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Happy New Year-
Since it's a new year, thought to continue the conversation in a new thread. Here's the original:
https://www.happycow.net/forum/community/introduce-yourself-are-you-vegetarian-vegan/268

Who wants to be the first?!
Share your story, and introduce yourself to the community here. :o)

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    Posted by Brok O. Lee at 01/08/14 11:08:36

    Hello! I have been a vegan for just about 1 year and 1 month now. I live in Tel Aviv, Israel, an extremely vegan-friendly city! :) It's fun and easy to be a vegan here.

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    Posted by trinitybourne at 01/08/14 13:46:57

    Hi Brok! Sending waves through the ether from Glastonbury. A super-easy-to-be-vegan town in England! I've been vegan for 20 years now - never looked back. Trinity x

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    Posted by Teamair at 01/08/14 14:44:19

    Hi!
    I'm a birth vegan, and have been raised a practicing and active vegan :) it's always been such a massive part of my life and I'm proud of it! I'm from Liverpool, England, so a pretty good place to be a vegan :)

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    Posted by Cascadian at 01/08/14 19:12:36

    Hello and Welcome to the new folks! :-)

    It is really great that we first posters on this thread are all Vegan. Sadly I was not raised Vegan myself but I joined the party as soon as I got an invite! ;-)

    Now I have been Vegan for about 21 years, since my early teens. I have 3 great kids who've all been Vegan since the start as their mother and I were both Vegan for several years before the kids were born.

    I call Portland, Oregon (usa) home and love to meet other Vegans - so come visit soon! :-)

    Brok: What a fun nickname you have! It's been great watching Veganism so rapidly become a much larger part of the culture in Israel over the last decade. I've heard that the falafel on Shenkin Street is the best around - do you agree?

    Trinity: Thanks for helping welcome the new folks! I've been hearing wonderful things about Glastonbury for years - perhaps I'll be able to visit someday!

    Teamair: It's always nice to meet folks who've been Vegan since birth. My kids are and the oldest is pretty close to your age now. :-)

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    Posted by The Vegetarian Vixen at 01/08/14 19:13:20

    Hi All,
    I am a 40 year old new vegetarian (along with my hubby - HOORAY!!), blogging about my experience. I find it is really helping me to stay committed and grow in my journey. Hope you will join me at:
    thevegetarianvixen.blogspot.com

    Rosalie

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    Posted by ClareDarwish at 01/08/14 19:14:48

    Hi Everyone! I've been vegetarian since 2004 and more recently raw vegan since 2011 when I moved to beautiful, sunny Queensland to live with my partner who is a Raw Food Chef and Digestive Health Specialist. I've just set up a new FB page and blog on Blogger called "rawvegansover60" with the purpose of encouraging more mature members of this global world to rectify health problems and help heal the planet by choosing a plant-based lifestyle. I'll be sharing tips from this site with my followers :)

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    Posted by Cascadian at 01/08/14 19:19:13

    Wow! More posts already! Welcome Rosalie & Claire.

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    Posted by Cascadian at 01/08/14 19:26:06

    Before I forget, I also want to welcome and encourage all of you to visit the HappyCow chat room! It's a great way to connect with friendly Veg*n folks from around the world: http://www.happycow.net/chat.html

    I hope to chat with you soon and often!


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    Posted by VeggiePirate at 01/09/14 08:19:07

    Hi!
    I'm a life-long vegetarian, and I have been becoming more raw vegan over the past few years. I live on a small island, and the veggie selection in the local stores is not very good. I'm starting to garden in raised beds so I can take advantage of the year-long growing season! I am here to connect with a like-minded community & to share recipes and more.

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    Posted by Cascadian at 01/09/14 10:33:10

    Hello and Welcome Pirate!

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    Posted by blackcat182 at 01/13/14 11:07:21

    Hi all! I was veggie for 20 years before going vegan last May, have used this website a lot over the last few months and decided to join so I can write reviews and hopefully help other people find cool places to eat/shop :-) I live in North Wales in the UK, unfortunately it's not the most vegan friendly place so I always look forward to going to places that have more choice for eating out!

