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Hi VeggieBoards... I used to be a member here, but I feel like I've become a radically different person since those days, so I feel a new account is in order.<br><br>
I'm 20 years old. I became a vegetarian at age 15, and vegan at age 17. I was passionate about this lifestyle and loved everything about it, I learned to cook and enjoyed my food thoroughly, and I kept an easy conscience.<br><br>
After turning 18 I left home for my personal safety, cutting off all contact with my family. Now taking care of myself financially, I regressed back into just vegetarianism to save money, and after turning 19 I started eating meat again out of apathy and laziness. I saw a rapid decrease in my health, I gained weight, and I can't say for sure if this is related, but I also saw a sharp decline in my functionality in dealing with my bipolar disorder. In short, the only thing that "improved" by eating meat was.... well, not having to explain to anyone else why I didn't. Which is a sham, because I lived as a veg*n for years way out in the beef-lovin' dairy farm country in the midwest, where there was no tolerance for veg*nism, and now I live in one of the most veg*n friendly cities in the US, beautiful Austin TX.<br><br>
I always figured I'd get back to veg*nism eventually, but had become apathetic. I never tried to justify eating meat, and always held that it was unethical... I'm ashamed to say that I just couldn't bring myself to care.<br><br>
Browsing Reddit this afternoon (on yet another sick day--I never got sick as a vegan!) I happened upon a graphic 3 minute video about factory farming that got right to the chase... about 30 seconds in the video I realized I'd let myself be apathetic for far too long. I threw out the turkey spaghetti I was eating and resolved to give up meat again.<br><br>
Sooo... starting today, fellow VBers, I'm back on the wagon. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> I'm not mentally ready to approach veganism yet, but I intend to transition dairy and eggs out of my diet until I don't even notice them missing (which I was very successful at last time).<br><br>
Sooo... I'll be checking every day to remind myself why I'm here, and don't any of you let me talk myself out of this!<br><br>
Luckily, I'm dating a wonderful, tolerant man who loves animals more than anyone else I know and has offhandedly said to me several times that if he learned enough about the industry, he'd probably give up meat... In fact, when he found out I used to be a vegetarian he asked me to cook him some vegetarian fare. (He LOVED my meatless-loaf.) So maybe that will go somewhere, too. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Good to have you back on the team <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)"> !!!<br>
Enjoy the guilt-free lifestyle! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">
 

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Woohoo! Welcome back!
 

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Good for you! Welcome back! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">
 

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welcome back.
 

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Welcome back and rock on. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/thumbsup.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":up:"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sheep.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":sheep:"><br><br>
You should check out the <a href="http://www.reddit.com/r/vegan" target="_blank">veg*n</a> subreddits.
 

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Awesome. Welcome back to the dark side. Or are we the light side?
 
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