She’s going vegan? Insane! Why I decided to make the change

She’s going vegan? Insane! Why I decided to make the change

About two months ago, I decided to make a huge change in my lifestyle. I had been thinking about going vegan for a while, but it was only when I realized that what I was eating had been negatively impacting my health and the environment that I took the plunge and made the change.

Now, I know what you might be thinking. “Vegan? She’s insane!”  But, before you judge me, let me tell you why I decided to make this change in my diet.

First of all, before I eliminated animal products from my diet, I would eat whatever was in front of me. Then, I started following one of my favorite Netflix stars on Instagram and found out he was vegan and a huge environmental activist. This made me interested and I decided to do a little research on exactly what I was putting into my body and the effects it had on not only myself but also on our planet.

Coming from someone who used to love the everyday fast-food chicken nuggets, learning the reality behind mass production was excruciating for me to hear. I’m not going to go into detail about this because you can do your own research if you’re interested. But, something to consider is that not only are billions of animals being tortured every year but the raising of livestock is one of the main contributors to climate change.

I’m not trying to convince you to go vegan, but I think that there are many ways to help our environment and our health by making some different choices. It will be a big adjustment to change your eating habits, but the earth and all its inhabitants will thank you.

Kili is a sophomore at Mountainside High School. She loves singing, playing piano and ukulele, and also running track and field.