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Hi everyone!<br><br>
I'm new here. Just wanted to say hi and say a little bit about myself.<br><br>
I've always been interested in being a vegetarian. I "tried" a few times as a teenager. The one time I remember specifically I caved in within a few hours because my family was getting fast food.<br><br>
I had a close friend during my undergrad studies go vegetarian. I always admired it, but told myself I couldn't do it.<br><br>
I broke up with a guy in April and decided it was the perfect time to seriously do it. I needed to lose weight. I figured "hey there are no fat vegetarians, right?" What an ignorant thought that was. Anyways, I started by doing a lot of research online. I asked questions and read a lot of different "right" ways to do it. I can't remember which documentary or bit of research led me to thinking vegan, but that seemed to make more sense for me. I couldn't really justify in my head not eating animal flesh, yet still partaking in the exploitation of animals in the dairy business. So May 1 was my "start" date. You can bet that I went out and had a bunch of animal products on April 30.<br><br>
May was an interesting month. During the week I was strictly vegan. During the weekend I told myself it was okay to eat meat because it would be inconvenient for me and my family to make myself something different (I visit my family most weekends, but I'm on my own during the week). It went pretty well and I was proud of the positive changes that I did make. I went from eating animal products at every meal, to only a couple meals on the weekend.<br><br>
One problem with May was I really began to rely on processed foods. Whole Foods has some really tasty vegan options. That wasn't what I wanted, either.<br><br>
June, for a ton of reasons, was just terrible. I made vegan choices when they were convenient for me, but I ate more than my share of meat that month.<br><br>
I decided towards the end of June that I really wanted to make these changes. I still ultimately wanted to be vegan, but decided I needed to conquer full time vegetarianism first. I read Skinny B!tch. It opened my eyes about a lot of things. I invested in some vegan cook books (I love the internet resources, but there is something appealing to me about cracking open a book). I also got "Eating Animals" by Jonathan Safran Foer.<br><br>
Since July 1, I have done really well. On July 4 I was out with a friend and in a moment of weakness I ordered beef tacos. I had one bite, was immediately disgusted with myself and had my friend eat them instead. On July 17 I went to sushi (with the same friend). At that point I wasn't sure about fish. Logically it would not make sense to eat fish, but I justified it (I can't remember my reasoning). Coincidentally the next day I was feeling bad about it and read the chapter about fish in Eating Animals. I resolved that fish are also off limits.<br><br>
So this is where I'm at: I have no desire to eat animal flesh. After my two run-ins this month, I really know this is what I want to do. It has not been difficult (as I imagined it would be). When cooking at home, I only cook vegan food. My major issue with being vegan is when I eat out (which I do frequently with family). I go as vegan as I can, but sometimes it just doesn't happen that way (though yesterday I was VERY proud of myself...I questioned the waiter on every ingredient and had a delicious veggie filled vegan burrito).<br><br>
My family is supportive, but they are rapidly losing patience (apparently since I'm the "picky" one, I have to come up with meals and restaurants every time...which I appreciate, but it is exhausting...lately my answer has been "pick somewhere, I'll find something"). I'm quickly learning that when the topic comes up with someone new, it is best not to go into the gory details of why I'm transitioning into this lifestyle. They feel like I'm attacking them or they just don't want to know about it.<br><br>
So that's where I'm at. I watched Earthlings last weekend. It was informative. I'm proud of my choices. And I'm happy to join fellow vegetarians/vegans!
 

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Hello and welcome! I, too, am new. I did go vegan last week to detox and see if it would clear up a skin condition of mine (and sure enough, it did!). No it isn't easy. I am blessed to have a guy who is supportive though, and never gives me a hard time about what I want to eat or not eat. (hes a carnivore too so it's cool). It's too bad your family is losing patience, I'm sure if this was their endeavor they would want you to have respect and patience for them. So don't get discouraged, you have support here I'm sure and just remember why you want to make these changes. It will get easier, making such drastic changes after a lifetime or eating meat/dairy is never simple (I know cuz I'm doing it too). Keep up the good work and remember how good what you're doing is both for you and the planet!
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/hi.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":hi:"> Hello and welcome! I think many of us have had those stumbling blocks, but stay strong... it does get easier. I took a one day at a time approach and have now been vegetarian for 17 years. I went through a lot of the same situations when I went vegetarian at 15. There were plenty of times I was "the picky one" but it was important for me to stick to my guns and prove it wasn't just a phase. It took a few months with some family (years with others lol) to accept it, but now I find that many of them automatically choose places that give me options when we go out (buffets are big with my family now) and they try to have at least a few dishes available when we have family gatherings. Best of luck... you can do it!
 

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Thanks for the welcomes! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 
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