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Welcome to Lifestyles of the Poor and Vegan!  My name is Kristi.

I am working hard to curate a collection of healthy and delicious vegan recipes, helpful reviews, and entertaining tales of my life as a newlywed/aspiring writer and nutritional therapist/work-in-progress/newbie vegan/hippie-at-heart. 

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Decisions, Opinions, and Being True to Yourself

Decisions, Opinions, and Being True to Yourself

There are often many factors to take into account before making a decision. Who is your decision going to affect? How is your decision going to affect you, and the people around you? Is your decision a safe choice? Is it going to have any negative repercussions? All of these are very important things to consider before making a final decision. It’s ultimately up to you what choices you make, but it is generally a good rule of thumb to assess the situation properly before pulling the trigger.

I recently made a very big decision. It was something that I had been thinking about for as long as I could remember. I started thinking about it when I was a little girl, and I continued to think about it right up until April of this year. There were innumerable factors to consider in this particular situation, and I spent years trying to figure out what would be the best choice for me. Finally, I decided. I would transition myself to a full-fledged vegan diet.

Although it wasn't necessarily mandatory, I found it helpful to take the advice and opinions of others into account before making my decision. Some of the opinions that I received were surprising, some of them were pleasant, and others left me feeling a little let down. Some of the advice that I received was truly useful. Other advice was unwarranted and rather unhelpful. I received a blend of positive and negative reactions and feedback. This feedback allowed me to form my own opinions, and make an informed decision.

Living a vegan lifestyle might not be for everyone. It is, without a doubt, a very large adjustment for most people. It does not always come easily. But for me, the payoff is worth it. I am truly happy with my decision. I think I made the right choice; For myself, for animals, and for the environment. 

Photo by Kristi Blackmer, Lifestyles of the Poor and Vegan.

I believe it would be beautiful if, someday, the vegan population grew to an immeasurable size, and the world was brimming with vegan-friendly restaurants, bars, hotels, and assorted travel options. But, I also accept that not everyone has the same ideas and opinions as me. And that’s okay too...

Ultimately, I believe that everyone has a right to their own opinions, whether they correlate with mine or not. So whether you are vegan, vegetarian, flexitarian,  omnivorous, lacto-ovo, or a full-on meat eater, you are welcome here. All that I ask is that everyone is respectful, and open to the opinions of others. Be considerate. Take your decisions seriously. Be informed. But most importantly, be true to yourself. 

Because that’s what makes the world a truly beautiful place.


Did you know...that Dunkin Donuts now serves almond milk?!

Did you know...that Dunkin Donuts now serves almond milk?!

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