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Going Vegan

Going Vegan

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My life has gotten better since I made the decision to stop consuming meat, eggs and dairy products. I had my eureka moment about nine years ago when I woke up to the fact that my choice to eat meat meant I was actually paying someone to end the life of another living being – a being who, in all likelihood, had spent his or her whole life scared or in pain. I think I must have known on some level the impact that acknowledging that connection would have on my life, which is probably why it took me so long to acknowledge it. Between you and me, I was a cheese addict. I wish I had known that going vegan doesn’t actually make you feel like you’re giving something up (which was what I was scared of) but actually makes you feel more like you’re gaining something – maybe a deeper respect for life or for oneself.

Life is so much more colourful now. Paradoxically, I’ve found that instead of restricting my options, going vegan opened me up to a whole new world of culinary experiences. For the first time, I actually had to think about what I was eating. I ventured down shopping aisles I would ordinarily have skipped right past, and I ended up discovering a world of new tastes and delights. I started learning to cook with ingredients I had never even heard of. Instead of staying a boring routine, dinnertime turned into an adventure that I genuinely felt enthusiastic about.

I now find food really exciting, and when I hear that same old broken-record comment “You’re a vegan?! What do you eat?!” I just laugh, because nine times out of 10, I’ll already be devising my next gastronomic masterpiece.

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  1. avatar Bryson says:

    I know what you mean – I used to love cheese, but I cannot even stand the smell of it now, same goes for eggs. Just knowing where they have come from repulses me. Don’t get me started on the smell of flesh…eugh.

    Go vegans!

  2. avatar John Gibson says:

    Recently I made the step from vegetarianism to veganism. I felt I had to after learning from PETA what a dairy cow goes through and the suffering that a laying chicken goes through. For me even if a vegan diet was bland (which it isn’t!) I would still be a vegan because its about altruism, I would eat anything if I could save animals from the torture chamber. Being vegan is the best thing in the world, tasty meals which are good for you but which protects animal life from suffering. Yet being vegan doesn’t quite quench the pain that I feel, knowing no matter how vegan I am millions of other people eat meat which in turn supports the murder of cows, pigs, sheep, fish etc. But I won’t give up, thanks PETA.

  3. avatar KT says:

    Lol @ Defensive Omnivore Bingo! When people say to me “You’re a vegan?! What do you eat?!” I always reply with “The same as you but without the cruelty!”

  4. avatar Tom says:

    My friend and I are both large meat eaters, one of us is very skeptical of the claims made about the vegan diet and the lifestyle in general, the other is also skeptical as she does not believe things without seeing hard evidence of it (links to academic studies are welcome). We both also point out the complete lack of the mentioning of free range or non-intensive farming methods in the article. Likewise the claims of comparable intelligence and individuality in animals such as chickens, one of us has worked with animals in the countryside his whole life and believes the article to be incredibly biased and projecting an unfair view, which only leads to ignorance and extremism.

    We are both going to go vegan for a week for the sake of experiencing both sides of the argument, we will let you know when we have carried out the experiment and how we feel.

    Regards J+T

    • avatar Tuti says:

      Denise,First, congratulations on wokring to overcome disordered eating. It is terrible to experience disordered eating of any kind. I wish you continued success in that realm. It isn’t TMI, that you had some BM issues. It’s actually profoundly relevant. You didn’t eat meat then you added fish and it helped you. Most folks who go vegan or lacto/ovo and then quit do so because they feel bad. Humans can survive with out animal protein that is a fact. However, it is a fact that we don’t just survive, we thrive when we introduce animal protein into our diets. I doubt anyone needs an 18oz porterhouse at a steak restaurant, or those freaky 8oz chicken breast that come from the walmart meat department in one sitting, but it is my strong belief (after reading a lot of research) that animal protein (and let’s not forget animal fat especially from grassfed pastured animals) added to a diet will help you. Hope this helps!AllieP.S. For the love of God, anyone reading this if you go vegetairan (or not) .stay away from Soy. Monsanto has the corner on the Soy in this country which is why it has such great PR in the last decade or so, but Soy is terrible for your thyroid among other things. Monsanto own the GMO soybeans. The reason they own it, is because it doesn’t die when they spray it with roundup (they also make roundup). Most (i.e. almost all) soy in America is GMO and most of that has been heavily treated with roundup.Well-loved.

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