Two years ago I would have laughed if you told me I’d give up dairy one day. Stop eating cheese, mocha lattes and ice cream – no way! But here I am not only dairy-free, but writing a vegan blog – go figure.
The problem with writing a vegan blog, however; is that most of my readers are vegan. This is not to say that ALL of my readers are vegan since my mom, brother, soon to be sis-in-law and a handful of other non-vegans read what a write (thanks you guys!), but they are the minority. This is also not to say that I don’t love my vegan readers, I do! Still, I’d like to connect with more non-vegans.
“I hear what you’re saying about the condition that dairy cows are kept in – it is not nice and few people are aware of it. However, so many things have been proven to cause cancer it is probably not going to make life any better trying to eliminate them all – you could also avoid all sunlight, for instance. I’m all for healthy food and eating less dairy but I have never been sure why sustainable and ethical dairy products should be eliminated.”
“Hi Amy! Thanks so much for your thoughtful comment. And you’re right, a lot of things have been proven to cause cancer and it’s impossible to eliminate them all (not to mention that it would make life no fun!!). My attitude, however; is to reduce or eliminate “the biggies” that lead to disease. So, for one, I don’t smoke. I know that smoking is clearly linked to disease so why do it? And from the research that I’m aware of, dairy is another “biggie” that increases one’s chances of getting cancer as well as other diseases. So, I don’t eat it.
To be honest with you, however; if health were my only reason for not eating dairy, I’d probably cheat on occasion. I know sugar is bad for me, but I still eat it sometimes. I don’t think this is a big deal as long as I don’t go overboard. I don’t do this with dairy, however; because in addition to my belief that it contributes to disease it also subjects cows to mistreatment. I don’t want to hurt cows, so I don’t eat dairy at all. I did miss dairy when I first gave it up, but I don’t anymore. There are lots of fab dairy replacements out there, like coconut milk ice cream – soooo yummy!
I doubt that my comment is going to change your mind about dairy, and I respect your choice. Still, I hope that you’ll look at the research. The movie, Forks Over Knives, covers the dangers of dairy. And the movie, Vegucated, shows how farm animals are mistreated. The post Why is Dairy Bad for My Conscience is great for understanding how dairy cows are mistreated.
Anyway, thanks for reading and please feel free to ask any questions. You’re thoughts, no matter how different they are from mine, are always welcome here!! Celeste :)”
We continued the conversation, but I didn’t convince Amy to give up dairy. That’s okay, I’m just happy that she’s reading my blog and I hope she continues to do so. And who knows, maybe I’ve planted a seed.
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