Gone Vegan

I went vegan in October of 2013 and haven't regretted it. Something just clicked and I made the decision to stop eating meat, dairy, and eggs. Cold turkey, if you will forgive the pun. There wasn't a clear path for me to becoming a vegan; no health crisis, or close encounter with animal abuse. I was a devoted omnivore, though I had been a vegetarian for several years in my mid-20s. Through a...

Little Essays on Being Vegan: Veganism Isn’t Just For Rich White Girls

Some might find inspiration in celebrities of all kinds: professional athletes, musicians, and actors. However, I often cringe when I find a celebrity has publicly announced their decision to go vegan. Not because going vegan is a bad thing (it should be obvious I don't think that veganism is a bad thing) but because I fear it furthers the perception that it's difficult and...

Little Essays on Being Vegan: Do You Cheat?

Tucking into my three tacos from Veggie Grill (my favorite vegan chain restaurant), a family friend asks me, "Do you cheat?" The rest of my meat, dairy, and egg-eating in-laws fell silent as they strained to hear my answer. This was our annual family barbecue, and never one to burden others with my different eating habits, I always bring my own meal. Veggie Grill allows me to order and pay...