I saw “The Kind Diet” by Alicia Silverstone for sale at the Junior League Thrift Shop in Ardmore. It was actually on display, otherwise I wouldn’t have seen it at all. But seeing it there, with Alicia’s beautiful smile, tiny waist, and a big bowl of deliciousness really called to me. I had no cash and it being a thrift shop and all, I figured a credit card for less than $10 would be pretty lame, so I put it back and went about my day. But I couldn’t get that book out of my head.
So I guess it really started years ago in high school when I decided to be a vegetarian. I couldn’t stomach the idea of eating animals, and I hated the way these sweet, gentle animals were being executed, sliced, and wrapped in cellophane and saran wrap so that people could pretend they weren’t really participating in the murder of a cow.
But I really didn’t know anything about being a vegetarian other than just not eating meat, despite my father’s attempts to get me to focus on nutrition (he actually bought me my first vegan cookbook), so instead of eating meat, I ate crap. Hey, French fries are vegetarian. So are pasta, Doritos, potato chips, and beer. I was a totally fat vegetarian. Between the general weight gain from going off to college and substituting pasta and potatoes for meat, I was a porker. I can’t remember exactly how long it lasted exactly, but I do remember at some point binging on bacon during my senior year of college, and that being the official end of my vegetarianism.
I went off vegetarianism for a while, but also got my weight in check in the meantime. I dropped about 20 pounds, ate pretty healthy, and started working out. I then went out to law school in San Diego, the land of the fit and healthy. It was then that I started really focusing on eating healthy and working out. I lost about another 10 pounds and it was then that I first tried being vegan. It was so hard, and not yet all that trendy, so it lasted a couple of months and I gave up in despair.
So, I focused on healthy eating, gourmet cooking (I’m an awesome home cook), and didn’t really give it much thought until after my second son was born and I started doing some reading/documentary watching that I’d always wanted to do. And it became undeniable to me that veganism is the way to go. Knowing it and living it are two different things, how especially when you have a meat-eating family and everyone seems to be telling you you’re crazy. So after giving it up for the second time, I still just wasn’t feeling right. And then, there it was…”The Kind Diet,” like destiny telling me to finally go for it. Or just coincidence that it was on sale for $3, which is about as much as I wouldn’t have been willing to pay.
I bought it, read it, and I’m going for it. I’m going vegan…as best I can.