another recent post (2nd time vegetarian) has finally encouraged me to introduce myself too…
I’d already been lacto-ovo-vegetarian for several years when I went vegan for the first time in 1998 (mainly for health reasons then). Much to my regret, and although in perfect health, I went back to l/o/v two years later, and a while after that even slipped into eating fish/poultry – very occasionally, but still… It’s something I feel really bad about, and I know there really are no excuses. If there were any excuses, I’d say I was a “social omnivore” (stupid, I know) because sometimes I simply did not have the courage to be “the odd one out” and therefore “gave in”, and out of “politeness” accepted to eat certain food I was offered, although I did not want to eat it…
However, I began to think a lot about the many (ethical/ecological/health) reasons to go veg*n again, went back to l/o/v in early 2006, and then transitioned to vegan in autumn 2006. Reading e. g. veggieboards has encouraged me to do so and hopefully will help me to stay vegan for life.
I feel great about it, I am eating well (and a lot, without having to worry about my weight, which is always a good thing). Sometimes though I‘m having a hard time being questioned about veg*nism, and being picked on by omnivores for my choice. I don’t really want to “discuss” veg*nism with omnivores*, esp. not when eating together, and I wish my choice (animal-free) would simply be respected (like I do respect omnivores’ food/lifestyle choices*) instead of being ridiculed, or the explanations I give (which I do only when asked specifically) for why I went veg*n being turned against me as “missionary”… I hope that joining VB
will give me some more support, and hopefully I might even learn to provide support to others who are totally new to veg*nism. Thanks for reading. ETA July 30, 2008:
Wow, already being vegan close to 2 years now and ~18 months on VB
can change a lot! I definitely do feel much more confident about discussing veganism now, and my views on animal exploitation and personal/consumer choices has evolved quite a bit... (to be exact I was only "strictly vegetarian" i. e. eating a dairy/egg-free diet back in 1998-2000, as I new next to nothing about animal rights
, and "social omnivore"? Make that coward!)Definitely vegan for life now.