About

Naked lunch — a frozen moment when everyone sees what is on the end of the fork. – William S. Burroughs
Crystal
I grew up in a small town with strong farming roots in Southwestern Ontario, Canada, and I came to know animals as being two things to humans – entertainment and food.  It never seemed abnormal or strange to me to consume animal products!  Why would it?  It is the cultural norm.  I met Trevor when I was 17, and he was the first vegan I ever met.  “What the hell does a vegan eat?”, I thought.  Well, long story short, we fell in love and moved in together.  I had cow’s milk in the fridge next to his soy.  It worked for us, until I got curious and started wanting to know just why he eschewed all animal products.  What I found out wasn’t pretty.  I tried to ignore it, but I was never one for cognitive dissonance.  My actions had to follow what I knew to be the right thing to do.  
 
My belief is that all animals, like humans, deserve a chance to live their life as it was intended — to be able to roam freely, socialize as they see fit, and just be.  I just don’t see a difference anymore between my companion cats, Tristan and Gershwin, and the animals we use for food.  They all want to feel safety and be free from pain and fear.  No chicken deserves to be caged so tightly she can’t ever spread her wings in her lifetime.  No cow deserves to have her reproductive system exploited, and to continually have her young ripped away from her the moment they are born, for our desire to drink the milk of another species.  I think our society became grossly perverted when we decided to start treating animals as units of profit – their bodies as just a consumable, useable product.  For animals to be bred, housed, confined, kept – for our use and consumption is a disturbing concept to me.  Our intelligence is not an excuse to exploit other sentient beings whose intelligence does not match our own.  Veganism is my way of removing myself from that whole system.  And so, here we are.

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!

Trevor

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!