Two years ago I gave up all "red meat," simply put - no more four-legged friends. I did this for personal and ethical reasons and as a stepping stone toward complete vegetarianism.
It was quite simple. I wasn’t eating much of these meats anyway, so removing them from my diet had very little effect on my eating habits and lifestyle. That was January 2013. I went on for two years like that – unable to make that next jump to eliminating all fish and poultry as well. Why? Honestly, convenience and so that I wouldn’t have to deal with what people would say – the critics, the skeptics.
People go vegetarian or vegan for various reasons. For some it is purely for their health – possibly even imposed on them from medical doctors. Others try these diet lifestyles simply to lose weight. While both of these reasons are valid and sometimes downright necessary, I feel if you choose this way of eating for health or weight loss you might become resentful or simply find it too difficult to stick with.
A third reason, MY reason, people decide to lead vegetarian or vegan lifestyles is for personal, moral reasons. They simply want to live a less-cruel existence. And, frankly, for this purpose, adapting your diet comes easy. Tired of the conflicts within, I just needed peace in my heart on this topic.
Sometime in 2014 I knew that going full vegetarian was in my cards and set a date for January 2015. I could no longer say with good conscience it is okay for me to eat birds and fish but not mammals. Plus, if I was going to be vocal against people eating cats and dogs, I was going to have to come to terms with my own beliefs and stop engaging in speciesism. Why is okay to eat chickens but not dogs? It’s not!
But vegan? Me? I’m a person that can live on cheese alone! However, I knew I would have to eventually deal with the conflicts within me regarding dairy and eggs – where animals are sentenced to a lifetime of suffering and imprisonment.
When the vegan community on Twitter started a campaign for people to try vegan in January (#Veganuary) I knew I had to give it a try. After all, I had read and seen images of the dairy industry and, with reason, many would argue it is worse than the meat industry. So, in December 2014, I cut out poultry and ate my last fish. I started to slowly eliminate obvious dairy and eggs in preparation for 2015.
I will be blogging about my experiences into veganism. I’ll give you my honest accounts of successes and failures, some helpful tips and resources and will vent frustrations as I encounter them. I hope you follow me on this journey even if you never had any inclination to go vegetarian or vegan. Feedback, encouragement, and tips are welcome!
Read more at http://nikkidemc.blogspot.com/p/going-vegan-in-2015.html.