Coming Out

I’m sure everyone who normally reads CHST has wondered about all the vegan recipes I’ve been posting.

Well guys, I’m coming out today.

The truth is:

I’m a new vegan.

Mostly vegan, that is. Sometimes I eat vegetarian fare.

After my Momma spilled the beans at our family reunion, I figured I should quit hiding it.

My Momma–She let the cat out of the bag, so to speak!

Telling people you’re vegan and/or vegetarian in the South (North East Arkansas, in my experience) is hard. Saying you don’t eat meat is akin to saying you don’t like sweet tea or Razorback (again NEA specifically) football. (Note: I also do not like football. So there’s that.)

And there you have it.

If you are wondering what convinced me to change my  lifestyle, I’ll just say that at first I just wanted to try it and see if it was easy or hard for me. (It’s not hard.) Secondly, I wanted to support E in his efforts. Thirdly, I started researching topics such as:  the health benefits of a plant-based diet, factory farming, animal welfare, and the environmental impact of meat production. Through this research, I knew I was making a good choice for myself.

I have written private blog posts since I started eating a primarily vegan diet and I am going to publish them after this post goes up. (That way y’all can see what’s been in my head this entire time.) (They are very journal-y and confusing so be ready!)

Here ya go:

Closet Vegan

Further Thoughts on Being Vegan

Some of the resources I found helpful in making my decision:

 Meet Your Meat

E asked me to watch this and I had to stop half way through because I started crying.

Consider yourself warned.

Vegucated 

You can watch this documentary on Netflix.

http://features.peta.org/VegetarianStarterKit/

This kit from PETA is free and gives tons of information on how to transition into a vegetarian diet! Just follow the link and fill out the form and they’ll mail one right to you! This is also good resource for anyone who just wants to learn a bit about veganism/vegetarianism and what it’s all about.

I would also like to say that I feel 110% better when I am not eating meat and that makes me happy and is my real numero uño reason for doing this.

I would also like to say that I am by no means saying that everyone should make the same choices I have. Make your own choices and let your conscience be your guide.

“When man learns to respect even the smallest being of creation, whether animal or vegetable, nobody has to teach him to love his fellow man. Compassion for animals is intimately connected with goodness of character; and it may be confidently asserted that he who is cruel to animals cannot be a good man.”

Albert Schweitzer

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