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Hi welcome, I to feel but for different reasons. you are not alone. Good luck. when people condem you just tell you don't tell them what eat so don't tell me. don't argue that is what they want. I usually say I am dieting and have found that that is what keeps the weight off. most people buy that. If you get into the ethic then you will have a fight on your hands
Hello Fellow Vegans!
I just found this group and am so glad to find group for vegans b/c I've found it is challenging to find support in my everyday life. I was vegetarian for years b/c I was easily got grossed out with meat and hated cooking or handling raw meat at home. B/c of the high protein diets that were being marketed, I thought I had to keep meat in my diet. Finally, I said enough is enough and removed it once and for all. I found some great books and documentaries on the vegan lifestyle and went completely vegan a few years ago. It was amazing. I was back down to the weight I had been in college (very healthy and not at all below the charts for my frame). I went a little antisocial at first b/c I was so tired of being questioned endelessly by defensive carnviours in group dining situations. But it didn't take long to not feel self conscious about asking for dairy to be removed and to not feel temptation to try the processed foods around me. It was like the bad food just didn't exist.
Unfortunately, some stressful situations started happening and I slowly lost the vision and motivation to take care of myself. Then, things got worse and I started using food to as a comfort. Like so many who turn to food for comfort, I internalize so much that has nothing to do with me. I'm coming out of the fog now and can finally say: Why am I punishing myself?
So, it is time to feel good about what I put in my body and about the positive effects that veganism has on the environment, the treatment of animals, and all of the other wonderful things that go with it. And, I'll do it one dat at a time. If I fall off the horse, I'm going to get back up and brush myself up and start again the next morning. I look forward to hearing about all of the members' of this forum's successes too. We can do this together!