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From: Millie (adsl-66-121-81-114.dsl.sktn01.pacbell.net)
Subject: Veganism changed my life
Date: February 10, 2002 at 9:28 pm PST

After reading other people's stories, I just felt like I had to share mine.
When I was 5 my parents divorced. My dad went back to California and I remained living with my mum in Australia. I was raised eating meat and what not, as BBQ's, meat pies, sausages and chops are very much apart of the aussie lifestyle. 11 years later I became very sick with an unknown condition that caused my blood platelets to become dangerously low. I was fatigued and had no energy and the medications that I was on made me feel even worse. It was during this time that I came to live with my dad who is a nutritionist and hence the greatest influence of the change in my eating habits. I have now been living with my dad here in California for 10 months and I am proud to say I have been a vegan for these 10 months also. I have regained my health, have more energy now than what I ever had before, and feel happy and light, on the inside and outside. Although in the beginning I was a little slow to forgo the chocolate, now my body feels sick whenever I consume anything that contains dairy products. So many of my carnivorous friends at college try to tempt me with their cooked flesh and dead animals, but now when I look at a hamburger or a piece of meat I see the animal. I don't see food, or a meal, I see the animal like I would see my dog. Who would eat their dog?!
I strongly encourage anyone who is considering vegetarianism or veganism to go for it. So many people are mind-washed by the media telling us that we need to drink milk to get our calcium and that we need to eat meat to get our protein, and that we need modern day medications to cure our ailments. If people would only take the initiative to research a little they would get a big shock!
Being vegan friendly will keep you healthy so that you will live longer, it will keep you in touch with your spirituality so that you will understand the meaning of equality and our responibilities to take care of this earth, and it will lift your conscience and keep you humble by reminding you that you have no more right to live here than the animals around you.
I thank you for taking the time to read this and I thank Vegsource for giving me the opportunity to share my story.
I never regret becoming vegan and it will be the lifestyle that I will oneday raise my own children with.
So take care all and continue the vegan/veggie lifestyle that the rest of the world is missing out on. One day they will be held accountable for their ignorance and greediness that third world countries get the bad end of.
Variety is the key!



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