Since I've been on my vegetarian exploratory journey, I've been trying to figure out if my path would lead to a vegetarian or vegan diet. Turns out that I have a hard time ignoring the origins of dairy products.
I just finished Jonathan Safran Foer's book Eating Animals and it pretty much sealed the deal that I was going to take the full leap to veganism. His book had many of the same facts and stories as Melanie Joy's Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows, which I read a month or so ago right after I watched my first documentaries. What Eating Animals did for me though was push me to reflect more about exactly which parts about the industry bothered me, why I wasn't eating animal products anymore, and how I would feel knowing that I had stopped endorsing one area but still endorsed another which is just as bad, if not worse. His book is much more personal as he narrates his own journey learning about factory farming but for me, this was a good thing, not a drag. Some reviewers don't love it but it worked for me. I then check out Skinny Bitch which I only skimmed through most of it because many of the stories and facts are the same. It was funny though and hopefully will help other people realize that there are lots of benefits to eating vegan besides not harming animals.
The truth is that I have enjoyed eating a vegan diet so far. I like whole grains, I love fruits and veggies, and avocados are just about my favorite thing ever. I feel good knowing that I'm not harming any beings to get food.
I'm not going to lie though...no matter how many veggie sushi rolls I eat, I will always miss the taste of salmon avocado rolls! I won't, however, miss being a part of killing thousands of extra animals every year just to eat salmon. :-/
That's it for now...have any of you out there read any of these and felt like they helped or not?
PS - I rediscovered public libraries and feel stupid for ignoring them for two years. They're so wonderful and I can read so much for freeeee!! Thank you, libraries!!!!!