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From: Carl (71-211-141-244.hlrn.qwest.net -71.211.141.244)
Subject: Re: hating the label, need to vent
Date: June 11, 2006 at 9:20 pm PST

In Reply to: hating the label, need to vent posted by katie on January 30, 2006 at 7:26 pm:

Hey Katie,
I haven't been here before but I like it. Nice rant. I couldn't agree with you more. I sometimes feel as if I had some sort of disease. The way people treat me like a handicapped person sometimes is disturbing. Maybe it's just me but I think people are just afraid to admit to themselves that there is a problem, and their lifestyle has serious health and environmental implications. If they make fun of my vegan ways they can somehow justify what they do even if they know it's not good.
Well now, I got off on a tangent right away there. The issue at hand is me and my choices and how they create awkward situations sometimes. I don't as a rule go with the flow. If there is nothing on the menu for me I don't eat. With all I know I would be betraying myself if I was to compromise. Sometimes I get invited to lunch with friends and I eat something before I go just in case. my public eating has become more of a social function than a nutritional one. I carry a lunch with me that can last me all day if necessary.
One thing that I do enjoy is when someone is open minded enough to ask me about why I choose this lifestyle. One in 10 might ask and that makes it worth it for me because that allows me to plant a seed. If they are genuinely interested in learning more I give them a book or turn them on to a website.
All in all though I must say that being a vegan and all that it involves isn't easy in this toxic society. I have a 10 year old son who doesn't like to be different and his mother isn't supportive of my dietary choices. Even though she doesn't live with us her influence and that of society in general leads my son to McDonalds etc. It's sad and frustrating. I am vegan, 43, 6'1" and 160 lbs. my son who eats as much garbage as he can find when he isn't at home is 10, 4'6" and 100lbs. Needless to say he is overweight. I worry that his resistance to a healthy diet will inevitably lead to a life of ridicule over his weight amoung other things. It's rather ironic that I should be getting made fun of for being healthy while he is getting made fun of for being unhealthy.
The hardest part is that people, especially kids will take the path of least resistance. if they find anything at all that supports their position then they discount all other evidence to the contrary. The Federal government has been publishing their dietary recomendations for years and since they say meat and milk and eggs are healthy then never mind the fact that heart disease and cancer and obesity and diabetes, etc, etc is epidemic.
I can rant too and I am glad I found this forum to do it in because if I speak my mind in mixed company I feel like people think I'm some kind of radical extremist.



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