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So making the transition to vegan has, like anything, it's good days and bad days. This past weekend and today has produced the bad side.

Yesterday my brother-in-law took Glenn and I out to lunch. Besides the fact that we had to sit outside on a windy, chilly day (for Florida), the menu had one measly non-meat item on it: a salad, naturally. Daniel seemed both surprised and amused by my decision to go vegan. He said he didn't think he could give it up.

Anyway, the whole experience made me feel a little insecure needless to say, and forced me to re-evaluate my decision. However my conclusion has only reinforced my commitment to go vegan and here's why: it just goes to show how much our society is based on animal products, on so many levels. We are so bound to animal slaughter ... it shows up first on the menus. For a meat-eating person, they have plenty of choices. For a vegan ... only one choice on the menu I looked at.

Today I encountered the physical part of the bad side - the hunger pain and what almost turned into a wicked headache (although that might be more from female issues than diet). Again, I felt insecure and found myself questioning how realistic it is for me to do this. And again, as with yesterday's scenario, I've decided that as long as the animals must suffer, so will I. If going without food because the only thing available is some kind of animal product, then I will go without. My hunger is nothing compared to the pain endured by the cows, chickens, pigs, monkeys, etc. forced to endure horrible living conditions before their slow torturous deaths. I bet those animals would take a headache that only lasts a couple of hours over anything they've suffered ANY day!

I just can't get the image of the emaciated, helpless cow being pushed along with a fork-lift in the news story we ran a few weeks ago, nor the pitiful screams of the cows being prodded with a stick charged with electricity, out of my head. No way am I going to make any animal suffer like THAT in order to please my palate. No way.

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xsnehax
Mar. 11th, 2008 02:28 pm (UTC)
Wow, they really make it difficult for you, huh? Here getting vegetarian food isn't a problem at all, mostly because a lot of the population is vegetarian anyway (religious reasons and others). And except for specialty restaurants, you'll find more places with a bigger percentage of vegetarian food compared to non-vegetarian. So it's never really been a problem eating out.
ann15warsaw72
Mar. 12th, 2008 01:29 am (UTC)
That does it. I'm moving to India ... lol ... in my dreams. Maybe someday I'll get to visit. :) Actually I think I can be far more of a thorn in the side of American society if I just stay here and continue on my mission than if I left, hee hee. I'm lucky to be surrounded by good friends at work who are on the same mission I am. And the best part is we all made this decision around the same time and pretty much independently of each other. So we provide each other moral support and we also know we are setting a solid example by how we are living our lives.

Another thing I've started doing now: riding my bike to work, which also entails using the public transport system as I live 10 miles from work, lol. Gas prices are ridiculous, our new car is a gas-guzzler, it needs lots of very expensive work (front-end suspension) hence the easy decision to ditch the car. The only drawback to riding my bike/the bus to work is the busses don't run after about 10pm and I don't get out of work until midnight. *But* if I remove the front wheel I can get a ride home from one of my co-workers. *grins*
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