Why Go Vegan? - Info and Ideas about why should you change to a Vegan diet?
That's a good question. In the past when I heard that people were eating vegan, I thought: "Crazies! What is wrong with those people!" The idea of only eating plant based food seemed so far out there I couldn't imagine it. That there might be health reasons, personal reasons even economic global reasons for changing to a vegan diet didn't occur to me at the time.
I had thought alot about becoming a vegetarian over the years. Although I love a good hamburger - especially grilled outside on a sunny afternoon! - it seemed reasonable to me to cut back. But then my husband and I tried to lose weight with a high protein diet and then meat was about all I saw on the table! That "worked" in a way but it wasn't a way that I could live for a long time. My body and soul cried after fruit and the sweet things in life, which were not allowed on the high protein diet.
Then one of my students told me she was a vegan and I asked her why. She said: "I decided that I didn't want to be responsible for any animal in any way." Something about that statement got me thinking. I am an animal "lover": I have had dogs most of my life; I put out bird seed every year; I plant flowers that are good for butterflies; I even was exited when a bat decided to make a home in our eaves, just to name a few things. But being really "responsible", I had never thought about it.
FDA Finally Admits that Chicken Meat Contains Cancer Ausing Arsenic - An article about one of the most recent admissions by the FDA of how they support the meat industry to the detrement of the consumer and the animals.
Then there were the food scandals. I don't know, maybe they were there before and I just didn't pay attention but with the combination of the way my thoughts were going and those news items, something started moving. There was BSE.
There was scandals about how chickens were being held in masses although the farmers were pretending that they were being held as free range. There were articles about "pink stuff", that mash of animal parts that producers use to pretend they are using meat. I stood in a traffic jams - they are common in Germany -sometimes for over an hour near animal transport trucks with the animals screaming from terror or discomfort or both. I wasn't sure I wanted to have faith in the food industry any more.
Then I saw this video: Holocast on a Conveyor Belt. I thought, well maybe dairy isn't so bad. Maybe I don't need to give up my beloved cheese. And then I say a video about what workers do to cows in mass producing dairy farms. That video is no longer available on the internet. (It was horrific. It would make anyone want to stop drinking milk or eating cheese. No wonder it isn't there any more.)
The great thing about vegan cooking is that some allergens or no longer a problem. I have a niece who is very allergic to eggs and all of the cake recipes don't include them! Nuts naturally can be a problem but there are ways to avoid those, too. And the vegan diet is absolutely low fat.
That was it. I couldn't do it anymore. I just couldn't look at another steak, or an egg, or a piece of cheese without thinking about what pain and horror an animal had to go through just so I could eat it. And so I stopped eating them. And suddenly Vegan doesn't seem so crazy or so out there any more.
I don't want to preach to anyone. Everybody has to make their own decisions. But I am hoping that my recipes might get some people to try to go without meat, eggs or dairy for a day. Or a week. Or a month. Or for life. Just think about it. Thanks.
If you want some other information about what happens to animals in the meat and poultry industry, you can look at some of the following links:
PETA - The standard organization for animal protection
Caring Dairying - this is a site from New Zealand but they have some interesting things to say.
World Farm Animals Day - has statistics about how many animals are slaughtered every day and the conditions under which they live.
My friends ask me, How can you only eat veggies? Actually it isn't hard. The truth is I don't really miss meat that much. And besides, there are lots of wonderful recipes and some of them appear here!