My perfect storm occurred, when my actions and awareness merged. Several things happened to me at approximately the same time. Six years ago, as I was eating my omelets, burgers, and a lot of cheese, I would have never imagined myself as a vegan. Today as I write, I am not only vegan but trying hard to find food that is free of GMOs (genetically modified organisms). My journey began as part of a process to live a healthier life.
My adventure into the food world began at Southern Methodist University as a Master of Liberal Studies student. I had the privilege of attending a question and answer session with Michael Pollan. Pollan has written many books including The Omnivores Dilemma. Michael Pollan is a guru on agriculture, gardening, and food on our plates. I am not a Nutritionist or biology major. I just wanted to live healthier, especially with all the cancer deaths in my family (mother, father, and sister). It was important for me to stop or prevent cancer in myself. I wanted to be around a while for my children and grandchildren. After listening to Pollan, my curiosity emerged as a passion. I started watching documentaries and read anything I could get my hands on about the food movement in the United States.
“I personally chose to go vegan because I educated myself on factory farming and cruelty to animals, and I suddenly realized that what was on my plate were living things, with feelings. And I just couldn’t disconnect myself from it any longer.” -Ellen DeGeneres