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Mine started out as a dietary commitment to see what difference could I make in my total colesterol. I was determined not to eat, meat, eggs, or dairy, or animal products as a kind of self experiment. I didn't allow myself to obsess over foods I'd enjoyed in the past. My goal was for approx. 30 days or until the results of my tests came back. In those 30 days plus (and now over on year) I learned much about nutrition, the food industry, unique foods, animal cruetly, the illusive right of animals, my capacity for compassion, enviormental issues, truth and lies, ignorance, and many other areas of contemplation, that I have never turned back, and am happy with this life style I continue to pursue. In the beginning it never was about any of these things but one, and that was the outcome of a colesterol test. Thinking about all this , it is amazing to me how this has changed my life (for the better I will add), and the lives of others I come in contact with. The seeds I sow, the truths I speak, and the difference for good in the world that I make, how ever small that maybe.<br><br>
self-aggrandizing? perhaps, but I could choose worse.
 

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Nah. Don't think of it that way.<br><br><br><br>
Once a man was walking along a beach. The sun was shining and it was a beautiful day. Off in the distance he could see a person going back and forth between the surf's edge and and the beach. Back and forth this person went. As the man approached he could see that there were hundreds of starfish stranded on the sand as the result of the natural action of the tide.<br><br>
The man was stuck by the the apparent futility of the task. There were far too many starfish. Many of them were sure to perish. As he approached the person continued the task of picking up starfish one by one and throwing them into the surf.<br><br><br><br>
As he came up to the person he said, "You must be crazy. There are thousands of miles of beach covered with starfish. You can't possibly make a difference." The person looked at the man. He then stooped down and pick up one more starfish and threw it back into the ocean. He turned back to the man and said, "It sure made a difference to that one!"
 

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My commitment to veganisim is strong and it is for the animals....<br><br><br><br>
I can not stand the thouhgt of their suffering, and I dont want to be apart of it.... I hate it....<br><br><br><br>
I am totally loving this lifestyle in every way.... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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I would say my committment to veganism is strong, my 3rd time around! LOL My journey has not been a straight line, it has been squiggly with lots of back and forth and a TON of research! My first try as a vegan was an impulse reaction to stuff I read about factory farming but unfortunately I knew nothing about cooking or nutrition and didn't stick to it very long. My second time I got swayed when I had a baby and started to worry about his nutrient levels, namely B-12, so I added organic, free range dairy and eggs back into our diets.<br><br><br><br>
This last time, my husband and I re-watched our copy of <span style="text-decoration:underline;">Meet Your Meat</span> and then followed it by viewing <span style="text-decoration:underline;">Earthlings</span> and <span style="text-decoration:underline;">Peaceable Kingdom</span>. We pretty much saturated ourselves with images of factory farms and we realized we just couldn't continue contributing to the egg and dairy industries in any way, shape, or form -- not even the organic ones that we had fooled ourselves into believing were lovely and perfectly humane. That was in November and I haven't found myself wavering at ALL. I'm a much better cook now and I am really enjoying checking out vegan cookbooks from the library and trying out new recipes. I really think this time is for keeps. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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My commitment to veganism is the basis of my life. My business is veganism. My mentallity is veganism (i.e. no harm to living creatures). My diet is obviously vegan but as a chef I dream of producing books that push the British idea of veganism forward.<br><br><br><br>
What keeps me going - the lack of any desire to commit harm to another life form.
 

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My committment is strong (vegan going on 4 years now), and I'm not exactly sure why. Whenever people ask me if it's hard being vegan I think, well no, actually it would be hard, impossible it seems, to not be vegan anymore. Being vegan has just lifted this enormous burden from my psyche, so it doesn't seem difficult at all to maintain my vegan lifestyle. Of course my committment might be tested more if I lived somewhere where vegan food options weren't readily available, but still, even if I lived in some rural, gung-ho meat-eating area of the country, at this point I think I'd still find a way. Putting animal products in my mouth doesn't even seem like an option anymore.
 

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I guess I don't feel like I'll know how committed I are until I've been vegan a while and am over the excited newbie-ness of it all. But right now, I'm feeling pretty serious about it. I guess some of the reasons are:<br><br>
i) I feel a helluva lot better about myself and my choices since going vegan. As a lacto-ovo I always had guilt when eating non-vegan food. It just makes me happier <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sunny.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":sunny:"><br><br>
ii) So far it has been waaay easier than I expected.<br><br>
iii) I feel strongly about the animal cruelty involved in making animal foods.
 

