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My name is Lela- I'm a 31 year old Buddhist mom and business owner living in Columbia, SC. My daughters (ages 6 and 9) and I decided to go veg for environmental and ethical reasons last October and haven't looked back since! We do eat cage-free eggs and animal-rennet-free cheeses , but pass on all meats, shellfish and gelatin. I was very hesitant to go old turkey with a picky eater who has always been underweight and was just 5 years old at the time, but she's actually gaining weight and eating a wider variety of foods. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p"><br><br><br><br>
The kids are proud of their decision and I am immensely proud of them, but we are keenly aware that we're in the minority here (especially here in the ultra-conservative Deep South). The kids teachers looked at me like I was crazy when I told them of our new diet, the father of one of my girl's best friends refused to make her a veg dinner on their most recent sleepover (which will be their last) and my family thinks that I might have gone off the deep end. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/rockon.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":rockon:"> So I am thrilled to discover this community of common-minded folk. I appreciate your letting me be a part and I hope to contribute something of value to the group.<br><br><br><br>
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Welcome Lelab <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/hi.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":hi:"><br><br><br><br>
There are 10 veggie-friendly places listed <a href="http://www.vegetarian-restaurants.net/South-Carolina-Vegetarian-Restaurants/Columbia-Vegetarian-Restaurants.htm" target="_blank">here in Columbia</a><br><br>
From the Vegan Connection - <a href="http://www.veganconnection.com/restaurants.html" target="_blank">here is another list of those places to eat in Columbia, SC</a><br><br><br><br>
Here is a story covered by a Columbia, SC news channel<br><br><a href="http://www.wistv.com/Global/story.asp?S=5838139" target="_blank">Smart Kids go Vegetarian!</a><br><br><br><br>
Don't feel intimidated just b/c you live in the south. If they were really back-woods neanderthals, they wouldn't dare promote vegetarianism in their newstories. Currently I live in West Virginia and even my grocery stores carry vegan soy burgers and Silk soymilk.<br><br><br><br>
Hope you're enjoying VB. It's a fairly large community.
 

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Welcome to VB! Congratulations on going vegetarian, and congratulations to your daughters too for being able to make compassionate decisions so young! You must be very proud! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">
 

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Wow. A sleepover dad didn't make your daughter food she could eat? That's ridicilous. Did you talk to him about it?<br><br><br><br>
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Hi! I'm in Richmond, VA, so I know what you mean feeling a bit out of place in the conservative south. Welcome to VB!
 

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And we are so very glad to have been found!<br><br>
Welcome to Veggieboards! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Wow. A sleepover dad didn't make your daughter food she could eat? That's ridicilous. Did you talk to him about it?<br><br><br><br>
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Oh, I agree Frank. And- unfortunately- they are plentiful around here. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/stupid.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":sign:"><br><br><br><br>
That's the last time my daughter will eat meals there. Their kid is welcome here anytime, but I'm not puting my Chloe through that again.
 

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Welcome to VB! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/hi.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":hi:">
 

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Welcome! Hopefully your daughter will come out stronger from the experience. Seriously though, couldn't he make a peanut butter sandwich? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/no.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":no:">
 
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