I became a vegetarian when I was 19 years old. Reason: I moved from the city to a rental home on a farm back in NY. One day my mom was crying. I asked her why. She told me that a cow had just birthed a baby and that baby was a male and was taken away from its mom and slaughtered for veal meat. I thought it was the most
ing and awful thing I ever heard. And my mom had heard the mother cow crying all day for its baby! Not only that but there was snow at the time and we saw red colored snow! I did not want to eat meat ever again! But what happened was I did not do the vegetarian diet
right and got very sick and weak so people convinced me to eat meat again and I did.
Years later at about age 42, I got a diagnosis of high cholesterol. I was told to cut down on meat. I found it difficult as I ate meat most of my life. But I visited some Peta sites about becoming a vegetarian. The horrid photos I saw finally convinced me to no longer eat meat no matter what. And I became a vegetarian for about 10 years and now have recently become a Vegan after reading about mother cows and how they take away those male babies and kill them for veal right away because they are not girls and can't be milk producers! And that brought me right back to that scene on the farm where I lived as a teen and so I am convinced being a vegan is right for me health wise and morally, too.
I can't stand to see how much torture goes on with animals! So I feel okay with my vegan choice. Not to mention that I am the healthiest ever with the vegan diet
. No more high cholesterol and I am quite active for a 52 year old, too.
I am not saying that this choice is for everyone and I don't condemn anyone for whatever they eat or don't eat. That is their choice. I just found that the vegan choice works well for me and I have found and even made up lots of delicious recipes and continue to do so. And I feel good about what I eat now without any guilt or shame about how the animals were treated to make my meal. I can enjoy healthy vegan
dishes with lots of good flavor.
I think it is important to really make yourself good tasting dishes full of nutrition and then being a vegan is easy and healthy. And then also if you do become a vegan, I think it is important not to condemn others if they are meat eaters. I think it is about being non violent so I feel it would be kind of a violence to put down the meat eaters, too, or give them a hard time. Part of peace is learning to get along with people as well as respecting all life forms including animals. I think if someone saw me as a "violent" vegan, what good would that do? Like if I was bugging people about their meat consumption and being obnoxious. Now when I am calm and just state calmly that I am a vegan, often people ask me about it and want to know more. Then I gladly will share with them and pass on good recipes.
Take care all. Thanks for the question, too. Made me confirm my convictions.