E. M. (a_cherry_on_top) wrote in vegandebate,
E. M.

To stay vegan or not?

I've been a vegan for four years. I'm a pretty good cook and like spending time in the kitchen. I try to eat a wide variety of food, although I often wind up resorting to carbs. As a whole, it's been a pretty good experience.

However, converting to veganism wasn't really my choice. My ex, who was both physically and emotionally abusive, made the choice for the both of us. Now that I've left her and am moving into my own apartment, I'm wondering if I want to stay vegan. After eating raw for a couple months, I have discovered that eating gluten and soy seem to greatly affect me, and my vegan options seem much more limited as a result. I also do not subscribe to vegan dogma. I do not believe that nature is inherently kind or harmonious at all, and I don't think it's inherently wrong to eat meat. I would, however, choose more humane options: grass-fed, free range, cage-free etc. I would add meat and possibly eggs, but probably not dairy, back into my diet on occasion.

On the side of staying vegan, it's cheaper (I'm a grad student) and probably an overall healthier diet. I have naturally high cholesterol, and eating meat/eggs would probably exacerbate that. I know how to cook vegan (although not soy/gluten free), but have no idea how to even begin preparing meat. My family has finally accepted that this is the way I eat. And this is vain, but I'm afraid that I'd gain weight if I wasn't vegan. Plus, I'm not entirely sure I could do it. I was vegetarian before I was vegan, and it's been a long, long time since I've eaten meat.

So strong arguments for or against? Any additional points to consider? Any ex-vegan experiences to share?
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