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Hi Everyone,
My name is Tam and I'm living in West Texas (though my heart is in San Francisco emoticon . My history as a vegetarian/vegan is a long one. I was inspired to give up meat in my teens by my sister but went back to it in my 20's. I then gave up meat and became a vegetarian (lacto-ovo) in 2007. In 2009, I started reading a lot of books on veganism and decided to try and shift to being a vegan.

But now I have come to terms with the fact that, although I love the vegan theory, in practice, it is not something that is right for me right now. When I was a vegetarian, I had a much better relationship with food and I even lost 35 pounds (but that was mostly because I was doing a very low calorie low carb diet and exercising more than an hour a day at the time). However, when I started being a vegan, both my weight and my relationship with food deteriorated. I am not blaming the vegan principles at all. It all had to do with my food issues. I'm still exploring why this was but I think a lot of it had to do with the fact that I just love dairy and eggs and felt very satisfied having them in my diet so that I felt less deprived and restricted and had fewer binge eating episodes. But eliminating dairy and eggs (and vegan substitutes didn't work for me) messed up my relationship with food.

I'm working now on mindful eating/intuitive eating and part of that is accepting that I am not a horrible person because I chose to eat dairy and eggs. It's a very strange feeling for me to have eggs, cheese, and yogurt in my fridge after so many years of not having bought them. But I feel like this is the right decision for me right now. I'm here because I know SP is a great place for support and a lot of message boards that I've found online seem to favor veganism and don't have much support for vegetarians. There seems to be an "all or nothing" mentality to some of these boards (which is exactly what got me into such a disfunctional relationship with food in the first place). So I'm glad to be here!

Tam

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