In my new quest to become a vegan, I am now realizing the extreme prejudice that many people have against vegans. I see this mostly by looking in their eyes and recognizing the exact same look that I used to give vegans...the overstraining eye muscles trying to keep them them from rolling and the half smile that quietly says, "Fine, I get it. You are so enlightened. You gave up cheese. Don't you dare ruin my love for all things meaty."
There is even a joke that goes like this:
- How do you find a vegan at a party?
- Oh, don't worry, they'll find you!
So right now, I pledge to myself that I will be honest at all times....I will never pretend that it wasn't the hardest thing I have ever done to sit at happy hour tonight as a warm plate of brie with fruit compote was passed around. I will not tell you that the fruit I ate in the car on my way to happy hour was as satisfying as the margherita pizza that everyone else enjoyed. I will not tell you that I love spending hours preparing vegetables in new and different ways. I will not tell you that I don't secretly want to grab that cookie out of your hand and shove it in my mouth then run away.
Honestly, I am certain that I will grow to like this lifestyle...but I will always love my old unrestricted diet more. I love animals, and the things I have read this week on PETA's website will haunt me forever...but I don't really think that I am going to save them all. I read that I can save 90 per year...but I don't really believe that. Therefore, I also admit that I need this lifestyle to provide some cosmetic benefits to keep going after this first month. If I don't lose at least 15lbs in the next 6 months, I am probably going to eat a cheeseburger covered in bacon with a side of manchego, aged gouda, and boursin.