I am new to this site, and to being vegan. Alicia's book changed my life. I grew up in the Midwest. My family had a very rural home that played host to a variety of beautiful animals. We would see ducks, geese, swan, deer, and our neighbor had pet pigs that would wander into our yard. I grew up compassionate as ever when it came to animals and I had even volunteered at my local shelter. But my family were also fisherman, and we would go to northern Wisconsin to fish every summer. I would cry uncontrollably as a child when the fish they caught died from the hooks. It took me 30 years to realize that I cannot be this compassionate with animals and at the same time eat them for dinner.
Not to mention that I am a 30 year old female of average/slim build who has high cholesterol. I had a love affair with cheese as many Midwesterners do. I am due back at the doctors in the next few months and I am really hoping that this plant-based diet I have been on for nearly 3 weeks will show its benefits in my blood results.
I joined this site for the support on this new and exciting lifestyle change because many others in my life are unsupportive and view it as drastic and worrisome. I'd like to thank Alicia and everyone on this site for their choices and hope to keep becoming inspired to enhance my life and my choices for the better of myself, my health, the animals and the world.
I am new too. I am flirting right now with being Vegan. I have high Cholesterol too. Let me know how your Doctor visit goes. My doctor wanted me to go on medicine to lower it, but after I looked up the side effects chose not to take it and change my diet instead. Good luck to you! I love Alicia's book!!
Hi Tristin. How did your doctor's visit go? How are you finding your transition to being vegan going? I have been an off again on again vegan/vegetarian for a couple of years now. This time though has been the longest. It has been 18 months now that I have been vegetarian. I am once again attempting to go straight vegan this new year. Hope you are doing well :).
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