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#1 Old 04-16-2010, 11:22 AM
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Hi, all--I'm Lisa.

I became a vegetarian in January of 2009, which I found relatively easy.

Now I've been reading around more, and I've realized that I would also like to become vegan.

This will be MUCH MUCH harder! My favorite foods are cheese, ice cream, and milk chocolate. Did you other vegans go cold turkey, or did you take the transition in baby steps?

So anyway, I'm really just here for moral support and to be reminded as I read of the reasons I'm making this change.

Thanks for providing a community like this!

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#2 Old 04-16-2010, 11:30 AM
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Good morning Lisa,

You'll find a mixed bag of converting to veganism stories here. Personally, my partner and I went vegan overnight. It's not as hard as you're believing it to be. If you stop focusing upon what you'll be losing and start thinking upon what you will gain by becoming vegan, it'll make the transition and lifestyle a joy rather than a burden.

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#3 Old 04-16-2010, 12:19 PM
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Hi Lisa! Right when I decided to become a vegan, I stopped eating most things. I still had some milk which I kept drinking until it was gone. Don't worry about what you won't be eating. Focus on the new things that you will be eating!

Good luck.
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#4 Old 04-16-2010, 02:44 PM
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personally I think that it is easier to go vegan instantly because that way you don't think of animal products as food. It is easy when you try to remind where this food comes from because there is no essential difference between meat and dairy. If I don't drink milk from cow's udder why would I buy chocolate that is made from the same milk, only beautifully packaged? It might sound harsh but it helped me.

Try new products that you haven't thought of before, make your own sweets. Buy soy ice cream, mix it with jam and sprinkles if you don't like it plain.

Also, when time passes you will feel less urge to buy your old favourite sweets. And then will come the time when you just can't see those products something edible.

Vegan desserts on Foodgawker are so inspiring that you'll never think of eating an ice cream made from cow's milk:

I hope someone else will answer the question about cheese because I never liked it. Strange, I know
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I'm an "overnighter" as well. Watch The Dark Side of Dairy and that should do it for you. How anyone can continue to consume dairy after watching that I'll never know.

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