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I'm toying with the idea of eating vegan for a month, mostly as an exercise in self-control. I can't imagine it can be too terribly hard, since I've been a vegetarian for over 14 years now. I realize that I won't be able to eat at restaurants much, but that equals money and calories saved.

The non-vegan food items in my diet include:
skim milk
Morningstar Farms meat analogues (which contain egg whites)

and really, that's about it. I don't eat much that has gelatin, honey or whey in it, and I despise eggs. I think the most important things I can do to prepare for such an experiment are to research vegan protein sources, stock up on margarine and soy milk, and do a lot of advance meal planning. It might not happen real soon.

And it's not very likely to go past 30 days, either. Even armed with a copy of The Uncheese Cookbook, I don't think I could go without cheese forever.

In light of recent discussions I've been involved in, I'd like to add that I take steps to reduce the harm I do to other creatures because it feels good to me. Someone posted an opinion on a Metafilter thread that people who attempt to eat a "cruelty free diet" are hypocrites who are mearly "trying to cover up the stench of the dead bodies piled under every object in your house." (Meaning that living karma-free in an industrialized society like ours is impossible for anyone other than possibly subsistence farmers. )

Maybe that's true. But I don't approach this with as lofty a goal as trying to build a world free of suffering. I'm only trying to build a Rachel as free of suffering, and as free of the pain of being the cause of suffering, as possible.

Plus, It might be fun.


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Jan. 8th, 2002 12:21 pm (UTC)
but, but, but...*cheese* (and i won't be able to feed you at the wedding if you don't eat dairy).

However, I can see the point of the exercise, and I think it's a very worthwhile one. It isn't at all hypocritical to try to maintain a cruelty free diet -- LESS harm is always better.

(Which would be why James and I eat LESS meat than we used to, even though we aren't vegetarians.)
Jan. 8th, 2002 01:04 pm (UTC)
Morning Star and the Meat Analogues would be a good name for a band.
Jan. 8th, 2002 02:11 pm (UTC)
just one question...
Honey isn't vegan?

Why, is it cruelty to bees or something?
Jan. 8th, 2002 02:32 pm (UTC)
Re: just one question...
You didn't know that? It's one of the most frequent points of derision for veganism.

Now, of course, the real problem comes in the secondary use of animal products. Where do you think all the fertilizer to grow them veg'ables comes from?
Jan. 8th, 2002 02:48 pm (UTC)
Re: just one question...
Er, yeah... that's kind of a point of contention among vegans. Many of them argue that it's wrong to use ANY product produced by an animal because it's coercive, and it assumes that a human's needs are inherently more important than an animal's.

There may be a reasonable argument that this is pretty absurd. I dunno. I didn't make it up.
Jan. 8th, 2002 02:24 pm (UTC)
Now come the part where I mock your idealism...
Darling, you are aware that ths means almost no Malai Kofta, right?
Jan. 8th, 2002 02:38 pm (UTC)
Re: Now come the part where I mock your idealism...
snerk... I barely refrained from ending the entry with "Now, Jack may commence mocking my idealism." :)

Yes, I know that almost all Indian food is made with ghee, yogurt, paneer, etc. I DID say that this was unlikely to last very long. I just feel it would be good to give it a shot. I'll learn to make vegan malai kofta.

I find it's just good for me to do hard things sometimes (provided the hard things are actually good for me in one way or another.)
Jan. 8th, 2002 03:26 pm (UTC)
Re: Now come the part where I mock your idealism...
But it's loving mockery....
Jan. 9th, 2002 04:17 am (UTC)
Re: Now come the part where I mock your idealism...
You could always try doing vegan during the week, with weekends "off" (or the other way around). I sometimes do vegetarian days, just because.
Jan. 10th, 2002 09:03 am (UTC)
Yummy vegan recipes
(Hi from Ta)
I thought you might enjoy this vegan recipe site my very wonderful pal Carolyn has set up:
She is an amazing cook (like you, my dear), and I never NEVER miss the animal-y products in her dishes. She made that wonderful Ethiopian meal for my birthday last year. Indian food is her specialty, though...she had TONS of vegan Indian recipes on this site. Good luck.
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