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Bhushan Mahajan
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It's rare for me to post more than once a day but I feel compelled to share something. I have a confession I'd like to make and I'm willing to take the risk of putting my neck out there to say it because it's a keystone of who I am and most people don't know this about me but I think it's worth bringing up.

For the last 12 years' I've been an ethical #vegan . That means I avoid buying and consuming animal products, including meat (cow, chicken, goat, fish, lamb, etc.), dairy, eggs, honey and absolutely no products that were tested on animals (vivisection) if I can at all help it.

 I think George Bernanrd Shaw, the famous playright, said it best: “Animals are my friends...and I don't eat my friends.”

If anyone asks me why I avoid animal products, the simplest way I can put it is I try to follow the golden rule of treating others how I'd want to be treated.

I'd be hard pressed to give my consent for another person to eat me and I can only assume other animals feel the same way based on stories I've read, videos I've seen and taking the time to get to know other species besides humans.

This video clip from the wonderful movie "Everything is Illuminated" is the best example I can think of that shows a funny take on the experience every vegan and vegetarian goes through at some point socially trying to navigate a society that is heavily encouraged through #marketing to have a love affair with eating meat and dairy. Vegetarian Scene from Everything is Illuminated

I don't ever expect anyone to magically stop eating meat and dairy just because they find out I don't. I also disagree with taking a hostile and aggressive approach to talking to others about your choices including how you eat or in this case, what you don't want to eat.

That said, if there is anyone out there who is curious or genuinely interested in finding out the real deal on how to eat more plant-based foods, let me know in the comments.

I'm a veteran at this and have had countless conversations with people over the years who want to know basic things like how to read ingredients on food labels to avoid things they don't want to consume and how to bring up the fact that you don't want to eat beef hotdogs and gelatin infused candy at work when they're all having a party for goodness sake and you look like a freak if you don't start chowing down like everyone else. :)

I promise to never give you a guilt-complex over considering making a lifestyle change that in my opinion is nothing but a winfinity (infinite win). But it can seem very complicated and overwhelming and trust me when I say I've been there and have nothing but compassion for those who do not make the same choices I do.

I've considered offering my assistance with answering questions on living a healthy, joyful vegan life and giving realistic, doable tips on places like Google Helpout but I'm very busy like everyone else and am only willing to do that if the interest is there.

So, leave me a comment, let me know what you think and if there are enough people who want to hear me tell my story about how I came about making what seems like a hardcore lifestyle change, that's what I'm here for. :)
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