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From: Don't worry, be Veggie! (
Subject: Re: hard time getting back on track!
Date: September 2, 2004 at 10:57 am PST

In Reply to: hard time getting back on track! posted by Heather on August 31, 2004 at 4:42 pm:

If you enjoyed John Robbins' first book (and you want to get back towards a veggie lifestyle), you may wish to read his latest: "The Food Revolution". This is essentially an updated version of "Diet for a New America" with new sections covering more recent food concerns (e.g. Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs), etc). After reading this one, my switch from vegetarian to vegan was finalized - for renewed veggie inspiration, I highly recommend it.

As far as being too "hard core", I know exactly what you mean. I was that way for a long time (going through the "angry vegan" phase) until one day I realized that I cannot change anyone else's mind - the more I tried, the more aggravated we both became. Instead, I figured out the best way to affect positive change is to simply live my life the best I can to set a good example that hopefully inspires others to want to change themselves. However, I do stick to my guns when eating with family and friends - they all now understand that I eat no animal products ever, period. But I am not confrontational about it.

Like you, cheese was the toughest thing to give up when making the switch to veganism (it just tastes so good!). But don't worry about going all the way all at once. Rest assured that any move you make back towards an animal-free diet will help your own health, the health of the animals and the health of the planet. If all the meat eaters simply cut out meat one day a week, there would be an enormous positive change in the world. So just take it one step at a time - it doesn't have to be "all or nothing"!

peace - ridgerunner

p.s. If you are looking for scientifically based health reasons to go veg, I highly recommend reading Dr Joel Fuhrman's book: "Eat to Live" - there is a great review of this one here at VegSource (and be sure to read the big name testimonials at the bottom of the article). This book is the dietary gold standard for achieving excellence in human nutrition (its not just about losing weight).

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