If you don't mind me asking, why are you vegan?
Love animals too much?
I am Vegan for a combination of reasons. I originally went Vegetarian because I wanted to try to eat healthier. Most of the meat that I was consuming was unhealthy, like fast food for example. I noticed a big difference in how much energy I had and how overall it made me look/feel healthier and slim down. While I am an animal lover, this was not a contributing factor in my decision, HOWEVER... it should've been. Had I known then what I know now about the meat/dairy industries, the treatment (or lack of) of the animals, their living arrangements, the chemicals and filth and disease involved, it would've been the number one reason.
Now being Vegetarian/Vegan (recently vegan) for a while, I have read books and watched documentaries on the industry and the benefits/disadvantages. The results are incredible. I highly recommend The China Study... the results from the study of a plant-based vs. animal-based diet is something everyone should read. I wish I would've known earlier what I know now... the decision was very simple for me.
While I agree meat is tasty, it's not worth the cancer/heart disease that it's causing (#1 killer in america). yikes
Just to be clear, I continue to be Vegan because of science, animals and health. Most of the people around me still eat meat and it does not bother me. To each their own... but it is important to be educated.
"People eat meat and think they will become strong as an ox, forgetting that the ox eats grass."
Eating Animals - Jonathan Safran Foer
The China Study - T. Colin Campbell
Forks Over Knives - book and documentary (netflix)
Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead - documentary (more about juicing, power of raw diet)
My diet consists of: lots of fruits and veggies, nuts, seeds, beans, legumes, shrooms. I eat whatever I want and love coming up with and trying new things. Sandwiches, pasta, lasagna, soups, burgers, fries. Plenty of substitutes for my old favorites.
ETA: Sorry if tl;dr
This post was edited on 2/6 at 6:03 pm