My first introduction post was... uh, five years ago.
When I was 13, I went vegetarian/semi-vegan, against my parents' will. I was vegetarian for a year and a half, though I didn't eat eggs or drink milk, I think I ate cheese on occasion and I was not able to find or buy my own cruelty free products because, well, I was 13 and couldn't even get a job. My parents complained, a lot. My mom worried about my health (she's a nurse), and my dad just disagrees with the lifestyle as he's a hunter/fisher. At least he was nicer than many of my uncles and cousins, who also hunt/fish, but were very good at spreading their obnoxious opinions. I think all of them have the PETA (People eating tasty animals) stickers on the back of their pick-up trucks.
My parents DID buy me many things including tofu, organic foods, soy milk, boca burgers, etc, etc... and my dad willingly grilled the tofu into many different "specialty" items but I think that was more experimental. He likes to grill. My mom bought me those things because I think she thought I'd starve to death if I didn't. Indeed, that year and a half, I don't recall having any family members who were particularly supportive. And eventually I stopped being veg due to my mom's constant nagging. I still remember the exact incident, the exact words, exactly what I ate and exactly how I feel. I more vaguely remember how after I started eating meat again, I started feeling like crap physically.
And I was able to push all the reasons I originally went veg into the back of my mind, but was reminded yesterday when I was on pinterest and suddenly I got bombarded with a bunch of animal rights photos, and one that really hit home: "How can you say you love animals and eat animals at the same time?"
I didn't consume any meat, dairy, or eggs today, and I went to the store and bought soy milk, vegan margarine, and organic yogurt (I know this isn't vegan, but it's organic and all I can get in my area since I live in a small town. I'm lucky they even sell tofu and boca burgers here). If I can find vegan products I will be slowly replacing what I have when I run out with them.
Oh, and I just recently got my own apartment so my mom officially has NO say in what I do outside of her house.
Glad you're getting back on the veg wagon, it is SO nice to have your own apartment and be able to buy all your own food without worrying about your parents. I still remember my first night in my own apartment, I had cake for dinner just because I could.
"If we could live happy and healthy lives without harming others... why wouldn't we?" - Edgars Mission
Well, welcome back! Now that you have your own place, you can set the rules that you'd like and follow the code of ethics that fits your personal philosophy. While we can't change the eating habits of our family members (as much as we'd like to) we can be an example of what vegetarianism is and what it looks like. Sometimes people take notice more of what you do than what you say and you never know who is watching you. Just as that light (and little voice) went off in your head about eating animals, your vegetarianism and the way you live your life may convince others to do the same. If you need any assistance, you'll always find some help on VB.
"Now listen, I know you've got to think about your image, 'cause image is important to you, because of course your friends are gonna dictate your actions through the rest of your lives, and I wouldn't want you to step away from them and become an individual, that would almost be too much!"...
What a brilliant intro post
Hi and welcome back!
Thanks, everyone! I'm already starting to feel the positive effects of changing my diet, and of course, taking a stand for the animals.
I do have some SUPER exciting news - I am switching my dog to a vegan diet. I found some awesome baked treats by Nature's animals, which he loves, and I have ordered a new dog food online. The food has amazing reviews, and best of all, it doesn't have any animal by-products. God knows what's actually in that. I have also found a lot of reports that link a veg*n diet in dogs with longevity, because, who doesn't wish their dog could live forever?
Hi Akeona and welcome back to VeggieBoards.