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Hi. I'm 13 years old and a male. Is it hard to be a vegan?

I've been a vegetarian for a 1year and 6 months and I do drink milk no much because I'm trying to get used to SoyMilk and I only eat free ranged eggs. Is it hard to be a vegan?
 

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Erm, it was sorta hard for the first week or so. But ordering in restaurants can be an issue. Even with vegetarian items they can be served with lots of cheese and dairy. But it hasn't been hard for me. I have been lucky, I guess. You can always just ask them to make something special for you.

It's a process. Do it slowly, and if your comfortable, do it cold turkey. I did it that way and have never felt better. I was already a lacto-veg, so it wasn't too hard for me.

I commend you for your efforts! I wish I went veg at your age! I wasn't very cultured then, I guess. heh.
 

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Ok I'll go slowy. I live in Australia so there aren't many vegetarian meal on menu's. My school canteen has 2 things which are sauce and a vegetarian roll I don't really think sauce should count though. They advertise red meat here as being healthy.
 

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hey mike. i'm 13 and male also. i suggest you do what i've been doing. it's really kind of hard to be vegan at school, as i learned during my month-long experiment. i've been vegetarian for 9 months. try this:

be semi-vegan.

don't eat milk BY ITSELF or eggs BY THEMSELVES. but if you buy something and it has milk as an ingredient or something, big deal. that's my suggestion. and thats how i'm living.
 

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I went vegetarian aged 12. If you're going vegan, you'll have to make sure you know where you'll get iron, calcium and vitamin B12 from, as these are the nutrients that omnis tend to worry about. And you should be worrying about B12 if you're going vegan, as it's not in the vegan diet, unless supplemented. (Some soymilks and breakfast cereals are fortified w/ B12)

Chances are that you'll have to cook for yourself if you don't already. This might be a little hard at first, but your skill will develop. (I've nearly burned the kitchen down on several occasions.)

My advice is to do what most people do when getting into cold water, and gradually ease yourself in. Some people jump straight in, but a lot of people advocate the gradual method. With veganism, it's best to do it gradually. Especially if you love cheese.
 

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I loved cheese, and I became vegan overnight. You have to really want it, though. I'm also an information junkie, so I informed myself of all the basic nutritional issues the same day I decided to become vegan. It can be done, but it should be done with all due diligence.
 

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Not too difficult for me. I gradually switched from vegetarian to vegan. It all depends how 'strict' you want to be. I read labels and carry a small "no no" list with me, but that's a choice I made. Whether you're vegan or vegetarian, you're still helping the animals & the planet.
 

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If you get yourself very well informed before you start and have a strong will to do it. you should not have too many problems. You have to learn to plan ahead. Think abotu the potential situations you will be in and always make sure that you will haev a vegan option available.

After a while, it will become second nature and it is worth it in the end.
 

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Sounds like australias schools the same as here..

Im not Vegan, But I do limit my dairy/egg intake..

And the only item the have thats Vegetarian at our canteen is a filled roll as well (laced with lots of mayo, cheese and egg)

So what I do is I make my own lunch
! (Here people who buy their lunch are the minority)

It means you don't have to line up, And since my brother buys his lunch I still get the money..


Danny
 
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