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From: Patrick (
Subject: Re: bad veggie :*(
Date: December 17, 2003 at 2:19 pm PST

In Reply to: bad veggie :*( posted by kim on November 30, 2003 at 10:37 pm:

I agree that you shouldn't beat yourself up about it. Once I really decided to give up meat, I had no difficulty doing it; in fact, it happened spontaneously after I sampled TVP. Dairy products are another matter though. Usually I don't buy them, but I'll eat them when I go out. I even managed to get a good grip on that, and then I went on a two-month long ice-cream binge.

Personally I think it's a matter of commitment.(And I don't mean than in a judgmental way at all.) In the U.S. we are addicted to convenience, and let's face it: animal foods are quick and easy more often than not. I have found that the more you can make your habits a reflection of your commitment to stop eating animals- or not take part in animal cruelty, the easier it is to maintain the diet/lifestyle. Look for restaurants where you can eat good vegetarian or vegan meals. When you cook food for yourself, eliminate the animal ingredients and never put them back. Buy frozen vegetarian entrees (I haven't had a bad one from Amy's brand yet)instead of Lean Cuisine or whatever.

Talk to your family. They may not support you, but they should be willing to indulge you.

Good luck. :)

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