Becoming Vegan

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I'm not a vegan yet. Very far from it. But I just stopped eating meat since yesterday and I didn't eat any meat today. I guess I'll be a vegetarian first then. I've tried this before, and didn't last very long. But I'm more determined now.

I still have products that are tested on animals, but my skin care products aren't. And I got rid of any makeup I had that were tested on animals. Over the weeks and months, I'll go through other products and buy new stuff that's not tested on animals.

Medication is tricky, because some people obviously need their meds. I however don't think I need mine because of really terrible side effects. Over the years, I had different meds. None worked. I not only gained a lot of weight, but my legs have become swollen. I can't bend them. I can't walk very far. If I stand for took long, my back and legs and feet hurt badly... Now I am seeing a Heilpraktiker/Naturopathic physician and I am trying out herbal stuff. It works. I feel much better. My insomnia has slowly gone away. I had my period again. I don't wake up feeling like a zombie.

Evanna Lynch is a vegan and she inspired me to become one too. Earthling Ed on youtube has also inspired me. I will do this not just for myself and my health, but also because I love animals and they deserve to be respected and loved.
 
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Yes give it a go.

I think it is just a switch in your brain, then one day you are ready to go vegan.

Don't worry too much, sometimes it takes a few goes until you are ready.

I have tried to go vegan many times, but this time I am hoping to stick.

There are many health benefits - which would probably surprise most meat eaters.

The way farm animals are treated is sickening and is a good enough reason to go vegan in itself.

I would not worry about your medication. It is a small thing in the grand scheme of things.
 
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well done
i wish i could
i don't think i could give up milk ,i could give up meat though
have never owned anything tested on animals x
 
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Yes give it a go.

I think it is just a switch in your brain, then one day you are ready to go vegan.

Don't worry too much, sometimes it takes a few goes until you are ready.

I have tried to go vegan many times, but this time I am hoping to stick.

There are many health benefits - which would probably surprise most meat eaters.

The way farm animals are treated is sickening and is a good enough reason to go vegan in itself.

I would not worry about your medication. It is a small thing in the grand scheme of things.
Thank you!

I am scared of watching the videos and documentaries of the way animals are treated. I saw it once a very VERY long time ago. Horrible.
 
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well done
i wish i could
i don't think i could give up milk ,i could give up meat though
have never owned anything tested on animals x
Have you ever taken medication? That is tested on animals.
 
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When you have mental health conditions I don't think you should worry about your medication. if you are non-compiant with meds they force you to take them.

Better just to stick to the foods and clothing.
 
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When you have mental health conditions I don't think you should worry about your medication. if you are non-compiant with meds they force you to take them.

Better just to stick to the foods and clothing.
Thank you!

I'm done with psychiatrists. I'll just visit my primary care doctor for advice.
 
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I'm vegan since January.

The Vegan society does not recommend giving up medication but activism to stop animal testing and funding research into alternatives. Check this out, scroll down to "Medicine"
Definition of veganism | The Vegan Society

But I confess this is one of the reasons I do not want to start medication (again). :(
 
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I'm vegan since January.

The Vegan society does not recommend giving up medication but activism to stop animal testing and funding research into alternatives. Check this out, scroll down to "Medicine"
Definition of veganism | The Vegan Society

But I confess this is one of the reasons I do not want to start medication (again). :(
Oh thank you! I'll check this website out.

It's great that vegans are fighting to stop animal testing when it comes to medication.

I know what you mean. I'm stopping mine because it's been really bad for me, and I don't think I'll try any other psychiatric meds again. Herbal stuff is amazing.

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I'm still not vegan, but I'm starting to cut dairy products from my diet. I didn't know getting milk and eggs and stuff from animals was so bad until a few days ago! :eek: I always thought animals weren't treated badly when we got milk and eggs from them. But the way they're treated is horrible!!!

I'll look into soy milk or almond milk.
 
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Just made some Uncle Bens vegetable rice and cooked it with olive oil instead of margarine or butter. It tastes so good!!!
 
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I went vegetarian once and then vegan. Just know that it can take a few months to lose the cravings for red meat. I'm told it's a hormone or something similar that affects receptors in the brain similarly to addiction to drugs or drink. No need to feel guilty for these feelings. It's brain chemistry. Once the cravings leave it gets much easier though. Then you might want to transition to being vegan. That's my advise. Try vegetarian first then transition. Do your research though on amino acids. Some necessary aminos can be obtained thru rice, beans, and legumes instead of meat or dairy. I've known too many people that have made themselves very ill because they went vegan and don't eat beans, rice, or soy. They begin to look sickly and their personalities have changed which I think is due to malnutrition but that's just my opinion. If you like Indian food I'd recommend looking up the channel cooking smooking on YouTube. He has lots of vegetarian and vegan recipes. Some even aren't Indian such as chocolate cake without egg and pizza. Let us know how you do with it.
 
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Oh I just saw about the soymilk post. IDK if you can find it in Germany but 8th continent vanilla soymilk is the best thing since sliced bread. Personally I don't like Silk brand soy milk. It tastes bad. Rice milk is also nice but has a mouth feel that you have to get used to.
 
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There's food now that solves the meat cravings problems. Like the Beyond Burger. And tons of types of fake meats ham, bacon, sausages, etc. Subscribe to a vegan page on Facebook and you will see plenty of fantastic things.
 
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There's food now that solves the meat cravings problems. Like the Beyond Burger. And tons of types of fake meats ham, bacon, sausages, etc. Subscribe to a vegan page on Facebook and you will see plenty of fantastic things.
I haven't tried many fake meats but I've been told (perhaps erroneously) that it's a psysiological craving rather than psychological. But I do like cascadian farms BBQ cutlets. They taste even better than the McRib patties. In fact I have fed them to meat eaters who loved them until they found out it wasn't meat. They loved it when they thought it was though.