In reading and commenting on other Vegan blogs I’ve noticed that a lot of vegetarians are what I would call aggressively mellow. They have chosen to eat a certain way and love the results but seem to always have their armor on, defending their choices. If my reasons are strong enough for me and I’m not offending God, who cares what others think or eat? I don’t view veganism as a crusade, rather it is a personal conviction based on past experience and study.
The past experiences have to do with always planting a vegetable garden in the spring and eating from it the rest of the year. Fresh food from the garden to table has a flavor that cannot be duplicated in the 2 to 3 weeks that it takes to ship the food from somewhere else. Plus, after 2 weeks at least half of the vitamin C is gone.
The study has to do with the book of Genesis in the Bible. I’ve always been fascinated with our Creator and His methods. The original design places us in a garden, tending it , living in it and eating the produce from it. Nutritionists are finding that our bodies are designed to heal themselves when the right nutrients are in place.
So, your reasons for veganism are yours alone. Relax, and take off your armor. Enjoy your gardens and farmer’s markets. In my view vegetables and fruits are a major miracle. You don’t have to defend yourself or insist that others agree with you. And you certainly don’t have to worry about what other people think of them.