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7/8/13 10:36 P

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Hi. I'm new too. I have been considering making healthier changes for about a month and on Mon July 1st, 2013, I watched Vegucated, Forks Over Knives, and Food Matters. That's all it took.

I never, ever even considered a vegan way of life, but it became clear to me that it was the way to go. While I am proud to take myself out of the equation of industrial animal farming, I confess that my main motivation is my own health. I am tired of eating chemical garbage and feeling half alive.

I gave myself permission to start with a 80% vegan commitment, but in my first week I have found the switch incredibly easy and have stayed on track. I am amazed and super excited by the variety of delicious plant based foods. Thankfully, I live in an area where access to vegan food and even vegan restaurants is decent.

I welcome any and all guidance and especially recipes!

Loving my new life!


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7/3/13 1:55 P

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Welcome to the team. I suggest going out and getting some vegetarian cookbooks. I have cookbooks and they have saved my life. Take your time making the transition. Do what is right for you. Hope to see you around the boards.

" The road to success is always under construction."- Lily Tomlin

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5/24/13 6:45 P

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Of course this team is for you! Welcome emoticon You sound like I did this time last year. I cut back on the red meat I ate, then the chicken, then the pork and finally seafood. It was a very slow transition for me. I was a vegetarian before going vegan. I'm not a big cook but I had to learn to cook different vegan food dishes. I am married to a meat eater and 3 of the 5 kids are meat eaters, as well (not crazy about having to handle the animal products but it's my family).

Find a few vegetarian/vegan recipes that sound interesting and give them a try. Just substitute one meat meal with a vegetarian/vegan meal maybe once or twice a week then build up from there - if you want to.

You won't be sorry. It's a MUCH healthier way to eat and, yes, the meat industry is an horrific nightmare. Best of luck to you, Pat

I believe in myself, I am a strong woman. I will reach my goals, NOTHING & NOBODY will hold me down. I will live my life with integrity and intention. I will set a good example for my daughters and my son. I will be a woman that makes my grand children proud when they look at pictures of me long after I've left this earth.

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5/24/13 2:40 P

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Hello! My name is Kirsten and I live in Kennewick in eastern Washington State. I have always loved meat but lately meat doesn't love me. I also would like to cut back on the amount of antibiotics, hormones, and chemicals in my food. I am also appalled at the harm mass meat production does to our environment. Additionally, I have had problems digesting red meats (pork, beef) lately.

However, I am pragmatic. I live with my parents and usually eat a large evening meal with them one or two times a week. My dad loves to barbecue, but he usually gets pork which is a little easier on me.

A big problem I have about eating is I tend to want to eat easy things. (For instance, I go through a lot of Instant Quaker Oatmeal for breakfast.)

Well, that's a pretty big introduction. If you think that this SparkTeam is not for me, let me know.

-- Kirsten

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