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for ZERO: the project to end prostate cancer!
To all of my donors, I can’t thank you enough.
And to all of you thinking of donating,
I’ll adore you if you do. I’ll send you virtual kisses.
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OKAY, onward with today’s special guest…
When Carrie first contacted me, I was thrilled to find a cute little American girl living in London. Since I spent my childhood growing up in England for my dad’s job, I found a little kindred spirit in Carrie and her blog,
Moves ‘N Munchies.
SO – being the nonvegan that I am, I was curious to hear about her Vegan lifestyle. I’ve never considered being vegan,
so if you’re like me, you may find this pretty interesante!
And she’s cute to boot. Duh.
Hello Life of bLyss readers!!! My name is Carrie and I write this pretty sweet blog called Moves ‘N Munchies. Im super stoked to be writing a guest post today, but FIRST let me introduce myself a little more! I live in London, but I’m actually American, I have a sheltie, I LOVVEE to workout AND I am a vegan.
Yep, you heard it right. I am a vegan- and I LURVE it. So today, I wanted to talk to you all about well, being a vegan!
So first things first- why vegan? Basically my decision to go vegan was down to two main things: for my health and for ethical reasons. I’m not going to preach about how horrible animals are treated or how you ‘shouldn’t eat animal products… cuz that’s not how I roll.. While I am a vegan, I once was not, so I totally respect those who choose not to be! 🙂
Over a year ago I wanted to cut out red meat– I had read up on how unhealthy it was for our bodies and frankly, I really was never a fan of a big steak or burger, so I thought… why not? I was still eating fish and chicken until about November of 2010…why? because I honestly did not enjoy meat- the taste, the flavor just wasn’t my thing, so I stopped.
Oh dear.. this post is already getting wordy and I’m just at the beginning…I gotta pick up speed!! So no meat- then come December and dairy was giving me the MEGA CRAMPS and blotation– (<– made up word)… I had read up on how dairy can do that so I was like.. okay.. so done with this and BAM- vegan diet right there.
BUTTTTT I don’t think being a vegan is all about diet.. I mean there are clothes with animal products, makeup with animal products and unfortunately almost everything with animal products. I became more and more educated on the farming industry and how animals are treated and was just horrified…. It didn’t take long before I truly decided that I wanted this decision to be for me and for all the other animals on this earth! Oh and the fact that it helps the environment is a bonus.
OKAY- moving on to my next point… dining out vegan can be ROUGH– usually when I tell the waiter I am vegan I get this….
And then I have to list almost every animal ingredient known to man just to clarify.. no butter, no cream, no milk, no cheese, no beef, no chicken, no fish, no ANIMALS! Then I get the “Okay, I’ll see what the chef can do for you” response and they come out with something like this…
LIKKKKKKKEEE for real? You get me a bowl of spinach with olive oil? I coulda gone back there into your kitchen and made myself a hearty bean burger with a side of sweet potato fries!!!
GRRRR…. It is annoying sometimes, but you can always make it work… If I see a chicken salad sandwich on a menu and I see a steak with roasted veggies on the side, I will ask If I could have the roasted veggies from the steak dish in a sandwich (since I know you got bread!)… you just gotta be creative, and creative I AM!
The two main incidences where I went “WTF” because of an animal product in something I was eating/using was FIRST when I found out that the tortillas I was using- just plain old whole wheat tortillas had ANIMAL IN THEM- HUH?? How hard is it to make a whole wheat wrap? Flour, water, baking powder, some oil- why the EFF did this company have to put animal in a tortilla? POINTLESS I tell you……….. but it got worse– I also found out my lip gloss had animal products in it- say wha??? Lip gloss? Is this a joke? As you can tell, I was not too happy……..
Moving on to happier things…. Being a vegan rocks because I feel FREAKIN AMAZING– I kid you not.. my body thrives off this diet like no other. After only a week I felt lighter, more refreshed, more energized and just generally happier. I discovered the world of nuts, beans, tofu, legumes, grains and much much more that I was never really eating before…. if you ever come to my house- you’ll usually see me eating this stuff:
Barley with my Vegan Pesto
So as you can see- I definitely do not live a boring life (and by life I mean food). To conclude this post… I am a vegan, it rocks, waiters can be dumb and I like to eat. Kay, that’s it from me- be sure to come check me out and read about my moves, my munchies and well, MY LIFE!
Questions of the Day (MnM Style!):
Have you ever tried anything vegan?
Have you ever been to London?
Do your waiters ever give you ‘the look’ too?
Go play with Carrie at http://movesnmunchies.wordpress.com/!