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There will always be those with stronger convictions and those with lower convictions than where we each stand.<br><br><br><br>
Those with higher aren't necessarily extremist, and those with lower aren't necessarily half-hearted - for we are both higher and lower than someone else.
 

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I'm surprised at how essential it has become for me - it is an integral part of me now, and, in part, defines me.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>troub</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
There will always be those with stronger convictions and those with lower convictions than where we each stand.<br><br><br><br>
Those with higher aren't necessarily extremist, and those with lower aren't necessarily half-hearted - for we are both higher and lower than someone else.</div>
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I love this post. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/rockon.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":rockon:">
 

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I too came to veganism originally due to the healthy aspects. However, once I learned of the cruelty involved in the dairy/egg industries, I found myself permanently in the whole-hearted vegan category<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>cojo</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
Once a man was walking along a beach. The sun was shining and it was a beautiful day. Off in the distance he could see a person going back and forth between the surf's edge and and the beach. Back and forth this person went. As the man approached he could see that there were hundreds of starfish stranded on the sand as the result of the natural action of the tide.<br><br>
The man was stuck by the the apparent futility of the task. There were far too many starfish. Many of them were sure to perish. As he approached the person continued the task of picking up starfish one by one and throwing them into the surf.<br><br><br><br>
As he came up to the person he said, "You must be crazy. There are thousands of miles of beach covered with starfish. You can't possibly make a difference." The person looked at the man. He then stooped down and pick up one more starfish and threw it back into the ocean. He turned back to the man and said, "It sure made a difference to that one!"</div>
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My mother told me that story once. I love that story. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":love:"><br><br><br><br>
My commitment to veganism is very strong. This is my life. This is my passion. I believe that I make a difference everyday with my choices ... dietary and fashion alike.<br><br><br><br>
Trace amounts? Won't touch it. I got rid of everything leather, I have never ever worn or used wool, and I have revamped my diet several times to stay vegan and also be able to avoid all of my food allergies.<br><br><br><br>
I never bend on my beliefs, not even the littlest bit. I won't settle for that tiny bit of cheese or the trace amounts of dairy. I'm extremely strict about my diet, even going so far as to severely pester and be a pain in the ass to any waitstaff or chef that is so unlucky to have to serve and/or cook for me [by making extremely specific requests concerning the food they are making for me].<br><br><br><br>
So yeah ... I would say my commitment is <b>strong</b>.
 

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My commitment is strong. It just feels so right. Any moments of weakness are fleeting and it's always because I want some kind of chocolate bar that isn't vegan. It's ridiculous that something that trivial is what I crave the most. Vegan substitutes just don't do it for me. I can't imagine ever eating meat/dairy/eggs again. And I do it for the animals.
 

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My commitment is solid. And so has it been since I saw one of those slaughterhouse/farmhouse abuse videos. As quick as the video was over - I had changed from being veggie to strict vegan. And that was that.<br><br>
Enjoying certain foods containing dairy produce (Nutella, delivery pizza etc) is not worth the suffering that I saw in that video.
 

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mine came from environmentalism / human rights and trying to further that quest of freedom. it was also because i was keen to loose my entire dependancy on animals and now it registers 95% militant vegan haha. but on a serious note, i feel a cold sweat if ever i am unsure of anything going and my heart beat increases a little - which makes me easily resist and check it out first before sampling or considering it.<br><br>
the thought of anything against the ideology of animal liberation instantly makes me consider the suffering of others...
 

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My commitment is strong. I would never eat an animal product ever again. In my heart I think every living creature has a right to live. I don't want to contribute to the horror and the cruelty that involves animals. It's simple as that!<br><br>
And maybe one person doesn't make a huge impact (as I was told about this so many times), but look how many of us are here and supporting the same cause. It MAKES a HUGE difference!<br><br>
Everyday you and I fight for something we believe in!
 

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The vegan diet comes naturally and easily to me, but I'm not as committed to animal causes in general as I should be. I'm lazy.
 

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I'm not a complete vegan but I'm not sure by what criteria a commitment is strong and by what it isn't.
 
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