Vegetarian to Vegan: 5 Things You Need to Know

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I gave being a vegetarian many attempts when I was a youngin. I didn’t know why I didn’t want to eat meat, it was just an urge I had. Being a little human with a memory of a goldfish, I often forgot about my new found vegetarianism and happily scoffed down the sausages Mum served up for tea.
I made my final decision when I was 15 after seeing some harsh footage in class at school. 7 years later and still going strong… until recently when, much like what happened when I was 15, something shifted. I watched a few movies, did a bit of research, and could no longer ignore that niggling feeling that had been trying to get my attention for quite some time. Time to take the next step. Time to be one of those vegans that I (and this may surprise some) had felt so distanced from.
I never identified as a vegan. Vegans were too extreme. So I’m finding that one of the most difficult things about transitioning is re-labeling myself… does that just make me such a millennial? This isn’t something I put a lot of thought into before I did it so there are a lot of bumps that I’m smoothing out as I get to them. Here are just a few:
1. Desserts
No matter how disappointing the one vegetarian option was on the menu, the dessert menu was always fair game. Now its a minefield.
2. Breakfast
So. Many. Eggs. Like, seriously? Not everyone like eggs. Get a grip.
3. Just Eating Out in General
This has gotta be my main struggle. I don’t like feeling like I’m missing out. But at the same time, I do not have the urge to put that business all up in my mouth.
4. The Confectionery Isle
Milk central. But my taste buds have now acquired a true appreciation for dark chocolate. It’s similar to when you start enjoying coffee with no sugar; there’s no going back and you ain’t mad about it. Hot tip: Oreo’s are accidentally vegan!
5. Leather
That shit can be cute but it so ain’t cute. 
Ahhh who was it that said nothing worth doing was ever easy? Truth. But when it comes down to it, the good does out way the bad tenfold. My mind and body are happier and healthier. And the vegan community online is incredible. So many creative and flavoursome recipes and ideas. My partner made buffalo chicken wings with cauliflower. Freakin’ cauliflower. And oh ma lawd I am a changed woman. My world is expanding and it is glorious.
If you’d like some more info on the benefits of a plant based diet I’d definitely recommend watching Forks Over Knives. Also here’s the link if you wanna give the cauliflower buffalo wings a try (which you definitely should whether you’re vegan or not). You could eat them while you watch the movie. What a day well spent.

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