Yesterday, 08:47 PM
Thank you for sharing all of that with me. I can definitely understand not wanting things to go to waste. And I can also understand wanting to detach yourself from the fiat economy, factory farms, etc. I can see that you're internally consistent with your beliefs and values, so I respect that.
I still feel like I'm from a different planet, but that's par for the course for vegans /plant-based eaters. TBH, I had a dramatic mindset shift, 8 or 9 months ago, when I stopped eating meat and dairy. It's hard to put into words, but basically I have an entirely different perspective now. Now when I see or hear about butchering up an animal, hacksawing the ribs, "keeping a thigh" in the freezer, etc, it brings to mind.... well, let me put it this way, it repulses me. And it brings up some other thoughts/emotions, but this is not the right thread for that discussion. I wasn't even planning to say anything else, but you replied in a detailed, thoughtful way, so I didn't want to not reply.
Oh, and to answer your question... it depends on where I am at the moment (I've been moving around a lot. Long story.) But typically I try to get fresh foods (fruits and veggies) from the local farmer's market. And other stuff, from the store. I wish I could afford to live in a big city, like San Francisco or LA, because there are tons more options for vegans there (vegan restaurants, stores, etc)... but until then, I'm cooking home-cooked meals WAY more than I used to in the past. And of course eating healthy, which I didn't do in the past. Definitely one of the best decisions I've ever made, even though it makes me a minority (and like a freak) in this meat-eating world. :)