Today is my three-year anniversary of going vegan!
I’m a little overwhelmed when I think about the changes that have occurred in my life during that time including discovering Dr. Fuhrman’s program and addressing my migraines, anxiety, and allergies with a whole foods, plant-based diet, getting diagnosed and treated for thyroid cancer, and finishing my research project on disease in vegetarians vs. non-vegetarians for my masters degree in public health nutrition.
To go along with my big change back in 2010, I changed my blog from its original name “Love Healthy Living,” to what it is now: “Carrie on Vegan.” I immersed myself in the plant-based community and have had the opportunity to meet many of my heroes (check out my “Vegan Celebrity Sightings” album on my Facebook page) and made new, dear friends, many of whom now I now cannot imagine my life without. I also created a recipe app, Vegan Delish, that is a huge part of my public health work.
And, of course, I’d be remiss if I didn’t highlight the fact that I have gained so much from you, dear readers, over these past three years. I know not everyone is vegan who reads my blog, but the fact that you’re interested and engaged and open-minded means so much to me and is one of the driving factors that keeps me going. And, to the veteran vegans and plant-based advocates who have “vegucated” me and cheered me on, thank you for your ongoing in inspiration and support.
As I celebrate this special day, I appreciate that my passion for continuing this way of living is based on the very reason why I became a vegan: a deep love and respect for all creatures and a desire to reduce suffering. Many people call this “ethical veganism” and it accurately describes my desire to live a compassionate life, all while enjoying the cruelty-free, whole plant-foods that are as nutritious as they are delicious.
Here are some of my favorite links you might want to check out:
My interview on Dr. Fuhrman’s blog “Interview with a Nutritarian: Carrie.”
An article I wrote for the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetic’s blog on why my veganism is more than just about food.
A guest article I wrote for the Our Hen House blog called “How Cancer Grew My Activist Spirit.”
I’m very visually-oriented and I think my before and after vegan pictures are quite telling:
Just yesterday, I celebrated my vegan-versary with my very first trip to an Animal Sanctuary: Pigs Peace Sanctuary in Stanwood, WA. I will be sharing the details of my trip soon, but please meet my new friend, her name is Betsy:
Again, thank you for reading my little blog and for helping me discover and fulfill what I consider my life’s purpose: living a healthy, compassionate life and inspiring others to do the same. I’m hoping for a great future of love, understanding, and continued positive change for all of us. Save a life: go vegan!!!