Life Flip or Flop Weekly: Live vegan

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If you read my previous Flip or Flops, you may know that I am a picky eater. Usually, I only eat dairy-based meals, such as mac and cheese, pizza and grilled cheese. So perhaps a diet change is exactly what I need. Luckily, this week I lived vegan. Unluckily, veganism has a lot more steps than “meats” the eye.

Veganism extends beyond not consuming animal products in food; its disciplines affect all aspects of a person’s life. Shampoo, conditioner, lotion and my meals were suddenly dictated by this choice. Before this challenge, I did not realize that products I used in the bathroom had anything to do with animals. I was horrifically wrong.

Aveeno and Dove, companies I trusted for all of my fifteen years of life were suddenly evil. Upon research I found they were guilty of animal testing. I needed to buy new soap, new lotion and get a new view on the world.

Besides changing my bathroom products, I also needed to change my diet. Milkshakes and milk were now a no-go. Dessert was cancelled. Cheese was deleted. Honey could not enter my thoughts. Meat was off-limits. But meals? Well, as I learned from last week, I need to eat. Now it was time to learn how.

The problem with veganism for a busy person, I realized, is that food requires thought. As someone who eats unhealthily, it never occurred to me to think before I ate. With veganism, it is a requirement. I needed to plan my foods, research my meals. Read the nutrition facts. There were a lot of options, but they were far away or had to be homemade. My goal was to find everyday foods vegan-style.

Vegan burgers tasted good, while vegan pizza did not. Coconut milk ice cream has a distinct taste. It tasted good but felt like normal ice cream drowning in water. I immediately realized that my tongue needed to be curated to a specific flavor. This became discouraging; I started staying in my room later so I would not be tempted to snack. I ate when I needed to, but only when I needed to.

Really the only thing I missed was milk. My bland white walls looked like milk; the clouds looked like milk; I just wanted to drink milk. Then fate smiled on me and junior Isabelle De Allende Silva recommended Ripple’s Pea Milk. I was skeptical at first but upon first taste I could not believe it. Milk? Milk! The thing I was missing.

Now, veganism was not for me in the long run, but everyone is different. Plan a meal and try it for a week. Then you can see if veganism is for you.

Verdict: Flop

Bella Ramirez, senior, is a Marvel fanatic and hardworking leader. Ramirez leads Key Club and French Honors Society with a hope to inspire thinking globally and acting with kindness. She also runs le Congrès de la Culture Français en Floride’s (CCFF) social media accounts and is in charge of international publication Pressing the Future. Her passion for creativity continues through her filmmaking ventures such as “The Adventures of Mister Perfect and Friends,” the charity film with all proceeds going to Project Alive. Ramirez is excited for the upcoming year of The Patriot Post and is honored to lead the print publication to new heights with her wonderful staff.