I have been meat free for 5 wks & 2 days now and as of this past Tuesday, I am now also dairy free! Yay! I am beyond thrilled ... when I started this process I had every intention of going vegan right away but I was having THE HARDEST time letting go of that darn dairy! Finally 5 days ago I was able to go dairy free an entire day ... and I have to say, staying dairy free has seemed relatively simple after that! Literally in these last few days I have felt better than I have in a long time! The bloated tummy feeling is gone, my skin is (at least, appears to be) clearing up, the dreaded "dairy tongue" also seems to be vanishing and of course I just feel lighter in general. I am seriously pleased! I am still waiting for a change in my allergies though.
Anyway ~ I look forward to getting to know you guys ... I have 1 vegetarian friend, but don't personally know any vegans so I am excited to meet some like-minded folks.
Was wondering how many of you out there are married to someone who is supportive but not interested in changing their lifestyle ... how have you handled it?
Hi VL! Welcome...I wanted to say hello to you. You're doing a great thing! It's so nice to be able to connect with other like-minded people. I know what you're experiencing...it's hard giving up things that you are so conditioned to and actually loved eating. But, when you realize the benefits of what you're doing for yourself and for others (the animals and the planet), it honestly just makes you feel wonderful. I'm a newbie too...I started on my vegan path after reading Skinny Bitch last September and it was honestly like a lightbulb went off. I find myself now cooking a ton more, plus baking...I made the KDiet's peanut butter cups last weekend...oh yeah, I licked the wrappers, they were that good! Btw, I can promise you that you will NOT miss dairy including cheese...there are just sooo many other products out there for you to try. I was at a restaurant today that had these amazing "raw" burgers with cashew nut cheese...truly wonderful.
I have received some flack from friends and co-workers but that's part of it I suppose. All I know is that I don't wish to contribute to anyone's suffering and want to be as compassionate as I possibly can. I also find that every purchase I make now is a healthy, eco-friendly choice...it's almost like a game. I want to make sure that things are NOT tested on animals so I'm always looking for symbols or text stating just that on products.
I have experienced some health issues in terms of rashes on my body and just some minor things. But, the positives far outweigh the negatives.
It's nice to know that we're not on this journey alone...I think that it's wonderful. I'm grateful that Alicia made this website for people just like us in cyberland to be able to connect and share our experiences.
peace and warm wishes, Chrissy
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