June 1st marks my five year anniversary of switching to a vegan lifestyle and in honour of this landmark day, I thought I'd write about some of the major lessons I've learned along the way.
In many ways, not that much has changed. The last time I ate meat was two decades prior anyway and the amount of dairy alternatives (cheeses, milks and yogurts) has sky rocketed to the point where I don't even feel I'm making any sacrifices but still, veganism has fundamentally changed my life in many other ways. I'm now constantly aware of the complexity of adequate nutrition, sustainability issues, and even political factors that affect the health and lifestyle of our generation. I'm healthier (although more on this below) and savvier, snapping up seasonal produce and bulk-buying kitchen essentials like grains and pulses. I feel a consistent kind of inner peace from knowing that I'm doing all that's in my power to protect the environment but on the flip-side, when I slip (and that I do) the feeling of guilt (or eco-anxiety as they say) become very real. It has been far from a perfect journey and there is a lot I learned along the way with I'm sure, more to follow.Read More