Hello, I am a new member and thought I would share my story. I became a vegetarian in Christmas 2013 after being asked to prepare a leg of pork for Christmas lunch. I suddenly had a realisation that this lump of meat was actually a leg that had been running around not long before and although I persevered and delivered the cooked meat to the family Christmas lunch, I never got rid of the feeling of discomfort about eating it. From then on I was mostly vegetarian although ate fish for a while.
A year later, following a bereavement and looking for something to help with my grief, I found a Buddhist teacher online and became a follower. This made me see how wrong the eating of other creatures is. In January this year I did some research on ethical and organic farms and realised that however hard they try, there is no way to justify the dairy industry as it inevitably results in the suffering and untimely death of billions of creatures. There is also no need for human beings to consume the milk of other mammals. It is ridiculous and most adult humans in the world do not do it.
I now eat a diet of mostly Asian vegetarian dishes (I love a good, hot chilli!). I take home-made vegetable soups to work and have them with garlic toast followed by fresh or dried fruits, a variety of nuts, home-made biscuits (oats, seeds, Agave nectar , coconut etc). I have wall charts in my kitchen to remind of plant sources of calcium, iron and protein. Breakfast is always (and always has been, since childhood) wholemeal toast and Marmite - a very valuable source of the B vitamins.
At the age of 60 I have lost two stone, my cholesterol is down to normal and my joints, which used to ache, are now fine. I am often mistaken for someone 20 years younger. I was considering surgery for carpal tunnel syndrome due to tingling and numbness in the hands (I work on a keyboard all day) but that has now gone, too.
It is frustrating to hear people still asking questions about how I can get enough of this, that, or the other without consuming dairy - all so brainwashed into thinking the unnatural practice of drinking cow milk is somehow vital to their health when quite the opposite is true.
I hope this helps inspire and encourage others! All the best.