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From: Sara (
Subject: Thanks for the support...
Date: July 30, 2002 at 6:43 am PST

In Reply to: Re: Feeling so much better posted by Katheee on July 14, 2002 at 6:32 pm:

Thanks so much for the support! Since this was an extended stay with relatives, I decided to write a short note and telling them I was now eating a pure vegetarian diet, and that I would be bring a few things to eat and share. I am so glad I decided to bring some food, because my Aunt had the best intentions, but she prepared most everything with diary. She said she just didn't know what else to do. She had a bunch of fruits and some carrot sticks for me, but this isn't enough for me to eat (not for three days, anyway). I'm pretty athletic, and I need food that's a little heavier than just fruits and carrot sticks. So I made some dishes and brought them to share, and I made a bunch of brownies to share- and it turned out fine for me. I think she was a little taken back at first that I brought all this food, but in the end she was thankful (I hope) that I didn't seem deprived, and they were surprised at how good my dishes were. I learned a whole lot about myself by doing this, and I'm so glad that I took care of myself even though I risked offending a couple of people I really love. I did what I did and let go of the consequences, and in the end it turned out fine. I felt that if anyone were to take offense at my eating choices I shouldn't take it personally, and that they were dealing with their own issues. I admit that I did worry a little prior to posting my original question, but I made my decision and fortunately was able to just let it go. My aunt, who is the cook between the two of them, seemed to accept things and without any big deals. My uncle had a little bit harder time and wanted to debate some, I think, but I don't debate my personal choices in life with people. So, when he asked why, why, why, I said personal choice, personal choice, personal choice. I am learning that people will ask sometimes about why you choose to eat the way you eat, but a lot of the time they do not want to really know, they just want to argue their case against it. Anyway, I am rambling, but I just wanted to share my experience and talk about it a little! My husband isn't vegetarian at all (although he is supportive of my choice), so I sometimes feel a little isolated. Thanks for listening!

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