There are two other subjects I’m just as passionate about as writing—veganism and fitness. I’ve been a vegetarian most of my life—since the age of thirteen—and a vegan for fifteen years. My lifestyle choice was not cultural or religious but a personal one. Raised in the south until the age of nine, I’d seen the countless slaughter of farm animals before I moved to New York City. The defining moment of change came at a family dinner. I couldn’t fathom eating the butchered version of chicken as I watched live ones in the backyard. Finally at thirteen, after much repulsion, I declared I’m a vegetarian and never again did poultry; fish or meat touched my lips. It was a natural progression to veganism. I’ve never liked eggs or milk . . . Well, you probably guessed, for the same reason. I don’t impose my values on others. After all, veganism is a personal choice. I’ve reaped great health benefits as a vegan. And over the years, I’ve read many books on the topic and nutrition in general. I’ve mastered the nutritional challenges—getting enough protein and vitamins, especially vitamin B12.
Fitness was a natural extension of my years of dance training. I’ve completed ten marathons, both domestic and international. Running, cycling, yoga, and Pilates are daily regiments that keep me physically and mentally in shape. In coming months, I hope to provide information on each of these topics. Even if you’re not a vegan or exercise enthusiast, I hope you’ll read my post. Until then, remember to love your body.