Transitioning from Vegetarian to Vegan

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Hello once again darlings,

I know that it has been a very long time since I have last posted. However, I wanted to begin writing again and to start, I want to talk about something that I have been wrestling with for about a year now: veganism. Anyone that knows me already knows that I’m an avid vegetarian. I’m always chatting about being a veg and striving to be as cruelty-free as possible. My struggle with being vegan in college is the limited number of food options to partake in. Being a vegetarian is hard enough, my only option sometimes being pizza or a grilled cheese.

This past summer, I decided to try practicing veganism for a week. It was easier at home because I could cook for myself. Many restaurants also have awesome vegan options. “Fast food” places such as Moe’s are awesome places for veg people. Pretty much anywhere you dine at has some option on the menu suitable for a vegan or vegetarian. If the place you go to doesn’t have any options on the menu, you can usually ask for ingredients to be omitted to make your dish cruelty-free. At school, I rely on my meal plan and the foods that are available there. Some days, the options are awesome (my favorites are the fresh salads, black bean patties, and customizable burritos). Other days, the options aren’t the best.

I want to use my blog to track my progress of my journey, not to talk-down on meat-eaters or anything of that sort. I just want to use this to track my experience and sort of hold myself accountable. I’m no where near being a full-fleged vegan, however, everyday I am making progress and taking baby steps to transition. I don’t want to sound hypocritical and I know that sometimes I’ll probably just eat the ice cream, despite wanting to declare myself a vegan.

I feel as if, on paper, going from a vegetarian to a vegan should be so simple. I mean, I already don’t drink dairy milk, instead I opt for almond milk. I will only eat eggs in things like cakes and I have drastically cut down on my cheese consumption. My biggest problem is my sweet tooth. I love having a nice slice of apple pie (my grandmother makes the absolute best) or some Ben and Jerry’s ice cream.

A little disclaimer: I am talking about eating vegan, not the whole vegan lifestyle. This may seem contradictory, however, I currently use some products (makeup and skincare) that are not vegan, and I don’t like to waste things so I will use them up, just not replace them. My goal is to be completely vegan anywhere from six months to a year from now. That might seem like a long time, however I couldn’t call myself a vegan if I occasionally eat ice cream. That just doesn’t seem right to me.

I know some people may not understand why I want to be a vegan or why I even care about labeling myself at all. I think that if you follow a vegan lifestyle or at least a vegan diet, you should talk about it and be proud of it. Saving animals and being compassionate for all is something that I think is very important. Just because animals don’t have a voice doesn’t mean that they should not be fought for. You could even further that reasoning and say that being vegan isn’t just about saving animals and being cruelty-free, but about eating clean. We live in a world full of processed foods in which we are not meant to partake in. We are meant to eat clean foods, ones that aren’t made in a factory.

So with all of that being said, this begins my journey. Thanks for reading!

xoxo,

Victoria

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6 thoughts on “Transitioning from Vegetarian to Vegan

  1. Amelia Jayne says:

    Hi victoria! I loved this post. I’ve been a vegetarian for 10 years last month and have recently been watching heaps of documentaries about sustainable living and going vegan. As of the 1st of october I have also started the vegan transition. I always opted for Almond milk anyway too and have found that I now have to do a lot of home cooking. I always home cooked anyway and thought eating out would be my hardest thing but I ate out today effortlessly. (if you ask they usually have guides). in terms of school food you could think about taking your own lunches things which are easy, such as granola or left overs from your evening the night before. Looking forward to the rest of your journey.
    Amelia (www.flyridewander.com)

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    • victoriaherbener says:

      That’s so awesome! I have been a vegetarian for more than two years now and have aways contemplated going vegan. The problem with school is that I don’t have a kitchen here so I have to rely heavily on the university’s dining. But I really appreciate your comment and tip!
      Thank you so much,
      Victoria

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      • Amelia Jayne says:

        That sucks! But you should totally go to your university board and ask for them to add more vegan foods to the menu. I live in a shared house and the kitchen is terrible and the appliances suck meaning i have to cook things for 3 times as long as the recipes says but at the moment im finding it not as difficult as I first thought

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      • victoriaherbener says:

        I actually just joined the Food Board so hopefully I can become somewhat of a voice for veg people! PETA also has this cookbook for the college students and it has given me some good ideas on what I could mix to create healthy meals. Many dishes can be made using simple kitchen appliances. I also recently discovered a homemade black bean recipe that only calls for five ingredients: black beans, ketchup, mustard, garlic powder, and salt. You can bake them or pop them in the microwave and they rock!

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