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From: Leslie (
Subject: Re: I'm a new vegetarian and need advice
Date: November 14, 2003 at 7:13 pm PST

In Reply to: I'm a new vegetarian and need advice posted by Kelly on November 13, 2003 at 11:13 am:

Making any kind of change as big as a dietary change takes time. It took me years to get from SAD to vegan. For three years I quit everything except cheese, fish, eggs, turkey, chicken. Then in l996 I quit eating turkey and chicken, and finally in 2000 quit eating the rest. I quit milk and ice cream early on, by the way, because I could connect a very real reaction to those products, must have been lactose because cheese didn't bother me, and cheese has a lot less lactose in it than milk does.

After doing a research paper on animal rights and reading lots of books, including ones by Peter Singer and John Robbins, and a book called "The Dreaded Comparison" by Marjorie Siegel, and having already converted most of my diet and lifestyle, I found it really easy to eliminate the rest. I did it because I knew that animals that provided the milk for cheese (by the way, cheese isn't vegetarian, it contain rennet, which is from the stomach of calves and lambs) and eggs suffered very much and at the point I was at it just wasn't worth it to me to continue to use these products knowing what I knew and feeling the way I did.

And therein lies the issue -- I was so ready for it it wasn't a negative thing, it was positive. By this time I had been cooking wonderful dishes using Bryanna's books and Joanne's books (I couldn't LIVE without Bryanna's books & recipes) and already subbing for eggs in baking, it was just so easy to go "all the way." It is a journey, and one that is very personal and you must do what you feel because you are the journey, and it must be positive and make your life better, otherwise you might backslide if you do too much too soon.

I am in a place now where I cannot stand to wear even old leather shoes I used to love, I have replaced everything with non-leather, my diet is completely vegan, and I feel so good about it, but it did take me some time.

So be kind to yourself, do what you feel inside, make your outside match your inside, so to speak, and you will be better motivated to keep your new changes, because they belong to you and your motivation will come from within instead of from what someone else tells you.

Also don't be afraid to read, about animal ethics, about nutrition, you can only better your life in this way and make more informed decisions that you can back up with knowledge when talking to other people.

Good luck with your journey!

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