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From: Monica Martella ( -
Subject: Greetings
Date: December 24, 2007 at 7:08 pm PST

Just wanted to offer encouragement to other vegans. I don't know any
other vegans except one I met once who runs Everliving Natural Foods on
Greenback Ln in Orangevale, CA, a completely vegan health food store.
I've been technically obese 3 times. November 2006 I got back in touch
with why I had stopped eating animal products before, and abruptly
stopped again. I lost the excess 50 pounds (I also run), and though I
know more is required to help creatures exploited for products, I feel a
bit of strength developing inside because of the way I eat and choose
what I consume. This sense counteracts the sense of futility and despair
that comes with learning about the plight of exploited creatures and
being in a position myself where I can't be much help to them yet.
Disciplining myself to avoid foods/products I encounter daily is helping
me to discipline myself more generally, too. Discipline will create room
in my life for the opportunities to be of more help to better the lives
of creatures. At least that's my hope.

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