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I've been a vegan for at least a few weeks now, and yesterday I realized that I'd overlooked an animal product that I've used everyday. Until yesterday, I regularly took a calcium supplement (oyster shell) for depression. I feel terrible, and stupid. I recognize that I made a mistake, and I've learned from it. I feel guilty though, and wanted to confess it to all of you. Thanks for reading.
 

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enh, don't let the guilt get you down. for the first two years of my veganism i was drinking soy milks and eating margarine that derrived their vitamin D from animal sources.<br><br><br><br>
it's hard to keep all animal stuff out of our lives in our society.<br><br><br><br>
you know now, and you'll avoid it, and that's good enough.<br><br><br><br>
have you found a calcium supplement from veggie sources to replace it?
 

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Sorry I didn't mean to be so self-absorbed <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("><br><br><br><br>
I'm sorry, Cougar, that you had to find this out. Sometimes it just seems like everyone is "out to get the vegan". But don't feel guilty, you didn't know!!
 

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Don't guilt yourself. I've been vegan since January 2000 and I still catch myself making mistakes here and there. The important thing is that you acknowledge the mistake, make a mental note of it and try your darndest not to let it happen again.
 

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Cougar,<br><br><br><br>
one down, you have two more strikes. After that you will be banned from this board.<br><br><br><br>
j/k LOL - take it easy all right? life's a learning process - i feel stupid all the time! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">
 

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We all make mistakes. Don't worry....I had no idea that gelitan was not vegetarian for the first 2 years I was vegetarian. I don't know what I was thinking....
 

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your mental health is very important, so you may want to find a new source before you stop using what you have.<br><br><br><br>
good luck.
 

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write to the company and tell them how depressed you are now that you found out you've been causeing oysters to suffer by purchasing their anti-depressant.
 

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<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by kpickell</i><br><br><b>write to the company and tell them how depressed you are now that you found out you've been causeing oysters to suffer by purchasing their anti-depressant.</b></div>
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Duuude. That comes off sounding pretty flippant. Am I misinterpreting your post?
 

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I wasn't aware that calcium helped depression.<br><br><br><br>
Does anyone have any internet sources where I could read more?<br><br><br><br>
(I'm not depressed, but I am all for learning about ways to avoid RX type of medications)
 

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Yes, don't worry about it. Things like this happen all the time when you're becoming vegan.<br><br><br><br>
You can't immagine what they make out of animals. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("><br><br><br><br>
Some foodadditives can be of animal origine and the name doesn't tell it.<br><br><br><br>
I know that in the USA they don't use numbers for the additives, but for the european numbers, there is a card which will tell which can be of animal origine.
 

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Don't beat yourself up--I seriously doubt that it's possible to avoid ALL animal-derived ingredients in things. Hmmm....maybe that's just b/c I'm having such a hard time doing it.<br><br><br><br>
It seems like everyday there's something else that pops up as non-vegan that I didn't know about.<br><br><br><br>
You know now and you can avoid it in the future.<br><br><br><br>
Speaking of calcium supplements, can anyone recommend a good vegan one?
 

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Well.. if it makes you feel better to "confess" then so be it. But really, there's no need to beat yourself up over this. It's not like you knowingly chowed down on a steak or anything. Don't be so hard on yourself. There are no vegan police.. that I know of <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br><br><br>
Best thing to do is just move on. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">
 

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---VEGETARIAN CALCIUM---<br><br><br><br>
I also realized that I was taking oyster calcium, but found vegetarian calcium at Puritan's Pride:<br><br><a href="http://www.Puritan.com/" target="_blank">http://www.Puritan.com/</a><br><br><br><br>
I usually order through the mail and it was in their catalog. I didn't see this item on their website, but they have an 800#, so just call, and I'm sure they can hook you up.
 

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yeah don't worry about it. i was still using margarine with D3 until ohhh yesterday. i've been vegan 2 years. no biggy, i started buying this brand back when i didn't know D3 wasn't veg, and just never bothered to check the label after that and kept buying that brand. i discovered it after the last container i bought. ah well, it happens. now that it's all used up i'm going to the HFS tomorrow to get some Earth Balance. i don't consider myself less vegan and i don't feel bad about it, what's the point?
 

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Yeah, totally don't be depressed about it. It happens to all. I had been using a body shop product that had lanolin in it-I had NO idea lanolin was an animal product until my friend came over and said "if you are going vegan, you can't use this product anymore" So don't stress to much about it. Take care of you and keep your self well. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br>
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Guilt is a totally unproductive emotion. These things happen in the course of life, it's just part of being vegan. I doubt that there is a vegan out there who hasn't had an "oh crap, this isn't vegan" moment.<br><br><br><br>
Just today I found out that the pasta dish I usually eat at Sweet Tomaotes does indeed contain cheese, even though I'd been assured it doesn't. Nothing to do but chalk it up under lessons learned and try to be more careful next time.<br><br><br><br>
If you're looking for absolution you can go ahead and drink five bloody marys and say 10 Oh Bothers. Then you'll be all squared up with the vegan police <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)">
 
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