Today we’ll take a look at veganism. Vegan and vegetarian eating is usually more about environmental and animal welfare than weight loss, and true vegans abstain not only from animal foods, but all animals products including leather and suede. Animal free diets have seen big surgence in popularity lately, particularly on college campuses.
Kelly-Rose Hargrove is a 21-year-old college student who has dabbled in the vegan lifestyle.
Why did you decide to try veganism?
I was already a vegetarian and just got really tuned into the many ways animals are still oppressed, even if you stop eating meat. They are horribly treated throughout their wholes lives and major meat industries don’t care at all about the quality of milk, eggs, meat, etc.; they only care about profit. Research the documentary “earthlings” and you will see, in detail, the five ways animals are oppressed.
What was the most difficult part of being a vegan?
The most difficult part of being a vegan was accessibility. It can be hard to find things, even in grocery stores, that are 100% vegan. Especially when going out to eat, even some soup would have chicken broth in it, bread usually has diary. You would have to go to specialized stores to find vegan food that actually tastes good.
How long were you vegan? Why did you stop?
I was a vegan for 6 months. I stopped because I didn’t do enough research on how to remain healthy and started feeling very weak. It was also hard because I was in situations where I couldn’t cook for myself so I was stuck ordering a lot of starch heavy foods when out with friends.
Did you notice an bodily changes as the result of your vegan diet?
I lost weight from being a vegan, but like I said, I felt weak at lot of the time. You really should make sure to have vitamin B supplements for protein and stay away from starch heavy food if trying veganism.
Would you recommend veganism to others?
I would absolutely recommend veganism to others, however; I would advise them to research it and get recipes and food ideas before starting. I wouldn’t want anyone to feel guilted into doing it either, so do it for yourself, or if you decide, do it for the animals!
Have you ever tried a vegan or vegetarian diet?