Vegan Deli

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

Raising Vegetarian Children

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Friendship

When I share that I am vegan with my peers, they look at me with sympathetic eyes, like I have some sort of disease. If being vegan and having compassion for animals is a disease, it's the best disease I could ever have. When I think about the short two and a half years that I have abstained from eating meat, I realize that I have discovered who my true friends are. They are the ones that have stayed by my side through it all -- the ones who have been my rock when I have sunk so low I felt I couldn't go on, the ones that held my hand at protests, the ones that didn't turn their back on me and call me names, the ones that smiled and told me my first "tofu surprise" dinner was great when I knew it was horrible.

Throughout it all, being vegan has helped be become a better friend, a better daughter, a better student -- just a better person. I can see beauty that I never saw before. I wear my "Go Vegan!" shirt with pride. My true friends are the ones that don't criticize me when I don't want to go to a steakhouse but will go with me to a vegetarian restaurant instead. I think overall, my friends are the ones who didn't say veganism was just a "fad," the ones that actually said, "Wow this is cool; I wish I had your willpower," and the ones that supported me and didn't put me down for trying something new.

Since I became vegan, I've lost some friends and gained some friends, but veganism has been with me all the way. I can rely on it. When I feel down about life, I can say that at least I help animals and fight for their rights. Not everyone has that to be proud of. But I do, and I have fought for it. I will keep on fighting until I don't have a fight left in me, and maybe then I'll still keep fighting. Friends are like disciples. If I tell them about being vegan, then they will tell more people, and eventually everyone will know about it. Spread the word of veganism, and make the earth a better and more friendly place to live. We can always use a few good vegans.

Erin P.
Florida

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