My name is Samantha. I am made the choice to live a plant-based and animal-cruelty-free lifestyle. I am human so this lifestyle is not a perfectly vegan one, but I strive every day to find the balance between reality and my ideals. I want to live a normal life, but cut down on all the complex and toxic things.
I have been a vegetarian since I was 18 and a vegan since I was 22. I went vegetarian for animal rights. I always felt guilty about eating animals, but I just did it because my mom told me to. When I was older and learned where my food came from, I made the decision to stop eating meat and animal by-products. It was challenging at first and did not happen overnight. I cut out red and white meat pretty easily since I always hated their texture. I was a pescatarian for awhile, meaning I still ate fish and seafood. But after a few months I cut that out too and became a true vegetarian. A few years later,my uncle passed away from a heart attack. He was fairly young but did not take care of himself. I did not know him very well, but I really do miss him. His death scared me. No one should die so young from something preventable. I have a horrible health history on both sides of my family—heart attacks, strokes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, etc. Rather than accept my genetic fate, I chose to defy it with better life choices.
I created my first blog in response to a bad date. The guy had a hard time understanding what vegan means and what I eat. I get asked those and many other similar questions all the time. I thought the best way to explain my life was to show it. Be a living example rather than being an annoying preacher. I was a single college grad with a dream to inspire people to do better.
Flash forward to today, I am married to a wonderful man—who loves meat. And in 2014 I gave a birth to a beautiful son–who also loves meat (much to my despair). Together we strive to be a natural, holistic, and loving family, despite our differences. We embrace most aspect of attachment parenting such as babywearing, extended breastfeeding and baby-led weaning.
This blog is a documentation of my journey. As you read my blog, I hope you find inspiration to live a more simple and happy life too.