My name is carol and if you want to know what I look like, you can see me in this picture:

Hey Everyone,

My name is Carol and I’m 25 years old. I’m a feminist although I’m more toward gender equity.

I’ve been almost-vegan for a month and I’m officially going vegan today (2/Jun/07). I’ve always felt strongly about animal rights but as with most people, I’ve been a bit too shiftless to make the right connection about animal rights and how it’s rather hypocritical to want to be nice to animals but still cut them open and eat their innards. I actually have known what a vegan is for a while (that may sound like a stupid statement, but in the midwest a lot of people give blank stares) but I’ve never done anything about it.

In November or so of the last year, I decided with a friend that we should eat healthier and so I ended up cutting out beef and eggs but still ate chicken and cheese. I even bought the lovely book “Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World” by Isa Chandra Moskowitz as well as watching the vegan recipes groups on livejournal for recipes.

A month ago, I finally tried to come up with a reason why to not go vegetarian and literally couldn’t come up with one so I decided that the next day I would give up all meat and eggs. I really wanted to go vegan but many of my friends said that this would probably be the best way to go (I don’t agree, now, but my friends had really good reasons.) so I decided to get the hang of vegetarianism before running with vegan.

Milk has never been a real issue because I’m partially lactose intolerant and have never really liked milk to begin with.

I ended up with even more conviction than I’d previously had because I started looking into the animal rights issue of vegetarianism/veganism. Let’s just say that I cried easily for an hour when I saw the horrible treatment. I mean, you always know it’s horrible but you don’t always realize exactly how bad it is.

I cook more than I ever have in the past because most foods aren’t pre-packaged for vegans and I’m actually kind of thankful for that. I’ve found that I love cooking food more than ever because I don’t have to cook with meat. Meat, to me, has always been a very gross object so giving it up was much easier than I’d thought it would be. I also notice that normally when I want some meat, it’s because of the convention of it… not the taste.

As for books that helped me decide to go vegan, I’d say it’d definitely be the Cupcake book. The reason being is that it showed me that you don’t go without while going vegan. I know it’s a stupid thought, but omnivorous diets really do revolve around meat… and mine moreso. I’ve found that giving up meat has really changed my tastebuds-if that makes sense. But, the book I’m reading right now is “Vegan” by Erik Marcus. I found it this weekend while out shopping with a friend’s husband and remembered from the Vegan Freak Podcasts that he’s a really good person to look into. I’ve really found what I’m reading interesting (if frightening) and it makes a good case for veganism as well. I’m only about halfway in though so I can’t go too much further than that and, I don’t want to ruin it for anyone who may not have read the book yet (that’s a pet peeve of mine).And as your world domination tour guide, I welcome you and encourage you to participate in this campaign.


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