I’m super excited to blog as part of VeganMoFo this year. I’ve signed up twice before but flaked right away both times. This time I have a plan and will not accept defeat! I’m really looking forward to this month and will be sharing some of my staple recipes, favorite vegan products, foods and cookbooks, and a few more surprises. I thought a great way to kick off my Vegan Month of Food would be to tell you how and why I became Vegan.
I started dating my boyfriend Scott in 2002 and he had just gone Vegan right before we met. I had some other Vegan friends at the time and over the course of that first year or so I learned about all the horrible things that happen to animals on factory farms. It was enough to make me go vegetarian around September of that year. However, I was an insanely picky eater which led to a crazy unhealthy diet of mostly processed cheese products. Finally in June of 2004, after a few missed attempts I decided to commit to Veganism and have never looked back. Another big milestone was around April 2006 when Scott’s co-worker at the time Kittee invited us to a newly organized a monthly Vegan potluck, which was really great in helping me broaden my horizons in terms of what types of foods and cuisines I was eating and what I was capable of cooking.
It’s interesting just how much my diet has evolved over the past nine years, when I initially went vegan I was eating a ton of fake meat products and now those types of things are rarely part of my everyday diet. I subsist mostly on proteins like tofu, tempeh, soy curls, quinoa and beans now, and occasionally will eat things like Gardein Crispy Tenders or Trader Joe’s Meatless Meatballs when I’m in a rush or feeling lazy. I’m very happy with where my Vegan diet is now, aiming for a more whole food based diet with as little refined sugar and as minimally processed as possible.
What is your vegan origin story? Has your diet evolved over the years?