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New member slowly transitioning to veganism

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Hi! My name is Megan and I'm 21 years old. I became a pescatarian when I was 15 and a vegetarian when I was 17. It's a bit awkward for me, because I'm from Houston, TX and my grandparents (in addition to my granddad having a vet practice in Houston) have always raised and sold cattle and my entire family is very conservative. I'm the hippy-dippy liberal black sheep of the family. Luckily, my grandparents are typical grandparents and dote on me too much to care, unlike my mom and dad who are convinced I cannot be healthy as a vegetarian/constantly arguing with me.

The decision to transition to veganism pretty much made itself. I'm an extremely picky eater and have been on a very tight budget which lead me to decided to stop buingy veggie burgers and teach myself to cook tofu. After that, I did some research and realized I was basically on a vegan diet on accident haha. At the same time I've also gotten really into making my own skin care and hair care products and I'm currently trying to ensure that all of my makeup and ingredients I use are all vegan.

I'm not strictly vegan, as I'm a pretty poor college student and in a tiny Texas town with very few options. If there is something I absolutely need that I cannot find in vegan-friendly form or that is waaaaay too expensive in vegan form, I will give myself an exception. I tend to be very obsessive and see things in black and white (transitioning slowly is not a strong suit) and I'm trying to curb that obsession with finding vegan products so I don't starve/go broke. But I'm hoping to go to law school in a big city outside of Texas (love my college town but swear to god that I will never live in a small town again) and by then I'll have more options and be done with my transition :)

I really hate fake-tasting or generally fake non-whole foods. Veggie burgers that try to taste like meat are the bane of my existence and I don't purposefully eat "whole raw" or any other fad diet buzzword, but that's how my tastes tend to gravitate (hence the going vegan on accident haha). I'm a huge fan of simplicity but in my quest for simplicity I sometimes make my life way more complicated. (for example obsessively looking up ingredients in the crowded supermarket aisle is very stressful haha)

So that's basically my entire autobiography. For now, I'm mostly here to ask dumb questions about all natural vegan alternatives, particularly for skin and hair care products I'm making! I look forward to getting to know people :)
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