by Michael Parrish DuDell
Categories: Animals, Eats, People
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image002“For most of my life I naively lived on cheeseburgers, macaroni and cheese, and chicken nuggets; a family dinner always meant steak. Then one day a year and a half ago, it hit me over the head while I was making a hearty breakfast that it wasn’t, in the grand scheme of earthly things, intended for me. What would happen to my body, to my soul, if I did not consume an animal or anything taken from an animal? So I educated myself. I relinquished the safety blanket of my ignorance.”

- One of our all-time favorite vegan green gals, Ginnifer Goodwin, discussing her Aha! moment on Oprah.com. This past Saturday, I celebrated 9 years of VEG living and shared my Aha! moment on CrazySexyLife.com. When did you become an environmentalist, vegetarian or green machine? Leave a comment and share your moment of truth!

  • http://stimpsonwrites.blogspot.com Stimp

    Doesn’t have much to do with “green” (environmental) matters. Body and “soul”, sure – whatever soul is – but she doesn’t mention ecology at all in this quote. She only just barely alludes to it by mentioning animals.

    • georgina0912

      That is because she is not talking about the environmental reasons that shaped her vegan views, she is talking about the animal ones. I gave up meat for the same exact reason, and later after educating myself i found out that it was also good for the body (and yes, my soul too), and the environment, but if i was going to list the reasons for becoming a vegetarian (on the road to veganism) those would be, in order of priority:
      1- my love for all creatures big and small
      2- my own health
      3- the health of the environment

      My AHA moment? When i realized that i loved my dogs, cats, and birds so much and that i call myself an “animal lover” yet i was still eating chicken and things did not add up. On that same night my husband and i decided to become vegetarians; that was December 2008. Now because of health reasons he needs to drop cheese off his diet and even though i am perfectly healthy i will do too and that is my last link to vegetarianism.

      Veganism, here we come!

  • Chastity

    I guess you could say that my family was really ahead of their time (although they did consume animals..). Back in the 80s and 90s, we read labels, recycled, composted and grew herbs and spices although we were living in the suburbs. As for the veganism, the permanence of it only started recently for me. At the age of 5, my sister talked a lot about animal rights and I accidentally witnessed a goat get slaughtered (which was completely unrelated to her education) and it took me 13 years, which was also the passing of my dog which pushed me to finally go vegetarian. After seeing Earthlings back in October of 2009, I went vegan right then and there and haven’t looked back.

  • Melissa McP

    I’ve been an environmentalist for several years, and always bought free-range/organic meats and dairy. then i read the kind diet by alicia silverstone and she opened my eyes to this whole side of environmentalism. i was pretty much veg ‘lite’ after that. finally, i saw the documentary “earthlings” and never looked back. even though i was on board with all the environmental reasons to be veg, that movie hit me over the head like a ton of bricks regarding human cruelty to animals. whatever anyone’s reason for being veg, it’s worth it!

  • Kerli

    When I moved out of home at 18, only a few months later I had a very vivid dream in which I was feeling all warm, fuzzy, loved (and all that jazz!) and I was left with the words ‘I am proud of you…You’re on the right path for you. Perhaps the next step would be to stop eating meat?…’ I awoke knowing in my soul that it was the right move for me:-) Never have I doubted it! I’m not religious, but this is the closest thing to a ‘vision’ or ‘moment’ I have had – and I’m so glad it has guided my life to now.

  • Katie

    I’ve been a vegetarian for 7 years but I finally decided to go vegan Jan 1st of this year. I also just watched Earthlings and if I hadn’t decided to go vegan already I would have after seeing it. I wish that was mandatory viewing for anyone who choses to eat meat. I’m reading the Kind Diet right now. Yeah Alicia! And yeah to Ginnifer Goodwin for making the connection.