We decided to go vegan about a month ago but have postponed letting the world know until we used up the butter and mayonnaise that we had in our fridge. Well, that day has finally arrived, so we’re coming out officially as vegan!
As you likely are aware, our lives changed when we volunteered for a week at Elephant Nature Park. We fell in love with the animals there (Mae Kham Paan and Dani, especially) and the mission of the Save Elephant Foundation. That’s the reason we continue to visit every other week and help out however we can. On one of these volunteer days, Ligeia was dusting off some wooden signs engraved with thought-provoking quotes. One quote, in particular, resonated with us and has forced us to take a closer look at the impact we have as we live our lives:
Becoming vegan certainly comes with a load of sacrifices. Mindy went through this process when she gave up meat, but since Ligeia has lived her entire life as a vegetarian, this sacrifice is new for her. Despite it being difficult, we gain strength knowing that we no longer negatively impact the lives of animals anywhere.
We will most likely return to this blog post as a sort of memoriam for all the foods we’ll miss.
RIP: We’ve definitely had some good times in the past, but now it’s time to say goodbye. You will never be forgotten.
- grilled cheese sandwiches
- mac and cheese (arguably the orange powder in the Kraft Mac and Cheese/Kraft Dinner may not be cheese)
- fettucine alfredo
- ice-cream (but we’ve gotten into ice-cream made with coconut milk instead)
- scrambled eggs, deviled eggs, etc
- French toast
- Challa bread
- many cakes and pies
- milk chocolate
We’re always on the lookout for amazing vegan recipes, so if you know of any or want to learn of some of our favorites, please let us know!
In hindsight, going vegan was easier than we could have imagined. Our only regret is not doing it sooner. Today (August 16, 2018) marks our 6-year veganniversary and we have noticed two things about this post: we no longer feel that being vegan is a sacrifice in any way, shape or form; and all the foods we thought we’d miss, we either don’t miss at all or we have simply veganized them.