Welcome! Yup - you will find that even those that start their vegan path for health reasons often become motivated by ethical considerations (see www.meetyourmeat.com
- and you can always provide this link as another reason for going vegan to the skeptical or confused questioners of your veganism), and then even environmental considerations. It is like a process of awakening - dont really know how else to describe it. When you really read and ponder it, there is every compelling reason in the world for veganism and nothing compelling against it! I love love love knowing that I have chosen a path that respects my body, the earth and the anonymous individuals unfortunate enough to be born "food animals."
John Robbins is a great writer! I have such respect for the man for walking away from loadsa money as heir to the Baskin Robbins empire in order to tread upon the delicate earth as gently as possible. His books should be required reading in schools - maybe you can assign some parts of the book to your students? What grade do you teach?
Wish I could say my fruit intake has gone through the roof.
I was a die hard carnivore before I went vegan and never cared for fruits or breads. It was all about the meat meat meat for me. but after having gone vegan, you are of course compelled to expand your gustatory horizons and I have found foods that I am absolutely crazy about now!
Feel free to check out our recipes section for some good vegan eats.
Yup, the cheese is always hard to give up. I found it harder to give up. When I had gone from omni to vegetarian, I was finding that I was substituting the lack of meat with cheese. It was horribly unhealthy. I finally woke up from my denial of thinking dairy was ethically benign and benign also from a health perspective, went vegan and have never looked back. There is some sort of scientific explanation for why cheese is literally addictive. Something in the cow's milk that is meant to be addictive so the litlle calves drink their mother's milk. Only problem though is that the poor little calves dont get their own mother's milk because we steal it for our own consumption.
You may be interested in neal barnard's book Breaking the Food Seduction.
anyway, hope to see you on the boards.
Glad to have you join us.