[The Corsair - opinion]
Thirty days has gone by so quickly. When this experiment began, I thought it would be inconvenient and difficult, and at times it was. But what really caught me off-guard is how much I learned in these past 30 days.
I've learned that food can be really delicious and satisfying sans animal products. I had the best lasagna of my life and I now enjoy almond milk, vegan rice cheese, and meat alternatives. I see these products becoming a part of my everyday life. I've also found that Trader Joe's is an excellent resource for vegan-fare, from reasonably priced meat alternatives to pre-prepared lunches and snacks.
Although the exact definitions of 'vegan' and 'animal-free' still elude
me, I learned that being entirely animal-free is nearly impossible, as
animal products exist in many of the items we use daily; I struggled with
what I called 'Vegan Guilt' when I had a misstep; I spoke with Elisha Valdez
from Real Food Daily, who encouraged me to be conscientious of this world
and our impact on it, and not beat myself up over slip-ups.