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    Posted by Cascadian at 01/13/14 13:44:23

    Hello & Welcome blackcat182!

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    Posted by Brok O. Lee at 01/17/14 05:52:15

    Hi Trinity! I hope to visit England someday. :)

    Hi Cascadian! That's so cool that you know about Israel. Actually, I'm not such a felafel lover. If you need to know about felafel I will ask my sons. To me, Sheinkin is great for amazing fresh juices, and the Orna V'Ella cafe which is vegan friendly. Veganism has had a huge surge in Israel, especially Tel Aviv in the last couple of years.

    I hope to get to Portland someday! :)

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    Posted by Cascadian at 01/17/14 12:50:04

    I hope that you do get to visit Portland, it is a very nice and extremely vegan-friendly city in a wonderful region that just might be the best part of the world for vegans! :-)

    It's always nice to see Veganism growing and even more impressive when it's happening so strongly, in a comparatively small country!

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    Posted by pincopallino at 01/24/14 17:22:15

    After using this site a few times to find a place to eat during my trips, I decided to join to update infos about a restaurant. Hope to contribute more in the future.
    I stopped eating meat in 1986, fish in 1993, dairies and eggs have been very occasional since I gave up meat, before completely avoiding them from 2010.
    I'm life member of the IVU as well as regional delegate of the French Vegetarian Association. I regularly give talks on nutrition for the general public and occasionally also vegan cooking classes.

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    Posted by Cascadian at 01/24/14 19:54:08

    Bienvenue à HappyCow pinco!

    Perhaps you would be so kind as to add French VegFest's & other végétalien events to the events calendar here? It would be much appreciated!

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    Posted by AmberMalave at 01/25/14 16:31:27

    Hello! I am Amber, I am 21 years of age from new jersey usa i have been vegetarian for 8 years and vegan for only 2 days now so i decided to join this site

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    Posted by Cascadian at 01/25/14 20:27:31

    Welcome Amber! It's been nice chatting with you in the HappyCow chat room.

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    Posted by claranson at 02/12/14 06:47:20

    Hey everyone!
    I'm Clara and I've been an on and off vegetarian for almost 7 years now. Very ambiguos on the topic, I do agree with all the moral arguments, but allow myself the occasional slip. Because a like to say better 90% vegetarian than no vegetarian at all. Maybe hanging around here will give me a push for the lacking 10 percent... ;)

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    Posted by Rio93 at 02/12/14 10:22:43

    Hey :)

    I'm Rio from North Wales, UK but currently living in Liverpool, UK for university :)

    I've been a vegan for 3 and a half years and a vegetarian for eleven! Best two decisions of my life and I'm so glad that my mum allowed me to veggie at a young age; most parents would think it was unhealthy and say no.

    I joined Happycow partly to mix with likeminded people. I'm a lonely vegan with no vegan friends haha it's starting to take it's toll on me!

    So feel free to say hello if you like :)

    xxx

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    Posted by Cascadian at 02/12/14 11:53:29

    Hello and Welcome Rio93!
    Come visit with us in chat - lots of Vegans from around the world, including many from the UK!

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    Posted by IGrowKale at 02/19/14 22:02:21

    Hello everyone! I have been vegan for about 9 years and eating gluten-free for the past 6 years or so (allergies). I live in Vancouver, BC Canada and I run a vegan household and taken care of my garden during the season.

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    Posted by Cascadian at 02/20/14 18:14:31

    Hello and Welcome to HappyCow IGrowKale!

    I saw your other post: Best wishes on finding a vegan housemate. Sadly there is very little chance of my being up able to live up there for any length of time with immigration policies being as they are...

    That said, Commercial Drive is my main hang-out whenever I make it up to Vancouver so maybe I'll see you around up there sometime!

    Are you from BC originally?

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    Posted by Cosimo at 04/19/14 14:56:41

    Hi all,

    I just visited this website for the first time and I already found some useful tips and information.

