Hello everybody! My name is DeeDee and I am brand new the forum. I'm in my early 30's (hard to believe sometimes) and I live in beautiful Vancouver!! I have read Alicia's book The Kind Diet (and love it!). As a vegetarian, I have been a vegan flirt for many years, although I could never give up the cheese.
Currently I feel very compelled to go vegan for many reasons... I am not healthy, I react to dairy in a negative way, I have a junk food binge eating problem which I am hoping to get control of and today I watched some videos of animal cruelty which made me weep like a baby. I have never been able to watch such videos but for some reason today I did. So I decided to go vegan for 30 days first and see how it goes. After the 30 days I will decide if I want to stay vegan or not. I was going to start on Monday but I feel ready to do it today. I also don't know anyone vegan in real life and I know I need some support which is why I am here.
Just got back from a shopping trip to Choices and I bought some frozen vegan dinners along with the following: -Earth Balance butter -Soydelicious coconut yogurt -Daiya cheese (havarti and cheddar shredded) -Veganaise -Toffuti sour cream I also stopped by a vegan restaurant on my way home and got a dinner to go (mushrooms with bok choy). Here I go! Wish me luck!
My storied alot like yours this past yr. I also never thought i could quit cheese. After i watched earthlings and some other documentaried i went cold turky. It easier that way it seems because lately i have let cheese sneek back in. I made 1 exception for family and then i ate it yesterday why am i making such a stink about not eating it today? That kinda thing but i went a good 6 months totally vegan. I changed allnmy houshold and beauty products for good. I am working on not making anymore exceptions with cheese. Its weird because u go around people and eat and they want to share appitizers and food and theyre like are u eating cheese today? I want to get back to that ace where i say i never eat cheese.
Congrats on your choice!! I have been going vegan since November. It is hard but this site is a great resource! I also loved Alicia's book. I find the way to stay motivated to stick with it and not slip up is by reading and learning more about it. Some books I like are Veganist, Eating Animals and Dominion by Matthew Scully (the last one is really deep and covers a lot of issues, not just eating). Since going vegan, my blood pressure has dropped to 94/62 and I've lost 17 lbs without even trying. Anther thing that helps is crowding out cravings by eating all the yummy veg foods. They are processed and I am trying to wean myself off of them and go for more natural stuff, but for now, let's just feel good about being kind, right?! Best of luck on this new and excititng journey and congrats again for making your decision!!
hi deedee! my husband and i have both been vegan since 2006! and we are flight attendants so people always say how hard it must be to be vegan on the road (though it really isn't). but it seems to me though that all roads lead to vegan, whether it's health or animal cruelty or the environment, so it's not even a possibility to not be vegan for us! we love being vegan and i am so happy to hear you are starting your journey too!! thank you! on behalf of the animals and the earth!!
I've been down with the flu and watched some documentaries on Netflix to curb the cabin fever. Crying hysterically I'm now on day 3 of no meat. Next is cheese, then eggs. I have gone vegan for cleanses before and never fared well. I'm allergic to soy and intolerant of wheat so it really narrows the field for me. After what I've seen I will not be eating animals anymore. Just that decision makes me feel like I'm aligned with my own internal universe.
As a meat at every meal gal I'm hoping to learn from folks like you to help me stay committed and kind.
Thanks for sharing.
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