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Hi everyone,

I'm a newbie; I recently finished Fast Food Nation and I'll never eat meat again.

HOWEVER, I'm married to a confirmed meat-eater, and my entire family tells me I'll be malnourished and get sick from my new diet (I'm trying hard to become a vegan).

The funny thing is, though, that I'm a grad student in nutrition, so if anyone can do this right I think I'd be one. So frustrating. Can't wait for the holidays...

Anyway, just wanted to say hi, I'm so excited to find this board!
 

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Tiger's mom:

Welcome! I am also a vegetarian with an omnivore husband and an omnivore family. My immediate family is pretty cool about it, my extended family isn't (but out of sight, out of mind, since i rarely see them). My in laws are another story.


It isn't as tough as you think, dealing with these issues, but there are always similar bumps in the road. You'll find the tricks that work for you--and i recommend Melafina's post either in the Vegetarian and Vegan forum or in the Relationships forum. I can't remember which it's in. Anyway, it deals with some of the intial problems that you may be having and how some of us have managed it or are managing it.


It'll be great to have you around! think about the wonderful niche you'll provide as a Vegetarian/vegan nutritionist! Yay!
 

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Welcome to the boards! I'm in the same boat you are with the husband and the family. Luckily my husband is supportive. The best thing is that I'm healthier and stronger now than when I ate meat. It's fun to prove them wrong!
 

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Hello! Welcome to Veggie Boards! Don't stress about your family...you're making a healthy decision. My family was worried too, especially my mom, but since I've done so much reading on the topic, there wasn't a question asked that I didn't have an informed answer to. Arm yourself with a bit of knowledge and lot of passion about what you're doing, and you should be able to convince them otherwise. ~Brittany
 

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Thanks for the welcome, you are by far the friendliest group I've "met" in a long time!

Thanks also for the advice on the family issues, it's going to be interesting. Christy13 - (I'm a Christy, too) glad your husband's supportive. Mine is to a point, but we're trying to figure dinner out right now and it's just not fun yet!

Lothar - I luckily didn't have to cook any meat in my food science class, but lots of egg projects. Fortunately I'm finished with that tedious part of my education. But I did have to dissect cats for anatomy, which was horrible. I also did the same with cadavers, which was gross too (and fascinating at the same time), but they at least bravely and selflessly volunteered their bodies to science. Fortunately the school where I took my undergrad anatomy classes don't use animals in lab anymore... but I didn't have a choice at the time.

Anyway, thanks again for the warm welcome!
 
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