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From: Kate (ip68-96-56-153.ph.ph.cox.net)
Subject:         Becoming a vegan..??
Date: October 31, 2005 at 2:54 pm PST

I have been tossing around the idea of becoming a vegan for the last few years and only now that I'm at the ripe-old-age of twenty-two am I really beginning to seriously consider changing my lifestyle.. though I'll admit total ignorance in how to go about it.
I was raised on a farm in Arizona, with parents of fairly recent old-world ties. I grew up raising chickens and cattle, fishing with my father, and ending my days with an old fashioned potroast. My entire family social structure revolved around food and cooking,if we were not in the kitchen... we were not together. although my parents were very well aware of the social and moral issues of clean living and eating animal products it seemed to be put to the wayside, and unfortunately as many of us I adopted my parents values as well as their taste in food. Never once was a nose not turned up at the taste of soy, and although we did eat a very healthy diet, as american diets go, I believe that I can honestly say that my family would rather turn a blind eye to the issues behind veganism/vegetarianism for the sake of truly great food.
So, I guess I have to say that I am in the midst of a moral delliemma: I have seen the sickening ritual of slaughter with my own eyes, I believe that the animal products we feed not only ourselves, but our children, are what is causing the many terrible illnesses we are seeing so much of, and it seems to me like common sense that the hormones/drugs we inject into these animals for gain, could only stand to hurt us in the end....BUT.....it is really very hard to change habit, especially 22 years of it. I absolutely cannot imagine giving up "certian things" and at the same time, I understand that those things not only could be killing me, but hurting other living creatures.. and that really makes me sick. So I guess the question is; how do I go about this?
I also hve the added issue of being in a relationship with a true meat-eater. Although I carry the sole responsibility of cooking for my own household (there are only the two of us) he is the only man on the planet whom I have ever seen gag on a freshly cut peice of pineapple, or spit out a peice of lettuce (the man won't even eat chili if it has beans in it!) I accept that I cannot be responsible for changing his behavior, but I want to change mine. If there is anyone out there who can help me to find a way, please feel free to contact me.
Thanks.
Kate

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