I've been a vegetarian for years...I even lived in France as a vegetarian and how I managed that back then still is somewhat amazing...but I've never stuck to being vegan. I tried several times, going two weeks here two days there but it's never stuck. To be completely honest, I've even found myself justifying not being vegan because the vegans I knew were usually more concerned with weight than animals, or my poor Southern mother would "just die" if she could not make regular macaroni and cheese for Christmas or give my kids grilled cheese sandwiches because it's "bad enough you don't eat meat!" Those truly are my mother's words. Or would being vegan unsettle that neatly put away eating disorder of mine? I have many excuses; some valid, some not (my mother).
But the other day at the book store, I go to my favorite section (food, of course) and I pick up this book (because really I've been on the fence lately about it all). I read about cows and what they have to go through to supply the milk to make the cheese I so adore. And how the babies are taken away...and THAT HIT THE MOMMA CORD IN ME. I nursed my babies and only after pregnancy, not supplying milk when I had not freshly given birth...not forced to do it over and over again. I know people who sound like PETA ads turn others off, and I don't want to do that, but seeing it that way made a switch in my brain. So I said it's time to try for real.
So issue: How do I this and separate my personal views from SweetArt business (when SweetArt is sooooooooo personal? We've made the commitment to stay a vegetarian place (no meat or fish), but now that I'm trying vegan on for size...? There is a baker in Chicago I know who is vegan but she serves everything, meat included. Her personal choice is this and her business is that. Period.
Alas, I know some of you are vegan, and I could use any words of encouragement. Did any of you "cheat" before really staying committed...while working in a bakeshop...surrounded by yummy cookies, cupcakes, and (glup) cheese, glorious cheese? Fingers crossed...I'm doing 40 days because whatever you do for 40 days straight becomes habit (i hear).
wish me luck.
grace & peace,