Today marks the end of my second year as a vegan! I drove John down to an audition in Providence tonight, and we decided to get a couple of vegan pizzas from Nice Slice. It's a pizza & sandwich place right near Brown University. It's not 100% vegan, but they can make practically everything on their menu vegan.
We went with the Phoni Roni and the Philly Cheez Steak.
After the ride back from Rhode Island, the pizza was a little chilly, but it was still very good. I love to cook pizza at home, but it's also great to be able to get takeout on a busy night when we feel like celebrating. Being able to get vegan brick oven pizza also reminds me that I'm not missing a single thing without dairy and meat!
Our favorite omni food was pizza, and when we initially went vegetarian, we were eating cheese pizza more than anything else. It was kind of ironic, since I had initially intended to go veg for health reasons, and there are only a few things less healthy than cheese, especially for lactose-intolerant me. We decided to give up dairy for a month to see how we responded. As it turned out, it was the best decision I ever made. I lost about 35 pounds within the month! It took longer to completely detoxify, and it was really difficult. I had an outbreak on my face, not just of pimples but also cold sores and even a boil. I also got a terrible ear infection that wouldn't respond to treatment. After three months, I was finally rid of all the terrible effects of a dairy-filled diet, and I have never looked back. Much like my initial transition to vegetarianism, my transition to veganism started out selfish; I just wanted to improve my health and give myself a little edge over the cardiovascular disease that runs in my family. But what kept me from backsliding wasn't thinking about myself; it was thinking about animals. I finally made myself confront what it really means to eat meat or to ingest dairy products and eggs, and once I did that, it became impossible to go back. There are so many common sense reasons to go vegan, and now that I have 2 years under my belt, I couldn't imagine living my life any other way.