Launch: Vegan No Vegan
Hi, I'm a vegan and my loving, supportive boyfriend is no vegan. Spoiler alert: he does eat a plant-based diet nine times out of ten. This is both about my vegan journey and his no vegan (but kinda vegan) lifestyle. He always supports me in everything I do, but leaving ice-cream and meat pies behind doesn't appear to be in his near future. It's become a somewhat humorous battle (that I usually win, hehe), but one that is also quite relatable and representative of human kind's conflicting relationship with food in the world today.
I have been vegan since June 2017. I know, it's not that long to be preaching here, but I think being fresh to a vegan perspective could benefit the sharing of my ups & downs in this newly adopted lifestyle. I wish I had become vegan sooner, a lot sooner, but I've realized it's better late than never to start caring about my body in a more informed way. I am also recognizing my impact on the environment before and especially after becoming vegan; it's mind-blowingly jaw dropping.
Once I started to understand more of what's causing our weird global warming phenomena around the world, I couldn't help but adopt lifestyle choices that would help slow that destructive process down. Finally, waking up from the denial that the food we eat has a backstory that includes the killing, even torturing, of innocent animals really shook me.
For my Vegan No Vegan series, I'll not only discuss the steps I took towards becoming vegan, but also what comes with dating a non-vegan and his experiences of eating mostly plant-based but still devouring the occasional, cheeky, roasted chicken. We'll share with you our tales of eating around Queenstown from both a vegan and non-vegan perspective and share some of our favorite spots to grab a bite in New Zealand.
If you are considering becoming vegan, transitioning from vegetarian to vegan, or if you simply want to know ways to incorporate healthier habits, I'll be covering the gamut in the Vegan No Vegan series. You can also read this article about other things I've learned since becoming vegan.
To clear the air, I've been a full on meat eater before. I've even been a two-year, cheese-loving vegetarian, which means I have actually been in a non-vegan brain for most of my life. I know that bacon tastes amazing and I know the myths I used to believe about "veganity," but now things are different.
I'm here to share with you my transformation from a meat-fuelled brain to veggie-fuelled one in hopes you'll understand that everything we buy and each item we put in our bodies is loaded with conflicting implications.
I hope to never shove any idealities that I have down people's throats (no pun intended), but I will try to educate and share what I've learned for my audience to enjoy, embrace, and hopefully take a moment to consider it themselves.
In this section of my blog, I will review restaurants and/or dishes, provide a variety of resources, recommend cruelty-free products, share recipes, tell stories, and reflect on what it means to be "vegan no vegan".
Should there ever be a reason you are opposed to my views, feel free to comment below. I'm happy to have a constructive debate, for it provides opportunities to learn, but please leave any hateful comments at the door. It's Craving a Peace, remember? :)
Ultimately, becoming vegan represents so much more to me than not having meat on my plate. I live a more awakened lifestyle, which means I consciously decide how my existence will impact the world in every thing I do.
This one life I have, that you have, is a special one. You can't take it back and you can't erase how it played out. You can, however, decide what it all means to you and make your own conscious decisions to ensure your life is full of meaning and intentional choices.
Nick (the "no vegan") and myself (the vegan) are always trying to work on ourselves and become better people every day. I'm excited to share our story, learnings, mistakes, and victories with you all in hopes that you get something meaningful and positive from it.