As some of you may know, I’ve been dabbling with the concept of becoming vegan for the past few months. I have always enjoyed reading vegan blogs such as Oh She Glows, Choosing Raw among other articles that emphasis vegan as the best, most healthy way of eating, have both consciously and unconsciously slowly reduced dairy products in my life within the last couple years or so, and red meat has never played a huge roll in my life. Also, my mom
A couple months ago, I noticed that at school, when I am cooking alone and for myself, I tend to just naturally eat vegan. I would still eat meat during the weekends when I was home or traveling and eating out at restaurants or with others. I did a little “weekday vegan” challenge and experiment. But, of course, with me being me and all, I became obsessed with the idea of veganism. I stumbled upon the blog No Meat Athlete and started listening to his podcast on my long drives to and from school and even bought his book. Most everything Matt (the “No Meat Athlete”) said just clicked and made sense, I even found out about more vegan podcasts, such as Rich Roll. I also watched Forks Over Knives and Veducated on Netflix.
Once I saw that my favorite musical celebrity couple was taking a 22 day vegan challenge. Yes, I am talking about Beyoncé and Jay-Z, the whole foods, plant based diet as I have become to know it became even more appealing to me.
My mom bought us the Forks Over Knives cookbook The idea of meat has become less and less appealing and I just feel better eating plant based. It could be a placebo affect from listening to all those podcasts noticed I have more energy and just feel better in general.
My one hang-up with eating vegan, was socially. I noticed its very hard to be socially appropriate and not completely alienate myself as well as find things on menus. So far on this trip, I have noticed that eating a strict vegan diet would have proved to be very challenging. So I have adapted my diet and lifestyle while traveling to make room for seafood and eggs. I have been in Key West, which is home to some of the best, freshest seafood in the world and I think its important to enjoy oneself. Also, we have been eating breakfast out every day and there have been no options besides eggs. All of the seafood was absolutely delicious and I felt great afterwards. The eggs were good as well! I suppose if I really tried, I could have kept vegan on this trip, but as of right now, I definitely would rather have a clean, healthy meal than an unhealthy vegan one. I also love enjoying the local cuisine and restaurant specialties.
Here are some of the lovely dishes I enjoyed while eating out in Key West.
As far as my reading, viewing and listening to vegan and health media go, I have seen the most opposition to meat and dairy. Which, I also feel worse after, I haven’t seen much about eggs and seafood,.