Becoming Vegan

Becoming Vegan

I began transitioning to a vegan diet & lifestyle in August of this year. I am excited to now be cooking & eating vegan all the time. Something about shifting to a vegan diet has completely rekindled my passion for cooking.  I find myself thrilled to not only explore the fantastic vegan cooking and baking blogs and sites but also to be crafting my own recipes with attention to ingredients I love as well as new ones to my palette.
My decision to transition to a vegan diet is largely based on disappointment,  disgust & horror at what I have come to learn about cruelties and abuses within industries that use animals to produce food. While I had chapters of life before in which I was vegetarian, I never quite fully faced up to taking time to look at the realities of how so much of our food is produced.
The trauma and horror at much of the footage I have now seen and articles I read led to a very easy decision to go vegan. There was a tipping point this past summer when all things dairy really also became disgusting to me, with the knowledge of how these animals are often essentially imprisoned & made to bear young that are soon often slaughtered.
There are arguments for “humane” meat and certainly not all farms have workers who violently abuse animals. But as my decision is rooted in a prayer for treasuring and respecting the life of fellow species, there is no “humane” meat for me.
I leave up the posts of my former animal product consuming life because it is part of my history and memories.  While I now find many animal derived food products quite nauseating, I will admit my own mental struggles to overcome the taste for some others.  I had my last taste of fish in September, realizing that I needed to eliminate that as well. For me it was my own form of specieism to approve fish in my diet but condemn other meats.
I still have so much to learn about the environment and ecological consequences of the industries responsible for producing much of the animal meat products humans consume today.
A few of the movies regulalry touted as having an impact on people and influencing them to change their diet and eliminate meat products are:
Earthlings
Forks over Knives
Food Inc
Cowspiracy
The decision to change my diet has really led to a lifestyle shift which I will be writing about soon in another post.  While I am eating completely vegan now, I do consider myself still in the transition.  As someone who grew up eating animal meat and dairy products in a world where that is a norm, it feels like a deep reprogramming.  I am enjoying every bit of it.  More soon…