My name is Taylor, and I'm so glad you're here. Today's post won't be a long one, but I do want to cover a few points. For those of you who know me, you probably know I am *dun dun dah dunnnnnn* - VEGAN! Some people still do not know what this is, so I am going to clarify for you today.
1. Vegan: vague definition: Anyone who does not use animal products.
This means they do not: eat meat or dairy (gelatin is animal-based, just FYI), use leather/ feathers/ suede/ fur/ skins, use products that are tested on animals (--> these companies still test on animals), or support any other industries that involve animal suffering.
Now that we have this out of the way, let me clear something else up:
2. Just because you are not vegan does not mean you are a bad person.
There are so many people out there that just genuinely do not know about what happens behind closed doors in many food/ clothing/ cosmetic factories and labs; I was one of them until ~2013. There are also people who don't care (which makes me sad) or are aware, but do not know how to make the proper lifestyle changes. Being one of these people does not automatically make you a bad person (unless you are a bad person, then you need to chill). I considered myself to be a pretty good person, but I did not realize how much pain and suffering I was supporting in my everyday life. I ate meat, used leather, applied cruel cosmetics, and ate dairy everyday.
It was not until I watched Food Inc. that I decided I had to make a change. From that moment forward, I did not eat meat again. Fast forward a few years, and I watched some other documentaries and short videos on the cruelty in cosmetic, leather/fur, and dairy industries. After a few of these, I knew I had to become vegan. I honestly did not know much about it, but after doing some research, I took the plunge. It has been the most fulfilling decision I have ever made (not exaggerating).
I went from feeling like a "pretty good person" to someone who genuinely feels like they are making a difference.
3. Making the switch is not as hard as you think, and I will help you along the way!
I know so many people who say something along the lines of, "I would totally be a vegan, but I would miss (insert non-vegan food here) too much. There are also those who say, "I would be a vegan, but I don't know what to eat." Those are two totally normal ways of thinking, and I used to say them too! Actually, I never in a million years though I would ever be a vegan because I saw them as extreme people who throw paint on fur coats and lay down in grocery store meat aisles. I will try my best to never throw paint on you. What I WILL do is help you make the switch to a healthy, cruelty-free lifestyle!
I will create plenty of blog posts and link tons of websites in the future that will help you make the switch to veganism. I have a Pinterest page where I save all kinds of delicious recipes (mostly desserts-lol), and an Instagram page where I post food I have created or purchased. All of these resources are here for you. I want to help you get the most out of life without taking another's.
Please join me on this adventure, and together we will save the world!