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My vegan story!

This is my silly intro post. I hate writing about myself but I always love reading about how people came to animal rights and veganism. So here’s my story…

I just celebrated a silly milestone of a birthday which made me think about life and about veganism. I was brought to this amazing movement through a strong love for animals and the environment. I never really fully enjoyed eating animal “products” as a child and mostly kept to eating super processed meats like hot dogs, hamburgers, and chicken nuggets. I drank cow’s milk once in awhile but only when it was super cold. I absolutely loved cheese. I preferred food that didn’t really resemble an animal. Looking back I can understand why I didn’t want to eat animals. I always had this relationship with animals. I respected them and always felt that human’s relationship with them was strange but I didn’t really know why or what could be done about it.

I was always crusading for animals and the environment. When I was 8 years old I wrote a letter to Carefree gum denouncing them for testing their sugar alternative, aspartame, on animals. I told them it was mean and I would not be buying their gum anymore. It was my first lesson in corporate cluelessness and greed…they sent me coupons for free gum. I remember opening the letter and reading their lame attempt at a response about how animal testing keeps people safe and then being completely confused as to why they would send me coupons. I stopped trusting giant corporations that day and I also threw the coupons away.

It wasn’t until college that I heard the term vegetarian. It just seemed to fit into my own beliefs about animals and I instantly became one. I started researching factory farms, veal crates, animal testing, etc and found that I was completely disgusted with all of it. I couldn’t support it any longer. I bought veggie burgers and veggie cookbooks. I taught myself how to cook awesome vegetarian food and never felt like I was missing out.

It wasn’t until I transferred to SUNY Oswego that I met a vegan. I had never heard the term before and never really connected that dairy and eggs were a part of the system I abhorred. He lent me Sarah Kramer’s How it All Vegan cookbook and I fell in love! I loved the writing, the style and the recipes. He answered some questions I had, but I mostly took it upon myself to research what was cruel about the dairy and egg industries. I didn’t like anything I saw or read. I felt like a hypocrite for saying I loved animals but continuing to take part in their misery. I couldn’t believe the way that humans manipulate animals natural biology for the sake of a “product”. I had no idea that cows only made milk after being “impregnated” (raped) or that egg laying hens were kept in extremely tight cages while overhead lights manipulated the frequency of how often they laid an egg. It sickened me to think that they had to go through that over and over until their bodies were literally “spent”. I knew I couldn’t take part in it anymore. I remember the horrible feeling of knowing about the atrocities and being scared as to what I needed to do.

It was very scary for me to take that step into veganism for some reason. I totally admit it. I stopped consuming dairy and eggs at home but would still eat it when out. I was too scared to just do it because it was so different than what society had told me to do. This went on for a couple of weeks until I realized I was getting sick a lot and was advised by my doctor to stop eating dairy because I was lactose intolerant. It was the push I needed and I became vegan that day. I bought some vegan cookbooks and started reading books about animal rights. My fears were soon alleviated because I realized that being vegan was pretty easy and tasty! Some things were challenging like eating out in a rural area but there were some options if you looked hard enough. I cooked a lot and learned about vegan baking. I baked all the time and ate so many delicious things. I’ve progressed a lot throughout my almost ten years as a vegan, both in my cooking/baking/eating and in my views of animal rights.

I’m hoping to put myself out there a little more by writing blog posts about cooking and baking, but I am also interested in activist repression and how veganism connects to other social movements. I’m sure these topics, as well as others will make it into my writings. I’m looking forward to sharing what I know with all of you.

For the animals,

<3 Sarah

We’re having a movie night!

We’ve been trying to think of fun ways to raise money for Northeast Animal Liberation Festival.  We have to cover travel expenses for our guest panel speakers.  We are so excited to have Jenny Brown from WFAS and Camille Hankins from Win Animal Rights and No Kill New York coming.  There is someone else we have in mind that we would really like to be there, but we need to raise some cash before we can confirm!  Help us out!

So we’ve planned a movie night fundraiser!  Join us for a fun St. Patty’s Day complete with vegan snacks!  We’ll be watching Leprechaun!

Photo credit: imdb.com

Thursday, March 17th
6:00PM
X’s to O’s Vegan Bakery
97 4th Street, Troy

Suggested Donation: $10 / $5 for students/low income

Vegan pizza, nachos and popcorn will be provided!  Please bring your own dishes and beverage.

 

FARM needs your help for Meatout 2011

Have you heard about Meatout?

From the official website:
On (or around) March 20, thousands of caring people in all 50 U.S. states and two dozen other countries get active to host educational events for Meatout- the world’s largest grassroots diet education campaign. Activists distribute free food, educate their communities, and ask their friends, families, and neighbors to “kick the meat habit” and explore a wholesome, compassionate diet of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. More about Meatout.

Register an event and you’ll be provided with free food samples and literature to hand out.

We think it would be neat if a bunch of you registered events in your own towns so that Meatout could happen all over the area, including the Capital Region, Saratoga, Glens Falls and everywhere else!

You don’t have to plan something huge or take a ton of time out of your busy schedule.  Just grab a friend, your free food samples and literature and hit the streets for a little while sharing the deliciousness of veganism!

If you need any help, there are a ton of resources on the Meatout site.  We’re also available to help out with whatever you need.  So go for it!  You know you want to!

February Potluck

Join us for this month’s vegan potluck!

Saturday, February 26th
5:30PM
X’s to O’s Vegan Bakery
97 4th Street, Troy

****Please bring a vegan dish to share as well as your own drink and place setting. Not only is this a vegan event, but it is also hosted in a vegan facility. If you’re unsure what ingredients are vegan please feel free to ask us****

Photo credit: X's to O's Vegan Bakery

Come hang out with us and eat a ton of yummy vegan food! You’ll be able to pick up VegCap dining guides, Not in My Neighborhood lists of local animal abusing businesses and ADK-AR shirts, hang out with friends and hopefully make some new ones!

We always have a blast, so mark your calendars and be sure to save room so you can buy some of Sarah’s awesome X’s to O’s vegan treats after dinner!

RSVP on Facebook or Meetup!

(We’re working on scheduling a vegan potluck in Glens Falls so stay tuned for that!)