Being vegan is a big part of my life. It affects what I eat, how I eat, how much I eat, and why I eat, as well as where I shop, how I travel, and what I buy. But I love it so very much.
I became vegan in June of 2012 after watching the movie “Forks over Knives” with my friend, Andrea. We got together on a Friday evening to watch it (her idea), and by the end of the movie, I knew I had to make changes. The next day, I gave my parents all of the cheese, milk, and ice cream I had, but held onto the butter (so expensive!) since I was (okay, I still am) addicted to baking and didn’t know about vegan alternatives to butter yet. And I never looked back. Honestly.
That summer, Danny, my then-fiance, was in Bangladesh, and we were able to Skype every Sunday for about 10 minutes. I told him about becoming vegan, but he didn’t think it would last. Each week, though, I told him about how it was going and how this was the real deal. Once he got home at the end of July (I was still vegan), we watched “Forks Over Knives” together (I had since purchased myself a copy of it), and he decided to take the plunge as well.
Previously, my favorite foods were macaroni and cheese, peppermint ice cream, cheesecake, egg salad sandwiches, cheese quesadillas, and baked goods of all kinds. That being said, I had a lot to learn in order to eat and live a vegan lifestyle. I had no idea how to cook vegetables or bake without eggs or even prepare a full meal (let alone a vegan one) on a nightly basis. Now, over a year later, I am certainly no expert on veganism or cooking (or anything, for that matter), but I have discovered a variety of books, blogs, and other resources that have helped me tremendously, and these are my very favorites…
Main Street Vegan by Victoria Moran
Healthy. Happy. Life. 100% Vegan by Kathy Patalsky
The Vegan Cookie Connoisseur by Kelly Peloza
The Garden of Vegan by Tanya Barnard and Sarah Kramer
My Sweet Vegan by Hannah Kaminsky