I went vegan from omnivore overnight in February 2011 and have never looked back. I learned about veganism when I became interested in learning more about world hunger and also where my food came from, in late December 2010/January 2011. I read the book "The Omnivore's Dilemma" by Michael Pollen, and while I disagree with some of what he preaches, he talked a lot about veganism and it was the first time I really understood what it meant. I was immediately fascinated, and researched everything I could on vegan nutrition, philosophy, ethics etc. The more I read, the more I felt this way of living aligned with my values. I picked a date (about a week later) and gave myself one week to fully transition as far as diet. As far as toiletries, clothes etc I did that over a month or two, and acquired vegan hiking shoes a few months later.
It was easy for me, because I had an intolerance to dairy and avoided most of it for years prior. I was already drinking almond milk regularly, and soy milk. I was never a huge meat eater, and had begun incorporating beans as a staple as early as 2008. I loved to cook and experiment with "alternative" styles (I made a lot of gluten free stuff for my Mom). So getting eggs out of my diet, as well as meat, was actually a fun challenge. And I am childless, independent, and the breadwinner and cook in my household. I was poor when I first went vegan (working part time and going to school and living on loans), so I avoided most of the fancy processed types of vegan foods my first few years, other than plant milks and occasional tempeh and maybe some agar.
In the end, only kindness matters. - Jewel
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