I’m not trying to come across high and mighty. I am no better than you.
I also recognize that I am no better than the blue jay flying through my backyard, the squirrels chasing each other up the tree, the salamander soaking up the sun on the brick patio, or the cows grazing on grass a few miles down the road.
Just like humans, animals can indeed think, feel and form relationships with one another.
I’m vegan, and now I sound like Snow White trying to protect all my little animal friends.
We all start somewhere, I for one am pretty new to this lifestyle. I phased out meat products for the better part of 2017. First red meat, then chicken, then fish, then milk, eggs, and cheese.
And let me tell you, the cheese was (and still is) the hardest part for this gorgonzola fiend.
Nevertheless, I officially, and proudly, started calling myself a vegan in 2018. I did not sprint, I power-walked my way into veganism.
I’m vegan, but only for a little while so what do I know?
I know that it takes time. It takes mindfulness. It takes patience, desire and it takes effort. Maybe you want to be vegan but you think it’ll be hard and require too much time.
But if you think about it, the long game that is life, veganism could actually give you more time. Of course, there are no guarantees in life.
That’s part of the beauty in it, after all. But a properly planned vegan diet has been proven to reduce the risks (and already present symptoms) of diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, obesity, some cancers and many other illnesses.
A healthier body means a longer and more enjoyable life in an able body. I personally want to live to see 100, and I think veganism will help me get there.
I’m vegan and there’s no going back. Road to 100, here I come!
I learn something new and repulsive about the meat, egg, and dairy industries every single day. Meat, shellfish, and eggs are often contaminated with blood, feces, pus and disease, making them the three leading sources of food poisoning in the United States.
Our government works hand in hand with these industries to keep costs low and drive profits. The welfare of the animals we consume gets tossed out the window, along with the safety of our food when production lines must keep chugging along.
I’m vegan and now I’m preaching. Are you annoyed yet? [I hope not!]
Putting the words “humane” and “slaughter” together to soothe the tender hearts of those consuming animal products is laughable. Knock me unconscious and then slit my throat, ya still killed me.
Take my child away from me the second I give birth so I don’t have time to bond with it, still traumatizing. Free-range and cage-free are similar in their deceit.
These words do not mean that the chickens had access to the outdoors as the industry would like you to think. Put me in a 10×10 foot room with 99 other people and we each only get a square foot of space to be “free” in.
Cloaking animal products with clever wording helps the animal agriculture industry continue to make money and prevents the consumer from getting upset.
I’m vegan and I understand that we don’t all care about animals.
Veganism didn’t start for me with a passionate love for animals, as awful as that feels to say now. Honestly, it started in a selfish place. I read and watched things that bothered me significantly.
The more I learned the more I realized that consuming animals products was not necessary and it honestly began to gross me out. I decided that I wanted to be healthier and this was the route I was going to take. For me. Not to save the animals.
I’m vegan and a bit of an asshole from time to time.
The more I’ve learned, my mindset has shifted to a more well-rounded reasoning and motivation for being vegan. Our planet needs more vegans. Not just because it’s healthier (although many disagree) or because animals have feelings (many more disagree), but because our planet is so devastatingly affected by the meat industry.
Mass producing animals tens of billions each year not only releases greenhouse gases, feces and a number of toxic chemicals into our air and water but also requires pesticides, fertilizer, fuel, food, and water in insane quantities.
Pesticides and fertilizers which further harm our environment and fuel, food, and water that could be used in more sustainable ways to benefit humans (there’s that selfishness again).
I’m vegan, but you can do what you want.
I’m not here to be a missionary of veganism and convert all the omnivores in the world. I’d just like the facts to be known and at the very least, considered. Do your own research.
If you want to make the change or even small changes in the direction of veganism, figure out your “why,” cause without it you’ll never stick to it.
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Keep Sweating! – Abby