A Quick Journey Into Plants

I haven’t always been “anti-animal” products. I used to love a good burger (hey-o Shake Shak), a bratwurst, the usual evening ice cream, etc. Ice cream was my one true love. I didn’t discriminate, I loved it all. I’d devour turkey on Thanksgiving and I loved eggs over easy. I’d always tell my lactose intolerant friends that “I could never go away from cow’s milk. I can’t do the taste of almond milk. I’ve tried.” Well that didn’t last long…

I’ve always been fascinated by the vegan movement. I’d watch YouTubers and think “wow I wonder how my body would feel if I ate just plants?” I’d go through stints of eating clean, but would soon give into temptation. See, my mom’s a food blogger and I still live at home, so you do the math. My mom’s friends joke that she was the reason I chose to stop eating meat because, in fact, it was something she made that sent me over. Mom went to Austin for a work trip in February and cooked up a turkey for us to eat while she was away. I brought it to work to eat as my dinner one day and as I was pulling it apart with my fork I was thinking to myself “this is muscle. I work on muscle” (I’m a massage therapist). And then I went home that night and got into those documentaries on Netflix. I had watched them before and they resinated with me but never pushed me over the edge. I then decided I wasn’t eating milk anymore and wasn’t going to use cows milk in my cereal. These were the first steps I was taking.

I eat vegan about 95% of the time. I only buy vegan products. On the cruise we went on I was Pescatarian. The only time I eat animal products at home is if Mom makes something (her famous cheese filled crepes with strawberry sauce *insert drooling emoji*) that has milk, eggs, or butter in it. Look for a future post about why I don’t think I’ll go full vegan until a couple years from now and I think that’s ok.

So this is just a short explanation of my story into becoming an avid consumer of plants. If this is something you’re thinking about doing or you were like me and always had the thought of “oh I could never…”. Just do it. Do it for yourself and your health. Or do it for the planet and your community. Or do it for both. Or just try it. See how you feel.

Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram @atravelingveggiefor updates and daily pictures! 🙂

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First Time

So, this is not my first attempt at blogging. I’ve had a first attempt, a second attempt, and yes even a fourth attempt too. Is it that the fifth time is the charm? Probably not for everyone else, but maybe me?

I’m writing this on a rocky ship. Yes, a ship. My first cruise. And tomorrow I turn 25. 25! Ok, wow to both sentences. This is also my first time out of the US. Well if you’re not counting that one time I accidentally went to Canada and when my family went to Rocky Point, Mexico when I was 10. Anyways, I’m on this ship for my first real trip outside the US, because my mom’s a blogger and she was asked to do some PR work for a cruise line and could take one guest with her. We had about a month notice and I requested the 10 days off asap. We’ve crossed off some bucket list items I never knew I had and we still have four full days left. It’s safe to say I love cruising and I also love taking a hot shower, putting a robe on, and ordering a vegetarian dish from the room service menu while Mom is at dinner with friends.

I had been inspired to start up again (maybe this time for real, for real?) mostly because of the pictures I was taking on my personal Instagram. I was having so much fun and thought “yeah I could get used to this.”. There are also some pro travel bloggers on this trip and talking to them was another big part. I started to look at travel blogs and here I am in the stateroom listening to Kokomo by The Beach Boys because we went snorkeling in Aruba the day before last. And also, I became a vegetarian 2 months ago. I’ve been SUPER passionate about the lifestyle and can’t get enough. So, hence the name ‘A Traveling Veggie’. Mom thought it was cute so here we go!