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Have You Ever Tried to Go Vegan?

With people giving up all kinds of things for their New Year's resolutions — smoking, sugar, refined carbs, driving — the 21-Day Vegan Kickstart, which began on Jan. 1, got me wondering if any of you are giving up all animal products in 2010?

Kickstart has the support of veteran vegan Alicia Silverstone, author of The Kind Diet, and she will be offering tips and advice on eating an entirely plant-based diet. After experimenting with vegetarianism in college, I am a committed omnivore who eats lower on the food chain but occasionally enjoys meat, cheese, and eggs. I have never tried to go vegan, though some days I eat that way by chance. So tell me . . .

cdelaney cdelaney 7 years
I've been vegan for seven years and was a vegetarian long before that. As with any lifestyle, you must be really informed, be willing to make the effort, try new things, and willing to commit to your personal values and morals. Often, I think that veganism/vegetarianism has become a bit of a trend. I know people who have temporarily changed their eating habits only to subsist on processed foods alone or give up after a day or week. For my husband and I, veganism is a lifestyle, not a fleeting trend. It isn't the latest diet or "it" thing. Health, like anything worth having, requires knowledge, work and effort to eat fresh, balanced and nutritious food that really feeds our bodies and minds. Plus, it feels amazing to know that we are leading a life of health, consciousness, and compassion without causing harm to any of our animal friends.
weffie weffie 7 years
Since August and I don't really miss anything... I was lacto-ovo for 15 years and all that time I thought I loved cheese, but as soon as I started thinking along the lines of "milk is for baby cows," and "there's blood and pus in there," it all grosses me out now :)
misslilad misslilad 7 years
i was vegan for awhile in college, but then i moved to paris and as my mom says, you cannot live in france and not at least eat the cheese. so my veganism slowly faded away. still am going 18 years strong though as an ovo-lacto sometimes, vegan sometimes. really depends on my mood
itsthatgaljay itsthatgaljay 7 years
I was vegan for about a year, started drifting for another half, and then announced I couldn't do it. It was the cheese and chocolate that killed it. This was about two years ago.
Autumns_Elegy Autumns_Elegy 7 years
Tried. Lasted less than a day. I tried vegetarian, lasted less than a week. I just love meat too much!
kimbly kimbly 7 years
I would probably go vegan if I had the $$$! I'm still a poor college student and I just can't afford soy products over all dairy products (although I do definitely prefer soy milk and usually buy that). But giving up cheddar cheese and crackers, one of my favorite snacks?! Yogurt? That would be pretty tough...
T-S T-S 7 years
I don't really understand why you would be a "proud" meat eater or vegetarian. It's a choice, not an accomplishment.
nutmeg84 nutmeg84 7 years
I was vegan for most of last year. But I had to go back to eating meat after I fainted a couple of times. I was eating right, by everything that I read, but I often felt weak, and got sick more often. I'm slowly going back to eating meat, still no dairy for allergy reasons. I feel a million times better and have so much more energy. I would love to be able to be vegan again, but it's just not for me, my health has to come first.
shannonriver shannonriver 7 years
I've been vegan for 4 or 5 years and it's one of the best decisions I've ever made. No problems getting protein, iron, or anything else. As an animal-rights activist, it's the only logical choice for me. We don't need animal products, so the only reason to consume them (and mistreat and kill the animals who produce them) is "It tastes good." Pretty selfish reason.
Spectra Spectra 7 years
I tried going vegan for a while, but I found it too difficult to get all the protein I needed. I know there are plenty of good vegan protein sources out there, but none of them were as tasty as tuna and eggs and the other stuff I like.
hlj504 hlj504 7 years
Also love dairy too much!
Yogaforlife Yogaforlife 7 years
I love milk and cheese too much to go vegan. Meat is easy for me to give up.
snowdaytoday snowdaytoday 7 years
I became a vegetarian when I was 13 (Im 33 now), and after college, I was vegan for about six years. Like kristints, I also felt lousy. So I've added organic eggs and healthy dairy products. I still try to be conscious when it comes to eating as humanely as possibly, but being vegan just didn't work for me.
2muchtv 2muchtv 7 years
I'm lacto-veg, but I couldn't go full vegan. I eat a lot of vegan meals, but I just can't seem to give up yogurt.
lawchick lawchick 7 years
I've been a vegetarian for 11 years. I do try to eat vegan a few times a week, but haven't been able to totally make the switch yet, due more to convenience issues than desire for animal products.
LaurenG22 LaurenG22 7 years
I could be a vegetarian but no more eggs in the morning!? Not gonna do it.
traciepwns traciepwns 7 years
I became vegan in May 2008 and I've never having any problems eating in social situations nor has it ever felt restrictive. It was definitely the best decision that I've made so far and I don't ever plan on going back to my old eating habits.
Ayu Ayu 7 years
I couldn't imagine being vegan. While I haven't eaten meat in 13 years, I just couldn't live without honey and milk.
Dana18 Dana18 7 years
I became vegan after thanksgiving. I just feel and look better.I had been a vegetarian in the past and wanted to go back to that way of eating. I picked up Alicia Silverstone book " The Kind Diet" and I have not looked back since. Another good book to read in Eating animals by Jonathan Safran Foer.
danizzle danizzle 7 years
i am a proud carnivore! i gave up red meat for a year b/c of health reasons, but now i just limit myself
kristints kristints 7 years
I was vegan for a year and a half but I felt lousy. I also ate a healthy vegan diet, lots of whole grains, beans, fruits and I felt like crap. I now eat a healthy omnivorous diet, I don't think veganism was the right thing for me. Who knows, maybe it's my blood type. I should really find out what it is, hmm.
wren1 wren1 7 years
I started eating vegan in October and haven't had any difficulty, other than what the previous commenter said about having to make separate meals. Although my bf has been eating a lot less meat because my vegan food is good and he wants some. And my blood type is O
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