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Why I became Vegan…

Why I became Vegan…

Let me take you back...

I remember trying to pick the ground beef out of my moms spaghetti sauce, much to her frustration. My disappointment(tears!) when my best friends mom ordered me a hamburger from Mcdonalds because that’s what all the kids got. Trying to trim every last piece of fat from steaks until there was nothing left. Beef was never my thing. But chicken, bacon and cheese, those were my jams, preferably together. 🙂
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When I moved to the Cayman Islands in my early 20’s, I quickly gained that freshman 15 that had forgotten about me in University, finally losing that “eat what I want metabolism”:) Someone gave me the cookbook Eat Clean, and I never looked back. Having already been cooking for myself for years, I quickly embraced this new healthy style of cooking. Still eating meats but veggies were my focus. My workout routine was also on point and I felt and looked better than ever.

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Leaving the islands to travel put me back into a mix of and cheap eats(albeit delicious) and a lot of meat-heavy dishes. And living in Korea, where social dinners are most likely BBQ and soju, the lifestyle was slowly unravelling. Until I watched Forks over Knives. Game changer!

I started reading about plant-based diets and learning all the vegan tricks. Beans became my new best friend, and weekday eating was full vegetarian. Still, the social dinners were a thing, and I couldn’t bring myself to be cut out of the dinner circle just yet.

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Bring on 2013, I got my 2 fur babies!

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They definitely were the final catalyst for making the vegan switch.

I had always considered my health, the environment but animal exploitation was just not on my brain. With their crazy personalities, they set my wheels in motion to call it a day with animal products, forever!

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Was everyone on board with my decision? No. Did I notice the annoyance from friends, the decline in dinner invites, the judgemental remarks from strangers? For sure. But, as most vegans say, my only regret is, I didn't do it sooner.

It is a lifestyle that I’m constantly learning more about and figuring out as I go.  Living in Korea has made it more challenging but also helped me turn a passion into a living…

Stay tuned for my next post where I talk about the benefits I have seen in my health and body after changing my diet 🙂

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