I grew up in a household of meat eaters
My maternal grandfather’s father owned a butcher pre-World War 1 in New York City. His son helped grow the business, and since then, meat has been a significant part of our families diet.
When I was 10, I would suck the marrow out of the bones after finishing my prime Angus steak.
The words “climate change” & “animal cruelty” were not yet in my vocabulary.
Meat, poultry, and fish are heavily ingrained in the U.S. culture. On Sunday, millions of Americans eat wing (with me eating the celery and carrots) while watching their favorite football teams. Nobody thinks twice about whats on their plate.
So, what is a 90% vegan?
Before I answer that, let me step back a second and give 3 major reasons I went vegan.
1. Health and energy levels
After months of researching and watching informative Youtube videos, I decided to try and cut out meat, poultry, fish, and dairy while taking on a plant-based diet to see if I actually felt a noticeable difference in energy.
It took the better part of 2017 to transition to veganism, but I’ll save that journey for another post.
Short answer: Yes, I noticed a difference in my energy! I used to wake up (before sunrise) feeling slow and groggy, especially the morning after eating a juicy steak. I would then chug two cups of coffee while checking emails and social media until it was time for school or work.
On a vegan diet, I was waking up with mental clarity and physical lightness (for lack of a better term).
2. The environment
I watched documentaries like What The Health and Cowspiracy that claim livestock and their byproducts account for roughly 51% of all greenhouse gases.
As an environmentalist, I was shocked.
I’m not here to debate whether the number is 100% accurate, but climate change is real. Even if livestock and the agriculture industry contributed just 5% (it’s definitely more), i’d feel obligated to stop buying products that contributed to the destruction of our beautiful planet.
3. The cute animals
I love animals. Nuff said.
But seriously, watch this (WARNING GRAPHIC) 3 minute video of a cows journey to slaughter. It’s terrifying.
So back to the question, what’s a 90% vegan?
I coined this term because I am haggled on a day to day basis about my diet.
- I never consume meat, poultry, or fish, ever.
- I consume cheese if there’s no other option. Usually when I’m eating at non vegan friendly restaurants with friends.
- I take 4000mg omega 3 fish oil daily for my high triglyceride levels
I want to live a balanced and happy life, so if I want to eat cheese seldomly, I will, and I won’t feel “guilty” about it because a “real vegan” can’t eat cheese. (Vegan cheese is difficult and time consuming to make, and expensive to buy, i tried)
This is the first time in my life where I’m a target of labeling. “Why do you eat cheese if you’re a vegan?” “Where do you get your protein?”