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Hi! I've been Vegan without any difficulties for about 9 months now, but this past week I've been craving like heck, and slipped on things like chocolate etc.

Can anyone share any vegan motivations or articles etc? Feel like I'm losing the plot a bit here.

Cheers!
 

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If you care aboutt he the environment, here is a list of resources:
http://www.vegansoapbox.com/the-conn...-and-veganism/
For example, here's a quote from one of the referenced articles:
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"Compared to industrial processes, agricultural processes have an inherently low efficiency of resource use, which renders food, fibres and fuels from agriculture among the more polluting resources. This is true especially for animal products, where the metabolism of the animals is the limiting factor." [...]

"Impacts from agriculture are expected to increase substantially due to population growth, increasing consumption of animal products. Unlike fossil fuels, it is difficult to look for alternatives: people have to eat. A substantial reduction of impacts would only be possible with a substantial worldwide diet change, away from animal products."
If you care about animals, this should help motivate you to stay vegan:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=THIODWTqx5E
Available online here: http://www.meatvideo.com/
 

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Personally, I've found videos don't even help me, they make me feel more depressed and just make me feel bad about cravings and I don't always convert that into motivation. For me, when I need motivation I come on here a little more and participate in more discussions. Deeper discussions about morals and things behind veg*nism and the hypocrisy of omnivores really help me return to my sort of vegan state of mind and get my mind away from the pressure to eat animal products or the cravings.
 

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Chocolate, huh? I have a big sweet tooth too, and I found that the thing that really helped me handle that when I went vegan was learning to bake. I feel great knowing that I can make something yummy and vegan and then share it with others. When I bake I usually send goodies with my dad when he goes to work and he shares with his friends there. He's come home with lots of compliments and even thank you notes, and for me that's some sweet motivation.
 

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9 months of veganism is excellent. Keep it up. To avoid slip-ups, keep a notepad saved on your desktop named "Slip-ups" and log every time you do. The idea is to see a visual representation of the things you're doing that you do not want to do. This way, you won't be able to tell yourself, "It's just this once," or "I've been so good for a long while, I can have this." Basically, the more the list grows, the more you'll wish it wasn't.
 
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