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#1 Old 01-11-2016, 12:36 PM
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vegetarian in transition to vegan :)

Hi all,

Here's my story:
I come from a family where a meal wasn't considered a good meal unless it had meat in it. My husband was addicted. So was I. Until a year and a half ago, we had too much...and then I saw a youtube video where someone called it 'animal flesh'. Something about that term grossed me out and I just couldn't choke down meat, chicken or seafood since then.

The effects? My husband cut down on his meat drastically because it would be just for him and our son (who barely eats anything). We ate a TON more vegetables (sometimes, dinner was literally a bowl of frozen peas and corn...we didn't know what to eat) I lost weight...a couple of months later, our fertility issues disappeared and we became pregnant with our daughter!

This past November, I finally became more open to watching documentaries. I became more aware of the ethical and environmental issues and inspired my friend and her husband to try a vegetarian diet. Like magic, our local grocery store opened a 'health food' section featuring organic food and substitutes for meat and dairy. And now I stumbled upon this forum. It is as though the pieces to transition to veganism are all here in front of me...how can I not try?

The transition to vegan is tougher than I thought. I'm done with dairy, done with eggs...slowly working on the rest. Analyzing ingredient lists, researching companies, saving up to replace the leather things in my house...it is WAY more overwhelming than simply picking out meat from my meal at family gatherings because it 'makes me sick'. (btw, what have other people done with leather furniture after their transition? donate? throw it out?)

Thanks for letting me tell you my story. I am grateful for these forums and the support they provide for these drastic lifestyle changes. I especially love the 'what did you eat today' forum - it has such good ideas for day-to-day meals!

Cheers!
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#2 Old 01-11-2016, 01:07 PM
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When researching companies, you'll find that even companies that sell vegan products are not entirely vegan.

Regarding that, I agree with Gary Yourofsky in this video:

"We have enslaved the rest of the animal creation, and have treated our distant cousins in fur and feathers so badly that beyond doubt, if they were able to formulate a religion, they would depict the Devil in human form." - William Ralphe Inge

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When researching companies, you'll find that even companies that sell vegan products are not entirely vegan.

Regarding that, I agree with Gary Yourofsky in this video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oIIF3Y3qMLg
Thanks for this video jessandreia! It makes perfect sense and lifts a weight off of my shoulders!!
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#4 Old 01-11-2016, 05:47 PM
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I wouldn't throw anything that could still be used in the garbage. First I would chose to donate anywhere that gives things away-womans shelters, homeless shelters, transitional housing. Second choice to charities that provide services to disadvantaged like Goodwill,or take them to drop off boxes.
Even real fur can be donated to animal rescues for orphaned animal babies.

While I oppose the leather industry I still ok whats done as it can serve its purpose for people who use it for a long time. I'd rather they bought used.
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I've been vegan for 10 years and we still have a leather chair in the living room. It was bought for my husband in 2000, when he was going through chemo, and we still have it. When I replaced my car in 2010, I chose one with a no-leather interior. And over the years, we've replaced wool rugs with synthetic, down pillows with down alternative, and replaced a leather cube with a rope one. But we still have that chair…

I honestly wouldn't worry about replacing anything now - you've already got enough to keep you busy! Concentrate on what you eat and new products you need to buy. Use up your non-vegan consumables and replace those with vegan ones as they run out. Enjoy this time - it should be fun! And the vegan police? They're just a bunch of blowhards.
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Hi Jenn and welcome! It IS overwhelming in the beginning trying to figure it all out. I remember when I was new at being vegan, I would analyze everything I did and thought about all day...from the toothbrush and paste I used, to the clothes I wore, to the negative thoughts in my head (eg "you eat like a pig" to self), to what I cleaned with and what I put ON my body as well as in, to my wallet. The food transition was indeed the easier part. And then throw in the social aspects and living in a society that promotes meat/dairy and glorifies the use of animals in everything. Focusing on the positives of being vegan and what I can do and have, really helped a lot. Fortunately it is becoming ever easier now to be vegan. I really feel like I simplified my life when I went vegan in many ways. And it has helped me become more assertive and stand up for beliefs instead of always following the crowd.

There is no need to try to be perfect and pure in every sense. I know it can be frustrating because some omnivores like to call us "hypocrites" when they see an inconsistency, instead of focusing on doing something themselves to stop or reduce the exploitation of animals and humans.

Over time it gets easier and everything comes more naturally.

One thing I like about new vegans though is that they remind the oldies not to become too complacent. Veganism is a conscious choice we make every day and that should never stop.
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