Knoxville, TNUSA 37901
January 11, 2010
Near vegan, in that dairy and egg products (and meat, of course) are not significant sources of nutrition for me. However, I am not sedulous about reading labels to make sure there is no dairy in my baked goods, etc. and other occasional infractions.
I would much prefer an all-vegetarian restaurant, since I’m not certain simply forgoing meat dishes at places like Sunspot really furthers our aims. But our only vegetarian restaurant, ill-fated from the start for a number of reasons, has been gone for several months. If someone in this group would kindly start a new one I’ll certainly patronize it!
I’d like to meet people interested in doing more outreach on issues of animal welfare/liberation and the merits of a plant-based diet. I’m especially interested in meeting those who, though vegan, don’t throw the baby out with the bath water and embrace evidence-based medicine, diet, etc., without accepting the baggage often associated with veganism such as most of Supplemental, Complementary and Alternative Medicine (herbal medicine being one of the exceptions—sometimes).
Moving from vegetarian to vegan, and don’t find vegetarian society active enough in educating our community about the reasons to move to a plant-based diet.
There aren’t a lot of vegans in this area (or, probably, anywhere in the US) and it’s good to dine with folks you don’t have to explain yourself to. Also, vegans, being smarter than average, are great conversationalists.