I am a vegan wife and mother to a meat eating family. I will share with you recipes I have tested and changes I am making to encourage my family to lean into a vegan diet.

Why I Became a Vegan

A little over a year ago I decided to learn about where our food actually comes from. I started by watching the video: Food, Inc.

After seeing this movie, I felt the need to learn more, so I read the book: Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer.

Before I had even completed this book, I was a vegan. I had never heard of  factory farming before and I found it extremely disturbing.  I think I wanted to believe that the animals in the meat department at the grocery store were raised on family farms.  Now I know that less than 1% of the animals killed for meat in America come from family farms.  I felt so happy about my decision, but I was still living with people who hadn’t read the book and didn’t fully understand why I had made such a switch in my diet. 

I began to share some of the information I learned with my family.  They were quite resistant to change initially, but as time has passed, we have made gradual changes to lean away from animal products.

The next book I bought was: The Kind Diet by Alicia Silverstone.

I really enjoyed this book and love her website also.  (The link is listed on my blogroll.)  She talks about leaning into vegetarianism or veganism if you’re not ready to completely take the plunge.  So, that is how I classify my family, they are leaning into it!  This book also offers a lot of great recipes, many of which I have tried.

I was a happy vegan for about 4 months when I began eating cheese and eggs (when they were in baked goods.)  Which means I was no longer a vegan, but a vegetarian.  I felt guilty about it, but would just push it out of my mind.  I felt more bloated and just not as “good” eating these things, so I made the decision to go back to a vegan diet.  And that’s where I am now.

I plan to use this blog to share new recipes that I test out and I’ll let you know how my kids like the dishes.  I want my kids to be healthy and feel great and I think that avoiding animal products has so many benefits.  I’m excited about seeing where this food journey takes our family.

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