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From: Heather (toronto-hse-ppp3700972.sympatico.ca)
Subject: hard time getting back on track!
Date: August 31, 2004 at 4:42 pm PST

I was a vegitarian/almost vegan for 7 or 8 years, I say slash vegan because it was really hard to eat anywhere other then home or at friends and find something that didnt have even cheese in it.....and I love pizza so it was hard to give up. I was pretty strict,worked in a juice bar so drank lots of awesome juice and ate mostly raw most of the time. For me it seems to be all or nothing, I find it really hard when invited to say my grandmothers house and she has cooked a feast to say I can't eat it-- it insults her. Im just using her as an example because it seems to be the way things go when "visiting" anyone. So I stopped eating veggie and now have gained a bunch of weight and dont feel that great. I felt amazing when I was veggie, had tonnes of engery,only slept about 5 or 6 hours a night. I loved the way I felt and I have been trying to get off this meat eating kick I've been on but Im finding it hard, and Im affraid of getting back to being so hard core that I hurt peoples feelings. Ummm I read a bunch of stuff that other people wrote and wanted to respond maybe it will help someone else. When I started eating veggie I read "Diet for a New America" and it changed my life... I think I cried the first couple pages(it was 12 years ago).Also when I was growing up I was a very picky eater, hated everything. I tried going veggie and only eating what I normally ate but no meat and it was very boring so I made a concious effort to like different foods. I made myself like them. I would just keep trying them and trying them till eventually they tasted good to me....my mother still cant believe I love greens,tomato's and onions!!!(Brussel sprouts was the only veggie I couldnt change my mind on.... till last year!) So I hope that maybe helped someone and I'd like it if anyone has any suggestions for me



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