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#1 Old 01-07-2011, 02:51 PM
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Hi everyone,

My name is Tanya and I am new to being vegan. I have tried vegan and vegetarian diets before, but that went away when I met my very carnivorous husband. Despite still eating meat, I was always researching and learning about the food industry. The combination of knowledge and personal beliefs has led me to choose a vegan diet and I have stopped feeding meat to my 2 year old twin girls.

I feel so much better physically and mentally already! I would like to try to switch my girls to vegan lifestyle sometime this year. I haven't switched them yet because I'm not sure what to do for dietary needs, and also because of lack of support from family. I am hoping to find meal ideas and support for my new lifestyle, but mostly to give me the encouragement to switch my kids to a vegan lifestyle.

Thanks for reading, can wait to start chatting with everyone!
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#2 Old 01-08-2011, 07:30 PM
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Welcome, I recently switched from vegetarian to vegan and I have to agree with you, I feel amazing mentally and physically. I don't know anything about raising kids, but raising a vegan child just doesn't sound like a good idea, there are a lot of nutrients young kids need to develop, vegetarian is fine but vegan would be risky (in my opinion) If i ever have kids I will raise them vegetarian then switch them to vegan later on.

There are no reasons to not go vegan, only excuses.
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#3 Old 01-08-2011, 09:24 PM
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I'm in Nevada...are you in the Las Vegas area?
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#4 Old 01-08-2011, 10:45 PM
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I'm in Vegas. Do you know about Vegas Veg?
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#5 Old 01-09-2011, 09:32 AM
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I am no longer in Vegas, just moved to Reno. Dang! Bad timing haha.

MikeLines, thanks for the welcome! I think that a vegan diet can be appropriate for a growing toddler if all needs are met. I know a couple of younger vegan kids personally and they are thriving. Although, I do like your point about letting them make the decision to be vegan when they are older, and raising them veg for now. Still trying to decided, many factors make this decision difficult.
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#6 Old 01-09-2011, 12:38 PM
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Welcome to VB!

I'm also from the Reno area in Nevada-it is great to find another vegan in the area!
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Welcome to Veggieboards!

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#8 Old 01-13-2011, 01:24 AM
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HI Tanya ,

Excellent im happy you have made the switch , ive been vegan for 8 years have a vegan wife and 2 girls , my family are very supportive and some have even turned vegan too, hers not so supportive . So anything you wish to ask im sure we can help , all the best !
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