Although I’ve never been a huge meat eater, I decided to officially become a vegetarian this past summer. My original decision was simply because I was disgusted by both the taste of meat and the thought of eating animals that were once living. But as I began to search for tips on vegetarian cooking, I came across more and more information that confirmed I made the right choice — for my own health, for the environment and animals, and for the world as a whole.
I discovered your website this spring, and have been listening to your podcasts for several months. A year ago, I would never have considered being vegan, and I was definitely one of those “but I love cheese!” people. But you’ve inspired me to reduce the amount of animal products in my diet. As a student, I have had to compromise and opt for the vegetarian choices when I eat in the dining hall, but I am proud to say that I have stopped buying dairy products and I’ve even had a few successful attempts at vegan baking!
Listening to your podcast, however, I’ve realized that veganism is a profound belief, rather than just a special diet. The vegan choices I’ve made thus far have been surprisingly easy, but I feel that if veganism is something I wholeheartedly believe in, I should be willing to make sacrifices. So I’ve decided to go completely vegan this summer (when I’m home and away from college food). I’m really excited about this decision, but it is a place I never would have arrived at without your podcasts.
Since I only know a couple vegetarians and zero vegans, listening to your podcasts feels like talking to a friend. When I get sick of telling my friends where I get my protein from, or after watching them consume hamburgers at a barbeque, I come back to my room and listen to your friendly and wise words, and I am reminded that I am not the only “crazy vegan” in the world. So thank you, a million times, for the work you do.
Thank you for being such an inspiring person!