Dear readers, you know that I have a talent for writing very long blog posts. I thank you for sticking with me through so many of them! Some might say that long posts are not the way to catch and keep readers, but I do not have a succinct writing style and I offer no apologies. I like to meander, to think deeply, to engage myself in a discussion. This week, however, I have decided to write a few short posts about the month of veganism that I’m about to start. Today, I’d like to clarify my intentions for April.
I’ve already listed my reasons for this fling with veganism: compassion, finances, and ambition. To be honest, I’m doing this to see if I can do it. I don’t know if I can because I really, really love dairy. Eggs—eh, I think I can live without them for a month. But giving up dairy is going to be hard, and it’s going to force me to try new things. Dairy is a daily habit for me: milk in my coffee, yogurt in my oatmeal, cheese and crackers with lunch, cheese in my quesadilla at dinner. I know that I eat a lot of dairy. I felt a sense of loss and frustration on Saturday as I stood in front of the refrigerated case of vegan products, trying to decide what to buy. In the end, I bought more dairy milk and cheese. After all, it’s not April yet…and I’m still getting used to the idea of no dairy for 30 days. It’s a weird feeling.
I have no intention to continue a strictly vegan diet after April. Of course I may change my mind—never say never!—but I am not committing to anything. I have no desire to eat meat on a regular basis, so I remain devoted to vegetarianism. But this veganism thing is an experiment, and as with all experiments, I remain open to the data and new possibilities. Just please don’t remind me that I’m giving up my beloved cheese for a month!