I was born and raised as a Vegan.
I’m told that I never liked meat, (cow) milk, cheese or eggs. My parents were afraid I would be malnourished if I didn’t eat meat so they would force me to eat small amounts of meat. Finally when I was about 9 after a few weeks of letting me go without my mom took me to the doctor, got my blood work done and asked if I would be healthy if I didn’t eat meat. The doctor told her as long as I ate beans instead I’d be ok so I became a vegetarian right then. I gradually developed a taste for cheese but never milk or eggs. I thought that dairy and especially yogurt was healthy so I gradually increased the amounts I consumed until I learned to love it.
As an adult my reasons have changed. I never felt right about eating other animals but I use to be very unconcerned with what others ate. Through becoming an atheist my view towards other animals has changed and I feel strongly that is unethical to contribute to the needless suffering of other animals.
Reading ‘The China Study’ informed me about the nutrition side of things and watching ‘Earthlings’helped to push me all the way to veganism. I wish that I no longer liked the taste of cheese or butter but I struggle with it. Living in Spain makes it especially difficult as the country is not vegetarian much less vegan friendly. When eating at home I eat vegan but I’m still trying to completely eliminate cheese from my dining out meals. I know there is no excuse. I struggle with it. It’s still early days in my conversion to veganism so I’m confident I will eliminate all animal products eventually. I admire other’s ability to quit coldturkey but I’m finding it difficult to cut cheese out completely (though I have it very rarely).
I feel strongly about a whole foods diet. I avoid refined sugar, flour and processed foods. No artificial colorings, preservatives, sweeteners or flavorings in my diet. I don’t like meat and cheese replacements either. I don’t make meals that mimic omnivore meals with fake meat or cheese. I think it is unnecessary and counterproductive to the vegan movement.
If anyone can provide me with a good argument to eat or not eat honey I’d be very interested. Since I don’t eat refined sugar honey is my only sweetener. My brother who is also vegan is horrified that I still eat honey. I just haven’t been convinced that I should give it up. Convince me please!
There are so many reasons I’m an aspiring vegan now! Not to cause unnecessary suffering, I don’t like the taste or texture of animal flesh, the environment, health, cheaper grocery bills, not having the guilt (recognized or not) of a meal or lifestyle that depends on cruelty to other animals. But my initial reason was I did not like the taste or idea of eating animal flesh.
My wife's co-worker was diagnosed with brain cancer just over a year ago. She was paralyzed on half her body, and was put in hospice care, since there was (apparently) very little that could be done. The woman was in her early 50's, and though I didn't know her very well, I had met her a few times at work functions. It struck me as hugely cruel that she could end up like that. I certainly didn't want to meet the same fate, so I started searching online for cancer cures. One of the first things I came across was the video, "Healing Cancer From Inside Out". In it was this quote from the January 1892 Scientific American: "cancer is most frequent among those branches of the human race where carnivorous habits prevail." I then realized I would have to give up my all-you-can-eat BBQ, triple-cheeseburger-lovin', chickenfried-steak-gobblin' habits for good. The more I read and saw about the effect of meat on the body, and how the meat industry is harming the environment (and it's patrons), the more determined I was to abandon my former ways.
I have been a vegan for nearly a year now, and I am still trying to better my diet. For a while, I was eating lots of soy meats & cheeses to soften the blow, eating lots of dark chocolate (85%), and making superfruit smoothies, but for the past few months, I have been moving more towards the 80-10-10 diet, and trying to eat tons of fresh, ripe, raw, whole, organic fruits and vegetables, while cutting back on fats.
It's more for me than the animals. I want to live as long as possible, and do so with my health and sanity in good order.