Someone at a party said to me recently, “I could never be vegan. I’d just be angry all the time.”
It’s interesting to me how people think that the vegan lifestyle is one of major deprivation. (Although there was definitely a time when I didn’t want to live in a world without dairy cheese or ice cream.) What am I deprived of? I honestly don’t miss dairy or meat. Not only am I glad every minute of every day that I don’t support cruelty and unnecessary death, I also no longer crave the animal products that made me me look and feel awful. When I stopped eating dairy, my acne, cramps, headaches and two sizes went away. Eggs actually used to make me throw up. Do I want to put those things in my body anymore? Nope, especially when I live in a world that has Luna & Larry’s Coconut Bliss, Purely Decadent with Coconut Milk, Daiya Vegan Cheese, Dr. Cow Nut Cheeses and Teese!
I no longer crave animal flesh after 17 years as a vegetarian, but I do love Soysage, Tofurky slices and sausages for what they are. If I wanted to experience the taste and texture of chickens, pigs and cows, I would eat Gardein, LightLife, Match Meats, etc. I never cared for seafood, so I definitely don’t miss that.
Yes, sometimes I miss out on convenience. But it’s so worth it! I eat so much more food as a vegan than I ever did as a meat-eater or even as a lacto-ovo vegetarian. I actually crave vegetables. I can have kale and brown rice for lunch and feel completely satisfied. I eat Ethiopian, Thai and Korean food often. I never would have been interested in those foods before I was vegan.
Since I became vegan, I definitely feel more spiritually connected. I am more in tune with my body, the planet and my fellow Earthlings.
So, am I angry all the time? Not even close. How often do you see me without a smile on my face? The years I have been vegan have actually been my happiest ever. I can’t imagine ever going back.