vegetarian in transition to vegan :)
Here's my story:
I come from a family where a meal wasn't considered a good meal unless it had meat in it. My husband was addicted. So was I. Until a year and a half ago, we had too much...and then I saw a youtube video where someone called it 'animal flesh'. Something about that term grossed me out and I just couldn't choke down meat, chicken or seafood since then.
The effects? My husband cut down on his meat drastically because it would be just for him and our son (who barely eats anything). We ate a TON more vegetables (sometimes, dinner was literally a bowl of frozen peas and corn...we didn't know what to eat) I lost weight...a couple of months later, our fertility issues disappeared and we became pregnant with our daughter!
This past November, I finally became more open to watching documentaries. I became more aware of the ethical and environmental issues and inspired my friend and her husband to try a vegetarian diet. Like magic, our local grocery store opened a 'health food' section featuring organic food and substitutes for meat and dairy. And now I stumbled upon this forum. It is as though the pieces to transition to veganism are all here in front of me...how can I not try?
The transition to vegan is tougher than I thought. I'm done with dairy, done with eggs...slowly working on the rest. Analyzing ingredient lists, researching companies, saving up to replace the leather things in my house...it is WAY more overwhelming than simply picking out meat from my meal at family gatherings because it 'makes me sick'. (btw, what have other people done with leather furniture after their transition? donate? throw it out?)
Thanks for letting me tell you my story. I am grateful for these forums and the support they provide for these drastic lifestyle changes. I especially love the 'what did you eat today' forum - it has such good ideas for day-to-day meals!