There is some stigma around being single, especially as you get older and your friends are getting married and starting families. Conversations at family events become about what you plan to do with your life and if you hope to ever be married or “how many cats do you have now?” (by the way I still only have the 1).
There are videos becoming viral about “single life vs. married life” as more and more people are opting to be single but there’s still a sense about it that ‘those people’ are living like spinsters as if our society still hasn’t quite escaped the 20s.
It takes an average of 21 days to make or break a habit (depending on the habit) and I do remember the first 21 days being some of the most difficult. But before I dive in to my experiences over the past year, let’s take a look back at why I started.
How It Happened
To summarize what I outlined in Accidentally Vegetarian (little did I know at the time that I actually meant Vegan):
I had decided and truly thought in my past that I couldn’t ever become vegetarian, let alone vegan! I was a hard-core carnivore; I loved chicken and fish but most of all it was red meat that I adored. I would go out for dinner with friends and family and order steak and potatoes, only my steak had to be done “blue rare.” For those who are unfamiliar with this fairly uncommon term, it basically means the meat is seared on both sides and served…it’s not on the grill long enough to even heat all the way through so the middle is not only mostly raw, but still cold. Yeah – you read that right; I wasn’t kidding when I said “hard-core carnivore.”
So how does a person go from a diet like that to being completely vegan? When your body no longer gives you the choice.