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From: Alec (
Subject: why oh why i became vegan
Date: June 21, 2003 at 11:44 pm PST

I don't remember how long we contemplated it, but my sister and I became vegan in '98- my 7th grade year. I'd been vegetarian since 3rd grade when a friend told me about how turkeys were mass slaughtered. I took it slow, cutting the hooved animals out and making my mom buy free-range poultry. Once I got a hold of some literature I dropped meat entirely. I'm not sure how I managed it with how much AR stuff I read, but I didn't hear about the nasty side of the egg/dairy industry till several years later.

It took me two attempts to go vegan and then a month after that to fully adapt. It's certainly the best decision I've ever made. Gosh I feel like I need to say something insperational here annnnd... nothins coming. I think it's so ingrained in my life and so second nature now that it's just hard to single out and describe. Asking why it was the best decision is like someone asking you what you eat. There's that moment when you're totally baffled at how to respond. You don't wanna say, "Well I eat pancakes and salad and tofu and lasanga and cake and fake meat and..." You wanna say, "What don't I eat?" And if that makes any sense that's why I can't put to words why it was the best decision. Why wasn't it? I love veganism and it loves me.

I must say that anyone who sticks to a vegan diet for health reasons has got willpower! The only way I was able to make it through my first month was by conuring up all the nasty images I had read of and seen. At this point anything dairy or egg doesn't get my time of day. It's just not what I eat- it's not what I wanna eat and it aint gettin in my stomach no matter how delicious it looks.

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