People have been asking me about veganism
and how it came to be. As I wrote last time, it began in England. This recent Huffington Post article tells more about then and now.
One of the biggest challenges new vegans face is consuming enough protein. The Vegetarian Resource Group covers your options very clearly. Please take a look. If you need to wean off fish or meat to make the transition to a vegan or vegetarian diet, then do that.
Why it matters
We need to know and be true to our values, because when we aren't, we suffer emotionally. We feel guilty if we acknowledge our departure from our known beliefs of how we ought to conduct our lives, and that is very uncomfortable indeed. If we are shielded from acknowledging our departure from our values by any or several of the defense mechanisms, we may suffer in other ways, with memory problems, confusion, or other disruptions in normal, healthy functioning. If your values tell you that you want to eliminate cruelty from your life, changing how you eat is a way to begin to do that. But it is a very personal decision that only you can make.