I thought I would introduce myself before I start posting
I'm Lisa, I am happily raising 5 children with my husband. I'm a long time vegetarian, recently converted to vegan. It took me a looong time and I still miss my sheeps milk cheeses, but I have been animal/cruelty free for several months now. Time sure flies by as it doesn't seem that long actually, but my calendar doesn't lie.
My children are still eating an occassional egg (local CFO) but are otherwise totally plant based. No dairy has done wonders for their health, and I am working toward getting rid of that egg!
I am a gardening fanatic! DH says I am obsessed. (Imagine calling a person obsessed simply because they are immersed in a Seeds of Change catalog every night, plotting what new varieties they want to try while January winds and snow beat on the doors and windows! The nerve!)
I bake all our own bread. Love, love to bake
Plus, I know what my kids are getting (or not getting!) with each slice.
I'm a "traditional" Catholic and my kids go to Parochial schools. ("Traditional" meaning Rosary praying, Adoration attending, Pro-life, Pro-Social Justice etc) I'm also a flaming liberal, seemingly a contradiction, I know, but it's really not.
I'm working very hard to shed my "baby fat" (need to lose 30 more pounds) I hope I'm not the only one here trying to get more fit because I'll probably be here whining once in a while and a sympathetic ear is sure nice.
I'm glad I found this forum. I am leaving a few others bit by bit. I think that becoming vegan just pushed me into a new worldview that simply isn't shared by the majority of my fellow Christians. Although I wonder... maybe it isn't that veganism changed my worldview, but rather that my worldview made me vegan. Yeah, that's it. It's as if my pro-life beliefs just opened up a whole new way of looking at the world and at life and change in diet and consumer practices just followed along. They had to. So many people dying from starvation and malnutrition while corporate interests busily push farmers to produce grains and legumes to feed to animals that we cruelly raise and then kill so that the wealthy can eat their steaks and ham and chicken and eggs and milk. Grains and legumes that would feed the hungry many times over, that are easy and economical to produce and therefore within reach of sustenance farmers who are instead being pushed off the land.... how is that NOT a pro-life issue? How can anyone look at the suffering of animals and not see the connection between cruelty to our fellow creatures and the ever increasing cruelty to our fellow man and disrespect for all of creation?
The above sounds awfully like a fomenting rant, doesn't it? I'm passionate about the subject, but I do strive to be compassionate too. Now you all at least know where I am coming from
Anyway, that's me. I'm looking forward to getting to know you all