i've been lured back to the world of dairy by this insidiously delicious goat milk yogurt:
for real, this stuff is so good. and there's a whole world of amazing yogurt out there, especially at the fancy store. bean and i bought a selection of bizarre/delicious yogurts there yesterday, and both the cashier and the bagger practically waxed poetic about their favorite flavors of yogurt (including water buffalo yogurt, which is indeed quite tasty, and which the woman bagging our groceries claimed was well loved by her dog, too. wait, she feeds her dog yogurt?).
there are two real reasons for me dipping my toes (metaphorically) into dairy products: first of all, bean is assuming that she'll be unable to stick to her veganism while she's in germany next year -- she may not even be totally vegetarian. it's something that she did a lot of thinking about before she applied to AFS, and even before that. the idea of being a polite guest in someone's home, as well as immersing herself in another culture, is more important to her than sticking literally to her veganism. so she's easing up a bit, and i'm keeping her company.
the second reason i'm personally such an unorthodox near-vegan is that i feel better when i eat very small amounts of dairy and eggs. i really do believe strongly in the ethical arguments for being vegan, and i also believe you can be incredibly healthy on an all-plant diet, but personally, i physically feel better when i'm a little flexible with it.