20 Things I Learned After 30 Days Of Being Vegan

20 Things I Learned After 30 Days Of Being Vegan

I never even learned this much during a month of school!

Let's be real, the idea of veganism is not one that comes with a positive connotation, take it from a girl who loves a good burger just as much as the next person! However, after getting exposed to some information regarding factory farming and the effects animal agriculture has on our planet I decided to take on the challenge of becoming vegan. The things I have learned in just the past month continue to amaze me so, ya know, it'd only fair that I share my knowledge with you.

1. I do not miss meat.

Tofu, tempeh, and bread fill those cravings very well.

2. I am not always hungry.

Since fruits and veggies are lower in calories than meat and dairy products, you can eat so much more of them for the same amount of calories! Which in turn, fills you up more.

3. Animals are responsible for 51% of greenhouse gas emissions.

Everyone is concerned with the amount of greenhouse gasses that are put out by vehicles, but that doesn't nearly compare to the gas emissions of animals.

4. I have saved the lives of 30 animals.

Everyday of being vegan saves the life of one animal!

5. Eating out isn't a pain.

Many restaurants have great salads, veggie burgers, veggie side dishes, pastas and the list goes on!

6. People will always ask questions.

How do you get your protein? Aren't you always hungry? What do you eat? Can you eat anything?

7. People will always criticize your choice.

People will say it's not healthy for you or that humans are meant to be carnivores, but my stance on this is that if my choice to be vegan doesn't affect you, you shouldn't worry about it!

8. Vegan burgers are just as delicious as meat burgers.

Have you ever had a black bean burger? How about a chickpea and corn burger? If not, take my advice and try one as soon as possible.

9. I have saved 33,000 gallons of water.

So much water is used in the production of animal meat that turning vegan saves 1,100 pounds of water a day simply by not eating animal products.

10. Oreos are vegan.

Score 1 for vegans.

11. Chocolate syrup is also vegan.

Chocolate soy milk anyone?

12. Vegetables aren't gross.

Have you ever had roasted cauliflower? To die for!

13. 80% of antibiotics in the world are for animal use.

With the concern about diseases and antibiotics reaching more poor countries, I feel that some of these antibiotics that are used on animals could be better used, oh ya know, on people?

14. You lose weight without really trying when turning vegan.

I take in less calories simply because I am eating nutrient dense food with a lower calorie count, which results in weight loss.

15. Eating plant based foods gives you so much more energy.

Take it from someone who took naps religiously before becoming vegan, and now wakes up at nine in the morning on a daily basis. Trust me, I wouldn't lie to you about something as important as sleep.

16. There is more protein in a serving of broccoli than a serving of meat.

Crazy right?!

17. Factory farms produce more than 50% of all food animals in the U.S.

When I really thought about it, I did not like the idea of my animal products coming from a place where animals aren't even given the chance of being treated humanely.

18. Being vegan is not more expensive than a normal diet.

Check it! "Forget Saving the Planet: Being a Vegetarian Is Cheaper Than Eating Meat"

19. Meat consumption increases the risk for cancer by a ton.

Like, an actual ton. Like, increasing the chance of colon cancer by 300% worth of a ton.

20. I feel like I am actually doing something to help the world.

Turning vegan started as a health thing because college had turned me to really bad food habits. After what I have learned about the food industry however, I don't see myself ever being able to return to a standard American diet ever again because, if anything, I care about my body too much to put so many chemicals in it.

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If Your College Major Was A Cookie, Here's What You'd Be Snacking On

Sorry, I had to.

Cookies are probably one of the greatest foods to exist in this world. There are so many varieties and tastes that my mouth is salivating just thinking about it. There are just as many, if not more, majors to compare to cookies. Let me give it a try.

1. History - Sugar Cookie

History never changes, much like sugar cookies. (Also, they're both boring.)

2. English - Nutella Lava Cookie Cups

English majors tend to be creative. This cookie is that and more.

3. Biology - Giant Cookie

Things are always evolving, becoming bigger and better than they were before. This giant cookie mimics a regular one, except, well, it's giant.

