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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

Weight loss and veganism is a link I have always disliked for a number of reasons, but I have to confess to being a) a vegan and b) losing weight. At five foot three and just under eight stone, I am now considered by some friends, family, and even people I barely know to be too thin. According to them I am borderline anorexic, too restrictive, and weird (purely based on eating habits, I assure you!). Doctors like to connect "restrictive" diets with anorexia, and although there are vegans who are anorexic, there are anorexic omnivores as well.

I don't restrict what I eat in a desire to consume fewer calories; I do it out of compassion and a desire to be no part of barbarism. Weight loss simply occurred as a by -product of this. As a teenager, I was plump, unfit, and lazy. I became a vegetarian at the age of fourteen, but eating my way through mountains of dairy products did nothing to help. At sixteen I started my vegan journey. Over the years I learned to love vegetables, not to fry everything, and to vary what I eat - but the weight didn't just drop off. I lost a little in the first few years of being vegan, but what really did it was being active. Simply being on the move all the time and working in physically demanding jobs will do it every time -- although healthy eating helps. Thin I may be, but weak and lacking in energy I am not.

To me veganism has nothing to do with weight loss, because being vegan is not just about food. It makes me who I am and it affects the choices I make daily. It is the best decision I have ever made in my life, and even though the lack of understanding by many can wear me down, I wouldn't change the life I lead now for the one I had before. Veganism has given me clarity, strength, and belief. If you lose weight as part of your journey (and are happy about that), then add it to the list. Otherwise, enjoy being vegan for the way it makes you look at -- and guide you through -- life.

Catriona M.
Scotland

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