I have been a vegan for 18 months. It started as a pledge to go vegetarian for 30 days after watching the documentary Forks Over Knives (if you haven't seen it you must watch it tonight!). I was only 2 weeks in when I decided to go completely vegan for the remainder of my pledge. Before I knew it one month turned into two, and two to three. I was feeling more alive, my weight stopped fluctuating and my skin was getting clearer and brighter. That was enough for me to continue my vegan lifestyle. I am not you typical vegan. Yes I hate the way animals are slaughtered for their meat, but my decision to become vegan did not start with wanting animal rights. My decision was made watching my paternal grandmother's vibrancy fade from health challenges which include diabetes, high cholesterol and high blood pressure. I help my grandmother make better food choices by helping myself make better food choices. I eat to LIVE not LIVE to eat!