My name is Elizabeth, and I'm the plant based (soon-to-be) bride! I'm just your average 23 year old Canadian, in the midst of planning my wedding to (and with) my incredible fiancé, Jason.
Jason works as an audio and mix engineer and I'm a performer in Musical Theatre. We met when Jason was A1 (head audio technician) for two musicals I was performing in, and fell in love shortly after. The rest is history!
My Journey to Plant Based
I have always been an animal lover. My first dog taught me to walk. My second dog taught me responsibility and how immense love can exist without words. The horses I rode and cared for taught me about teamwork and mutual respect. The wild animals I met inspired a wonder and fascination that I still feel today.
In my omnivorous days I always felt uncomfortable about eating meat. I couldn't help but think about the individual animal whose life was taken away so that I could eat chicken fingers or a burger. Images of animals with sad eyes would pop up unbidden as I took my first bite, which I quickly suppressed. I had bought into the idea that humans need meat to survive, to be healthy. That it was natural. That meat was the only real source of protein. And, despite my better instincts, that animals didn't think, feel, or understand as much as humans.
I was wrong.
I continued to delude myself until I was approaching college graduation. One night, no different from any other, I arrived home from school and decided to watch a documentary about factory farming. One lead to another, and then another. I couldn't stop. What I saw horrified me and shook me to the core. I did some more research, and every fact I found made me angrier. I knew I couldn't go on contributing to a system that treated living, feeling, thinking creatures so despicably. A few short weeks later, on the day I graduated from college, I went vegetarian.
I cut meat out of my diet cold turkey (pardon the pun). It wasn't easy. I had cravings, I had temptations. Friends and family didn't understand my choice and subtly (or overtly) suggested I give up and go back to meat. Many expressed their concern for my health, although I had started eating a much cleaner diet almost instantaneously. But I kept going. I had a strong incentive to. I knew that the fleeting moment of pleasure I would feel from biting into a hot dog was in no way even close to being worth the level of pain and suffering experienced by innocent beings to produce it. I could simply no longer justify eating meat.
I grew to love my vegetarian diet and started cooking more and more at home. But soon my research led me to an uncomfortable conclusion, something I wasn't yet ready to face. Finally, 8 months later, I recognized my denial for what it was. Even with all I had learned about the atrocious farming practices at egg and dairy farms over the months of reading, watching, and learning I continued daily to enjoy my greek yogurt, hard boiled eggs, and cheese. Who was I to decide which animals deserved to be treated with respect and which didn't? And with that question weighing heavily on my conscience, I went vegan.
That was 2 years and 2 months ago, and I am so happy every single day that I did. I have transformed, learning so much about myself and the world in the past couple of years. And I owe so much of that to my journey to and daily living of my plant based lifestyle. The icing on the dairy/egg/sugar/gluten free cake? My fiancé immediately understood and quickly went vegan himself, shortly after we began dating.
All of this to say, I am one happy Canadian Vegan Bride to Be.
I hope this website can not only be a place for me to express myself, but a place for those who are interested in going plant based or already there to explore resources, learn, and meet incredible people!
Thank you for visiting and enjoy your stay :)
Want to chat with me? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or connect with me on social media!
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