My Journey

“Love and serve all humanity.
Assist everyone.
Be happy, be courteous.
Recognize God and goodness in every face.
There is no saint without a past and no sinner without a future.
Praise everyone. If you cannot praise someone, let them out of your life.
Be original, be inventive.
Do not imitate; be strong, be upright.
Do not lean on the crutches of others.
Think with your own head.
Be yourself.

All perfection and every divine virtue are hidden within you.
Reveal them to the world.
Wisdom too, is already within you.
Let it shine forth.”
~ Sri Babaji ~

It would be dishonest to claim to have embraced the vegan lifestyle solely because of animals.  Don’t get me wrong, I have loved and cared for animals all my life.  But I never made the connection.

I began my journey as a “vegan” after taking a class at university titled chronic diseases and I was educated heavily about what animal products are doing to our bodies.  A vegan lifestyle was by no means the basis of this class- utilizing the DASH diet and the Dietary Exchanges were main stage as to lessen ailments such a high blood pressure and diabetes.  But these are not cures.  These are used to allow individuals to remain in good health for the duration of their chronically diseased lives.  Seriously?

Right then and there I made the decision to cut it all out of my life.  Why wait for a disease to happen before changing how I eat?  I wasn’t going to sit around knowing my life was doomed for diabetes, high blood pressure, or heart disease.  I will not accept that there is only one choice in life when it comes to my health.  I will thrive.  I will overcome any and all fear of disease and ill health.

Cut to a month later… fully immersed in the culture of this so called “vegan” life.  I think of it this way: you join a soccer team having never played before, the first thing you’ll do is go out and buy everything you need like how-to books, magazines, clothes, and supplies.  You become completely immersed in the sport, talking to teammates, coaches and fans.  It’s the same for becoming vegan.  No matter what your reason is in the beginning, you will, without choice, learn all there is to know about this lifestyle and without knowing it change everyday you had thought about your life.  People will talk to you (more than usual) and you will meet those who are astonished you can stand on two feet without meat, those who can’t have a conversation with you without somehow sneaking in the fact that they cannot go a day without their cheese, and then those who are enlightened, compassionate, and understanding of you and your choices.

After chit chats with all people, I began to read the literature.  The first book I came across was The Kind Diet: a simple guide to feeling great, losing weight, and saving the planet written by Alicia Silverstone.  It took me two days to read this book front to back.  I just couldn’t put it down and it seemed like after reading every chapter I had to find someone to educate about what I had just learned.  For instance, did you know that:

” Milk contains a protein called casein, which breaks down in the body to become casomorphins, as in “morphine.”  Casomorphins have an opiate effect on your body and- like all good opiates- make you feel relaxed and happy.  Casein is even more concentrated in cheese, which explains why people are very, very protective of their cheese! 

{Page 35; The Kind Diet; cited to the book written by Neal D. Bernard, M.D., Breaking the Food Seduction}

After books I turned to my Netflix.  I think that everyone I came across, both friends and family, were sick and tired of all the documentaries I was watching.  Everyday I had new tidbits of information to educate everyone on, even if they didn’t ask for it.  It seemed as if this newly enlightened sense of being had now overflowed over from just being vegan for health and it was now about saving the world and every living creature, it was about animal rights and the fight to stop cruelty to all living beings.  I now looked at vegan foods beyond their health benefits and was environmentally aware of the effects my choices had.  We are all beings of this Earth: make the connection.

Everyday we come across choices: what to wear, what to watch, what to say, what to feel, what to eat.  Life comes with no handbook. No map. No Cliff’s Notes. No shortcut out. All one can do is live life to the fullest and be kind to all.  And I must say, I love this choice I have made to be vegan.

Thanks for stopping by, hope to hear from you soon

[ Brittany ]

4 Responses to “My Journey”

  1. Alice Thomes April 7, 2012 at 3:49 pm #

    Thank you for your website! I logged on to your vegan Cadbury eggs and it is wonderful to know they are out there some where in to world. You go girl! You are a light in the darkness! Thanks, Alice PS I first went vegan in college, but fell off the wagon and felt bad about it for 30 years ( and many health problems!) before getting back to it two years ago. I feel so much better, mentally as well as emotionally. Keep on the path, there is no other. ahimsa!

    • veg-unite April 9, 2012 at 12:04 am #

      Thank you for visiting the site!! I hope you’ll give the Cadbury eggs a try (:

      I’m so glad you found your way back to after all these years and are reaping the health benefits. Feel free to get in touch with me – via email: WeHeartVegan at gmail dot com – if you ever have any questions, concerns, or just want to chat about all things vegan! And of course visit me soon on here (WeHeartVegan)!

  2. Giulia July 25, 2012 at 2:19 pm #

    I feel exactly the same, and I hope your personal journey will be as fulfilling and as full of opportunities for growth (mistakes! We all make them…) as it’s been for me and thousands if not millions of people out there.

    Hugs!! xx

  3. celestedimilla June 19, 2013 at 11:13 pm #

    Hey there! I found your blog while searching for a vegan key lime pie recipe. I love your story! I’ve been vegan for a year and a half and I love it. I’m really glad I discovered your blog and look forward to more of your posts. Celeste :)

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