I have officially been vegan for little over three months today. What can I say, life is good. Now throughout these few months I have been asked many questions, such as : Has it been hard? What do you miss the most? Have you lost weight? How do you get your protein? Do you feel better? etc, etc. Now when I respond to people they never seem to fully believe my answers. As if I’m lying and not being fully honest with my response. Well, they have been mistaken. Like most dedicated vegans, I truly believe in veganism, so each question I respond too is honest and firmly what I feel. So no, it has not been hard to be vegan, I strictly mean the diet part of it. It is not difficult for me to enjoy and eat vegan meals, I never wish I could go back to eating the things I used too. However, it can be hard being vegan in this society. Such as when my friends and I go out to eat, sometimes it is very difficult to find vegan options. Living in San Francisco has definitely spoiled me, I must admit I am afraid to travel and even live anywhere else. I do not miss any foods, this does not mean I never enjoyed foods such as pizza, sushi, ice cream, or anything with cheese. I have moved on from enjoying those foods, I have plenty of vegan substitutes I can enjoy as well (vegan cookies are much better than regular in my opinion). I am honestly not sure if I have lost much weight yet, I never owned a scale and rarely cared about how much I weighed. But I certainly know I am not gaining any either. As far as protein goes, I feel sorry for anyone who believes you can only get “sufficient” amount of protein from meat, that is false. I eat plenty of nuts, beans, legumes, veggies, grains, etc etc. Expand your nutritional knowledge people, don’t believe everything on TV. And YES, I feel much better physically and mentally. My attitude is much better (not when PMSing), I have more energy, more rational than usual, and overall feel healthier. My vegan journey has truly been awakening and insightful. I have become more aware of my health and nutritional needs, as well as environmental matters around me. I do not judge or exclude any carnivorous human, for I understand that veganism is only a personal, moral belief. That does not mean I will not share my views and opinions, I will do so in the most non-pretentious way possible. For me, I am not vegan because I live in SF, or because I want that summer bod. I am vegan because I believe in non-violence. I am vegan because I believe that killing is wrong. I am vegan because I do not trust where are food comes from. I am vegan because I care about the environment. I am vegan because I care about my health. I am vegan because I love my dog. I am vegan because I know that one day, our world will overcome the hatred and corruption that we see today, and through love and fellowship, it will change for the greater good of all human existence.