Going vegan seems like a very daunting task. However, we are here to tell you that we’ve been vegan for almost four years now, and it has been one of the best decisions of our entire lives. Here is why we went vegan, and how it changed our lives for the better.
When I was 16, my twin sister told me she wanted to go vegetarian. I thought she was absolutely crazy. I remember laughing and saying, “Lol good luck.” But one day, she showed me this quote by the late actor River Phoenix (also a vegan). He said, “When I was old enough to realize all meat was killed, I saw it as an irrational way of using our power to take a weaker thing and mutilate it. It was like the way bullies would take control of younger kids in the schoolyard.” And in that moment, everything clicked. I decided I had to be a vegetarian. It didn’t seem right to continue eating meat the way I did. It didn’t seem fair.
So my sister and I went pescatarian (vegetarian with the inclusion of fish) for 11 months. And then one night, we were watching a PETA video and decided on a whim, “Let’s just go vegan.” And we did. We haven’t looked back since. I’ve grown up with animals all my life. Over my lifetime so far, I’ve had more than nine dogs, three cats, two hamsters, one pig, lots of fish, one guinea pig, and three cats. Animals were not only my friends, but also my family. It took me becoming vegan to realize that these animals, my pets, were no different than any other animal. They all have distinct personalities; they all feel pain; and they all deserve love. The reason people look away during PETA videos is because they don’t want to feel guilty for another living being’s suffering, even though they are contributing to it. If the suffering of a living being is equivalent to eating a hamburger, then I think we need to get our priorities in check. That being said, I have never and will never make anyone feel bad for whatever they choose to eat. I respect everybody and the choices they make. If anything, becoming vegan has made me more accepting of people and the way they choose to live their lives.
Since becoming vegan, my compassion for animals has only grown. I no longer feel like I am contributing to a society built on the pain and suffering of other living beings. I feel like I am part of a greater fight in which no living being is seen as less than just because they don’t have a voice. In terms of health, my energy levels have increased immensely. I didn’t realize how much energy our bodies expend just by digesting meat. In terms of weight, I lost about 5-10 pounds when I became vegan and finally reached a healthy weight for my body type. I am hesitant to publicize weight loss as a benefit of veganism as I’ve known some girls who attempted going vegan to aid their eating disorders; however, since becoming vegan, I have not gained weight in past 4 years, and I never restrict what I eat. In fact, I love vegan junk food ☺ Not only is being vegan good for your health and conscious, but it’s also incredible for the environment. If everybody went vegan today, we’d probably be able to solve global warming. On top of all of that, my sister and I created a vegan blog that we are so passionate about now called That Vegan Life Doe. Through our blog, we have been able to connect with vegans and vegetarians all over social media, including Your Zen Life. In fact, one of my closest friends is a vegan I met over social media!
Overall, going vegan was one of the best decisions of my entire life, and I recommend it to everyone!
I don’t want to repeat too much of what my sister just said to spare you the boredom (!) but yes, that is essentially our story.
As someone who has struggled with depression, veganism has provided me with the physical and mental strength I need. During days when I feel like I’m not doing enough for the world, I think about how many lives I save everyday simply by choosing plant-based foods over animal products. I think about the handful of close friends and family members we have been able to convert to veganism just by being positive role models in the vegan community. I think about the innocent creatures who have suffered in silence with no choice (as I sometimes felt I had during my darkest days), and it gives me hope to know that one day in the near future, this suffering will stop, and all those who know pain will know peace.
In addition, the diet has not only give me purpose and mental clarity, but also physical strength, as I focus on feeding my body more fruits and vegetables, foods that will nourish my brain and body and not slow it down (with the occasional scoop of gelato or pizza slice!!).
In short, as long as we keep silencing the voiceless and taking advantage of the kind, we will never know inner peace and most importantly, world peace.
Hey! We’re Olivia and Isabella, just two 21-year-old vegan twins trying to navigate our way through a carnivorous world, one meal at a time. Born in NYC, go to school in Los Angeles, and travel quite a bit, we review vegan food all over the world! Join us on our delicious vegan adventure we call THAT VEGAN LIFE DOE.