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From: Katy (lisa.rz.hu-berlin.de)
Subject: In Desperate Need of Change
Date: March 1, 2002 at 11:07 am PST

Hello Everyone,

I am a brand new vegan as of tonight. I wanted to share why I have made this decision, and my fears at starting something new in a foreign country where the diet is DEFINITELY not plant based. I am living in Germany, and have been eating a lot of high fat dairy foods and sweets because I have always been vegetarian, and because I have been depressed and anxious at times here, as I am new and speaking a foreign language daily. Well the effects of this terrible "vegetarian" diet have been that I have pimples, my teeth feel dirty, and worst of all, my levels of anxiety and sadness have gone sky high, as I seem to become dependent on sugar for a better mood. Well this is awful, and I don't want to start gaining weight as a result of it. Luckily, I have never had a weight problem in my life, and still don't, although I've been eating unhealthily, I am still in the "underweight" category. But that certainly doesn't mean that I am "healthy".

The second main reason for my new lifestyle is that I have always been a lover of animals. But how can I have a diet that includes foods that were taken from animal sources, where animals were forced to suffer so that I might enjoy a good piece of cheese, or a rich dairy dessert? If I am eating this way, I truly cannot claim to be animal friendly. Although I have been veg for a number of years, my present diet doesn't look very green, and it uses the maximum number of lacto products possible. I am ready for a happier, more earth-friendly and compassionate lifestyle. But I will need support along this new path, since my emotional "crutches" have become these terrible food sources, and I will have to work at finding new sources of happiness. I'm sure it will be wonderful once I have settled in to my new way of life, and I can't wait to meet others who are making the same transition.

With a dairy/sugar bloated stomach, but a hopeful heart for tomorrow, I hope to hear from others that this new path is one that I can commit to, even if it seems I am sort of on my own.

Katy :)



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