I'm turning into a recluse and hate having to go out, much preferring to stay home with the animals. (I've just been talking to the cutest little (vegan) possum outside, and feeding her some apple).
Perhaps this is a dodge for not really knowing how to answer.
It's going to be a bumpy road but i know it will be alright, it would be alot easier if i lived alone, but who can afford that... so yeah, i also feel more compassionate, even more so towards people, don't know why.
Veganism is so much more than just what we eat, or what we wear. It is a way of life which opens our eyes to so many facets of this world we live in.
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Being vegan is so natural to me now, sometimes I forget (which sounds odd) and there are times when I just stop and think "Woah! I don't eat meat, do I?"... and it just hits me.
I don't "slip up" and eat meat or anything but I forget my label most of the time and I'm just me. So I don't really feel anything about my being vegan most of the time. And then when I do think about it, I feel a sense of pride.
Makes shopping easier too. When you have aisles of food to choose from, you can go straight for the vegan option and save the time you would spend floundering around thinking about what to get..
Being vegan is a brilliant thing in my life and I wouldn't revert to meat eating... or at least, not in the short term. I'm happy with it.
“May all sentient beings be free of pain and suffering. May all sentient beings experience eternal joy and happiness. gate gate pāragate pārasaṃgate bodhi svāhā.”
I am conflicted about veganism. On the one hand, I fully agree with the philosophy behind it. No need to go into detail here. On the other hand, I'm seeing results that don't add up. This being the vegan support forum, I'll leave it at that.
Interestingly enough my brother who doesn't give a rat's bottom about AR has gone in the vegan direction and stopped drinking cow's milk and buys soy drink. I was in the dark about this...This is my younger brother who used to order meat dishes to piss me off at a family outing. Even funnier is he's picky about his soy drink. He tells me so and so soy drink tastes better and stuff...
Tells me dairy milk is bitter. Surprise to me and others?...there are people who move towards veganism without any ethical consideration.
I do occasionally find myself "forgetting" that I'm vegan though, it is starting to become second nature. It's nice, I'm not craving any animal products and I only really "remember" that I'm vegan when I'm out and about and see people eating meat and cheese and eggs all around me!
Oh, I have to share - yesterday my 3 1/2 year old was pretending to cook, and he said he was having some cheese. I said, "what kind of cheese?" and he looked at me funny and said, "vegan cheese mom. Cuz I'm vegan," as if to say, why would you even ask? I loved it!
ETA: Personally I can't stand vegan cheese, unless it's melted on pizza or in a grilled cheese sandwich, but my kiddos somehow LOVE it, just sliced straight from the package!
it feels good not to have any animal products, to not have anything to do with the horrible suffering and cruelty that goes on. i feel much, much less guilt. although at the same time i wish i could do more... and i wish other people would go veg*n. i always hear people complain about how bad it is that animals are basically being tortured... but they always end that with "but i just love meat too much!". ugh!
i can't see myself any other way... veganism is such a bit part of my life, i don't think in any circumstance i would have to eat meat or animal products.
it's probably the only thing i really love about myself.