As many of you know, I have been a dedicated vegetarian for about 4 1/2 years. I first started being a vegetarian as a New Year’s resolution my freshman year of high school, and I have continued successfully until now.
However, my lifestyle is about to change..again. I have some exciting news for you all, I am going plant-based a.k.a. VEGAN! Now for those of you who don’t know, being a vegan means I will stop eating anything that has come from an animal such as meat, milk, eggs, honey, etc. This is different from being a vegetarian because I am cutting ALL animal products out of my diet, not just meat. According to Websters.com, a vegan is: a person who does not eat any food that comes from animals and who often also does not use animal products (such as leather).
Plant-based diet is the same as being a vegan but just a little bit different. Veganism is not only about eating completely plant-based, but is also a change in lifestyle such as not wearing leather, not using animal tested products, using non-animal tested makeup, etc. I will transition into the complete vegan lifestyle soon, but being a broke college student, eating plant-based will be challenging enough.
However, I am looking forward to going back to school and also to starting my new lifestyle as a vegan/ plant-based college girl! You may ask, Lydia, why would you want to switch lifestyles again from being vegetarian to vegan all of a sudden? That’s a very good question friend! I have 3 main reasons for changing again: I want to be healthier than I already am. Two, I do not want any more animals to lose their lives for me. And finally, as a fellow inhabiter of this planet, I want to be more of an activist for the animals of this planet and to help people understand that animals contribute so much more than just being our meals to this planet we call Earth.