I recently came across a blog post about 10 questions for mid-year reflection. It prompted a thoughtful journaling exercise that helped me be more mindful about the last 6 months and more intentional about the 6 months to come. One of the questions was: "What's something I see out in the world that breaks my heart? What could I do, say, create, or contribute to be part of the solution?" This is such a beautiful question to ponder and I want to revisit it often throughout my life. It also encouraged me in my decision to pursue a vegan diet.
Why did I decide to go vegan? As the above question alluded to, it breaks my heart to think about how the animals we eat are often treated. I cannot even think of their suffering because it wrecks me. I realize not everyone is like this which is all the more reason why I should be vegan. I have more peace knowing that my eating habits are not harming animals.
There is also the environmental impact of raising livestock that is both damaging to the land and other species of animals. The effect on climate change and deforestation. If we have any chance to really making a dent in world hunger, it involves replacing livestock land with vegetables and grains grown for humans.
The first few weeks of going vegan have been pretty easy because I live in Seattle which I consider a vegan friendly city. Also, I've been taking a vegan cooking class so inspiration has always been near. The most difficult part is that it's inconvenient at times. I have to be diligent in meal planning and getting all the necessary nutrients. I spend more time on meal prep which I think ultimately is a good thing. Though not always convenient, it is very worthwhile and the results are usually rewarding.
It feels wonderful to be contributing a small part to something that is so important to me.