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From: OceanMama ( -
Subject: New Years Intervention (hello again)-- need support!
Date: January 2, 2011 at 8:45 am PST

Hello, fellow herbivores.

Been a long time! Hope everyone is well and recovering from the holidays :D. For those who don't remember, I'm a single mom of two (ages 8 and almost 6) and this Thanksgiving marked my twelfth year of meat-freeness! My children have also been raised veg. For about five or six years there we were vegan, but ---as many of you may have experienced before--- lack of support and life's little surprises ended that a few years ago. Just in the past year: my father has passed away, I'm in graduate school (indentured slavery) for cultural anthropology, we've had to switch from homeschooling to public school, my DS has been diagnosed with Asperger's (not in that order, but you get the craziness).

What does this have to do with veganism? Just that I've always felt a strong pull to nurture my family through a healthy lifestyle. For a month last January we went on an pretty raw kick (maybe 70%?) and I felt FANTASTIC. Even my gums were healthier. My picky 6 yo DD, who usually just wants sweets and dairy, was scarfing the carrot sticks and hummus like nobody's business.

I've recently quit smoking and (despite the hectic schedule) am going to find some sort of class to take--- yoga, aerial trapeze, something for mommy time! I feel like I'm on the right track but I need some support. Some sort of spiritual detox from the past year, and a way to jump-start into the next. I'd love if anybody could share some struggling stories or some pithy witticisms to help. I'm not worried about taking the eggs and dairy out so much... I'm a great cook, I can wow just about anyone with my vegan kitchen goddessness, but what I need is some HEART work. Make any sense?

Thanks for listening. Stay warm and dry!

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