It was March 6, 2013 that I accidently decided to become a vegan. Wow, that was a quick 2 years!
In hindsight, I definitely went through a self-imposed, self-advertised, and awkward public transition during the first couple of months that followed. You could say I may have been a little too zealous about my lifestyle change at first; on Facebook, in particular.
Since then, I have grown up; not only in how much more reserved I’ve become on Facebook in general, but also how I communicate regarding stories about my vegan lifestyle.
Over the past 2 years, I’ve learned to become more inviting (and less bold) when it comes to sharing about it all.
It doesn’t help, as I’ve recently learned, that I have a “D” personality; according to the DISC personality test. In other words, I have the most aggressive personality, so I am learning to control how my passion comes across to others.
At first, I was so eager to prove the vegan lifestyle to the entire world.
These days, I simply want to be known as the token go-to vegan in everyone’s social circle. I’m not eager to convert anyone. I’m just simply here to offer information to anyone suffering from chronic sinusitis and/or dyshidrosis (eczema); both of which I am cured of now that I discovered this lifestyle.
For example, being a vegan for 2 years has taught me a simple concept: Mucus in, mucus out.
No one wants to think about this, but ultimately, both milk and eggs contain a certain amount of mucus, from a foreign species.
When a human ingests that mucus (which is a product of the endocrine system, which truly is disgusting when you consider what else the endocrine system is responsible for), it can definitely have negative effects; as mucus itself is a defense mechanism the body to uses to fight off foreign substances.
Therefore, roughly 20% of the American population has chronic sinus and allergy issues (like I did for 22 years). According to my theory here, it’s because they are ingesting the foreign-fighting mucus of a foreign species.
This is not the sort of thing I openly talk about on Facebook, like I did at first. Instead, I reserve it for open-minded/curious people who care enough to actually read an entire post like this.
In addition to learning to be more reserved in my communication about it, another thing I’ve learned is how my psychology has evolved.
I see now that my relationship with food has transitioned from an emotional relationship to a functional relationship.
Well, obviously I’ve survived the past 2 years without eating any animal products (eggs, dairy, meat, etc.). Granted, I had already been a vegetarian for more than a year before my vegan conversion, and had been kosher (no pork or shellfish, etc.) for several years before that.
While some people have assumed it must take extra discipline to live my life this way, I actually believe the indirect opposite is true:
I don’t have the discipline it takes to only say “yes” in moderation to certain foods. But if the rule is consistent, that I can never have certain things (anything that registers 1% of my daily cholesterol or greater), then it actually takes the temptation away.
In the past 2 years, by default, I’ve learned the importance of getting all my necessary nutrition from 6 things: vegetables, fruits, grains, beans, nuts, and seeds.
I’m happy. I’m never hungry. I eat all the time. It works for me.
If you have any questions, I am happy to answer. I want to be known has the friendliest, least annoying, most helpful vegan you know.
You might also enjoy these other vegan-themed posts I’ve done as well: