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From: Angela (71.229.83.95)
Subject:         Not your bleeding heart vegan
Date: April 25, 2008 at 2:42 pm PST

I've always understood exactly what was going on behind the scenes at a steak house, and still always dined on the sirloin. As a teenager I toyed with going veg because some of my friends did it and it was trendy. Growing up I was fed full fat butter, whole/vitamin D milk, and lots and lots of hamburger helper. I developed a weight problem when I was 12 after my mother had a massive fatal heart attack at the age of 47 and kept the weight problem for most of my life. I had a daughter, got married, and got fatter. Then four days ago I saw a book titled "Skinny Bitch" on the stand at Super Target. "OH this looks interesting!" and I tossed it in the cart. Its a short book and took about half the day to read, but by the end of the day I was determined to live the rest of my life without contributing to my own destruction. Sure I care about the animals, and it sucks that their tortured and maimed before death. But what I really care about is myself and my family. I don't want to have a heart attack and die before sixty (as both of my parents did). I have a daughter and I want to be here long enough to see her have children. I want to have energy to burn instead of being the lazy couch potato with the grass that needs cut and the leaves that need raked and the messy house. So for 4 days I've been "trying" this vegan thing. I told my husband I am gonna try this out for two weeks and see how I feel.
Today is day four and I feel freakin awesome.
Ive lost three pounds.
The biggest thing is how LESS HUNGRY I am. Usually I am hungry just about all of the time. I have often been heard referring to my stomach as a 'bottomless pit' or 'lacking the off switch'. But I feel satiated, full even, and without the growling of an empty stomach Im in a better mood. I've also dropped coffee and was amazed at how much more stable my energy level has been since I've started the day with fruit instead of 7-11. So I feel awakened, and good about not contributing to the deaths of thousands of animals, and even better about not being a tired fatty. Thanks for listening.

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