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So I've decided I want to try be vegetarian again (didn't eat any pig meat for a year as a child when I watched Babe, then didn't eat any meat except for fish for two years following).<br>
It was easy as a child, I just told my mum I didn't want to eat meat and she was fine with it.<br>
I'm now 24 and live with my bf who is a big meat eater, but also eats his veg...he's training to be in the army so has a very balanced diet.<br>
Not quite sure what my family and friends will think to my new decision so to make it easy I'm going to become a secret vegetarian.<br>
I already rarely eat meat...maybe a few times a month. I eat a lot of fish and chorizo/salami but that's about it really. Most people know I don't particularly like meat and would often choose something else for dinner...even had cheese salad whilst out at a restaurant!<br>
So my plan is to start going veggie before really announcing it. Then, by the time I come to tell them I can say 'I am vegetarian' rather than I'm going to be. Then there's no arguments about me making things difficult or awkward for anyone :)<br>
Sound like a plan? Xxx
 

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<p>Welcome! You're fortunate that you don't have a nagging craving for meat, etc. If you enjoy a wide variety of other foods, being veg ought to be a snap! You probably already know that being vegetarian or vegan does not automatically guarantee that you will be eating healthy.</p>
 

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It might reinforce your decision to just go ahead and announce your plan to go veg. I know that when I state something publicly, I feel the need to hold myself accountable. I might help cement your commitment.<br><br>
But whatever you decide, good luck!
 

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Thanks guys. Have loved reading everyone's posts. I've decided I'm going to keep it to myself...and you guys...for now.<br>
I eat quite a high fibre high iron diet as I'm anaemic. My dr is vegetarian for religious reasons and has always been fine with me explaining I don't like meat. But I do watch what I eat, and with my bf training for the army we have quite a healthy diet already so should hopefully be easy. I will probably eventually aim to go vegan but will be very hard because everyone that knows me knows that I love cheese more than anything in the world lol. But slowly I'm sure I can get there :) xxx
 

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Well, it's been a few weeks (can't believe how the time has flown), so I thought I'd give you an update.<br><br>
I am absolutely set on going vegan rather than vegetarian - so I was disappointed to find the veggie burgers and sausages I'd snuck into the freezer were no good.<br><br>
I've managed to run down the soap, washing up liquid, shower gel, bubble bath and toothpaste and all have been replaced with cruelty free.<br><br>
There are no eggs in the house anymore and the milk, margarine and cheese have been swapped for diary free.<br><br>
I told my mum I was thinking of going vegetarian and then eventually vegan and she didn't seem too bothered (she was vegetarian a long time ago but now eats meat again). Iv told one colleague and one friend who have both been supportive.<br><br>
My bf who I live with still has no idea! He's not an idiot, I'm just very good at making up excuses as to why I'm getting what I'm getting.<br><br>
The plan is going well so far. In a few months time when I actually tell people I'm vegan and they protest that it's going to 'take over my life' and change everything and I'l lose loads of weight etc, I can tell them...no I won't because iv been doing it for X amount of months already :) xxx
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>CrazyCatLady</strong> <a href="/t/136885/secret-vegetarian#post_3183881"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif"></a><br><br>
Well, it's been a few weeks (can't believe how the time has flown), so I thought I'd give you an update.<br>
I am absolutely set on going vegan rather than vegetarian - so I was disappointed to find the veggie burgers and sausages I'd snuck into the freezer were no good.<br>
I've managed to run down the soap, washing up liquid, shower gel, bubble bath and toothpaste and all have been replaced with cruelty free.<br>
There are no eggs in the house anymore and the milk, margarine and cheese have been swapped for diary free.<br>
I told my mum I was thinking of going vegetarian and then eventually vegan and she didn't seem too bothered (she was vegetarian a long time ago but now eats meat again). Iv told one colleague and one friend who have both been supportive.<br>
My bf who I live with still has no idea! He's not an idiot, I'm just very good at making up excuses as to why I'm getting what I'm getting.<br>
The plan is going well so far. In a few months time when I actually tell people I'm vegan and they protest that it's going to 'take over my life' and change everything and I'l lose loads of weight etc, I can tell them...no I won't because iv been doing it for X amount of months already :) xxx</div>
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That's amazing, congratulations! Sounds like you're doing awesome so far, and I love your sneaky plan. Sounds like it will work great, there's not a lot people can say back to that when you're clearly healthy and doing fine <img alt="grin.gif" class="bbcode_smiley" src="http://files.veggieboards.com/images/smilies/grin.gif">
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>CrazyCatLady</strong> <a href="/t/136885/secret-vegetarian#post_3183881"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
Well, it's been a few weeks (can't believe how the time has flown), so I thought I'd give you an update.<br>
I am absolutely set on going vegan rather than vegetarian - so I was disappointed to find the veggie burgers and sausages I'd snuck into the freezer were no good.<br>
I've managed to run down the soap, washing up liquid, shower gel, bubble bath and toothpaste and all have been replaced with cruelty free.<br>
There are no eggs in the house anymore and the milk, margarine and cheese have been swapped for diary free.<br>
I told my mum I was thinking of going vegetarian and then eventually vegan and she didn't seem too bothered (she was vegetarian a long time ago but now eats meat again). Iv told one colleague and one friend who have both been supportive.<br>
My bf who I live with still has no idea! He's not an idiot, I'm just very good at making up excuses as to why I'm getting what I'm getting.<br>
The plan is going well so far. In a few months time when I actually tell people I'm vegan and they protest that it's going to 'take over my life' and change everything and <strong>I'l lose loads of weight etc</strong>, I can tell them...no I won't because iv been doing it for X amount of months already :) xxx</div>
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<p>hah I've been vegetarian for 3 years and I could lose a few pounds myself ^^;; just saying.</p>
 

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<p>Great job!  We fully support your cruelty-free choices, and don't forget you don't need approval from anyone.  Love yourself, respect yourself and others, and the rest will fall into place.  :)</p>
 

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<p>Yeah going vegetarian publicly will make friends and family look at you funny, not to mention the comments. When I went on a raw food diet for 3 months or so I heard it all. My father-in-law's comment was, "it's nuts how much you must hate your self to do this to your self"... Other's act all concerned about you killing your self and telling you that you can ruin your health. Funny how when you stuff a greasy bacon burger in your mouth, nobody says nothing. It's normal. I think people secretly want to do the same but cant for whatever reasons and so they try to make themselves feel better by coming up with reasons you are doing doing something wrong.</p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>bradlew</strong> <a href="/t/136885/secret-vegetarian#post_3184149"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br><p>Yeah going vegetarian publicly will make friends and family look at you funny, not to mention the comments. When I went on a raw food diet for 3 months or so I heard it all. My father-in-law's comment was, "it's nuts how much you must hate your self to do this to your self"... Other's act all concerned about you killing your self and telling you that you can ruin your health. Funny how when you stuff a greasy bacon burger in your mouth, nobody says nothing. It's normal. I think people secretly want to do the same but cant for whatever reasons and so they try to make themselves feel better by coming up with reasons you are doing doing something wrong.</p>
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<p>I got the same from my family when I told them I was a vegetarian just yesterday. I thought they'd flip. I got all the comments you were saying about. My family are all meat eaters and I have a nagging feeling that Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter are going to be interesting. Most of my friends have been supportive when my family hasn't. I haven't told any of them yet that I am going to start my conversion to being a vegan.</p>
 
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