    I am Cosimo, 30 y.o. from Italy, vegan since March.

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    Posted by Cascadian at 04/19/14 15:24:41

    Hello & Welcome Cosimo!
    What part of Italia are you from? What inspired you to become Vegan?

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    Posted by JckLyzz at 04/20/14 05:36:54

    Hi! I'm Steven from Indonesia. I've been vegetarian since November last year and already began to be 80 20 raw vegan from the start of this month. It's kinda hard at times, but it's becoming better lately. :) Nice to meet you.

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    Posted by Cascadian at 04/20/14 10:35:23

    Hello & Welcome Steven! :-)

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    Posted by Cosimo at 04/23/14 13:13:11

    Hi Cascadian, thanks! I've become vegan because lately I have read many articles about food industry and production processes and I discovered that I ate more poison than food...

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    Posted by martinelisa at 04/23/14 18:33:24

    Hello everyone! My name is Martine Lisa I've been vegetarian since 2008. I'm interested in becoming a vegan someday. I did a search and I'm the only member listed in my area within 25 miles and only one other member within 50 miles :( I hope to meet some other like minded people on this website and know that I'm not alone in my vegetarian quest :)

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    Posted by Cascadian at 04/23/14 20:49:54

    Hello and Welcome Martine Lisa!

    Your region is on actually my short list of places to visit. I made it to Minneapolis last year but that was pretty much it for MN...

    As the Iron Range & north-eastern MN doesn't have a lot of folks to start with, it looks like you may just have to work harder on recruiting folks to become veg*n!

    Have you been in touch with any MN based veg*n groups? Even if they aren't active in your area, they are likely your best resources for finding folks who are. The Twin Cities VegFest folks http://2014.tcvegfest.com/ or this meet-up group http://www.meetup.com/TwinCitiesVegetarian/ seem like good people to check in with, if you haven't already.

    While they aren't in your state, the Northern Vegans group of U.P. Michigan *can* relate to being veg*n in small rural towns of the upper midwest! http://www.northernvegans.com

    Also, come visit us in the HappyCow chat room to you can connect with veg folks worldwide! :-)

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    Posted by KatPati86 at 04/24/14 08:05:14

    I am a 28 year old who's been vegetarian (but sometimes I eat seafood and red food colouring) since December 2007. I figured that if I stopped eating meat then there's more meat for a meat lover. But I feel happier not eating it (no gristle in vego foods for instance)

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    Posted by Cascadian at 04/24/14 09:17:53

    Hello & Welcome Kat!
    I hear great things about Melbourne - it sounds like it just might be the most Vegan-friendly city in all of the Southern Hemisphere! :-)

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    Posted by gillbean40 at 04/25/14 00:52:16

    Hi, Gillian here. I live in the South East of Ireland and have been vegan for just over a month now. I was vegetarian for 15yrs but had a major lapse on meat for 5 years but struggled with just feeling wrong eating meat. I decided to go vegan as I couldn't see how I could give up meat without giving up dairy too. Feel fantastic since and have noticed only positive changes in myself.

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    Posted by Cascadian at 04/25/14 11:55:27

    Hello & Welcome back to Vego-land Gillian!

    Start by setting small, realistic goals: like being Vegan for at least 15 years! :-)

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    Posted by LauraBUnata at 05/24/14 08:24:31

    Hello! My name is Laura and I am from Texas. I have been Vegetarian/Vegan for 5 months now, and I have noticed a change in how I feel. I do seem to have more energy and I just feel better about myself. I would like to meet others who are interested in a vegetarian/vegan lifestyle and learn more about it.

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    Posted by irondiets at 05/25/14 17:22:50

    Hello all. I'm not actually a vegan myself, but I am a nutritionist and do help people plan diets and meals that are vegan. I'm always interested in good vegan recipes and ideas to share with others.

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    Posted by Cascadian at 05/26/14 11:52:12

    Hello & Welcome Laura & "iron".

