Thanks so much for the feedback! Unfortunately I live in Saskatchewan- not that I don't love the prairies and all their glory... it is just lacking in vegan and vegetarian restaurants and has a limited selection of health food stores. Although, I have tried vegan chocolate and loved it. In living a healthy lifestyle, I make an effort in not buying chocolate usually. So when i do feel like I need that "fix," I go for the convenience of non-vegan chocolate. Not very logical- maybe i'll have to invest in some quality vegan chocolate. Good advice. I know that in time my own perceived "need" for these things will dwindle, the process is just a difficult one.
Again, thanks for your feedback. It's totally cool to see that other teens (and 40 year olds :) are being conscious consumers. Peace and love.
Allyce personally I find that eating rich fatty kind foods like avocado or hummus really satisfy my cheese cravings. I've been vegan since May of this year, and I also find I crave cheese less and less as time passes (the first 3 weeks were really rough). Boom Choco Boom makes a great vegan rice-milk chocolate bar (just steer clear of their crunch bar, because that one has honey in it). Go Max Go makes vegan candy bars too. There definitely is vegan chocolate out there, but you may have to go to your local health food store to find it.
I'm not a teen (I'm 35) but I became vegetarian as a teen (around age 14) and then later a vegan. Its wonderful to see young people adopting a compassionate lifestyle and I hope your parents and friends give you lots of respect and support for being so principled and dedicated!
Welcome young kind-lifers. Lauren, its so neat that your doing this together with your boyfriend. I'm still with my highschool sweetheart after 19 years and one of the things that has given our relationship the most meaning was becoming vegan together!
Allyce, hang in there, cheese was the only thing that I first missed when becoming a vegan too, but the cravings go away. I become vegan after visiting a dairy farm and learning about what happens to those sweet, gorgeous male calves and their sisters and mommas after their prime milking years are over. It really helped me to counter those cravings. Alicia also talks a lot about why dairy and especially cheese is addictive and so bad for your body. It is the front portion of the book. Good luck and you can do it, you really can! I'm not a person with a lot of "will power" so if I can, anyone can!
Thanks so much for your responses and advice everyone! It really does mean a lot, the support is much needed. My friends and family have been supportive since the day I decided to become vegetarian, which has been wonderful. However, the support has not been the same when I have tried being vegan in the past. My friends and I go out quite often, and I found myself relying on spinach salad with olive oil and spices, and a side of mushrooms. This, while irritating, was not a huge problem (at least it saved me money :). Maybe the reason that the support isn't there is because most of my friends and family don't know anyone else who is vegan? I'm trying to remember that I feel so much better living a healthy vegan lifestyle.
Anyway, this site is really helping me to realize that there are many other great people who are on this path to a cleaner and kinder life. Which is awesome to see! Thanks again.
Yay! I have been looking for a post like this forever!! Finally I found one :) It's nice to know there are other kind life teens out there! I wish all teens could realize how much better this lifestyle is... it would be a greener and more compassionate world! Go kind life teens ! :)