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From: Autumn Buddhist (h173.108.96.216.ip.alltel.net)
Subject: .:.not so bad veggie.:.
Date: January 2, 2004 at 9:31 am PST

In Reply to: bad veggie :*( posted by kim on November 30, 2003 at 10:37 pm:

I agree with the comments of Patrick and Rachel. Looks like you left this post quite a while ago, but hopefully you get a chance to read my reply.

I am having a time at veganism...so I can completely relate. I'm 22 years old, I have a 2 year old daughter and am (so very happily) married to a carnivore! When I met my husband, at 18, I was completely Vegan. I had been so for about a year. Actually, I began eating meat again at a friends house, she said to me "one piece won't hurt you." and I listened. Well, I went from 120 lbs. to 170 and had quite a guilty concious for preaching to everyone in earshot about my compassionate ways.

I have been trying to revert to veganism for the past four years off and on. I finally feel I've got a good grip, and healthy outlook. I've not eaten meat in around four months, and cut out the dairy this month. That's a pretty good track record for me. So far so good, and I'm feeling confident, and I hope never go back.

My suggestion to you is to try your best, stop beating yourself up, and relax while your eating situation is out of your control. Be confindent in your decision, and let no one influence you. I would do the best you can, but if there's nothing to eat, thank the animals who provided you with food, and eat. We've been pretty broke with Christmas and all, and I had been eating cheese or foods with animal products in them until we had money to buy the food I can eat. I'm not about to starve! I try to do what I can.

I say I eat vegan, and at home I do. When I'm with family for dinner, I either bring my own meals, or eat a little cheese. They all know how I feel, and try their best, though my inlaws don't get it at all, they try to support me. We eat there a lot, and they goof on me a bit, but I don't push it, and neither do they. I try to be flexible. The same with eating out, if someone I care about takes me out to eat to be nice, I'll eat something with dairy in it...but try my best.

This attitude has so far helped me tremendously, and I hope will for you too. Also, these boards are great. I don't have anyone to discuss these things with here at home, or even friends who feel the way I do. So, it might help you to fart around on these boards a while, get ideas, and get a chance to talk.

I hope I helped. Good luck!



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