When I was young, I wouldn’t eat fish or chicken. Why? I knew where it came from!
Yes, every kid knows what a chicken and a fish are. But, unlike a lot of other kids, the thought of eating one of those animals seemed horrible to me.
I ate other meat because it wasn’t called the same thing as the animal, and I wasn’t aware what it was.
It’s funny how a little kid’s mind works.
My mom later told me that she didn’t want to tell me where meat came from because she was scared I would stop eating it.
She was right.
As I got into my teens and realized that all meat was actually coming from animals, I became a vegetarian instantly – much to my parent’s unhappiness.
Then, in my twenties, I realized that dairy wasn’t doing me any favors. I didn’t feel good when I ate it, but I loved the taste of cheese and cream so I kept eating it.
I tried to go vegan numerous times in my late twenties and early thirties, but my love for dairy kept bringing me back to it.
Then, in my late thirties I watched ‘What The Health‘ and just like I had quit eating meat all those years ago when I learned the truth about it, I quit eating dairy when I learned the truth about it.
I wasn’t sure I was going to be OK. I ate cheese daily. I put cream in my coffee. But, I was convinced that dairy was bad for me, cows were suffering because of my taste for dairy, and being vegan was the best thing I could do at that moment.
It turned out it was much easier to give up the dairy than I thought.
Now, a year and a half later, I love being a vegan. I have many substitutes for the dairy I use to love. And, I truly believe going vegan was one of the best things I’ve ever done for my health and happiness.
I’m a vegan at last.