Besides all of that, there’s the environmental and health impacts of veganism! It’s a win-win-win.
A lot of people think I’m kidding when I say that veganism has made me love food even more than I did before, but it’s true! Both a positive and a negative, vegans can’t eat the majority of convenience foods you’d find in a typical grocery store. As a result, you end up having to learn to prepare meals from scratch. For me, it was that process that opened me up to a whole new culinary world I didn’t know existed when I was too busy eating store bought frozen pizza and prepackaged dinners. Now I have a spice pantry that rivals those of professional chefs — it’s an obsession, really…
That being said, it’s not my goal to “recruit” people with this blog! My goal is to share the experience of eating really, really tasty vegan eats and to show that it’s not really far-fetched to eat animal-free! We don’t ever feel deprived because tasty food is in such abundance around our house. I hope you enjoy reading as much as we do eating!
Veganism is not something I talk about much, but it has been a part of my life for almost 20 years. I’m a goofy music-nerd, and almost every word out of my mouth is a joke. People that know me are often surprised to learn that I am vegan. I often hear “You don’t seem like the type” or “But you’re so healthy!” I discuss it rarely because for me it is deeply personal, rather than political, or religious. I’m not some kind of missionary out there pounding the pavement trying to spread the vegan gospel. I don’t have an agenda based on changing the world, recruiting new vegans, saving the environment, etc. My daily agenda has more to do with finding an amazing song, or discovering something hilarious.
But veganism is serious to me. My intention as a vegan has always been to limit the suffering caused, either directly or indirectly, by my own choices. In other words, to not feel the weight of suffering on my mind with every meal I eat. I encountered shocking evidence of the unjust treatment of animals while I was still young, and it impacted me deeply. I’ve always been an animal lover, and the line between animal and human became increasingly thin for me. I have a hard time valuing human life higher than that of any other creature. That’s a moral and philosophical argument you and I can have at length elsewhere!
If ignorance is bliss, then I suppose that consciousness is a life sentence, or a call to action. I simply cannot do to others what I would not have done to myself or the people I love.So anyway, I promise I’ll stop being a total bore now. Let’s have something to eat already!