So a few months back I made a post about taking the journey to becoming both vegan and gluten free. However, after making that post I got stuck in a stand still. I don't know if I was in a same predicament as when I wanted to become a vegetarian, where I said I would stop eating meat, and then just start doing it again the very same day because I had such little will then. In this newer instance, I just never took those first steps to becoming either. The idea never left my mind though. I realized that when I started to buy my own groceries, how empowering it was for me and how much control it gave me.
I didn't need to depend on anyone, and I didn't have to pray to any food gods that my mother would get the food that I needed. [I] now make the rules for when I go shopping and am able to tell my mother that if she wants something she'll, give me the money to get it for her, because I'm not wasting my money on something I'm not going to be able to eat. Some people look down at veg substitutions. They think that they're a crutch, which yes, they could be, I guess, but they taste delicious, and honestly, I probably wouldn't be able to become a vegan so easily, or maybe ever, if I didn't have that 'crutch.' My will is very weak when it comes to dairy. But with substitutions like Daiya, it makes it so much easier and makes me realize how shitty non-organic cheese really tastes.
The processed crap has actually always tasted disgusting, and now even more so. So, now cheese is out of the picture. I haven't been able to try a substitution for eggs yet, but I haven't eaten them in awhile. I've found a substitution for sour cream, but haven't bought it yet. I've tried cream cheese, and didn't really like it, but it might have just been the brand, so I'm gonna give that a go again because I LOVE ME SOME CREAM CHEESE!
All in all, it's been a good, slow, transition, one that's just not that easy to do finanancially sometimes. Not to mention, where I live. This area doesn't have as vegan many options as I'd like, but I'm making due.