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From: Canaduck (
Subject: Being vegetarian.
Date: May 12, 2004 at 7:28 am PST

Much of what I feel in regards to my vegetarianism/impending veganism can be summed up by that Franz Kafka quote, "Now I can look at you in peace; I don't eat you anymore."

Succinct, I know, but it's true. I'd been waffling on the idea of vegetarianism for literally my entire life before I finally stopped eating meat about eight months ago. (I'm 22 now.) I have many health problems in relation to food--severe allergies to nuts, soy, wheat, eggs, and milk, among other things, as well as a digestive disorder--and so I didn't want to cut out another part of my already extremely limited diet. Once I really learned about factory farming, however, there was just no other way. It may be harder for me to find something to eat now, but at least I know that I'm doing the right thing.

And like I mentioned, I'm quickly becoming vegan. The eggs and milk are easier to avoid due to the fact that I really shouldn't be eating them anyway, and I've branched out to include gelatin, carmine, and the zillions of other animal ingredients hidden in everyday foods.

Anyway, I guess that wasn't so succinct after all. Blah. :)

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