I have an announcement to make: for the month of April, I will be challenging myself to eat a vegan diet. No dairy, no eggs, and of course, no meat.
Why vegan? I’m already a vegetarian, a long-time vegetarian in fact, over ten years now! I am comfortable with my vegetarian habits. I know what I like. And I’ve finally become more comfortable asking for what I want in all areas of my life, including foodwise.
I have a few reasons for choosing this challenge now, and I’d like to share them with you.
* Compassion. I am convinced, after listening to almost all of Colleen Patrick-Goudreau’s podcasts, that a vegan diet is the most compassionate choice. I consider myself an environmental vegetarian, but there has always been an undercurrent of compassion in my decision, which I will talk about in a future post. Veganism is a manifestation of compassion, a choice to not subject other sentient beings to suffering so that we may eat their bodies, their milk, and their eggs. I also feel that right now, compassion is on my mind because of Matt. It makes sense to me that at a time in my life when compassion is perhaps the key to protecting an important friendship from anger and bitterness, I want to engage in a higher level of compassion in my food choices.
* Financial. I spend a lot of money on high-quality dairy and eggs. I do my best to buy local, organic products from free-range, grass-fed animals. I spend at least $35 a month on dairy alone, just for me! Don’t get me wrong: the cost is worth it because I love dairy and dairy loves me. But I am very curious to see if my budget will see the effect of eating vegan for a month. I look at this as an experiment. At the end of April, I plan to write a little summary about how April’s grocery bills compared to the average grocery bill for 2012 thus far.
* Ambition. Spring is the time of blog projects for me. Last year I did a 40-day yoga challenge on Feels Like Flying, and on this blog, I did a vegetarian challenge, which ended abruptly because I was traumatized by job stuff. I have learned that blogging every day is too much for me, so for my vegan challenge, I’m going to try to post twice a week (Wednesdays and Sundays, perhaps?) to share my food, cooking, ingredients, struggles, and joys.
I am excited about this project! Vegetarianism is a topic that is close to my heart, and I have a lot more to say about it in this space. I am getting ready for the challenge, both mentally and in my kitchen. I thank you in advance for indulging me with my blog projects.