I'm not exactly vegan, but I've changed since this past march. I wanted to be healthier, I was pretty overweight at 296lbs, and as of today I've officially lost 100. By and large I've done this by cutting out the crap from my diet. One of the first things to go was dairy, which was really hard for me because I loved cheese and I loved milk, but I knew how fatty and bad it can be for you, so it had to go. About in september, I realized that not only had I cut out dairy, but I had virtually cut out all meat aside from fish. I still had the occasional piece of chicken, occasional slice of beef, but nothing major in my opinion.
Aside from tuna now, I don't eat any animal products (by and large, I don't check ingredients as much as I should) but I've never been one to force anything on my family, and I've made a conscious decision that this christmas meal is going to be my very last for eating anything with any kind of animal product in it. It's a lifestyle choice, the past month I've been eating strictly vegetarian with the odd can of tuna thrown in, and to me there's no better reason to go vegan then to live a healthier lifestyle. So really I'm not "vegan" but more "vegan in training" I guess, if that makes any sense. I hope that doesn't offend anybody here, but to me I couldn't just dive right in, I needed to see that I could still eat very good food without any meat at all, I had to learn, and I had to feel like I was ready. I feel I'm ready now, so christmas is officially my last day with any kind of meat/animal products.
But, I had a question. How does everyone feel about cooking non-vegan dishes for others who aren't vegan? To me it's not a big deal, I don't see myself as the kind of person who would bake vegan cookies or make vegan three course meals for everyone simply because it was my lifestyle choice. I don't feel bad in accomodating others. I'd definately be willing to slip them a little something vegan though, but to me it's akin to preaching, and I don't like it when others preach to me, so I can't really fathom doing it to others even if it is just through food. If they're vegan then of course, but if they're not I don't see a problem in serving them real milk chocolate or some chicken or.. well, anything like that. I was just wondering how everyone else thought about this?