My Vegan Journey Part 1: Cutting Out Pork

My Vegan Journey Part 1: Cutting Out Pork

In case you didn’t know, I decided to make the transition to a vegan lifestyle. You can read about that here.

The first part of my vegan journey is to cut out pork.

I’ll be honest with you: I’m not a huge fan of pork anyway, which is why I decided it was going to be the first thing I made an effort to stop consuming. I figured I might as well go with an easy one first.

Why I Want to Cut Out Pork

There are a lot of reasons I want to stop eating pork, besides from working towards a vegan lifestyle. The truth is, pigs are friggin’ cute, and they’re smart, and also really unhealthy for you to eat.

So, while I’m working towards this new lifestyle, one change at a time, I’m going to share a bit more info as to why. And since September and October is all about cutting pork out of my diet, here are some reasons as to why.

Health Reasons

Whether it’s bacon, sausage, ham or porkchops, pork products are really bad for you. They’re full of cholesterol and saturated fat, which can contribute to things like heart disease and diabetes, two things that run rampant on my mom’s side of the family.

My Grandma is First Nations, and unfortunately many First Nations lack biological or cultural adaptations to many diseases including heart disease, diabetes and cancer. I’ve been to many funerals on my mom’s side because of these diseases. And now my Grandma is not doing well. She’s had a heart attack and a stroke, and is now on dialysis for her failing kidney.

I’m one-quarter native, and that makes me susceptible to these diseases, too. Cutting out pork, as well as other meats and animal by-products, could help prevent deadly diseases.

Animal Rights

Like many people who choose a vegan lifestyle, I do consider animal welfare.

Pigs are actually very intelligent animals, even smarter than dogs, and have the mental capacity of a 3-year-old human. And they’re also very clean animals that are careful as to where they relieve themselves, so they don’t mess up their sleeping areas. Unfortunately, that’s not possible when they’re in a factory farm.

Regardless, pigs are treated horribly before they’re slaughtered. I won’t get into the gruesome details, because chances are you already know about it.

The take away here is that animals don’t deserve that treatment or that life.

Environment

Factory farms are causing a lot of damage to our planet. The amount of pollution they produce is astounding! Not only are the factories polluting the air, but the pigs produce 10x as much waste as humans, all of which needs to go somewhere.

There are a lot of facts about farming animals, like pigs, and I won’t get into it because that’s not the point of my post.

The point is, I’m transitioning to a vegan lifestyle by first cutting out the consumption of pork.

Set a Good Example

In case you didn’t know, I have a daughter. She’s turning 10 this year. And she’s also an 8th native. I don’t know if that’s far enough down the line that these health implications won’t affect her, although I’m not sure it works like that. Either way, I want to set a good example for my daughter in life.

That not only includes showing her how to eat healthy and take care of herself, but to also respect all living things, including animals and the environment.

I will also take a moment here to tell you that I will not be forcing my daughter to transition to a vegan lifestyle with me. I don’t think that’s right. Although, she might be inspired to give it a shot all on her own. Who knows?

My Vegan Journey Part 1: Cutting Out Pork

My Predicted Struggles

I honestly don’t eat many pork products. I don’t like hot dogs, I don’t care for ham, and I rarely have pork chops.

My biggest challenge will most likely be bacon. Not because I want it, but because I often forget about it. Bacon has a way of sneaking itself into things like salads and burgers. And I’ll have to be diligent about asking people to please leave out the bacon.

But avoiding products made from pork goes further than that. A lot or pork by-products are included in things like marshmallows, jello, doughnuts, cookies, crackers, margarine, and more. So, for now I’m avoiding pork in my diet, but eventually I’ll start looking into vegan products outside of the kitchen. In which case, pork can also be found in every day things like toothpaste, makeup, and cleansers. It’s actually pretty freaky.

Last Thoughts On Cutting Out Pork

I don’t think I’ll struggle too much to be honest. For now, I’m mainly cutting pork out of my diet and not my entire life. That will come in time (actually, next summer according to my self-made plan).

But, I’m hoping that posting this journey won’t receive too much backlash. I know from past experience that the vegan community can be pretty intense; they’re really passionate about it and that’s cool. But I’ve been on those message boards! Although I have the pleasure of having many vegan and vegetarian friends IRL, I’ve also experienced and witnessed a lot of hate online around the subject. And the sad part is, a lot of it does come from vegans or vegetarians who are very passionate about their lifestyles. So let’s just all do our best in life and support one another instead.

I’d like to think that most people will respect my choice, even if they don’t understand it. So, if you don’t have anything nice to say then please go away. Rude comments will be deleted.

And don’t ask me “Why don’t you just go vegan instantly?! Like why do it this weird year-long transition blah blah blah?” In which case you can read this post here. Still don’t get it? Oh well, sucks to be you.

Because, seriously dudes, I’m just trying to live a better life and have a positive impact on our world.


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Thrift Store Style – Welcome Autumn

 Thrift Store Style - Welcome Autumn

Thrift store shopping is my thing. Every one of my friends knows it, and now you do, too!

I’ve been obsessed with shopping at thrift stores since I was a young kid. My great aunt has worked for the same thrift store my entire life, and we used to go there almost every weekend to visit her and get free stuff. Now that I’m an adult, I still see her there regularly, but I don’t get anything for free. The store she works at is one of my favourites though!

When I was a kid I had no problem bragging about my thrift store finds, even though it embarrassed my older sister. As I got older, I not only continued to shop at thrift stores but they quickly became the only stores I shopped at. Part of me does it for the insanely cheap prices, but I also do it for environmental and ethical reasons.

While I always toyed with the idea of posting more about fashion on my blog, I had a difficult time trying to figure out the best way to go about it. I’m in no way stylish, but it’s something I want to get into. I even wrote about it a few months ago. And, having discovered so many beautiful plus-sized babes online, I’m slowly finding the confidence to wear whatever I want as a bigger lady.

I’m hoping these posts will inspire more people to venture into thrift shops and discover the many wonderful items available!

So here we go, a new series!

Thrift Store Style – Welcome Autumn

 Thrift Store Style - Welcome Autumn

A few years ago all of my clothes were black, navy blue or dark purple. I hid behind dark colours, behind dark hair and dark makeup. I didn’t want to be noticed. I didn’t want people to look at me. But I made an effort to start wearing more colours, and as you can see, this outfit is really bright! As is my hair 😉

The Shirt

 Thrift Store Style - Welcome Autumn

I started shopping for fall at the beginning of August, as I realized most my of warmer clothes are pretty worn out. What can I say, I’m a maniac! Also, most of my sweaters I’ve accumulated over the years, and are getting really old. I don’t shop for myself enough, or at least, I haven’t in a while.

I found this yellow shirt at Plato’s Closet. Plato’s Closet is a franchise that buys and sells gently used clothes and accessories. Although not technically the same as a thrift store, their items are previously owned and that’s good enough for me.

The nice thing about shopping at a store like Plato’s Closet is that they’re very particular about which items they’ll accept, which means you know they only have quality items that are in style, if that’s your thing. They’re also fairly inexpensive, sometimes even cheaper than Value Village.

I found this mustard yellow top for sale a few weeks ago and stashed it away in my closet until the weather cooled off. It’s originally from Old Navy and I paid $6 for it.

The Jeans

 Thrift Store Style - Welcome Autumn

(Excuse my awkward pose. We’re mid-move and my tripods are at the other house. Also, I don’t know how to photograph myself! I also just learned that my Sony a5000 allows you to use your smart phone as a remote control, which is why I’m holding my phone in most of these pictures.)

Shopping second hand as a plus-size lady can be pretty difficult. Most bigger sizes are so not my style! Weirdly enough, clothes from Old Navy always fit me really well, and that happens to be the original store these jeans came from. They hug all my curves in all the right places, and while I don’t like shopping at Old Navy (or other big retailers), I will buy their clothes at thrift stores.

I bought these jeans from Value Village for $10 and they still had the original tags on them, so you know they weren’t even worn!

I don’t normally wear light coloured jeans because I’m scared I’ll stain them or that they make me look fatter, but I liked these ones. I also like the rips in them. And I didn’t even rip them myself! Well, I mean, I made the rips worse, but they were intentional.

The Accessories

 Thrift Store Style - Welcome Autumn

I don’t really wear accessories very often. I find them annoying at times, and I don’t really know how to select jewellery that matches my outfit.

I’m not as fashionable as I’d like to be.

But anyway, I got this cute little skull ring from my sister. She just gave it to me one day because she knows I like skulls!

The necklace is one I pieced together. The amethyst crystal was bought at a craft store, and the chain was bought in bulk from an Etsy seller years ago.

Finally, my emerald ear plugs were purchased on eBay forever ago, so I can’t even tell you who the seller was either!

The Outfit

 Thrift Store Style - Welcome Autumn

I literally have no sense of style! I used to joke to my mom that she should enter me on What Not to Wear once I became an adult so I could succeed in the real world of grownups as a put-together individual.

Well, the show doesn’t exist any more, and I live in Canada anyway. Some dreams just die…

But I’m actually totally digging this outfit! It’s bright and colourful! And yet it’s still simple and comfortable.

  • Yellow Long Sleeve Knit – Tag: Old Navy, Store: Plato’s Closet, Price: $6
  • Denim Jeans – Tag: Old Navy, Store: Value Village, Price: $10
  • Skull Ring – gifted
  • Amethyst Necklace – Store: handmade, Price: estimated $5
  • Emerald Earrings – Store: eBay, Price: $3
  • Total Outfit: $24 +tax

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