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OK, I am finally telling people that I'm a vegan. Ta-da!<br><br><br><br>
That's a big deal for me! I've been a l/o vegetarian for 9 years (wow, I can't believe it's been that long! Look mom, I didn't die!), don't buy/wear animal products, and I've generally eaten vegan foods at home (besides that attempt at being a l/o So. Beach-er last year. Which was random). But I've always allowed myself to chose the l/o foods when I'm in restaurants or ordering lunch at work. It was more convenient for me, less apt to bring attention to my diet. And I've never wanted to proclaim any vegan-ness since I didn't want to be the 'vegan that eats cheese' or some nonsense. I know how the pesco-veg*n stuff rubs me the wrong way and confused the heck out of the omnis.<br><br><br><br>
But no more! I'm tired of doing things I don't believe in just 'cause they're supposedly 'easier.' I want to be vegan and I'm telling people about it!<br><br><br><br>
I might get a little scared about this, and I really hope I can turn to you all for support when needed. I know very few vegans in 'real-time' life, and I don't talk to any of them regularly. Thank goodness I have you all!
 

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That's wonderful! This is a very exciting time in your life, and we're all happy to be a part of it! YIPPIEEEE!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/hamster.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":hamster:">
 

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My last L-vegetarian food was organic yogurt. I felt like it was a healthy food and an easy way to get nutrients. But when veganism is contemplated it seems like the only way to go. And giving up that yogurt was easy.<br><br><br><br>
So good for you and, yeah, if you need help there are lots of vegans here to offer suggestions on any potential problems. Making that decision is the first step. If you falter anywhere along the way then just regroup and ask for help and we'll be here.<br><br><br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/thumbsup.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":up:">
 

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Congrats!! We are all here for you! I think it can be a bit awkward at first when you are telling people that you have become vegan, and social occasions come up - but before long everyone is used to it and it will just seem natural! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 
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