Hi friends! So I rarely post just to talk on here because I want the main focus to be on the products I review but I wanted to take this time to update you all on some life changes. To start off, I wanted to thank my amazingly talented sister, Ashley, for designing my new blog logo that you can now view on the header of my blog page, on my FB, and Instagram. I am so in love with how the design came out and this has been a few months in the making so I hope you all love it too!
Next, I wanted to talk about something a little more personal. For those of you that are new to my blog, you may or may not have read my “A Reasonable Introduction” post, which was my very first post on my blog back in May. In the post I admitted to being a “poultritarian” which is someone who only eats poultry meat (turkey & chicken). I felt the need to tell my readers that so they didn’t just assume I was vegan because I was talking about vegan products. I was hoping that my honesty would be welcomed and for the most part it has. After being in this community these past few months, my eyes have really been opened to a lot of animal torture that goes on in the meat and dairy industries. I felt that, as a vegan and cruelty-free blogger, I was being somewhat hypocritical with my thinking and actions. As I began to educate myself more on the matter, I realized that not only are these animals being tortured, but the meat and dairy industries are severely harming our planet too. I knew then that I had the opportunity to make a difference in the world. No matter how small I am, I too can make a difference in not only the product industry, but the meat & dairy industries as well.
I was vegetarian in the past for about a year until I fell very ill. My parents and “society” told me that to be strong and healthy I had to consume meat again. It was my first year in college so I wasn’t really being a conscious vegetarian which I believe now led to my downfall. I decided then to add poultry back into my diet but still preferred vegetarian meals when possible. I have always had a problem having to cut meat off the bone. I just cannot handle it, it makes me cringe. I knew that eating an animal made me feel gross, so why was I doing it? Why was I choosing to be blind to it all? It’s hard to find the right answer but I truly believed that I was being “healthy”. I am thankful that I have found this community and found my strength to make a life change and work towards a new goal.
For the past month, I have been doing my best to follow a vegetarian diet. I have decided to slowly work my way towards living a vegan lifestyle. I no longer want to partake in any kind of animal suffering because I truly believe that they are equal to us. And I want to honor and respect that in all aspects of my life. I know there will be times where I will slip unintentionally. For example, the other day I did not know that the restaurant I was eating at cooked their black beans with pork. So I am learning to be more diligent, mindful, and to educate myself as much as possible. Ask questions when needed so I do not slip again. I am hoping that with a slow approach I will be able to stay committed to this lifestyle and be healthy in the matter. I know that it is not something I can do overnight and I am willing to admit in times where I have failed. The point is that I will be trying and working towards something that I can be proud of.
I am hoping that with writing this post I earn respect and encouragement from my peers. I know it will take me time to be able to fully say I am living a vegan lifestyle, but know that I am trying. I am in NO way shaming you if you are an omnivore. I believe everyone is entitled to their own life choices. If you are an omnivore and choose to use vegan & cruelty-free products, I will not judge. I am still proud that you are doing something to help the animals and EVERY little bit helps! I only hope to encourage others to do research as I have and learn how the meat & dairy industries are affecting animal and human lives too. We all have the opportunity to make a difference in the world. I know that I sure would love to see the world continue to thrive and grow in a healthy manner and if by changing my diet helps that, I am all in.
I leave you with this question to ponder on, if you had to look into the eyes of an animal and then kill it for food, could you? Do not shy away from thinking about this question especially if it makes you uncomfortable. If your answer is no, then why are you having others do it for you?
November is World Vegan Month and there are so many amazing things happening all over the world to celebrate. There are a TON of resources out there to help you with any kind of transition as well. I am hoping to bring you amazing vegan & cruelty-free brand reviews this month and I welcome any suggestions as well!!
Thank you for reading & thank you for your support. I appreciate each and every one of you that is going on this journey with me. <3