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I really would like to become vegan. I have been a vegetarian for only a short while, but I already am not a huge fan of eggs and milk. I was wondering if you have any advice? Do you wish someone would have told you about veganism before you tried it? TIA

 

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Reasearch! People will undoubtedly ask you even more questions now. A lot of people are thoroughly uneducated on why the egg and dairy industries are just as cruel, if not more, than the meat one. Arm yourself with knowledge!
 

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Yes! I'm sure my family (and my husbands family) will have lots of questions! Thank you azerea
 

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I agree research is important. There are tons of helpful sites with great info. Also, to examine your reasons for becoming a vegan, why it is important to you. I think it is something you have to believe in greatly to stick with. It is can be inconvenient and seem lonely at times, especially if you live in a unfriendly Vegan area. I have accepted that sometimes it will be hard but it is worth it for me for the animals.
 

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I agree about researching, the more you know the more comfortable you will be with your decision and you can be more confident about responding to peoples questions.

I would also add to that: Look at food porn!


Once you know all the benefits of being vegan and you make the decision the next step is adjusting to this new way of eating and looking at food. Rather than thinking of it as giving things up or depriving yourself look at it as a new adventure and a chance to try a lot of new delicious food! Get some cook books, look at some of the many vegan blogs and cooking sites out there, and go shopping. There's a whole new world of animal free clothing/cosmetics/cleaning products to try too.

My philosophy is that there's no reason why being vegan can't be fun, I find even hardcore meat eaters warm up to the idea over a plate of vegan chocolate chip cookies with almond milk
 

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My advice is this:

a) Set a goal (example: eat only vegan for meals at home), set smaller goals that lead up to the larger goal (example: get at least one vegan cookbook, test out at least 4 vegan recipes, etc.), and then achieve!

Then set another goal (example: eat vegan at restaurants)... and so on (example: eat vegan at friend's houses/church events/etc.) and so on...

b) If you mess up once or twice just dust yourself off and start over.
 

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Eating vegan would not be an issue with someone like myself, but a true vegan lifestyle would just never be reasonable.
I will not spend time shopping for vegan friendly shoes, I will not turn down buying a car because it has leather seats.

of course, a year ago I might have told you to go have relations with yourself if you suggested I give up meat... so you never know.
 

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Research, especially on how to stay healthy. Acquire some books, guides, recipes. Check out Becoming Vegan.
Don't go into it blind
 

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If you want to go vegan because you don't want the animals to suffer or being slaughtered then consider to become an activist and you can multiply your effect on animals by many times!

Here are three good vegan activism links:
http://www.veganoutreach.org/advocacy/index.html
http://www.facebook.com/topic.php?ui...739&topic=1602
http://.../activism-guides-for-everyone

"People ask me why I leaflet so much. I point out that each hour of leafleting has far more of an impact than a lifetime of personal abstention from animal products."
- Eugene Khutoryansky, animal activist

"If there's one thing that the animals suffering at factory farms and slaughterhouses need, it's more activists who seek to create large-scale change. And the best way to create huge change is to set appropriately high goals.

Perhaps the best such goal to have is to become a 'millionaire' for the animals. That is, instead of deciding to earn a million dollars, you've decided to do what it takes to spare a million animals the ordeal of a factory farm and slaughterhouse.

Such a goal is surprisingly achievable. In fact, anyone who makes a big commitment to leafleting will be well on their way to becoming an animal activist millionaire."
- Erik Marcus, Vegan.com
 
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