It all started that one fateful day in Biology class in my community college. We watched a video, or at least part of a video, on how factory farms worked. I’m normally a sensitive person so I didn’t understand why I was just now learning about this. So I greatly reduced the amount of meat that I was eating. I was still living at home so I did eat meat. I slowly cut out meat and only ate fish (on occasion).
Then I moved away from home and moved to college. The same day that I was dropped off at college I made the decision to become vegetarian. And I did. However, I substituted meat for dairy and eggs. (I drank soy milk since middle school, so I used soy milk instead of regular milk.)
I transferred out of that college to another college on the other side of the country. In this college we don’t have a cafeteria so I had to learn to cook on my own. The quarter (3 months) I was vegetarian. But this January I decided to make the jump to vegan. I watched a variety of documentaries including Forks Over Knives and Vegecated. At that point I knew I made the right decision.
Now I’m trying to figure out the social implications of becoming vegan. It’s really easy when I cook for myself at home, but the moment I leave the house I am bombarded by meat, dairy and eggs. Any social gathering at school involved food, food that has one or all three of these ingredients. And I’m the weird one who doesn’t eat the food even if it is free food.
But I’ve learned that it’s ok to be the “weird” one who doesn’t eat food at social events or the one who brings her own food. Who asks a million questions at restaurants. Because I know I’m doing the best thing for my health and for the lives of innocent animals who don’t need to be eaten or taken advantage of.