Too many times people have asked quite smugly, "Where do you get your protein from?" to which I reply, "Beans, tofu, tempeh, seitan, quinoa, nuts, spinach, etc." I generally eat balanced meals when I'm not reverting to a bowl of cereal for dinner, but that's not any different from when I was eating meat either.
In all actuality, I really enjoy eating vegan, although I am not a full-blown vegan like my friend Amanda over at A to B. I'm rather attached to the cheese on my pizzas (though I do enjoy a good pizza with vegan cheese like the Berkeley Vegan at zpizza) and just cheese in general. Yep, cheese is definitely my weakness. When I'm not partaking in cheesy goodness, I try to avoid dairy products. For example, when I eat that bowl of cereal (or two), I use vanilla flavored rice milk or almond milk. Rice milk has a lighter, less noticeable taste to it, while the almond milk is thicker, sweeter, and richer than rice milk. Thanks to the great birthday present from Amanda last year, I've found that Alicia Silverstone's book The Kind Diet has a lot of yummy recipes that are simple and easy to make.
It wasn't difficult for me to make the transition to becoming an herbivore, but for others, they just can't seem to give up their cheeseburgers! I don't impose my views on others because it's not my place to do so. Do I think that too many animals are slaughtered for our consumption? Yes. However, you won't find me on a soap box preaching. I have no room to talk considering I am guilty of nibbling on a tiny piece of bacon and I own a few leather purses and a very cute pair of leather boots. I try to make responsible purchases, but sometimes a leather purse or pair of boots hold up better than synthetic ones.
my favorite boots - ordered from Victoria's Secret
I truly admire Amanda for the vegan quest she's been on for well over a year now. Because she is my favorite vegan (and one of my favorite people EVER), and also because it's her birthday, I'm dedicating this post to her! I miss her all the way out in NYC, but she's living her dream, and for that I couldn't be happier.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY AMANDA!!!
Amanda and me...miss this girl so much!