Aemdis- You are in a college town so I am sure you will meet some vegetarians/vegans soon. I live in Fairfax County and have been eaten a plant-based diet for 7-years counting
the times I've fallen- (dived headlong-) off the bandwagon for dessert.
I quit meat cold turkey (ooh, sorry. that really wasn't intended) when I learned that the USDA or FDA (can't remember which) had approved cloned beef to go to market.
They were not originally planning to label the meat, but public outcry caused them to reconsider. I read an article in Wired Magazine about that time that indicated some unscrupulous farmers had already sold the meat as "the real, non-cloned thing". None-the-less, in a protest of one (or two if you include my son) I refused to knowingly
consume cloned meat.
When I learned 6 months later that farmers would be labeling the cloned meat, I felt I had overreacted. But by then I didn't want to lose the health benefits I'd gained by becoming vegan.
And actually, I spent another year learning that things like gelatin (ground hooves), honey, casein (milk protein to melt cheese) and other once-obscure ingredients are not vegan.
So even though I originally considered myself quitting animal products cold-turkey, it was actually a gradual transition for me too.
I hope you enjoy your school year with the students, and derive all the rewards that come from the care-giving profession of education. Good luck!
I hope so. I live far enough away for it to be a pain, but close enough to be able to go once a week or every two weeks to get good quality foods an things.
I dont think you were overreacting, I think its okay to have a strong personal passionate response to something. I know I can be pretty apathetic and I dont think thats a good thing. I am taking a stand on this and becoming a vegan for the non violence and environmental reasons, but I am also doing it for my health.
and thank you, I hope my students take it easy on me this year :) haha
What age or grade level do you teach, and how long have you been in the field? I taught classroom science for 7 or 8 years but that was a few years ago. I loved the classroom dynamics (most days) and found dealing with some of (not all) parents the most challenging. But I felt it was rewarding work that made a difference.
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Not to puter savvy but struggling to get by.
I have been checking to see any messages, Its the only way I know to respond.
Doing well a little wet today.
Staying Vegan and meals are getting better
Thanks for all your help
Have a beautiful day.
I live close to Richmond. I do most of my vegetarian food shopping at Trader Joe's, Food Lion, Farm Fresh and local vegetable markets. All the places I shop for my food are very well stocked with various vegetarian options.