Hello there, my fellow food enthusiasts! Today, I’m going to share with you a story that’s part comedy, part personal revelation, and all about my adventure into the world of veganism. But first, let’s kick things off with a good old vegan joke, shall we?
The Vegan Spotter’s Dilemma:
They say you can always spot a vegan in a group. How, you ask? Simple – you don’t need to; they’ll happily introduce themselves!
Now, let’s dive into my journey from being an Eggetarian to a full-fledged Vegan.
For most of my life, I thought there were only three dietary choices: Vegetarian (Plant + Dairy), Non-Veg (Anything goes), and Eggetarian (Veg + Eggs). The concept of veganism was as foreign to me as quantum physics! It was like trying to understand a secret code from another dimension.
Back in those days, I was an Eggetarian through and through. I adored my eggs and dairy products, especially curd. The thought of living without them seemed as impossible as sneezing with your eyes open.
Veganism: A Father-Daughter Duo:
About a decade ago, my introduction to the “V” word happened when the parent of a young management trainee visited our office. It was a routine question – what should we serve him? But, lo and behold, he was a vegan, and I was about to enter a world of culinary customization. When I tried to ask him about his vegan journey, his daughter quickly shut him down with a, “Appa, let it be!”
Enter the Era with GOQii:
Fast forward a couple of years, and I embarked on a new journey with GOQii. Surrounded by health aficionados who knew more about the human body than I knew about my own name, I felt compelled to dive into the science of food, nutrition, and how our bodies process it all. As the Chief Customer Officer, my role was to assist customers and lead by example. So, I started experimenting on myself and, in 2019, took a closer look at veganism.
Lockdown: A Blessing in Vegan Disguise:
The lockdown wasn’t all bad; it was a blessing in disguise for my vegan experiment. In just a few weeks, I began to notice some remarkable changes. My persistent bloating was gone, mornings felt less lethargic, and my weight balanced itself. But most importantly, I had an abundance of energy. It dawned on me that I might have been lactose intolerant all those years, yet I pushed through with my dairy-filled diet.
The Great Vegan Revelation:
As I returned to work post-lockdown, my colleagues couldn’t help but notice the change in my overall appearance. When asked, I proudly announced my transition from an Eggetarian to a full-fledged Vegan. But, folks, that was just the beginning.
My new journey was marked by a barrage of questions and a dash of ridicule:
- Do vegans get enough protein?
- How do vegans get enough vitamins and nutrients?
- Aren’t humans designed to eat meat?
- Aren’t vegan foods lacking in flavor?
- What’s wrong with dairy and eggs?
- If everyone went vegan, wouldn’t the world be overrun with animals?
- Your nutrition will be imbalanced!
- Vegan brains grow poorly!
- Can being vegan impact your hormone levels?
Tribes and Adventures:
I couldn’t help but wonder why people reacted this way. Then it hit me like a ton of tofu: humans are social beings, and we love & live in our tribes. These tribes share a lot in common, and one of the biggest connections is our food. Think of Asterix and Obelix comics; they celebrated victories with grand feasts. Also, being banished from your tribe was the worst punishment, and I willingly chose to venture out and carve my own path.
Embrace Your Own Journey:
So, my friends, the moral of the story is this: we all live just one life, and we can make it richer with new experiences. Sometimes, those experiences include surprising dietary choices. While I’m not here to delve into the ethical or environmental aspects of going Vegan (which you all know and if not google), I encourage you to keep trying new experiments. Who knows, you might just discover your own incredible journey.
Remember, you can “Go Vegan for 2 weeks” and, just like me, notice a change from within. Who said change can’t be delicious and fun? Cheers to a veg-tastic journey! 🥦🌱😄