Early in 2012 I started reaching out to vegan friends on twitter to ask them to share their testimonials. My hope was that by getting vegans to share their stories we could educate and inspire others and give people first hand accounts to replace perceptions or stereotypes. I’m incredibly grateful to those that have participated. Their stories speak for themselves! If you enjoy the series please let us know!
I am a vegan. Those are four words I never thought I’d say. I grew up on Long Island with Peter Luger’s as a favored destination and looked forward to lobster and steamer dinners at my grandparents’ house. We ate so much lasagna, stuffed manicotti and chicken parmesan at our house, I often wondered if we had a hidden Italian past!
Yet today, I am a vegan. But it wasn’t simply a choice ~ it was out of respect for my body, and in strong connection, my mind. After years of digestive issues that began in college and significantly increased over time, I sought the help of a specialist nearly four years ago. Thousands of dollars and more than a dozen tests later, we learned something that changed the course of my life ~ I had lost the ability to metabolize animal protein.