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Hi there everyone. Been a long time lurker of VB, thought I had better finally say hello.<br><br>
OK, I admit it, I'm just posting because I want to get rid of Michael's face above the forums. Don't get me wrong Michael, you're a handsome guy and all that, but I feel we are getting too familiar and you haven't even bought me a drink yet. Slow down man.<br><br>
So, er.. about me. I had always been an ignorant omni until my two little boys were born and I reflected more on my morals and how I affected the world around me. Became a strict vegetarian for moral and ethical reasons in Jan 2011, and after reaping the incredible health benefits, and realising the terrible cost to the world of the inefficient, wasteful, polluting, largely inhumane and unethical meat industry, am now working towards being completely animal free.<br><br>
It's not an easy journey but very rewarding in every way. Alongside the support of my wonderful "veggie-but-reluctant-to-commit-to-using-the-label" wife, VB has helped me a lot over the past few months, even if I have been hiding in the shadows, so thank you to all the very knowledgeable people on here.<br><br>
I'll miss you, Michael's face.<br><br>
edit: He's gone but 20 seconds... and I already feel the emptiness...
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/laugh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":lol:"> welcome to veggieboards!<br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/broccoli.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":bobo:">
 

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

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Thank you all very much for the lovely welcome. Nice to meet you.
 

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Nice to meet ya and welcome <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Thank you very much again everyone, a very warm, welcoming community you have here.<br><br>
As a brief update, I pledged today that it's vegan all the way from now on. I did eat the occasional egg previously (had to walk around a local forest to find the eggs from well looked after pet hens) but I always felt like a cheat, so no more eggs. Have loads of non-dairy milks coming in my shopping tomorrow to try (soy, almond, oat, coconut etc..) so I'm hoping I'll be able to find a decent ice-cream recipe using them. My wife and kids won't give up ice-cream easily..... Any suggestions or recipes gratefully received. We already boycott products using animals and animal testing in our house (rennet, cochineal, leather, gelatine, washing powders and perfumes etc.) so I feel we are well on the way.<br><br>
Even if I haven't contributed so far here, I must say a big thank you yet again for all the knowledge and support you guys provide on VB.<br><br>
On the downside.... really missing Michael <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":(">
 
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