here's my story and I hope someone can answer my questions too.
I've been a vegetarian for about 12 years now.
As confirmed in the section on the forum dedicated to Italy,
being a vegetarian here is hard enough, so I thought becoming vegan
would have been truly daunting on so many levels.
(lack of support, lack of vegan food, lack of vegan-friendly restaurants etc).
I'm the only vegetarian I know among my friends, my family and my co-workers. The myths on people not eating meat here abound ..
ANd yet.. it had to be done. It just had to be done.
I just recently found out that "free range" eggs are a huge hoax basically
and i felt totally bewildered and fooled. I stopped eating eggs immediately.
As for milk, I had avoided getting into what happens to veal.
I think I turned a blind eye to avoid having to make the tough choice of becoming vegan in a very unfriendly-to-vegan country.
But again, just one look at a video on what happens to them and a few other chosen images sealed the deal for me.
i went vegan cold turkey in 2 days.
I didn't care if it'd be hard or not. I was ready
to have packages sent over to me from the UK or Milan if needed.
it just had to be done at all costs..
it's been about a month now.. 3 weeks probably.
So far, I feel GREAT inside. It's been like a huge inner cleansing..
My conscience has stopped nagging me I think..
As for finding food, it's been easier than I imagined.
I found this small organic shop I knew, and I had a list of vegan ingredients I needed for recipes and with my huge suprise, they stored most of them!
I also bought the most fabolous book "the joys of vegan baking" and i started baking breads and cakes and pies and quick breads like CRAZY!
They are all DELICIOUS (i'll post photos as soon as I'm allowed) and I'm getting people to share so that they too can see how great it is to bake with no eggs and milk
Body-wise, soy makes my stomach upset sometimes but hopefully it's
just the transition... anyone ?
i read all i could about B12, Calcium, proteins etc and I think i have a good idea of how to balance.
The only worry is my weight. I'm under-weight already and I really
dont want to lose more kilos.. I'd actually like to increase a little bit.
Or people will think my vegan diet is making me ill and thinner.
So any idea there? Should I just eat more?
What can be a good source of rich vegan food packed with calories?
One last thing..
i've also started feeling that the days of being a quiet vegetarian who
doesn't want to stir the waters are over...
Animals dont have a voice and we must speak up for them.
The problem is to understand how.
I'm learning tons from the veganoutreach website.. really cool one..
but i wanted to ask here..
is anyone else a teacher?
I'm having a HARD time finding a way to bring up these topics to kids
without fearing parents will come and complain.
it happend before already, when I was a vegetarian, so now that I
start answering "why dont you drink milk?" questions, I fear i may get in troubles just for telling the plain truth that veals are killed so we can get that milk...
So, any advice there would be VERY appreciated.
Sorry this was long.
I've learnt a lot from this forum already so thanks to all those who share
and who probably keep repeating things to newcomers like me...
(now) VEGAN cat