Hi, my name is Gypsy (nickname) and I have always stuck out in some shape or fashion. So why would my eating preferences be any different? I am new to the vegetarian way of eating. I had thought about it over the years, but never really gave in. One day as you may very well know, I watched a news segment about how these "downer" cows were being treated. He was obviously sick from maltreatment among other things. I was horrified. It made an instant movie in my head what these animals go through (abuse) and that we are being fed sick animals to increase the companies bottom line. I was sickened. I began to research online and check books out from the library about becoming a vegetarian. As I began to do this, I tried to go back to not knowing what I now know! What a humdinger, because it was not possible. I cannot eat meat any longer and have not, even though I tried. The smell was off and my desire gone.
I am mother of two daughters and we are embracing this lifestyle with ease. I have been focusing on becoming vegan, but allowing milk for them. It is much easier than I thought. I am not sure I will make it to being a vegan anytime soon. I have issues with giving up leather (not buying new stuff is an issue, but wearing the older stuff) and honey (buy it from a local bee keeping farmer). I am still doing tons of reading from the local library and also joining groups and forums on this lifestyle. I can honestly say that I feel exceptional that I made the right choice and I feel much better too!
Can't wait to take part in the discussions and learn so much more from people actually "living" this life day to day! Smile
Welcome! I think it's great that your daughters are going vegetarian, too. Are they very young? I've had friends who went vegetarian and their older children (elementary-school aged) absolutely refused to give up meat.
The honey is easy substitutable... not a big hassle.
Old leather... well... you do not stop being a vegan for errors in the past... you bought leather... well... you are not gonna create a waste... so wear it off. Regarding finding new non leather... ufff... I can't find a darn wallet.. even the cheapest ones have leather... I only keep my old leather wallet as a non vegan item. I wore off everything else!!!
However... I wanna buy a Hummer H2... all those damn cars have leather... but I love the car... When I finally do the step... I will bother and cry to them to get one without the stupid leather.