4. Accounting - Green Tea Shortbread Sandwich Cookies

2 + 1 = deliciousness

5. Art - Double Decker, Dark Chocolate, Mini Doughnut Sugar Cookie

This is simply a work of art - pun intended.

6. Chemistry - Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookie

Hmm, maybe if I add just a bit of bacon, it will make this cookie 10x better.

7. Statistics - Hot Cocoa Cookies

Hmm, the statistics of this cookie being delicious is...100%.

8. Dance - Banana Split Cake Mix Cookies

It's all in the name.

9. Theater - Insanely Delicious Turtle Cookies

There are some insanely talented people in this major.

10. Sports Management - Brown Butter Oatmeal Cookies Filled with Caramel and Peanut Butter

There are so many different things going on with this major, I thought it appropriate to put a cookie that also has a lot of things going on with it.

11. Public Health - Trail Cookies

I guess these are healthy? Kinda?

12. Mass Communications - Peach Drop Cookies

A reporter can do many things, especially if they blow our minds away. Mic drop, anyone?

13. Nursing - Red Velvet Cheesecake Cookies

Don't you love looking a blood? No? Then why are you a nursing major?

If your major wasn't on here, I'm sorry. There are too many for me to compare to cookies.

If you want to get all these awesome recipes for the cookies, check out this awesome blog!

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Is It Possible To Eat With A Truly Ethical, Guilt-Free Conscience?

Yes, you can have your almond milk and drink it too.

Recently, I made the decision to go vegetarian. I’ve been wanting to since forever and so I said: “Hey, what am I waiting for? Guy Fieri to go vegan?”

Many people start off as vegetarian and eventually edge their way into veganism. I don’t know that I’ll ever do the same. I also have my own motive for not eating meat that is more selfish than I like to admit. However, in the plight to save the animals, is not eating meat while still occasionally consuming dairy and egg products just as "bad" as eating meat?

Despite my foremost intentions, I’ve been wondering about this for the past couple of weeks, as I’m sure the occasional vegetarian does. Ethics concern the dimensions of right and wrong, not what is objectively right and wrong. But is it possible, in the objective sense, to be “good” with my eating choices?

I’m lactose-intolerant, but cereal is practically a food group for me, so naturally, I consume plant-based milk, most often almond milk. I used to think that this was great because 1) dairy milk is kind of disgusting, and 2) it must be great for the environment. It may come as a surprise to some (but not all) that the industry which produces almond milk and its subsequent products (like yogurt and ice cream), is relatively unethical.

Apparently, according to a Slate article, almonds have a large ecological footprint because of the amount of water it takes to grow them along with the water needed to produce the milk.

While the article counters this argument, saying that it takes significantly more water to produce dairy products, there is still the idea that my drinking almond milk, in the many, many gallons I have consumed and will consume, is harming the environment (not to mention the fact that I still eat cheese and eggs sparingly).

It seems as if one alternative is never entirely without its cons. I mean I eat a lot more carbs than I should, but hey, at least it isn't meat, right?

And so, here we are with the prospect of not eating meat. For me, it’s more the health discipline such a diet requires and, well, the fact that I loathe the smell of raw chicken that molded my decision. But for many, it’s about all the animals.

So, if you’re a vegetarian and you’re asking yourself, “is it okay to not eat cage-free eggs or to eat eggs at all” or some similar dairy-related dilemma, my answer to you is, yes, it’s okay. Why? Because there will ALWAYS be a blind spot behind your good intentions and you must give yourself (and your bank account) room to breathe.

However, just because we can't be too sure of the production and manufacturing practices behind everything we buy, this doesn't mean we should give up trying. It’s easy to look at the food industry and think, what are my eating habits really changing?

But at the end of the day, you have your convictions and you hold them close—and even if you aren’t one hundred percent on track to “saving the planet,” just know that every little bit counts.

There is a great concern for the future of humans and the environment, but I’m a great believer in progress. I’m also a believer in not trying so hard to change something you have little control over. You have the autonomy to choose what you eat, of course, but take your time and hope for the best.

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