April 29, 2012

animal lovers

This month I made the decision to go from being vegetarian to being vegan. It is something that I have thought a lot about for years and ultimately made the change after watching the humbling documentary Earthlings. I have been struggling to find a way to incorporate this new aspect of my life into my blog. The problem is that I don't want to alienate people or become preachy. There are so many different ways that I could come across as judgmental even without intending to. I understand that being vegan is not for everyone, but I do think that being educated about "normal" practices should be. People in highly industrialized and developed societies can no longer make excuses for their own lack of knowledge. The information is right at our fingertips. It is up to you, the individual, to become passionate about your education and no longer justify detachment.

That said, I would like to find a way to focus on the positive aspects of being vegan rather than focusing on all of the appalling reasons why I made this change. I would like to share my recipes, thoughts, difficulties, tips, and lessons learned. I do not wish to judge people for eating meat. In return, I would like people who do eat meat to no longer be dismissive of the fact that animals feel pain just like we do. Acknowledge that they are wildly abused by the millions. This fact infuriates and sickens me. 

That will be it for my vegan ranting. This blog isn't about that. It is about sharing my random thoughts, passions and curiosities. I have been vegan for a very short period of time, and have to say that I already have noticed that I have more energy. I no longer have stomach issues, which have troubled me the majority of my life. I have eaten delicious meals all while becoming more creative and thoughtful in the kitchen. I am looking forward to adapting this new element into my blog. There will be many more food and recipe posts and other vegan randomness in the future.

April 12, 2012

just a thought

Before you can begin to find a solution to a problem, you must work to understand the problem. If you are not working to either understand or solve the problem, then you are most likely part of the problem.