Originally Posted by dawnofsierra
Have been vegetarian for about 15 years, vegan for about 9. Would love to discuss the lifestyle. Please do feel free to contact me anytime for a chat!
woohoo! I thought I was the only crazy one here!
I've been vegetarian since I was 14 or so, vegan for about a year.
I have been iron-deficient since I was a young child...but that is something that I had to bring up with my dr. before going vegan. It's totally manageable and safe if you take the time and have the committment to seek out alternatives, because, contrary to popular belief, you can get it from a variety of places that exclude red meat
Anyway, if you have the time, heart and motivation to do it, veganism is great! It's a holistic apporach that includes more than just your eating habits. Veganism has helped me relate to nature and the world in a more broad way and has encouraged very healthy spirituality.
And remember, they just changed the Oreo recipe fairly recently I believe to make it vegan...so there's my personal favorite indulgence! It's just an example that there are mainstream foods and treats that you certainly don't have to say goodbye to. Plenty of bread and pasta is vegan as well, so you can easily go out for a spaghetti dinner, for example.