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From: Leslie (
Subject: Re: is vegan better?
Date: November 13, 2004 at 9:54 pm PST

In Reply to: is vegan better? posted by lori on November 12, 2004 at 3:57 pm:

In answer to your questions, I don't use processed foods all that often, I'd say maybe two or three times a week maximum. Most of what I eat is homemade, because like you, I love to cook and cook all the time. As a side note to that, I want to say that I have found that anything can be made vegan and cooking this way is an adventure, finding new foods, new ways of doing things. I usually use processed foods only for convenience, my diet is comprised mostly of whole grains (make my own bread), lots of veggies and fruit, a moderate amount of tofu, probably between one and two pounds per week, soy and almond milk, various beans. I do use products such as Yves ground round occasionally, mostly because my husband will eat it in dishes he's used to eating with ground beef and it makes a good alternative.

For me it's not better or not better to be vegan, because I feel so strongly about cruelty and indifference in the world there simply is no other choice for me. If I knew about these awful things and participated by buying these products I would feel selfish and like my actions do not match my feelings and thoughts. That for me is not a possibility, I cannot close my eyes and heart to the cruelty in the industry. If you go too much further, you will find on your journey that eggs are also the product of a terribly cruel industry, I won't go into details, but it is as cruel as the dairy industry with it's cruelty to both mother and baby cows. There is no avoiding it, all animal products without exception involve cruelty. I have learned to do without all animal products, including eggs, there are myriads of great recipes for anything you want to bake or cook without eggs, I much prefer scrambled tofu with veggies to scrambled eggs, I mean I prefer the taste and texture. Eggs no longer appeal to me, neither does cheese, once very much away from them I find that my life and health are better without them and nothing has changed in the kinds of foods I eat, I still eat benedict, and cakes, and sauces, pizza, nachos, grilled "cheeze" sandwiches. I think the "trick" is to fill the hole with tasty alternatives, with them you won't miss the other.

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