Fighting for animal liberation and an end to speciesism
I am new to ARZ and am glad it exists. My name is Sean, I live in New England, and work in the mental health field.
For those who are actual or aspiring vegans, I am wondering the following:
-How do you maintain veganism for yourself on a daily basis?
-How "strict" are you regarding what constitutes veganism for yourself?
-How do you respond to people who criticize you about being vegan?
Welcome to ARZone !
I don't think maintaining veganism on a daily basis is as easy as many people would suggest, particularly for those who may live outside big cities or have children. There are also difficulties for those who have families that don't support their lifestyle choices on occasions. I think living vegan is easy for me, as an individual, but it certainly isn't always easy for me as a mother or me as someone living outside a major city.
I do however think I am kinda consistent with my veganism, if by "strict" you mean being consistent, then I'm strict. I'm against all exploitation of all animals all of the time.
If people choose to criticise me about my lifestyle, I try to be patient and understand something Tom Regan said in his recent ARZone interview:
The last thing other animals need is another reason not to care about them. How we act towards other people can provide just such a reason. Being rude or judgmental doesn’t help any nonhuman. A coping technique I use (to quell my impatience, when I feel it bubbling-up in my throat) is to think of the people who ask questions I’ve been asked hundreds of times as mirrors. Yes, I think of them as mirrors. When I look at them, in other words, what I see is a reflection of who I used to be.
Like them, there was a time when I didn’t know how other animals were being treated.
Like them, there was a time when I knew but didn’t care.
Like them, there was a time when I knew and cared but not enough to change how I was living.
Like them, there was a time when I was . . . them!
That’s what I try to remind myself. I don’t want to come across as self-righteous or arrogant. That would give the questioner another reason not to care about other animals, and I don’t want to do that—I don’t want to be that reason.
Hope that helps!
How do I start ???
Do I need to go to a dietician to get daily menus?
do you remember how you started
for instance, what can be had for breakfast?
I too work in mental health, I am a newly graduated mental nurse in Sydney. I have been vegan for about 2 years and was vegetarian for about 11 years before that. I think it is suprisngly easy to manintain this lifestyle, your tastebuds quickly become aquired to vegan foods and any inadvertently consumed animals products start to taste awful (milk tastes off and anything containing egg stinks!!?). I think it is best not to be too strict with yourself, especially at first while you are adjusting to the diet. As long as you focus on cutting out dairy, eggs and meat, the rest will come naturally. You will start to prefer the taste of vegan foods and checking ingredients lists etc will come later (that is how it happened for me anyway??). Congratulations on making the switch, look forward to seeing you around ARZone.
I usually have toast for breakfast with either peanut butter, jam or I love corn as well. My son has cereal with oat milk, or a fake "bacon" product with toast when he plays football.
There's so much food that is vegan that I often don't even think about it any more. But I've only been vegan for a short time compared to many others.
There are loads of great vegan recipes out there, and some great vegan recipe sites as well. There's some wonderful recipes here in ARZone as well: http://arzone.ning.com/group/veganrecipes
I'd be very happy to help further in any way, if I could. Thanks for asking! :)
What do you spread on the toast ?
Also, do you eat cooked vegetables as well?
I know if I had to eat only raw, it wouldn't last for me.
Where do you get your B12 from?