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The knowledge that I am doing something important for animals and the environment.

My overall feeling of health and happiness.

All of the new foods to explore that as an omnivore I never knew about though I wish I had.

The feeling that I have accomplished something very important in my life. I have shown extensive amounts of determination and perseverance against not only social rejection, but bodily rejection of so many foods. Through it all I am still a healthy and happy vegan and I am proud of myself and my ability to stand up strong for my beliefs and my way of life.

I feel important, and I am glad that I have rejected ignorance and embraced enlightenment.
 

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The belief that it is a lifestyle, not a diet. I don't believe that I could ever eat steak again. If I viewed it as a diet, I would feel the choice to have meat less-connected with myself as an ethical person and more connected with myself as a health-conscience person. I am not saying that is terrible, but I would give in more to temptation if I viewed Veganism this way.
 

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The knowledge that I am doing something important for animals and the environment.
Exactly!

I have to admit though, some days I would LOVE a burger or some chicken, but I truly feel that animals are not ours to destroy. I carry PETA's vegetarian starter kit brochure in my purse and don't hesitate to pull it out when a reality check is in order. Works everytime and I feel so much more at peace sitting down to a meal that didn't cost an animal's life.
 

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I haven't yet wanted to eat meat (4 months in). I have more trouble staying away from tofu (allergic) than I do a steak or some chicken. Plus I LOVE all the foods I am eating now and aren't missing meat at all so I guess I don't really need motivation. If I did though it'd be knowing that I wasn't consuming poor defenceless animals who's lives had been sheer agony
 

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obviously I am vegan for my morals and I could say some really sappy things but there is loads of stuff that keeps me vegan in a more practical way...

-Alpro, the gods of soy-based dairy replacement and who send me money off vouchers

-The support of my dad

-VB


-Stubborness


-PeTA vidoes, COK leaflets, etc, when I really need them. Although I mostly avoid them.

All of the above in no specific order
 

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The peace of mind knowing that this way of life is better for all creatures, my health, and the environment.
 

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Knowing that an animal didn't have to experience a terrible life, followed by fear and pain for me to eat my lunch. On another level, my own fear of the industry itself. The more I lean of their practices, the more I know how unhealthy it is.
 

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I've been vegetarian for 5 1/2 years, and now vegan. I became vegetarian after seeing videos of the lives and deaths of "food" animals. That's what started my veg*anism and kept me motivated in the beginning. Now it's the fact that I don't even like the smell of meat anymore. As far as my vegan diet which I started January 2007, I simply decided that the egg and dairy industries are just as cruel as the meat industry. Also, I have read that a veg*an saves 95 animal lives a year, and that's pretty motivating for me!
 
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