I can’t tell you how many times I get asked, “Why vegan? Why not just vegetarian?” I guess vegetarianism would be easier, right? Well, no. Not for me. I can’t stomach the thought of male baby chicks being ground up alive because they are useless in the egg industry just as much as I can’t bear the thought of eating my animal friends.
Too many people do not understand the harsh, eye-opening facts that surround the dairy industry – eggs to milk. So hey, here’s some disgusting food for thought. Here are 10 reasons why I choose vegan, not vegetarian.
Confession: This veganism thing is new to me. And hard for me. For a long time I did “Vegan Before 6,” where the majority of what I ate was vegan. Then I decided to make the full switch. And I still slip up sometimes. I’m working on it, but I’m not making myself feel bad about it. I am a work in progress! As Bianca likes to say, “Do the least harm, and the most good.” I love her for that.
I know the torture animals go through for us to have meat, dairy, eggs. I’ve seen the documentaries. I’ve read the articles and looked at the pictures. I’ve texted back and forth with Bianca (And anyone else who will listen. Just ask my saint of a boyfriend and my patient mother.) about the horrors of the dairy industry (I can’t get over mama cows mourning their babies. I can’t.) and the animal testing industry. But sometimes, there’s nothing like a well-designed quote graphic to motivate you, right? Just ask my Pinterest board.
I have so many lady loves, it’s not even funny. There are just so many strong, beautiful, talented, and powerful women on this Earth… it’s hard to keep up! I once counted down some of the leading celeb women in my life, but this time around, I’m looking at all those kind, compassionate, lady veg-heads. They’re all so beautiful – inside and out.
Did you know that it’s Be Kind to Animals Month? To celebrate kindness towards our furry friends, I bring to you an Animals Edition of What I’m Loving Wednesday. If I could, I would just list off every single animal in the world, because they all inspire me.
One year ago today, my life changed in the best way possible. I looked into what’s hidden behind the food on the shelves in Stop & Shop. I made myself open my eyes wide for the beautiful souls who share this Earth with us. I took one good hard look at the world around me and decided that I wanted something more out of life. I wanted to do better. I wanted to be better. I wanted to do more than just exist. I’m so happy to say that this year has really been a game-changer for me, and I am so excited to share some of my thoughts and musings about it.
You guys know I am a total sucker for GIF posts, so did you expect anything less?
Today kicks off a cause that is dear to my heart: Prevention of Animal Cruelty Month. Each year, the ASPCA urges supporters across the country to “Go Orange for Animals.” Organize a fundraiser, become an animal activist, write an informational blog post, wear orange, spread the word on social media… there are a number of ways to get involved this month and show your support. Here at The Friendly Fig, I’m rockin’ my orange and here to open your fucking eyes. Eye-opening facts are inside the post. It’s time to take off your blinders. Continue reading
Happy National Pig Day, everyone! I am pretty excited about this, because pigs have always had a very special place in my heart. While most girls have princess themed rooms growing up, I had an orca theme, as well as a pig theme. Yep, always loved them! In fact, before going vegan or even vegetarian, I cut pork from my diet long before. Of course as I did my research and time passed, I adopted my vegan diet, and so it goes. But yes, pigs. Pigs are incredible, incredible beings.
So, I want to celebrate with some fast facts. If you are not a vegetarian or vegan, I think these facts will give you a better look at how extraordinary pigs really are.
Who doesn’t love a good, inspiring quote? Whether you are vegan now or thinking about transitioning, these quotes are thought-provoking and powerful. Enjoy, and please feel free to add to this list in the comments! Let’s do some serious inspiring, people.
Thinking about making this a thing. I like the idea of sharing why I’m vegan! Maybe I’ll start doing this more often, for inspiration :)
“I love cheese too much to give it up!” // “I can’t live without bacon.”
Excuses – we’ve all got them. These are just a few of the main reasons why individuals cannot stick/will not try vegetarianism. As you know by now (hopefully), The Friendly Fig is accepting of all lifestyles. We understand that veganism or even vegetarianism may not be the choice diet for everyone. We’re not here to judge – we’re just here to nudge. And by nudge, I mean just a nudge towards a healthier, happier lifestyle. We’re just trying to to spread awareness, positive vibes, and good food to those who stick around and listen.
As I wrap up my Friends marathon *sobs*, I have to say that I really found Phoebe’s vegetarian ways fascinating. There were times when I was like “HELL YEAH PHOEBE!” and yes, times when I put my hands over my face and said “Oh no… Phoebs!” On more than one occasion, Phoebe is faced with eating meat (and yes, even gives in). This happens to a lot of people who are just starting out, and we’re here to tell you: IT’S NORMAL! It’s not about being perfect, but about doing the least harm and most good. So I thought it might be fun to go over the few instances in which Phoebe Buffay represents the majority.