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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/thumbsup.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":up:"> Hello everyone! This is my first week of diving in and making the immediate decision to become a vegan. It all started like this.....One day, I was looking through profiles on MySpace.com and came across someone who had a video of what is done to defenseless animals for the meat industry. I had no idea! This is what made me change my mind. I admit, although a little embarrassed to say, that after watching the video, I was pretty tearful. It was very sad, shocking and heartbreaking to see the torment animals go through. I wish more people had an idea. I think it would pursuade more people to become vegans.<br><br><br><br>
I did a search to find a vegan forum and came across this site and decided to join. After reading various vegetarian recipes, I threw out all the milk, dairy and meat I had and purchased tofu hot dogs, soy "faux" ground beef, soy sausage, Tofutti cream cheese substitute, etc., as well as soy and rice protein powder, as I am a competing bodybuilder. I never had any idea vegan food could taste so good! Virtually anything you like can be found in some vegan form now.<br><br><br><br>
All of this info hit home hard, as I looked at my miniature dachshund, sleeping peacefully on his bed, while I was watching the videos. I wondered how there could be any difference from him and other animals, as all animals feel pain and emotions. That was more than enough for me to make the change.<br><br><br><br>
My future goal has always been to become a pastry chef. Now, it will be to become a "vegan" pastry chef. A little info on myself: This vegan lifestyle should be of great benefit to me, as I have congenital heart disease, as well. My diet has to be the best I can make it, especially since I have to be comsuming an extremely healthful diet for bodybuilding competitions, on top my heart condition. I am a 34 year old Spaniard, living in New York City, and have been bodybuilding for about 7 years.<br><br><br><br>
I hope to meet a lot of other compassionate friends at this site and I will try to contribute as much as I can in return to everyone. I get really creative with dessert recipes, since that is my passion, and I hope to share a lot with you all, as well. Take care everyone, be well and here's to a healthier life with freedom to all animals and people in this world.<br><br>
Always,<br><br>
Marco-Antonio
 

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Hi Marco! Great story. Turns out myspace is good for something after all! Huh. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Bienvenidos a Veggieboards, Marco-Antonio! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/hi.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":hi:"><br><br><br><br>
(please correct my Spanish if it's bad) <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/blush.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":eek:">
 

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What a wonderful story! I am glad you shared this with us, I feel like we have a lot in common already!<br><br><br><br>
Welcome to the boards. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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great job man, one little tip of advice. giving up something "cold turkey" (parden the expression) is hard, and as long as you are strong enough to resist the cravings then they will fad quick.<br><br><br><br>
i've never been to a vegan pastry shop so when you get yours up and running be sure to let us know where it is and those close will surley give you some support
 

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Welcome! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br><br><br>
I second the amazement that myspace was good for something.
 

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Isn't it nice to find other people - compassionate and caring - just like ourselves? I do not know what I'd do without the internet :p The journey would certainly be lonely.<br><br><br><br>
I've been vegetarian (almost completely vegan) for 2 years and now realize how important it is to meet and socialize with other people who have a compassionate and gentle side to them. I had never realized how important this was beforehand.<br><br><br><br>
There is a saying that goes something like this: You can know a man's heart by the way he treats his animals.<br><br><br><br>
So far, I have realized there is A LOT of truth to this now that I meet people every day. Anyway, I'm sharing this quote because I have found it very helpful while making friends since going vegetarian/vegan.<br><br><br><br>
Its also GREAT to have a person like yourself - a bodybuilder - make a sacrifice for the helpless animals. Its nice to see that people can come from all different styles of life and agree in the area of compassion and mercy. Welcome <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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That was such a great story! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"> Welcome to VB!
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/blush.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":eek:"> Thank you all so much for welcoming me to this community and for taking the time to respond to my post. Your responses and words meant a lot to me and it's great to feel like there is a place that I "fit in" since most people don't yet understand vegetarianism/veganism in general. This is now my second week and it's been great so far. I haven't really found any difficulty in changing over to a vegan diet since I have been able to luckily find so much delicious vegan food at my local supermarket.<br><br><br><br>
The other day, I was in the mood for spaghetti. Before, I used to make it with sausage and ground beef. Well, it was no problem for me to make a vegan form of spaghetti. I just bought some "Gimme Lean" brand meatless sausage and used "Boca" brand ground soy meatless beef. It was very surprising as to how good it tasted. Another day, I wanted a glass of milk, so instead, I had a glass of "Silk" brand vanilla soymilk, which I ended up liking more than dairy milk.<br><br><br><br>
The only thing that I find I need to do more now, is read nutrition labels and ingredients, because I have found some "meatless" burgers that happened to contain either milk powder and/or egg whites. It's no problem, though, as it is becoming second nature for me to read ingredients. Besides, if a few extra minutes of my day can contribute to preventing animal torture and cruelty, it is all MORE than worth it.<br><br><br><br>
Again, I am really, really surprised at all the true vegan foods I have been finding. A few other examples were, meatless spicy Buffalo Wings, "faux" Chik-N nuggets with BBQ sauce, "Soy Garden" brand dairyless margarine spread and so many soy-based yogurts. I had no idea before all this good stuff existed. So again, thank you all for welcoming me here and I think I have made one of the best decisions of my life to become vegan. Now, I can "truly" say I am an animal lover. Take care everyone and be well.<br><br>
Always,<br><br>
Marco-Antonio
 
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