Hi fellow vegans and vegetarians! I'm so glad to join this community! Just a year and a half ago, I was a die-hard meat and dairy eater, and I didn't think I could ever omit these from my diet! In fact, when I stayed for a short time with my vegetarian in-laws, I would get out of the house to eat meat in restaurants any chance I could get!!!
For health reasons, my husband and I started to cut back on animal products about a year ago. As I explored vegan and vegetarian recipes, I found I really loved the new foods I was trying. I also found I had a lot of respect for the bloggers and cook book authors I was seeking recipes from, and I wanted to know what made them make those choices.
After researching more about animal welfare, I was quite shocked by what I found! I mean, I always knew it couldn't be pretty, but I felt pretty strongly that eating meat and dairy was "natural," and that it was all part of the circle of life. Obviously, I feel much differently after what I learned goes into factory farming
I wanted to go vegan immediately, but it was hard. Even with the knowledge I had, I still craved meat and dairy. Kind of like a smoker who knows all the risks but still goes ahead and smokes I guess. (I used to be a smoker too lol). I cut back slowly, and after a few months, made an honest attempt at being vegan. It lasted about a month, but I struggled A LOT and in the end I fell off the wagon. It's been a few months since that first attempt, and I feel far more ready and confident this time around. I think that being a part of forums and communities like this will really help! I am also going to get more active on my blog; a project which I have been working on during this whole year of transition. You can check it out if you're interested, at honeyandcardamom.com
So excited to learn and to share with all all of you!