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#1 Old 12-03-2015, 03:54 PM
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Wink Newly Vegan and new to this forum.

It speaks bounds about how deeply carnism is entrenched in mainstream society that I feel tentative about expressing that I am a Vegan. I am not ashamed of it whatsoever, more so I was rather ashamed when I still consumed animal products. I used to be one of those people who'd make fun of Vegans, and dismissed all as hippie pacifists who sit around smoking pot all day. I let my experience with the handful of Vegans I encountered mar my idea of it and put me off. Now, years later I finally admitted what I knew all along that eating animals was wrong. Also, eggs, milk and animal's flesh never agreed with my body. It was as as of my body was rejecting it all along. I'll go into more later as I post more here, but a lot of my decision to go Vegan stemmed from philosophy and an introspective journey that led me to what was self evident all along and as a lover of the truth; it was only right to acknowledge it and to make this change for the animals I claimed to love-- yet still ate some species of! and for myself. I was a defensive Carnist for the last couple years of my old habits, I just didn't want to admit to myself it was wrong though I was aware of the horrors animals go through so ignorant humans can consume their flesh. I will always be a flawed human, but at least the best we can do for our fellow sentient earthlings is to not eat them.

Cheers! I am glad to be here, it was a long time coming.
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#3 Old 12-03-2015, 05:04 PM
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#4 Old 12-03-2015, 05:41 PM
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I resisted going vegan even though I had been vegetarian for several years. For me, I just wasn't willing to endure the sacrifice I was sure it would entail. That was 10 years ago, and believe me, there's been no sacrifice! Going vegan was the most personally satisfying and liberating decision I've ever made. I love living my values!

Welcome to Veggieboards. Be sure to give yourself room to make mistakes - we all make them - it's crazy what they put animal products in these days! Enjoy the ride!
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Welcome aboard, Raskolnikova! Howdy!
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I resisted going vegan even though I had been vegetarian for several years. For me, I just wasn't willing to endure the sacrifice I was sure it would entail. That was 10 years ago, and believe me, there's been no sacrifice! Going vegan was the most personally satisfying and liberating decision I've ever made. I love living my values!

Welcome to Veggieboards. Be sure to give yourself room to make mistakes - we all make them - it's crazy what they put animal products in these days! Enjoy the ride!
Thank you! I dragged my heels as well -- but you know what put that spark in my soul to finally just do it rather than make excuses? After eating at Thanksgiving dinner, I looked at the Shih Tzu that my grandparents adopted, and of the cadaver of the bird at the table... and that that bird was as alive as the dog is. I mean I was aware from childhood that meat came from dead animals; but I tucked my true feelings away and just went with the flow as I was already having issues getting along with people -- I thought it would just alienate me more.

It was tremendously sad the few times I cooked animal products, and ate cheese-- knowing... it was selfish, gluttonous and just wrong. After crying through a night, I gave the remaining animal products to my grandparents -- who sadly probably won't go Veg and stocked up with actual food. I am sure I will make mistakes too, like the cereal -- that my grandmother gave me months ago has some honey in it and I ate some of it the other day. I am pretty anal about looking at the labels though; and yes there is indeed no sacrifice whatsoever. If anything it was a great relief.
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Hi Raskolnikova,

Mercy For Animals has a well-written Vegetarian Starter Guide (it's actually vegan). The nutrition part of the guide begins on page 7: http://www.mercyforanimals.org/files/VSG.pdf
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Specific recommendations for a healthy diet include: eating more fruit, vegetables, legumes, nuts and grains; cutting down on salt, sugar and fats. It is also advisable to choose unsaturated fats, instead of saturated fats and towards the elimination of trans-fatty acids."
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W e l c o m e !

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