I did something on Monday morning that I thought I would never do again.
I ate an egg.
But wait, let me explain.
I became vegan on August 11 of last year. Since then, I have developed my food philosophy into what it is now and I feel really good about where I am in terms of making ethical decisions regarding my diet. I have also strived to listen to my body and give it what I feel it needs.
With this being said, I’m going to stick to my philosophy, no exceptions. So how do I justify eating eggs? My parents’ neighbors have chickens, so my parents get eggs from them, from the chickens that are happy and have plenty of room to move and wander wherever they please. I’ve even met the chickens, so I feel comfortable knowing exactly how they’re living and being treated. And since the eggs are not fertilized, there is nothing to be killed. Therefore, I see no ethical problem with eating these eggs.
I spent awhile talking to my dad about it and decided that the extra protein would be a good addition to my diet since I don’t eat very many high protein foods right now. I know it’s totally possible to get adequate protein easily on a completely vegan diet, but I don’t put the effort in sometimes and eggs are really quick and easy.
I’ll still be vegan for the other 9 months of the year when I don’t have access to those eggs, but I’m going to enjoy them until that time comes!
Honestly the hardest part about this decision was giving up my excess pride, but I think it was really good for me to do that. I don’t need the label anymore since I have my philosophy figured out and I’m going to stick to it. I’m also still figuring out what makes my body feel the best, which is more important than being vegan as long as I’m still adhering to my morals.
So anyway, this breakfast was SO GOOD. And I felt perfectly fine and happy after eating it. Breakfast was sauteed kale, zucchini, and summer squash seasoned with salt, pepper, and chili powder; six-grain sourdough bread from a bakery that’s super close to my apartment (almost all of their bread is vegan!) with guacamole; and an egg fried in a little olive oil (that I promptly put on top of the toast after this pic was taken).
I also had a mug of the teeccino chocolate coffee tea I got from Chelsey’s giveaway! I thought it was great; It’s not as strong as coffee is, but I liked the flavor better and I had no adverse effects after drinking it like I always do after drinking coffee.
Now that I’m done with the labels, I don’t know what to call this blog! Any suggestions?