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From: ridgerunner (
Subject: Hi Lisa...
Date: February 5, 2005 at 9:12 am PST

In Reply to: New vegan and feeling alone posted by Lisa on February 4, 2005 at 9:10 pm:

What you are experiencing is not out of the ordinary at all - YOU ARE NOT ALONE! And welcome to VegSource where veggies of all flavors hang out. Although some folks here are veggie for health reasons only, many of us experienced "awakenings" about the needless suffering of animals, very similarly to you (For me it all started 27 years ago and has taken several steps for me to become vegan.) However, be aware that this "Awakenings" forum does not see hardly any action. Try going to the "Veganism" forums with Jo Stepaniak (she's great - the "Grassroots" forum in particular gets a lot of traffic). You may also want to check out the "New Veggies" forum.

And if you haven't already read it yet, I highly recommend reading the book: "The Food Revolution" by John Robbins". This book has thoroughly researched the benefits of plant-based vegan diet (its not just better for the animals, the environment and human health are also much better off). There are lots of other good books, too (I listed a few on one of my previous posts here) However, one thing you'll definitely want to brush up on right away is: veg*n nutrition. If you want to be vegan and get optimal health at the same time, I highly recommend reading "Eat to Live", by Joel Fuhrman. There is an excellent review of the book here at VegSource (Note: this book is not just about weight loss - its primary focus is optimal human nutrition). There is also a forum dedicated to it here, which is where I hang out a lot. Dr Michael Gregor is another excellent source for veggie nutrition - check out his website:

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