Em the Vegan

The story of how I became a vegan  is a pretty long one,  as my journey began as a 5 year old. As with most people who are vegan or vegetarian, eating animals was something I have always wondered about. I absolutely LOVE animals... all of them! When I was a little girl my family used to visit my uncle Raymond, who had a cabin with horses and LOTS of land out in upstate New York. On his property there was a barn he rented out to a man who raised sheep, goats, cows and all kinds of other animals! I enjoyed horseback riding with my uncle, but I think I liked exploring in the barn even more. I loved being around all the animals. I always gave them names and hated saying good-bye to them when we left. What really upset me was that the animals I had named were usually gone by the time we came back to visit.  

Coincidentally, as a child I never liked eating meat.... I thought it tasted disgusting. I choked down little bite size pieces of meat at dinner because I was told to, and I always, okay usually, did as my parents said. I asked my mom if I could be a vegetarian when I was around 10 years old. She didn't like the idea... so I didn't do it.
Lindsey and I the night before the Akron Ohio Marathon.
Wondering what we should order...
I finally went vegetarian when I was 15 regardless of my parents concerns. I stuck with it for about 4 years, but I  "fell off the wagon" in college. It was hard because I couldn't do my own grocery shopping. I was also swimming/ training up to 5 hours a day and it seemed like I could never eat enough. I still rarely ate meat, but sometimes I just had to eat whatever I could get my hands on.

In the fall of 2010 I joined the Michelob Ultra Running team (based out of St. Louis, MO). One of the first races I did with the team was a Marathon in Akron, Ohio. On the drive out there I met a super nice girl named Lindsey. We chatted the whole 7 hour drive there and I  learned she was a vegetarian and an avid runner. I also met few other teammates who were vegans and my mind was made up. I decided then and there to switch back to being a vegetarian and consider going vegan. And I did it, in only two months! On Thanksgiving Day 2010 I became a vegan Em :)

Going vegan has been one of the best decisions I have ever made. I feel better, race better, and have a faster recovery. Did I mention I eat whatever I want every day?  THANK YOU Lindsey, and all my friends and family who have supported my decision. You helped change my life! :) 

If you have any questions for me I would love for you to ask!