I have this amazing friend and honorary sister. She challenges me with things she's learned from talented authors who inspire her. One of the things she asks me is, "Which choice feels like freedom?" People ask me sometimes why our family makes this choice every day to live this vegan lifestyle. I know they have our best interests at heart. They worry about our health, or our kids being outcasts because they don't eat the cake at the party. For us this is what makes sense, because in the words of my Spiral Diner t-shirt, it "taste(s) like freedom."
There are also benefits that we don't see much in our lives. A simple Google search will turn up plenty of facts and figures, as well as emotional stories. For us, we started reducing red meat for our health. It snowballed from there. The more we researched and learned, the better we felt about going plant-based. Everyone has their own journey, and it doesn't need to match ours. People need to search for what works for them. For us, this is our peace.
Just in case anyone is tempted to pity us about what we're doing without, consider for a moment what we have gained: