Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day in the US and I am going to interpret this day a little bit differently this year.
I’m going to be celebrating by taking care of my body and giving up dairy and animal products on Saturday. If you really think about it, this is the easiest thing I could do. One day is really nothing, but it will feel good to know that I’m doing something to show I care.
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As many of you may already know, I found out that I had a dairy allergy and have already cut down on my dairy intake significantly. I can eat a tiny bit with no problem, but if I eat more than a tiny bit my nose closes up, my face itches and my eyes get dry and itchy. It’s kind of a bummer. After I did my detox about a year ago (no wheat, dairy, or processed foods) it has been much more difficult to pretend that my body is OK with the way I eat.
In addition, I have put on some weight over the past few years and I really eat fairly healthily besides my cheese addiction (I truly eat way too much fat via cheese- ewwwwww). I think giving up dairy will not only make me healthier, but it will also likely help me lose a few pounds.
Since I am already a vegetarian for my love of animals, and have been learning a lot about the shady side of the dairy industry over the past few months, I have decided to make my Valentine “the animals.” I have always admired them, felt connected to them, stood up to people who were beating or bullying them.
I <3 Animals.
I mean, why not go vegan for them on a day when we are supposed to show our love for those we care about? I don’t really have a significant other this year, and even if I did I think I would want to do this instead of a traditional Valentine’s Day. Don’t get me wrong, romance is always appreciated and I love red and pink, sparklies, going out to dinner, hearts, and most cheesy things relating to Valentine’s day. However, it has always been kind of an awkward celebration for me if I do have a boyfriend at the time because everything feels so superfluous. We are already so lucky to be human, to live in America, to have food available whenever we want it.
I constantly feel so lucky to have a good hot meal every day, plenty of material possessions, and a solid roof over my head. I am fortunate. I can buy myself candy or flowers. Most people I know already have a bunch of stuff and might not even like chocolate (I am not one of those people- I frickin’ love chocolate). Anyways, you catch my drift.
Animals don’t have someone buying them freedom or extra food most of the time. They need a little extra love. They need someone on their side. They need a voice to advocate for them.
Sacrificing for such a short period of time feels like a simple way to express gratitude for the animals in my life. Most of them have shown way more patience and unconditional love than the humans I have met, and yet they get kicked to the curb, abused, neglected, forgotten and used as if they were non-living entities.
Here is Georgie again showing how darn cute he is. This dog is so sweet to me and I fell for him the moment we met!
So tomorrow the V in V-day stands for Vegan.
It is kind of an idea I’ve been toying around with, but I figured, why not honor myself and my “Valentine” on this celebratory day?
I’m excited to go vegan for V-Day and show my love for animals! Who’s with me?