I was so excited when I woke up today because this date is important to me in many ways. Last year I made a new years resolution to go vegan by the end of the year. I spent the first half of that year loosely paying attention to what I was eating and doing plenty of research about the benefits of veganism and how to make transitioning easier, but I wasn’t actually taking any action to make it happen. On July 28, 2015 I made the pledge to swear off of animal products and began actively transitioning to a vegan lifestyle. Today I get to celebrate that decision. It’s been one whole year since I chose compassion and health over the selfish, fleeting satisfaction of consuming animal products. I could not be more proud.
Today also happens to be the 1 year anniversary of Vegelovin (although I do have older posts here that were imported from a previous blog). Moving forward, I’m hoping to make this blog much more active. As I pursue my Bachelors in Dietetics, I hope to share my research findings and support other people who want to make the right decision but don’t necessarily have all of the right resources.
I can’t believe I’ve made it this far and I can’t wait to see where this journey takes me.
Meat Your Future, a Texas based non-profit focused on spreading factual evidence that animal products are not healthy, released this informational video, Rethinking Eggs, in January of 2016.
About a year ago I saw previews for a 2015 movie release that really caught my attention. The film was going to be called “Point Break,” and was a re-make of the 1991 film starring the infamous Swayze ( which I still have never seen). The preview features skydiving, one of my top bucket list activities, so I was immediately sold on watching it. Despite my intentions, I wasn’t able to get to the theaters to see it, but I watched the film last night, and despite the horribly unimpressive ending (we’ll get into movie politics later), I thought that the film carried an incredibly appealing message that deserved acknowledgement.
The film’s main antagonist, a character named Bodhi, has an undoubtedly amazing outlook on living life to the fullest and respecting nature while you do it. He said one thing in particular that made me pause the movie and just sit there for a moment, absorbing and deciphering what I have known all along, but have never experienced in words:
We must give back more than we take.
Okay, for one moment, we’re going to ignore the fact that Bodhi is about to blow up the side of a mountain and murder several people; let’s focus on the meaning of his words and less on his interpretation of them.
Regardless of whether I actually bring it up in a conversation, the fact that I’m vegan or that I live a minimalist and eco-friendly lifestyle always comes up. Somebody always asks a question and I have to elaborate before I sound like a mad man. Finding someone who has the same opinions and views of how we should treat the world is very rare, so I’m always taken aback when I hear something like “we must give back more than we take,” even if it’s just from a character in a movie. It’s not a popular opinion and the last major movie that carried an eco-friendly message arguably received more criticism than praise.
But what exactly does that mean? HOW do we give back more than we take? How do we even give back? Or how do we avoid taking? I think we all have to interpret that in our own way. For me, avoiding overindulging and buying useless things that I don’t need (and will most likely end up in a landfill) is part of what satisfies my need to “give back.” I try to buy biodegradable and reusable products as much as possible. A menstrual cup is just one example of how I avoid using and buying products in excess. If I purchased tampons or pads every month, imagine the amount of garbage I would be throwing away!!
How do you “give back more than [you] take”?
Beginnings are difficult for me. Change is difficult for me. But I have learned the hard way that trying to evade such change often concludes negatively, so I have learned to just roll with it.
One thing I think is impossible for the average intellect to avoid is the truth of what nightmarish horrors are being overlooked and downright ignored in the meat, dairy, and egg industry. It makes me stick to learn of the truth and it makes me angry to know that so many people, including the loved ones I know and would otherwise call reasonable, compassionate people, are turning a blind eye to what is happening. Many because they believe that there is “no possible way” anyone could get away with that, others because they are uneducated, even more because they “don’t want to know”, and even a few who just “don’t care” and “love their steak too much.” It’s hard to sit by and watch this happen while everyone else goes about their day eating the dead carcasses of other animals who would otherwise be living.
I’ve made a bit of a resolution for this new year. Last year I made the pledge to go vegan by the end of the year. I slacked all the way through the first half of the year before finally buckling down and making the commitment at the very end of July. That’s over half of the year wasted and so many tortured animals that I could have spared. This year I won’t make that same mistake.
Starting in the new year I’m going raw til 4, the diet I was originally on when I switched to this lifestyle. Honestly the consumption of fruit early in the day gave me so much energy and I felt 10x better just by changing what I was eating. I really don’t know why I stopped. I am also pledging to make one post a week, researching various brands, food items, ethical issues, and health problems in relation to veganism and relaying the information with reliable sources here on the vegelovin page. I want to be able to educate myself and others about this terrible industry and the lies that are being fed to us as children to turn a profit for these large companies.Perhaps eventually I can start a blog series, but for now this is where my conglomeration of vegan education will be gathered.
In starting off the new year, I can proudly say that I am becoming more at terms with who I am and where I am going. This journey will be a difficult one, that’s certain, but I know that if I make the best of it there is so much that can come out of it.