1 – New Found Love for Middle Eastern Cuisine
Yes I always loved middle eastern food, but when I was able to share so many dishes on meals out with family & friends it made me appreciate our vegan friendly cuisine SO much more ! My go to orders are hummus, tabboule, moutabal and batata harra to name a few!
2 – The Variety
I really did think it was going to be hard preparing my meals and eating out when I first started. So I started to pin all the vegan recipes I could find on Pinterest, one year later I have probably gone through just 20% of the recipes! The variety available is amazing,I could EASILY see myself eating a different vegan meal everyday for a year!
3 – Inspiring People
There are no vegans in my current circle of friends or family. So when I decided to start this lifestyle I knew the common reaction would be surprise, interest and in few disagreement. However the surprise came in a few messages where people said I have inspired them to eat more veggies or even consider a vegan diet!
4 – Animal Rights
You are taught not to ask questions of where your food comes from because most of the time the truth is shocking. My main reason when I started this lifestyle was a health one but as you go along the way and as many vegans would agree, you start to care about the animals. Even to my meat eating husband/friends/family I say I am not asking you to be vegans but to start noticing where your meat and dairy come from and make more humane choices when it comes to your food.
5 – People started to notice my diet
I followed a paleo friendly diet for a long time before going vegan.When I did, not only did no one seem to notice my “low-carb” lifestyle but if they did, it was mostly met with friendly agreeing nods. Now when passed with a meaty dish I usually respond with a simple “No thank you” (PS Vegans: Do NOT answer with no I am a vegan, the shit storm it will cause is major) but if somehow it did come out that I was a vegan here are some of the most common questions and my simple answers
- Q: Not even cheese? A: No
- Q:What do you eat then? A: A variety of food
- Q:What about protein? A: Legumes have protein
- Q:I COULD NEVER stop eating cheese/meat. A: No one really asked you to
What did you notice when you switched to a vegan diet?