Going vegan was one of the best decisions I have made in my life. Hands down, no questions asked. I tell people all the time that going vegan is not hard as you think. Trust me. I feel good, eat better (you've seen my Instagram posts) and enjoy the many health benefits that a vegan diet provides. Simply put, it takes research, an open mind and preparation to take the plunge into this lifestyle. Here is a quick rundown of why it might be a great time to go vegan starting next year.
There Has Never Been a More Convenient Time
Take a stroll around your nearest grocery store, and you will quickly find that there are plenty of healthy plant-based options available. The produce department has always been a staple for plant-based diets, but now other areas of the grocery store assist with this lifestyle change. Metro Market makes it easy for vegans and vegetarians to find specialty items including vegan mayonnaise, Tofurky products and seitan in their specially marked vegetarian section. Head to to the center aisle and you'll find items like Bush's Baked Beans' Vegetarian option and other easy-to-understand labels. Not to mention, it is cheap. I bought $100 worth of groceries last week, and I do not plan on going back to the grocery store for at least three weeks. Want to give this method a try? Check out "How to Cut Your Grocery Bill in Half with America's Cheapest Family " by Steve and Annette Economides.
Don't want to cook every day of the week but want to enjoy delicious vegan food? Most big cities have a couple vegan options available, and if you are lucky to live in Milwaukee, there are a ton of options including Beerline Cafe, Celesta, Cafe Manna, Urban Beets, On the Bus, Impossible Burgers at numerous restaurants and Comet Cafe. Need I go on?
Helping the Earth Is More Important Than Ever
I opted to follow a plant-based lifestyle for health and wellness reasons but quickly realized the positive impact that my lifestyle was having on our planet. The amount of water, trees and animals that are being saved are astronomical. Not having a car is one way to save the earth, but not eating meat or dairy is an even more efficient and impactful way to help the environment. Rising sea levels, pollution and other environment issues are the direct result of our food choices and stress these meat and dairy companies can put on the environment. While I personally don't believe in shaming people who aren't vegan, I do believe there is something to be said about helping the same earth you explore and live on everyday.
There Are So Many Opportunities to Meet More People
Going vegan opens up a whole new world of spices, foods and people to connect with about this lifestyle. Without making it sound like you are joining a cult, you truly can meet a lot of people and learn about their journey and why they decided to give up animal products. There's nothing better than bonding over a common interest with someone. Think working out, sports, religious gatherings and of course--food. Plant-based food. The app Meetup is a great way to meet like-minded people, and the Milwaukee vegans is a prime example of a group to consider joining. I have also hosted meetups throughout the city like the one I recently had at Urban Beets Cafe in late November. At the end of the day, I just want to have fun with food, meet great people and live a happy life. Once I became vegan that became even easier. I'd love to share more tips, recipes and anything that might be helpful as you embrace this plant-based lifestyle. Interested in more eats? Consider signing up for my newsletter! Here's an example of one I've done in the past.