I know I don’t normally do posts like this, but this is a big deal. One year ago (yesterday), I woke up a vegetarian, and I went to bed an actual herbivore. After tinkering with the idea for multiple years, I attended a Meetup for NYC vegetarians and vegans, and after having brunch with some fellow vegans, I suddenly felt the ambition to make it official.
My year hasn’t been perfect, for sure. I have accidentally eaten naan with milk and eggs in it. I have accidentally eaten crackers with whey powder on them. I ordered a vegan cookie at a coffee shop once, and I think they accidentally gave me a non-vegan one. I’m pretty sure I ate sorbet that contained egg whites, which I didn’t realize was a common practice until months later. But ultimately, I had a solid year during which I never–not once–regretted my choice to be plant-based.
I celebrated this joyous day by going to one of my favorite vegan restaurants–Red Bamboo–with some of my favorite people.
Now, many people think being vegan is hard. Obviously, it comes with struggles that the average omnivore doesn’t have to deal with, but I rarely find it remarkably difficult. I could count the number of times when it has given me frustration on ONE hand.
Here are five reasons why being vegan is not actually that hard, as told by oatmeal: