It isn’t easy to be a student and a vegan at the same time. NOT (as people assume) because its more expensive – it isn’t – or because of any craving for meat or cheese. Its simply because of the incredulity faced on a daily basis:
“You’re a vegan?!”
“…What, so no meat? And no cheese either? …What about milk?!”
“What do you even eat?!”
This gets old very quickly.
YES, I’m a vegan. NO I don’t eat meat, cheese, or drink milk – I don’t consume anything taken from animals because that is my choice. And there’s plenty to eat, thank you very much. People managed very well before they started tugging at the udders of other species for their food sources.
The question ‘why’ is the worst. I find it hard to explain in a way that won’t seem argumentative, so I’ve settled for “Because I prefer it.”
I feel good on a vegan diet – better by far than I ever did before, and I’m a lot healthier. Fair enough, I have a cold as I type this, but we’re all going to get colds. We aren’t machines. The point is that this is my first cold in over a year. This in turn benefits my singing immensely as I’m not performing on sore throats and stuffed up sinuses on a regular basis.
So, world, yes I’m vegan. Why? Because I prefer it.