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Raising Vegetarian Children
by Jo Stepaniak, M.S.Ed., & Vesanto Melina M.S., R.D.

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Losing Weight

I've been on many different types of diets over the course of my life. I'm not obese, but I've always had a few (or more) pounds to lose. I've only been vegan for a month, but I didn't start it as a fad diet to lose weight, even though most of my omnivore family and friends think I did and keep hoping it's something I'll "get over." I began veganism quite by accident. This may sound odd, because I know the vast majority of vegans have very strong, heartfelt reasons for becoming vegan. Now that my heart has been freed to feel since my conversion, I have found these reasons, too. However, I became vegan through a very slow process of trying to feed myself and my family healthier meals and teaching my two young toddlers what healthy eating is from the ground up.

I've read many books on so-called healthy diets. I've weeded through the cabbage soup, grapefruit, and low-carb insanities. Luckily, I found some really good books -- books that made a LOT of sense, and they all seemed to pinnacle with the same idea: quit eating meat and meat by-products. The more I read and cross-referenced, the more it all made sense. Of course, after reading all these books, I began a slow process of change that started with cutting out saturated fats and hydrogenated oils. Next I began adding in essential fatty acids. Then I heard about all the benefits of soy in the diet. I found that the more soy "meats" I exchanged, the less I wanted to eat "real" meats. Eventually, I asked myself why I was eating meat all, when it was chock-full of antibiotics, hormones, and who knows what else. Once I finished reading various resources about the countless people who had recovered from cancer and other diseases by cutting out meat and eating more whole foods, I finally obliterated the meat.

What have I gotten out of all this? I know I'm eating the healthiest possible diet I can, so I finally quit worrying about my weight for the first time in my entire life. Not only do I feel wonderful, I've lost six pounds without trying! Furthermore, I have a freer [healthier] heart that allows me to give my full love to these deserving animals that I've always felt guilty about eating. It is my sincere wish for the entire world to become so enlightened.

Kathy A.
Indiana

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