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#1 Old 05-02-2005, 04:33 PM
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My name is Georgeanne (obviously!) and I'm fourteen years old. I live in Little Rock, AR. I've been vegetarian for a little while now, almost four or five months, I haven't really kept track of the exact day or month. I became vegetarian because I felt that I had a dependence on meat- that my diet was too dependent on the substance that I was just eating meat. It wasn't very balance. I became vegetarian because I wanted to open up my mind to a world of new options (and I have!).

Around here, we have those really preachy vegetarians and vegans, because of the underground hardcore scene. They sometimes look down on others because they're not vegetarian because of animal rights reasons. It's a little frustrating. Most of the time, I can't have a decent conversation with any of them because they want to hand me PETA pamphlets.

I joined the board because I wanted to find more recipes for my consumption, being that I have pretty much consumed for dinner on a daily basis the side dishes that my parents cook. They're pretty accepting of it, but I still get snotty comments about how "this used to be your favorite!" and things. We eat totally vegetarian dinners about, ehhh, once every two weeks.

In conclusion, hi!
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Hi Georgeanne! Welcome to VB!

Steve (beforewisdom), our nutritional welcome-wagon volunteer, is unable to be here at this time; however, I have his permission to take over his duties whenever necessary. Here is what he tells our newbies:

Vegan Outreach has a stellar starter kit.

Please do not let the word "vegan" in it scare you.

The information applies just as much to vegetarians as

vegans. Just add milk and eggs if that is what you are into.

Vegan Outreach will mail you a very nice printed copy for

free. You can also download a pdf version for free or read

it on the web for free.

The kit includes unique and thoughtful essays by

Vegan Outreach founder Matt Ball that will help you

make vegetarianism a rewarding and lasting commitment.

It has a better recipe section than most starter kits that

I have seen. Best of all it also has an up to date,

complete, easy to understand, and brief nutrition section by

Jack Norris, a vegan Registered Dietician.

Assuming you have a solid reason for starting veg*nism

the two best things you can do to make your commitment to it

last are to learn good nutrition and to learn to cook a small

set of recipes you really like.

Here is the URL:

Vegan Outreach also hosts a web site of health articles

for people on plant based diets:

Be careful of whom you take nutrition advice from on the web.

There are a number of web mavens who sound as if they know what

they are talking about and they really don't.

Learn to ask people how they know what they know.

Animal Rights sites, even some of the more well known names are known for

giving out of date or incomplete information on vegetarian nutrition.

If you are interested in more information I have articles and descriptions

of books by well known, well respected, and well credentialed authorities

on my web site at:

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#9 Old 05-10-2005, 02:07 PM
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I'm sorry that the underground hardcore scene in your area has been so elitist. Sometimes the kids get too carried away. ;-) You can be veg for whatever reasons you want. Welcome to VB!!! :-)

Love, a massachusetts hardcore "kid" (well, I used to be a kid, still hardcore ;-) )
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Hey there! I lived in Little Rock from 2001 to 2004. I never came across any preachy vegans/veg folks ... in fact I only knew one vegetarian my whole time there! Instead, I got to listen to my coworkers weekend hunting stories at the office

Welcome ... and remember, it could always be worse
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#12 Old 05-11-2005, 12:55 PM
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hi georganne! it's so nice to see another from arkansas!

10-15 years ago (when i was 14-18), i lived in little rock. i lived off of kanis road on cooper orbit road in west little rock. i attended mt. st. marys for high school. i used to ditch class and hang around down kavanaugh in the early hard core scene (back then, the eXe and vegan contingent was really small, and those vegans whom i did know weren't related to the scene).

pretty cool to see ya. i hope you find some recipes that you love!
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