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Hi everyone! I haven't posted here in a while, but I'm trying to get back into VB <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> I've been a vegetarian for a long time, and recently I've been thinking about going vegan. I've been experimenting with eating a vegan diet for the past week or so (I've already ordered Appetite for Reduction byIsa Chandra Moskowitz, and am impatiently waiting for it to come in!), and I think it's been going alright so far, although I keep eating the same things. I can't decide whether or not I want to become permanently vegan, although ultimately I would like to reduce my overall dairy consumption. My husband is a vegetarian, so we'll still have eggs and cheese in the house regardless of whether or not I eat them, and I personally don't see a problem with eating eggs and dairy in principle (in practice, not so much because of factory farming. Luckily we live in an area where local eggs and cheese are an option). So on one hand I think, "Why bother being vegan if I'm still going to buy this stuff?" and on the other hand I think, "Well, I'm already vegetarian, so why not go all the way?" I don't really know any other vegetarians or vegans aside from my husband and my mum, so I don't have anyone IRL to talk to. What makes you all decide to be vegetarian instead of vegan? Is it ethics, time/money commitment, or health? I'd be interested in hearing what ya'll have to say.<br><br>
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Uh oh. Threads like this are trouble. There have been many! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/worried.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":worried:">
 

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Someone else started a thread like this a few months back, and in answering it, and in reading others' responses, I realized that for me personally, there really <i>wasn't</i> a good reason why not vegan. So I became vegan.<br><br>
Perceived inconvenience was the main thing holding me back, before I made the switch. Once I made the commitment to just do it, though, I discovered that it was a lot easier than I had thought it would be.<br><br>
ETA: Just want to add that my husband is omni, but since I'm the main cook in the house, my making the switch from vegetarian to vegan did make a big difference in our shopping patterns. We no longer buy eggs at all because he doesn't need them for himself, and I was definitely the main cheese-eater in our house before going vegan so we don't buy much of that anymore either.
 

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Check out this other thread on this topic: <a href="http://www.veggieboards.com/newvb/showthread.php?120912-Why-are-you-not-vegan" target="_blank">Why are you not vegan?</a> (You may or may not find anything useful there - it turned into a giant flame war)<br><br>
But, to address your specific situation, I'm in sort of a similar situation--my husband is lacto-ovo vegetarian, while I am vegetarian but a few months ago stopped eating dairy or eggs (I was also a long time lacto-ovo vegetarian before that). My problem with dairy and eggs is not necessarily the cruelty aspect, but rather that there is animal death inherent in how dairy and egg production work at this time. We end up buying less cheese and we stopped buying eggs altogether because we found such great replacements (egg replacer for baking, tofu scrambles, vegan waffle recipes, etc.) For several months I just focused on reducing my egg and dairy consumption, and eventually it just felt right to eliminate them entirely. For a while, I also contemplated eating vegan at home, but lacto-ovo vegetarian socially. The social aspect is still a little challenging, but I think for the most part my friends and family "get it."<br><br>
Anyway, I'm not sure if that helps you, but I can definitely see it both ways - I don't think there is a big difference as far as number of animals saved if you compare reducing dairy and egg consumption to eliminating them. It's definitely a plus if you can find local dairy and egg producers where you can be more confident that the animals are treated well. Those products will cost more, so you will probably eat less anyway.
 

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I didn't realize this would turn into a flamewar....I hope that doesn't happen...
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>jennyface</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2864368"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
I didn't realize this would turn into a flamewar....I hope that doesn't happen...</div>
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It's inevitable. Someone comes in and says caring about animals is too much effort, then the mods come in to clean up the mess left by the vegans <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> Been there, done that.<br><br>
EDIT: Ahh, yes. Veganism is really quite simple. I'm actually kind of repulsed by the thought of drinking milk now. I've still got cravings for bacon when I smell it being cooked upstairs, but... If you can give up bacon burgers, milk is nothing <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p">
 

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Well I think if the vegans could keep out of this it'd progress well. I for one don't mind seeing people post about how little they care for animals. I like knowing who thinks what, personally. As long as they don't post it in the vegan section, they should be free to reveal themselves and their positions.
 

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<a href="http:" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dTAAsCNK7RA</a>
 

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Seeing as we already have a closed thread on this and OP has been referred to that thread, I'm closing this.
 
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