I did a search to find a vegan forum and came across this site and decided to join. After reading various vegetarian recipes, I threw out all the milk, dairy and meat I had and purchased tofu hot dogs, soy "faux" ground beef, soy sausage, Tofutti cream cheese substitute, etc., as well as soy and rice protein powder, as I am a competing bodybuilder. I never had any idea vegan food could taste so good! Virtually anything you like can be found in some vegan form now.
All of this info hit home hard, as I looked at my miniature dachshund, sleeping peacefully on his bed, while I was watching the videos. I wondered how there could be any difference from him and other animals, as all animals feel pain and emotions. That was more than enough for me to make the change.
My future goal has always been to become a pastry chef. Now, it will be to become a "vegan" pastry chef. A little info on myself: This vegan lifestyle should be of great benefit to me, as I have congenital heart disease, as well. My diet has to be the best I can make it, especially since I have to be comsuming an extremely healthful diet for bodybuilding competitions, on top my heart condition. I am a 34 year old Spaniard, living in New York City, and have been bodybuilding for about 7 years.
I hope to meet a lot of other compassionate friends at this site and I will try to contribute as much as I can in return to everyone. I get really creative with dessert recipes, since that is my passion, and I hope to share a lot with you all, as well. Take care everyone, be well and here's to a healthier life with freedom to all animals and people in this world.