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From: Sara (
Subject: Feeling so much better
Date: July 7, 2002 at 5:18 pm PST

I decided to go from a diet that included fish and dairy to a strict vegetarian one last March- I took the two month pledge after reading John Robbin's Diet for a New America. After three weeks I noticed I had a lot more energy and clarity of mind. I read Becoming Vegan by Davis and Melina as well, right as I changed my eating habits. I believe this helped me tremendously in making healthy choices. I am not so sure I would be feeling so wonderful if I was eating a lot of vegetarian processed foods instead of the mainly whold foods I eat right now. One of the benefits to this change for me has been a total absence of cycle related discomforts! Gone- I mean there is nothing anymore. Doing this has required a deep commitment, preparing food is one of my highest priorities now. I'm delighted that my husband, although not a vegetarian at all, is enjoying the new things I'm preparing. He is so open minded about it- I respect him as well by not preaching. It took me a long time to get to this point, and everyone's journey is different. We have enjoyed exploring the variety of vegetarian and ethnic restaurants together in our big city.

Right now my biggest concern is how to handle visiting family and friends for a few days at a time when I'm at the mercy of their cooking. I have no problem telling them I'm vegetarian, but then do I need to provide my own food? I feel as if I should bring food in order to be safe- do I need to cook enough to share with all the folks? Does anyone have any suggestions or experiences to share? I would love to hear them. Thank you all for letting me tell a little of my vegetarian story!


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