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Hey! We're circle o'the day! How about saying one thing you love about going vegan?

One thing I love is that I got involved in animal issues (socially/politically). Specifically, I like that in animal rights/animal rescue causes I've seen a lot of coalition building. I've been a part of political initiatives that have united conservatives, libertarians, and progressives in their desire to create better communities for animals and people. That's something I've really enjoyed about being a part of the "animal crowd."

Hey! We're circle o'the day! How about saying one thing you love about going vegan? One thing I love is that I got involved in animal issues (socially/politically). Specifically, I like that in animal rights/animal rescue causes I've seen a lot of coalition building. I've been a part of political initiatives that have united conservatives, libertarians, and progressives in their desire to create better communities for animals and people. That's something I've really enjoyed about being a part of the "animal crowd."

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[–] margerydaw 7 points (+7|-0)

Awesome! Welcome, new members and curious lurkers!

My favorite thing about going vegan is not having to think about low-carb, whole30, paleo insanity. I used to be so susceptible to that “health” advice, and I was always miserable because all my favorite foods (pasta, bread, lentils) were suddenly “bad” foods that I felt guilty about eating. Going vegan actually freed me from a lot of food restrictions, ironically. I just try to eat as healthy as I can without worrying about carbs, lectins, sodium, sugar, etc.

One thing that happened to me when I went vegan is that I became "less healthy." I was a stereotypical kind of health nut in my 20s, eating turkey sandwiches and grilled chicken and cheese-and-nut snacks. I wouldn't eat any processed food, like Cheetoes and stuff. But then when I became vegan my priorities shifted, because it wasn't about my vanity anymore. It was about doing something for someone else (the animals). So I started to eat processed foods that were vegan, like Oreos. I gained weight. But here's the cool part--I didn't care. I found something more important than my weight or looks. That was pretty cool to me. Then my husband and I decided we shouldn't just be vegans, we should be vegans who eat actual vegetables (haha). We stopped eating stuff like vegan mac-n-cheez every night and starting eating actual salads and whole veggies every night. Now we are both vegan and healthy and losing weight. But what I was trying to get at is what you were celebrating--being freed from dieting by focusing on something outside ourselves. Keep eating healthy and plant-based!

Woo congrats ladies! And wow VeggieAnnie, your animal activism sounds very inspiring!

For me, one thing that I loved about going vegan, aside from the ethical aspect, was that I developed an interest in cooking, and an appreciation for both the process of making a meal and the final flavors. I cook a lot more and try many new recipes compared to before. There's so many delicious dishes and snacks out there without any animal products needed :)

Yes, it really opens up the palate to the diversity of fruits, veggies, and spices out there! People seem to think going vegan is diet-limiting, but I think it really results in people eating a greater variety of foods.

[–] toukaaa 2 points (+2|-0)

Echoing margerydaw and comradeconradical, veganism (or rather a plant based diet) has been such a godsend to the way I approach food and treat my body. I didn't know how to cook before so rather than the adjustment being about losing the things I "can't" eat, becoming vegan was all about discovering new likes and recipes (beet kraut?? sign me the fuck up). On top of that, learning to cook put me in control of my diet and helped me regain confidence in my eating habits (something I'd struggled with since high school) and that little bit of extra effort that goes into providing whole food, home cooked meals for myself is fantastic self care.

Of course there's a lot to be said about the moral/ethical side of things and the peace of mind you get from knowing that there's nothing dead on your plate, but I think since there's this perception of vegan food being bland and restrictive I really like to point out that I've never had that experience and that the food is my favorite part.

Yes! It's not restrictive (ok, in the dictionary definition of the word it is, but...). It forces you to diversify your diet. It's a lot of fun, too!

[–] holy_santo 0 points (+0|-0)

My favorite thing about veganism is that it really opened my eyes to thinking critically about the consequences of my actions. I'm happy that, in some small way, I'm not contributing to more suffering in this messed up world. I'm doing one positive thing at least three times a day. I've been vegan for six years, and it's definitely been one of the best decisions of my life. It's in line with my values and has informed my spiritual exploration.

I've also tried a wider variety of food than I ever did as an omni. :) It's always nice to be adventurous.

Good to hear, holy santo! I hope this circle can help support you in your values :)