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11/11/14 2:40 P

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emoticon that a good one...bet that stopped them cold...and I don't think it was been cause they keep giving it to you and all you said was the truth

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You've gotten good advice so far. I just love this team for support and advice!!

My family, some of it, gave me hassles when I went vegan. But they are the same ones who make fun of my faith in God - until they need prayer that is. My family members who made fun are all obese. I got tired of it at a family gathering last summer and just smiled and said, "You can make fun if you want. What size are you up to now?". I'm a size 10/12 and my smallest sister is a 3X. I know it wasn't very nice of me but it did shut them up.

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11/11/14 8:08 A

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don't...It really not anyone business how many times you go vegan but yours...how many of them change their diets for various reasons and don't or can't?

Even though your trying to be vegan and you eat an egg or some dairy doesn't mean you should be humiliated.

The main thing is not to make it a big deal about it

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not only are chickens for egg laying treated poorly and the male babies put through a grinder while still live. to get dairy a calf has to die. if you consume dairy you are contributing to the veal industry. if your family gives you a hard time about being vegan, them only shop and cook vegan until they stop. let them know that if they say anything negative about your food choices, they will be vegan also. your children don't need dairy, unless you want them to grow to be fat like a cow.

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Do what you feel is right for you and don't let the naysayers deter you.
I think I would be more determined if my family was giving me a hard time.
In fact, my Dad still gives me grief occasionally for being vegetarian, even after 25 years. I just have learned to let it roll off, or I sometimes I have a quick come back.
Hang tough! It's a journey.


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11/11/14 1:02 A

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The chicken industry is more than just eating embryos..... for every live female chicken laying eggs... there is a male chicken born.. then sexed and found to be not worthy to be alive.. that baby chick is then crushed to death on an assembly line by having its body pulled apart sometimes slowly..... under a grind stone... pretty image huh? For EVERY SINGLE female chick you see on a HUMANE farm there is a dead male chick.... somewhere. Because they are born in equal quantities... it is just math and nature.

So there is quite a bit of cruelty involved in the egg business even before you get to humane pasture raised FEMALE chickens and locally raised eggs.... They all order their chicks from the same places......

Plus the cholesterol in eggs is just out of the world unhealthy.. the FDA does not even allow the egg board to use the words "healthy" or "safe" in their advertising.. Why else do hear about "Incredible edible eggs". You advertise eggs as edible? LOL.

Casein in milk is horribly inflammatory... the first thing hospitals tell people in cancer wards is to give up milk because it is bad for them... When I was on a chemo drug.... "Consider giving up all dairy" was on the first page on my book of take home instructions... With more research I discovered that animal milk actually FEEDS cancer cells.....

OMG.. it is easy to stay away from all of those things for me now...

BTW so what if they laugh at you again..... the only way you can stop them is by tell them that you live by the motto... "progress not perfection." You are not perfect... but you are going to keep trying until you get it right.. and they can keep kidding you.. but you can live with it... because you are strong...

I respect you so much for going back in for another round..

YOU GO GIRL! I am proud of you.. this time you just might make it... if not .. maybe next time... just keep trying until you make it.... blessings on your journey!

We will be here to support you!

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11/11/14 12:58 A

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Hang in there, Sandra. I have toyed with becoming a vegetarian for over 20 years before taking the plunge this summer and becoming an "almost vegan." As you said, the time was right.

By "almost vegan" I mean that I buy and eat raw, locally produced honey from farmers that I know, I have yarn made from rabbit fur from rabbits that were lovingly raised from birth to a natural death at a ripe old age, I love alpaca yarn, I have silk yarn. I don't intend to give these up. I also know a local farmer who raises hens as pets in a very healthy way and sells the eggs, and another farm where goats are raised as pets, used for dairy, and kept as pets when they retire. I am not currently eating dairy or eggs, but if I ever go back to doing so, I will shop with local farmers who raise their animals in a healthy and humane way and keep them as pets when they stop producing.

Sticking on my almost vegan wagon is very hard and I have slipped a few times. I can got 2 or 3 months with no meat, eggs, or dairy, and then have social occasions at which I get really hungry and there is no food that does not contain meat or dairy. I try to avoid being in such a situation by bringing a soup or salad that I can make a full meal off of and that others can enjoy.

In my case, I have lost some weight. I look better and feel better. People comment on this without knowing that I went vegan a few months ago. I have more energy. I am walking distances and uphills that I had no hopes of a few months ago.

So, I'd say let the results speak for themselves. Fix yummy vegan food that your family will at least taste as side dishes. Let them see the positive changes in you, and you may get some converts.

One more tip: Friends told me yesterday that their child has continued to ask for Halloween candy, so her Dad very cleverly told her that she could have some Nature's candy and gave her a grape. She loved it and has been asking for Nature's candy ever since. Her parents are very happy.

Good luck!

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11/11/14 12:47 A

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As humans we have the mental ability to realize what we are doing and act in moral ways and not kill and/or eat the flesh of other beings. As far as eating eggs, unless you are eating free range chicken eggs you are not killing an embryo, though most likely the mother is living in horrid conditions. As far as dairy, unless it is fermented as in Yogurt, it is a good idea for your health to try not to consume most dairy because it causes inflammation in your body, one result being feeling like you have rheumatoid arthritis as you get older. You are doing the right things for your health physically and living more morally on a higher level than those who prefer to work at getting diseases like heart disease, diabetes, cancer..., and not caring about the consequences of their actions.

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11/10/14 11:44 P

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Hello,
I have been a vegetarian since I was 5 (I'm 33), but I have been vegan on and off so many times since I was about 18. Last time I was vegan my family thought it was hilarious. They all wanted to know how long I was going to last as a vegan this time.
I am humiliated at just the thought of telling my family that I am going to be vegan again. Even my children who are 7 and 10, think it is funny. I am not humiliated of being vegan I am humiliated at how many times I have tried and failed.
I had a dream that I murdered poor animals last night, and I feel guilt when I eat dairy and eggs, so I know it is time.
Just, I need help.

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