Here's an entry from the current Great Vegan Etsy Giveaway that takes a different perspective than most: it's from a young person who turned to veganism as a potential avenue to health, and in the process has begun to discover all that being vegan can offer. I know you'll enjoy this extensive entry from Andrew "VegMuffinMan" Morrison, a relatively new vegan who's "loving every minute of it"!
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My name is Andrew Morrison and I started off with a problem. A weight problem, like most of America today. Thing was, I actually wanted to do something about it instead of just wishing I could change. A friend of mine tried vegetarianism for a year and claimed they felt so much healthier after doing it. They eventually stopped it, but it gave me an idea. Starting on January 21st of 2010, I went vegetarian. I had wanted to do it earlier, but a friend invited me over for dinner and we had lasagna…no, not meatless lasagna.
I didn’t eat cheese, but did have things like ricotta pancakes, goat cheese, and a few baked stuff . But one day I decided that if I were to do this, I needed to go all the way. So I went for it all. In early April, I was a vegan. And from that January to April, I lost 80 lbs. I didn’t feel weak at all and actually had more strength and energy. I learned to do it without problems by reading other blogs and they helped so much with recipes and such. They helped out so much!
Veganism to me is a lot more than just a plate of raw vegetables. It is a complete lifestyle full of new discoveries and foods I had never even heard of before, but now love. Yes, you can make awesome cookies without eggs. Yes, you can have the best muffins you have ever tried without milk. Yeah, pizza is still the best food in the world with a little Daiya cheese on it. Heck, even Oreos and most Pop-Tarts are vegan. And so is an awesome pumpkin pie I made a few weeks back!
I don’t eat junk all the time and though compassion has become another reason for staying vegan, health is still a big thing to me. I am going to be in my body for a while, so might as well take care of it, right? I try to keep things as natural as possible. I don’t even own any all purpose flour. I only use whole wheat. And I love making stuff from scratch.
I am 16, I’m a vegan, and I’m loving every minute of it…..
-Andrew "VegMuffinMan" Morrison-
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Rock on with your vegan pumpkin pie, Andrew! Happy World Vegan Month, and Happy VeganMoFo Day 7! :D