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#1 Old 01-17-2009, 11:56 AM
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Hello all

I am horrid at introducing myself, so I figure I will just jump right in.

To put it simply, I am in the midst of changing the way I live, and I never want to go back.

I was living in a bubble. I heard facts about factory farms, I even saw pictures and videos. And it made me angry and sad. Of course it did. But I never let it sink in completely, I knew it was wrong. But I could still disconnect that from the meal in front of me. But every time I was exposed to this truth, that ignoring thing got harder and harder. Then I realized that it wasn't just the factory farms that were bothering me. The actual act of killing animals, knowing that I could never do that myself. Not in a million years. Yet, I would eat them?

And it's quite embarrassing that what pushed me over the edge was the book Skinny *****. I needed some tough love. I needed someone to make the case that what I always knew in my heart was right. And more than that, it was common sense. Before that book I always thought about being a vegetarian, but never thought I could ever be a vegan.

I read it on new years morning in one sitting. And after I finished it, I knew it was time to change. My husband said I should take it slow, start with vegetarianism. But, honestly, my heart was made up. I was ready. So, now I'm a new vegan, trying to figure it all out.
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#2 Old 01-17-2009, 12:03 PM
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Welcome to VB! I thought transitioning to veganism was fun! Read up on it and enjoy yourself!
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#3 Old 01-17-2009, 12:15 PM
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Thanks DgyJff

I forgot to mention that I am having fun At first I thought it would be hard, if only because I have never liked to cook. But now I honestly think that was because I hated cooking meat, I was never comfortable around it.

Now I'm in the kitchen every day, eating really delicious food, and discovering new ingredients. I am so happy that I am finally following my heart, and as an added bonus I am eating way healthier now. I was a junkfood/fast food junkie before.
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#5 Old 01-20-2009, 11:58 AM
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I just read Skinny *****, too! Thought it was great and gave me the kick in the butt I needed to be more fussy about what I eat this coming year.

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#6 Old 01-20-2009, 10:05 PM
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#7 Old 01-21-2009, 10:51 AM
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You have reminded me to read that book! I've heard good things about it, but I typically steer clear of things with cursing in them (Vegan with a Vengeance being my exception so far because the recipes are AMAZING) but I think I may check it out. Hope to see you around!
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