Vegetarian vs Vegan

I’ve had the unique experience of being Vegetarian for 50% of 2019 and Vegan for the other 50%.

That gives me a pretty fair ability to compare one way of eating to another.

I’ve never been a big fan of meat. I’d eat it, but I’ve never been in LOVE with meat. Now dairy – milk and cheeses – total love! I remember as a kid drinking so much milk. And of course lots of dishes with cheese. As an adult, cheese was part of almost all meals.

In January I decided to make the transition to Vegetarian. I just woke up one day and decided I did not ever again want to eat meat. Here’s what I said on January 30th about becoming Vegetarian:

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Something really weird happened the last couple of weeks… I became a vegetarian. I didn’t plan it or even mean to. I’ve said for years I’d like to but I didn’t know if I could give up meat. Then, one day, I just didn’t want it anymore. More than that, I couldn’t bring myself to eat it. It’s been over two weeks since I’ve had meat and I don’t even think about it, I just don’t eat it. I didn’t want to taste the flesh of one more animal, to put it dramatically. I just let my body tell me what it wanted. I really felt like an observer in my own life. I think it’s permanent, not sure but I think so. And it’s got me thinking how do I bring this magic to everyone single other thing in my life. It was SUCH AN EASY CHANGE yet a pretty significant and large life choice. So there. Not sure the lesson here but it might be just release power and resistance and let life guide you? ❤️💻 Angela Wills #vegetarian #vegan #organic #wholefoods #eatclean #laptoplifestyle #beyourownboss #workanywhere #digitalmarketing #digitalnomad #familybusiness #lifestyleblogger #lifestylebusiness #bossmom #bosslady #smallbusiness #momblogger #momboss #wahm #sahm #sahmlife #wahmlife #mompreneur

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What is a Vegetarian

A vegetarian is someone who doesn’t eat meat. Pretty straightforward and pretty simple to implement.

I made the transition to vegetarian really easy by making the decision to buy my meals from Green Zebra Kitchen. I think I found them just by goggling different healthy vegetarian and vegan meal options. I wasn’t vegan at the time but their options looked so good I didn’t care.

I didn’t have to think about what to make or what to eat. Here’s my first order:

I’ve placed many orders with GZK and they have always been delicious. They also got me mostly through the week as I would just work during the day and skip breakfast because I don’t like to eat it and then I’d basically FEAST around 2pm. These days I eat differently than that, as I started ordering the meals in January. Now (in December so almost a full year later) I’m a vegan who does intermittent fasting. That means I give my body a break from digesting for at least 12 hours per day, usually up to 18. I also eat when I’m hungry and stop when I’m full, only. This works for me! I NEVER just eat because it’s “time” to eat anymore like I was taught as a kid.

I also got a little obsessed with smoothies! These smoothies from Revive Superfoods are soooo goood! I especially love the Morning Mocha. My other favorites are: Hint of Mint, Hazy Cocoa and Acai Twist. I scored you three free smoothie cups with your order with this coupon code: WIL2030

I don’t really know WHY I became vegetarian. My son had been veg for a few years and I always thought I’d rather NOT eat meat (animals) but I never really made the decision to make any changes. I just woke up one day and didn’t want meat. And then the next day, and the next and suddenly I was telling family… “I don’t think I ever want to eat meat again.” I couldn’t be sure because I hadn’t made ANY kind of resolve, I just basically listened to my body. .

And I was happy about that.

What is Vegan?

Vegans do not eat or use any animal products. That includes meats, dairy, eggs, honey, and seafood.

Becoming vegan was an entirely different story, than becoming Vegetarian.

I was watching a documentary on Food Matters TV called food choices and a literal one-second scene made me become vegan in that instant. It was in the documentary called Food Matters and the scene was in the part about how milk is produced. We often think that meat is the “cruel” thing and that the dairy is OK, not bad for the animals.

The reality I heard about in this documentary was not at all lacking cruelty. Cows need to have been pregnant to produce milk so when they have their babies they pull the babies away and send 3/4 of them to be slaughtered. The mother cow mourns the loss of a baby and then is milked for human consumption. I remember after watching this being in my car and crying about this reality and saying to myself that I didn’t want ONE company to do that kind of shit for me, NO, not for me.

The only way to make that happen is to stop buying and consuming those products. The decision to be vegan was instant and EASY, because of this. There was no getting over an addiction to dairy or cheese… I was just DONE.

Hi! I’m Angela, the Chasing Vegan Blogger…

Since becoming vegan in June I’ve been learning an entirely NEW lifestyle. Becoming vegetarian didn’t require me to change a whole lot. I just stopped eating meat.

Becoming vegan meant I had to become aware of what nutritional supplements I need (B12, Calcium & Vitamin D are what I take currently).

I also had to explain to people who asked WHY I went “extreme” and put up with some resistance and lack of understanding about my choice.

One of the biggest things I didn’t realize I’d have to field once becoming vegan is the plethora of animal byproducts in so many things we use and consume on a daily basis – clothes, shoes, hair care, skincare, makeup, and so much more. So I have to gradually replace what I own with vegan products.

Oh – and food – DELICIOUS!

I did go on a bit of a junk food vegan detour a few weeks after becoming vegan but now I eat mostly PLANTS and the difference in how I feel and how food tastes is amazing.

I wanted to share what I’m learning with the people I’ve been meeting in this new adventure, and to share their expertise as well, through this blog. I also want to share the products, food and information I’m excited about… you’ll find lots of that here.

I’d love to invite you to sign up to my email list in the sidebar so you can get the blog updates via email, too!

Talk soon,

Angela Wills

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