Monday, January 15, 2007

Introduction - Why Veganism?

In September of 2005, I made a life-altering decision. After 30-something years of omnivorous eating, I announced to my wife Krista that going forward, I would be a vegetarian.

For some people, it takes a particularly graphic view into the brutal and inhumane practices of factory farming, i.e. "Meet your Meat", or a quirky video like "The Meatrix", for some it's the environmental issue, for some improved health, for some it's spiritual, and yet others simply don't like the taste of meat. In my case, there was no sudden epiphany, no single event. I don't understand what my triggers were, but I can say without hesitation that mine is a pro-compassion move towards those creatures we senselessly and unnecessarily slaughter for nourishment, clothing, household goods, etc.

I jumped in both feat first, and haven't looked back. There have been a few regrettable slip ups, but it hasn't been a difficult change overall. With the proper diet in place, I don't have any noteworthy cravings. Ovo/lacto vegetarianism eased the transition to strict vegetarianism sometime in 2006. It seemed logical to cut out all dairy and eggs considering animal mistreatment in those industries. My goal is to live as close to the vegan ideals as possible.

I am asked the why question a lot when people that have known me discover the change. A better question is why not? Take the time to educate yourself and really consider the damage you're doing to other creatures, the environment, and possibly your health. Why would you continue down that road if perfectly tasty, nutritious, and sustainable alternatives exist in abundance.

"That's fine for you, but I couldn't do that". Have you tried? Choose to make a difference.

Krista was wonderfully supportive, and after about a month, made the transition to vegetarianism.

They say that the best way to learn is to teach. Among other reasons, this blog exists to share with others, and as a self-teaching aid. I hope you find it useful.


Fairly Odd Tofu Mom said...

Nice start to your blog. I'll be sure to check back again as it progresses.

(Tofu-n-Sprouts from VeggieBoards)

A Vegan's Life in Southern California said...

Thanks T&P! Nice of you to drop by. I always enjoy your posts on veggieboards; you're very up-beat.