Welcome to the Vegan Mama, I am so excited you dropped by! Now, come on in, take your shoes off and make yourself nice and comfy. While I put the kettle on lets you and I get to know each other a little bit, hmm?
My Not-So-Vegan Origin Story
Let me start by saying that I wasn’t always vegan, far from it! While I have always had a weak stomach for meat (unless it was bacon!) I swear I could have lived off of cheese blocks and ice cream. I was also largely unfazed by the consumption of gelatin and other such ingredients so things like Jell-o and other such treats often found their way onto my plate.
During my high school years my love and compassion for animals started me off on what can best be described as a spotty journey into vegetarianism. I will be the first to tell you that making a life change is HARD! I was disillusioned into thinking that making the decision to be vegetarian was going to be the difficult step. Yeah, right!
I spent a little over ten years living my life as a part-time vegetarian and feeling like a full time failure. My family were as supportive as they knew how to be (the idea of a vegetable being anything other than a side dish threw my poor mother for a loop!). It wasn’t until I was a mother myself that my mindset and priorities finally changed.
I was watching a cartoon with my daughter who was just about a week shy of turning one. One of the main characters in the show had decided to embrace a vegetarian lifestyle and a variety of social misconceptions surrounding vegetarianism were discussed. This really spoke to me as I was in another one of my ‘slumps’ as I called them and spurred me to re familiarize myself with some simple vegetarian cooking. What was supposed to be a quick search for snack ideas and easy dinners turned into an all out information download. I ended up on PETA’s website (I understand that they can be a source of some controversy) and once I began reading I just couldn’t stop myself. None of the information I was reading was new, I had read these horror stories, seen the nightmarish photos and knew the health benefits but today I was connecting with it for the first time.
To be honest, it was the cows that really changed me. As a mother, reading about the dairy industry made me sick in my soul. The idea that cows are being forcibly impregnated only to have their caves ripped away from them within hours of birth all so I can have cereal in the morning just about made me throw up. It honestly still moves me to tears. In that moment I knew I had to make some serious and permanent changes.
That evening as I walked in the door I looked my husband in the eye and told him that both I and our daughter were no longer going to consume animal products. Bless him, without skipping a beat he was on board. For me, the (final) switch was immediate. So on September 25, 2018 (the day after my daughters first birthday) I changed my life, and the lives of countless others. I’m grateful that I had my husband to consume what was left of the dairy and meats from our home because I just couldn’t touch them anymore.
Now the big question…
What the heck do vegans eat?
It’s that exact question that inspired the creation of The Vegan Mama. The first few months were really difficult, I was constantly overwhelmed by the idea of what to feed my family. The apparent loss of cheese made the future of food seem bleak to say the least. Over time and through A LOT of trial and error I have greatly expanded my repertoire. I am no longer afraid of things like nurtitional yeast, you want chips and queso? No problem! Chik’n nuggets? Save your money, I’ll teach you to make them at home!
Beyond that, I want The Vegan Mama to be a source of information and support for people who are curious about veganism on any level! If you are someone who eats meat with every meal and is just looking for a side dish, thats great! Maybe you are interesed in doing Meatless Mondays, fantastic! Maybe you are curious as to how a vegan lifestyle fits in with having children, this is the place for you! Whether its health, socialism, speciesism or just simple curiosity about ‘those crazy vegans’ that led you here, I’m glad you came and I hope you are able to find what you need.
Mama on a Mission!
My goal is to help others make informed decisions about nutrition and health, exercise routines, vitamins, and to help mothers with vegan friendly lactation support, prenatal vitamins, maternity clothing and more. If you are searching for a topic or product not yet covered here or have any questions, please leave a comment below and I will be more than happy to help you out! It is through community involment that we will truly shine!
All the best, Michelle-Lynn