Happy Fourth of July to anyone reading this today. For me, this day has a very personal meaning. Insignificant really, considering that the day is to celebrate our nation’s independence and continued existence. On July 4th, 2002, though, I sat in my parents’ living room and said, ‘I’m going to be vegetarian.’
I’d experimented for a couple of weeks, finding ways to omit meat. By the time I’d gotten back from a little roadtrip to Florida, I was firm. No more meat. I didn’t need it. There was PLENTY to eat aside from it.
I don’t think they thought I’d make it to the end of the month, let alone 9 years. I can now say I’ve been vegetarian for a third of my life.
It’s not always easy. Over the years, however, there has been an influx of veg-friendly products and a growing awareness/tolerance/acceptance.
Plenty of people have been going down this road way longer than I have. Since I have a few friends who have decided to go veg, some tips from my travels:
Have a purpose. I know that I had various hazy reasons for why I started. Now, it’s first and foremost the animals. For some, though, it’s health. Others it’s environmental. Whatever the reason, keep it in mind.
Learn. From how to make a vegan cupcake to what’s in your moisturizer, ignorance isn’t bliss. Biting into an amazing veggie burger or sharing with friends is.
Try new things. Variety is the spice of life. There can be about as much boring, blandness to meat-food as there can to vegetarian. Staples and favorites are good to have. Just don’t get stuck in a rut, eating the same thing day in and day out.
Celebrate. We all need goals. Look to the future. Think of all the new things you’ll try.
Now go have a veggie hotdog and enjoy some fireworks!
Share your veg*n milestones and tips!