I’ve been so preoccupied with marathon training that I totally let my 5th year veganniversary go by without notice. Doh! As of March 27th, I’ve been vegan for 5 years.
These have been the best 5 years of my life. Physically and mentally, things don’t get any better than this.
I’m not perfect and there is always room for improvement, but I’m continuing to evolve. I’m one less person eating animals. I’m one less person buying products that are tested on animals. I’m one less person buying leather. I may not change the world in a dramatic way, but I’m doing it in a small way, and every action matters.
I see progress every day. Meatless Mondays, more consumption of non-dairy milks, more concern for animal welfare, more people adopting a more plant-based diet. Change is happening and I can say I have a part in it.
If you don’t think anything you do makes a difference, I challenge you to think differently. Don’t think you can give up eating meat? Try having Meatless Mondays. Don’t think you can give up drinking milk? Try soy, almond, or coconut milk. Not only do they have less fat and calories, but you CAN get your calcium drinking this stuff. Don’t think you can give up cheese? Try substituting avocado, or a cashew cream sauce, or try one of the many cheese substitutes that are currently in the market (my favorite is Daiya). You don’t have to do it all at once. Try it one day a week, or one meal a week. Gradually incorporate more plant-based meals into your diet.
Your body will thank you, and most importantly, so will the animals. 🙂