot of videos made by vegan YouTuber’s. They all promoted the idea of unrestricted eating. By this, they mean to eat until your body feels full. As long as the food is wholesome and natural, you can eat as much as you want of it. There are people on YouTube who eat 15 banana’s for breakfast every morning and still look great! I’m not THAT extreme, but I finally found a diet, or should I say lifestyle, that allows me to eat without feeling guilty. I love knowing that no matter how many grapes or kale leaves I stuff down my throat, I will not gain weight, and more importantly I will feel and look my best. Of course I still struggle from time to time, but since going fully vegan, I’m finally able to eat whatever I want, whenever I want, without worry of gaining weight or being unhealthy. I now look forward to meals and can fully enjoy food again. Veganism has helped me move past my insecurities with food and live a happier, healthier life.

Here’s a list of my favorite Youtuber’s, with links to their channels:

  1. Essena O’Neil
  2. Fully Raw Kristina
  3. Nina and Randa
  4. Elle Tayla
  5. Mango Island Mama

 

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