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Alicia Marie

An Open Mind

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I have “cheated” a few times along my journey to become a full blown vegan. “Cheating” did open my eyes to a few new things. For one, I understand how important it is to have an open mind when considering life style changes as simple as trying a new food or as difficult as losing weight. To take on a vegan diet, having an open mind is essential for trying new flavors and considering the new theories and research that compements that lifestyle. For example, opening your mind to the notion that your taste palette changes when you become vegan.

As a new vegan, this is one of the first significant changes that I have noticed. This observation started with pizza. I “cheated” by having a few bites of non-vegan pizza. It was horrible. I immediately felt sick. I later cheated again and  sampled my boyfriend’s fancy smoked blue cheese dressing with a couple of carrots. As a former lover of all things dairy, I could appreciate the rich, original taste of the dressing. The flavor began as blue cheese, but settled into a taste similar to gouda. Quite unique—and had I not been eating vegan for the past month I am sure that I would have really enjoyed it, but something about it just did not taste pleasant.

While I have become accustomed to cutting dairy out of my diet, there was an interesting flavor that accompanies dairy products that you cannot quite pick out until you give them up. I am sure many would claim that this is all mental—but I would argue not.

The same thing happened when I tried non-vegan butter on my toast after running out of my vegan earth balance butter. The vegan butter now tastes better to me and agrees with my stomach much more easily. I once cheated and tried a few bites of Ghirardelli brownies—they are truly no match for vegan brownies. The only downside I found to the delicious vegan “Ooey Gooey Brownies” made by The Craving Place brand was the price—something like seven dollars for the mix; a little out of my budget, but worth splurging if you get a chance. Only 90 calories per brownie, and they taste like sinfully delicious unadulterated brownies. Better though, I promise. So far my experience switching to a vegan diet has been very positive, but it is not without its challenges. There are many stigmas against veganism that surround me, but I use this as motivation to commit to a healthy vegan diet.

Author: Alicia Marie

Avid runner, lover of sunshine, adventurer, big dreamer, beginner vegan.

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