Gone Vegan

I went vegan in October of 2013 and haven't regretted it. Something just clicked and I made the decision to stop eating meat, dairy, and eggs. Cold turkey, if you will forgive the pun. There wasn't a clear path for me to becoming a vegan; no health crisis, or close encounter with animal abuse. I was a devoted omnivore, though I had been a vegetarian for several years in my mid-20s. Through a...

Vegan Resources: Media

Periodicals ThriveVegNewsVegan Health & Fitness Books - Vegan Nutrition & General Interest The Sexual Politics of Meat: A Feminist-Vegetarian Critical Theory - Carol J. AdamsSkinny Bitch: A No-Nonsense, Tough-Love Guide for Savvy Girls Who Want to Stop Eating Crap and Start Looking Fabulous! - Kim Barnouin & Rory FreedmanSkinny Bitch: Home, Beauty, & Style: A...

Little Essays on Being Vegan: Am I Tempted?

The short answer is no. No, I am not tempted. I do not crave meat, fish, eggs, dairy, or other animal flesh or products. I only rarely buy the fake meat products made for vegans. Have I enjoyed many culinary pleasures made of animals and animal products? Damn right I have. Do I miss them? No, not really; and when I do, it is the rare conflation of sentiment, tradition, smell, and memory that...

Little Essays on Being Vegan: Do You Cheat?

Tucking into my three tacos from Veggie Grill (my favorite vegan chain restaurant), a family friend asks me, "Do you cheat?" The rest of my meat, dairy, and egg-eating in-laws fell silent as they strained to hear my answer. This was our annual family barbecue, and never one to burden others with my different eating habits, I always bring my own meal. Veggie Grill allows me to order and pay...

Weekly Reflections, 16 November 2013

Last night, I awoke from a dream, crying. In my dream, I was remembering my last moments with my dog, Oliver, as I was about to have him euthanized. Only this time, I was begging; begging my Gods, begging the veterinarian and staff that he not die in distress and that I should be the last he saw before he drew his last breath and his heart beat its last rhythmic thump. I remembered stroking his...