Have you ever had a moment, where everything you thought you believed about something, was changed in an instant? I did, and that is how I became a Vegan.
I have always had a strong love for animals! Dogs, cats, sheep, hamsters….. I pretty much adore them all. As a child I had a stronger bond with my cat than I did with my sister! I stopped eating red meat and pork for a few years in my early teens, but I went back to my meat eating ways soon enough.
I can’t help but to wonder now, how does a person who loves animals on such a deep and profound level, eat them for breakfast, lunch and dinner each day? And why do human beings feel this sense of superiority over animals, and assume that these creatures were put on this earth for the purpose of food, fashion, experiments & entertainment? How has our horrible treatment of these innocent creatures become completely justified over the years? When will the human race move beyond cruelty and barbarianism, and begin to respect all earthlings? These questions are on my mind each day, and I realize now that sometimes you just need to question the “norm”, you need to ask yourself, “is the pain & suffering of millions of animals each day, worth it”? “Is this really what our creator wants us to do, with these beautiful, intelligent, sentient beings”?
In June 2009, I saw a program based on the book “The China Study”. I learned about the damaging effects meat and animal protein has on our bodies. It was at that time, that I also thought to myself…. why am I eating animals anyway? I mean……. why??? I get all of the nutrients & protein I need from plants, and when was the last time a doctor told a patient to eat more meat???
My kids & I immediately became Vegetarians and soon after Vegan. I stopped buying any animal products, and began to cook Vegan meals daily.
Both of my children are passionate about animal welfare, just as I am. So they were on board with our lifestyle change. (with a few minor complaints of course)
The greatest thing is, since my 7 year old daughter Ava gave up dairy, her Asthma symptoms have vanished…. I never realized that “food” makes such a huge impact on our health, as well as the earth.
Shortly after becoming Vegan, I began this blog so I can offer support to other parents in similar shoes. I love that our life is cruelty free and we are helping our health & environment, while enjoying fabulous food! And by the way, the food is DELICIOUS!! Never let anyone tell you otherwise. I have become so much more creative with my cooking since we have omitted meat and animal products! Check my Favorite Vegan Cookbooks Page for recommendations.