My relationship with food hasn’t been the greatest in the past, especially in high school. I had a friend who was extremely skinny but she kept calling herself fat. It affected me, even though it shouldn’t have. I started to hide candy and food in my room so I could eat it without people seeing. I hated eating lunch in the lunchroom. Not that I was overweight, I wasn’t. I have always been skinny. I attempted to become vegetarian in high school, for the wrong reasons. It gave me a reason to not eat that much food. It only lasted a week.
Flash forward to college, which is where I found out about the ethical reasons for not eating meat. It took me a while to actually stop eating meat. My first year away from school was when I officially made the jump. I started being more ok with eating in public. And wasn’t afraid of eating junk food every once in a while. But it wasn’t until 6 months ago that I become vegan and my relationship is the best that it’s ever been.
Not sure why but now I actually look forward to cooking and making really good vegan food. I’m not restricting myself anymore. I typically follow Forks Over Knives and the Starch Solution but I don’t restrict myself to never drinking pop or never eating ‘vegan’ candy, which is hard to find vegan chocolate at most stores. The reason behind this is unknown to me. I haven’t really changed much besides the not eating animal products for ethical reasons.
I guess knowing that I’m not killing or harming another being may be one reason. I’m an extremely sensitive person so I think I always knew that eating animal products was causing harm.
(Decided to get a little more personal on this blog. Took me a while to actually write this post, I’ve wanted to write about for several months but haven’t had the courage to do so.)