I am Vegan.
I haven't really ever made any posts about why I am a vegan, or what it means to me to be vegan. I don't even really talk to people about it all that often. I know that I should, and I am proud of my lifestyle, but the people that I know always want to argue with me about it. Sometimes it is as if people think that I feel superior because I don't consume animal products. So, I usually end up avoiding the subject and answering questions at a bare minimum. Luckily, with the blog people have the option to just stop reading if they are annoyed. As an added bonus, it people attack me about it, I also have the option to stop reading the comment. So, I figured I would do a little post on why I am a vegan. I promise I won't make it too long :)
I became a vegetarian almost 6 years ago. I had tried off and on throughout my teens, but couldn't make it stick. As I got older I realized that I had no right to eat meat. I felt like it was wrong of me to consume meat just because it was easy to pick up a package off of a shelf. I knew, and know, in my heart that I could never actually kill anything, so why was it ok for me to eat it just because I didn't do the killing with my own hands? Then I started doing some research on factory farms, and what I saw just broke my heart. I am not even going to go into it because I don't think this is the forum, but it is awful. So I stopped eating meat.
Then, in January of 2009, I saw this documentary.
It is just a small independent documentary, but it really struck a chord with me. It made me realize that being a vegetarian was only half of the solution. I mean, I had already stopped wearing or using animal products, but I did still consume dairy, eggs, and honey. The movie made me realize that I was still responsible for harming/killing animals because the animal industries are so intertwined. I couldn't drink a glass of milk without feeling guilty, so I stopped cold turkey. I haven't looked back one time. I also raise my son as a vegan, and before anyone asks...he does get enough protein :) My husband is slowly coming around. He eats fish, blah, but he is getting there and I don't push him.
Since I went vegan I lost a ton of weight and I just feel better about my decision. I know that it is not for everyone, although I wish that it was, but it is absolutely the right choice for me. I feel about veganism the way that some people might feel about their religion. There just isn't any other choice that would work for me.
I get it, some vegans are a pain in the butt, but I really do try not to be.
I try to abide by the idea that I will not judge you and I hope that you will give me the same courtesy.