Tuesday, November 04, 2008

General warm fuzzies concerning Veganism

Today I <3 being Vegan. As some of you know, at times I struggle with my choice to eat Vegan. In my daily life, I try my hardest to follow Veganism. (that sentence makes it sound like a religion but since I already have religion, to me, Veganism is a life choice)

Anyway, I've been trying to figure out what to do with my leather jacket. My Mother gave it to me a few years ago and I can't help but feel the weight of it (emotionally) when wearing it. She was so very proud that she was able to afford to give it to me, but I know she would understand my choice to give it away. The main problem with getting rid of it is that doing so will leave me without a winter coat. I live in CANADA; it's cold here. :) I'm trying to work up the courage to go to the Salvation Army and ask if I can have an exchange--my leather coat for a non-animal based coat. Do you think that would work?

For dinner, tonight the family had chicken and fried potatoes. And maybe it makes me less of a person, but generally I like the smell of cooking meat. It reminds me of all the dinners pre-veganism. However, tonight the chicken smell grossed me out. Yay! Hopefully that will happen with beef soon, too.

Tomorrow I have cooking time. Fantastic! I hope to make some chicken seitan that I actually like this time. Also, some desserts are in order. And don'tcha know, the FIL who is an extreme Omni (he thinks I'm just on a special weight-loss diet for some reason), almost tried the beef seitan from here--it looked so real/good! I was amazed. He would have eaten it, but MIL informed him of it's true nature.

And the following may be a bit more than you needed to know...
A few years ago I had my gallbladder removed due to gallstones. So my digestion system has been an EXTREME burden. That is, until I've been eating a Vegan diet. I have solid poo now! It's true! No more horrible cramps and endless diarrhea. Everything is swirling right on down properly. :)

Hopefully I haven't grossed everyone out proper. Go Veganism! :)


Tara said...

I'm glad that your digestive system is happier! It is one of the bonuses to being vegan. I am really enjoying reading about your vegan journey. It's very inspiring!
As for the jacket--I'd keep it. Veganism is your personal choice and you don't need to prove anything to anyone, including other vegans. The jacket has sentimental value and you had it before you went vegan. I don't advocate obtaining leather goods once you make the choice to live a vegan lifestyle, but I think that it would be hard to fault you if you kept your jacket. It will make for some awkward explanations if people question it, but you don't owe anybody any explanations. That being said, you might be able to trade it at the Salvation Army if you really want to. And now I wait for all the comments that tell me I'm a very bad vegan. :)

Anonymous said...

I'm really pleased to hear that you're feeling so good about veganism again~ both emotionally and health wise! ;o)
Good luck with your coat swap.

Lenora said...

I agree with Tara. I wouldn't feel guilty about keeping the jacket... The animal already paid it's price for that jacket to be made. Follow your heart.
It's like recycling and green living... throwing away stuff to go buy "greener" stuff just doesn't make sense! Use what you've got! Buy less... Reduce 1st, Reuse 2nd, Recycle 3rd! :D
That's my 2cents :D
Namaste (and so on!) :D