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From: Leslie (
Subject:         Re: Is John Robbins vegan?
Date: November 22, 2006 at 10:38 am PST

In Reply to: Re: Is John Robbins vegan? posted by yvie on October 22, 2006 at 6:10 pm:

I agree with your post. Although there are some die-hard souls on this earth, I'm close to that category because I don't eat fish but do cheat a bit in restaurants with things such as eggs in pasta, I agree that the vast majority of people would be highly intimidated by the word "vegan."

It's too bad, because they really don't know what they're missing, they say that to me, but I know what I'm missing and it's not the things they think they are. A vegan diet can be so delightful, it's almost as if you are in touch with your food and fully involved in it instead of cutting yourself off from its origins. When I ate meat I just ate food, doing my best to not think about where it came from. Now when I cook I get so involved in it emotionally, I don't have to worry about where it came from because it's not from an ugly place. My kitchen is full of great smells and everything tastes so great and the variety is simply amazing.

But most people simply haven't experienced that, and they are afraid to change, and they have this terribly mistaken idea that a vegan diet means deprivation. That's just human nature. Perhaps if they can start by just eating more vegetables, that leads to eliminating the most offensive animal foods, and they discover for themselves how delightful plant foods can be. It is a process and to expect most people to go from zero to 100 is asking a lot.

I did this journey slowly, it took me several years of experimenting, reading, backsliding, before I finally committed to veganism in 2000. And as I said before, even then sometimes I know there's probably eggs in my pasta in a restaurant, but I'm over 95% vegan and that's so much more than the rest of the world!

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