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#1 Old 05-29-2010, 01:52 PM
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I thought I'd introduce myself a little bit. I don't know what anyone else writes on here, but here we go:

My name is Meaghan. I'm going to school in Montreal in an early childhood education program, and the studio I'll be moving into in the fall only has a mini-fridge as a means of refrigeration, and if I've learned anything from the mini-fridge my parents have, their freezers don't really freeze (inhibiting the storage of meat, for which I am thankful, as it gives me the extra push I'll need to eat a vegetarian diet).

I've attempted to make the switch to a vegetarian diet twice now. The first time I did it cold turkey (pardon the pun), and it didn't last very long. So the second time I did some more research, and eased into it a bit slower. My goal was to transition over the next couple of years or so, slowly substituting my meat purchases with meat alternatives. It went okay for a little bit, but my roommate at the time was not a vegetarian, and I got sucked back into meat pretty quickly.

This fall (late August), I will have a new roommate, and I don't know whether she is a veg*n or not. I don't want it to matter this time; I'd like to stay strong and keep up a vegetarian diet. My best friend, who goes to school in Toronto has been a vegetarian for the past two years, and has recently switched to a vegan diet, so I'll have a lot of support from her, but I joined this forum (I was referred from a dreadlocks forum I'm a member of) to get more information, support, and maybe figure out exactly why I want to eat a vegetarian diet anyway, which will really help me stick to it.
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#2 Old 05-29-2010, 03:16 PM
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Hi Meaghan, welcome to VB. Congratulations on making the switch. It is easier for some people than it is for others but you will get lots of support here. You may want to watch Meet Your Meat or Earthlings. These videos give a clear picture of why most of us are here.
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#3 Old 05-30-2010, 06:42 AM
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Hi and welcome to VB!

This place will provide you with all the support you need if you want to commit to a compassionate lifestyle. Be sure to check out places like Crudessence on Rachel and Aux Vivres on St. Laurent; they're delish!
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#4 Old 05-30-2010, 09:15 AM
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@amhappy1 I'll look into watching them, thanks. Documentaries, I'm guessing?

@Fraisie Thanks, I'll look them up one day It'll be a good way to get to know my way around a little bit.
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#5 Old 05-30-2010, 11:10 PM
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Meaghan, bienvenue!

Glad to hear of other Montrealers going veg. Follow Fraisie's advice. The Plateau and surrounding downtown areas are full of delightful Farmers markets(Jean talon is pretty epic), whole food stores, and vegan/raw/vegetarian restaurants.

Best of luck on your vegetarian journey, and I hope you find the path to veganism
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#6 Old 05-31-2010, 05:30 AM
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Welcome to VB

My usual answer: I have never heard a convincing reason to eat meat.
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