Little Essays On Being Vegan: A Day in the Life after Four Years

October is my "veganiversary" month, so after four years of veganism, I find myself looking back on my decision and how it has been since. I am very lucky to have a mother who grew a variety of vegetables because there isn't a fruit or vegetable I do not like. I'm also blessed to have no food allergies. I'm also triply fortunate to have a flexible spouse who is always open minded and interested...

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 is a Feminist Issue

Animal agriculture is based on the exploitation of female bodies. Period. Full stop. Female bodies are the means of production for every food containing meat, dairy, or eggs. Every time you eat the flesh or the products (milk and eggs) of animals, you are eating the pain and exploitation of female bodies. Take cattle for example. All cattle end up in the beef industry sooner or later. Female...

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: Am I Tempted?

The short answer is no. No, I am not tempted. I do not crave meat, fish, eggs, dairy, or other animal flesh or products. I only rarely buy the fake meat products made for vegans. Have I enjoyed many culinary pleasures made of animals and animal products? Damn right I have. Do I miss them? No, not really; and when I do, it is the rare conflation of sentiment, tradition, smell, and memory that...