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    Posted by ahimsa32fa at 05/27/14 04:59:48

    Don (Donny) Lutz...
    Vegan since 1985.
    Reading, writing and speaking about this and related issues since the early '70s.

    Author of books including, "The Weaning of America" and "The First ISM: Seeking the Origins of Racism, Sexism & Terrorism".

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    Posted by Cascadian at 05/27/14 09:42:25

    Hello & Thank you for your introduction Donny! :)

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    Posted by SkyandFreedom at 05/27/14 10:19:52

    Hi everyone, I've been a vegetarian for 27 years and am now trying to progress to vegan. I live in the UK and don't know anyone else who shares this choice, so it's a bit of tough road. Stil at least on here I don't feel like the odd one out for a change !

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    Posted by Cascadian at 05/27/14 11:39:56

    Hello Sky!

    You're making a great switch by becoming Vegan & happily, the UK is an excellent place for meeting other Vegans as there are tons of us there!

    Have you checked out these folks?
    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Kent-Vegan-Society/135626863131465

    Also, The Vegan Society has an extensive list of local contacts. Pick one or a few of the people closest to you to contact & they should be able to help you connect with other local Vegans, resources, events etc!

    http://www.vegansociety.com/resources/local-group-contacts-list

    Best wishes!

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    Posted by SkyandFreedom at 05/28/14 06:38:34

    Thanks Cascadian. You say there are loads of vegans in the UK and there may well be, but I live in a tiny little town where people still think your a bit odd if a vegetarian! So now I'm moving into veganism, if I so much as even mention it in passing or ask about products in shops etc., I just get met with a blank stare or laughed at, or some ridiculous comment - seriously ! Thankfully I've just had a quick look on that contact list you gave me, and there is actually one very local to me, so looks like that's could really help me. Thankyou.

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    Posted by Cascadian at 05/28/14 11:49:16

    No worries! I'm glad to hear that you found a local contact and I hope that they prove helpful.

    Also, if there is some rare or hard to find item or brand that you'd like, have you considered ordering online? Here's one of the many companies that offers a wide selection of Vegan products for sale: http://www.veganstore.co.uk/

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    Posted by SoyaSharon at 05/29/14 06:59:19

    Hello there. I'm Sharon, 15 years old and I've been vegetarian for... 6 hours now. I don't eat dairy either. Its niceto be on here and get a few recipies for my packed lunch.

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    Posted by SoyaSharon at 05/29/14 07:04:50

    Hello there. I'm Sharon, 15 years old and I've been vegetarian for... 6 hours now. I don't eat dairy either. Its niceto be on here and get a few recipies for my packed lunch. I'm the only vegetarian I know (well, two in my class but we don't talk) so its nice to see other vegans/vegetarains and not feel so weird.

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    Posted by Cascadian at 05/29/14 09:23:18

    Hello & Welcome Sharon!
    You're off to a great start. There is a world full of us Vegans & Vegetarians - you just added one more. :-)

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    Posted by RubiksCubed at 06/02/14 20:52:13

    Though not vegan or vegetarian yet, I plan to go vegan once I move into a place of my own in July. I really don't have a choice but to eat dairy and other products because I don't have money for food and all my mother (whom I currently live with) really buys is pizza, chocolate, potato chips, and soda. My choice to go vegan is more for health reasons than anything. I am sick a lot from the diet that I have little choice but to consume, and also am about 80 pounds (~36kg) overweight. I will likely stay on the diet as well once I get healthier.
    I am starting a blog once I move called A Year of Vegan. I was planing on posting at least once or twice a week, if not daily, with health updates, food I made, etc. But like I mentioned, the vegan diet will likely turn into a life-long thing for me
    Sorry for the long rant.

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    Posted by Sawyer_Sauce at 06/04/14 10:10:58

    Hi! I'm Sawyer and I'm vegan. I'm relatively new to this lifestyle (it's my first month of full-time commitment) so I have a lot of things to learn. I also have an endocrine disorder called Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS). My cat is a tuxedo kitty and his name is Oreo

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    Posted by Cascadian at 06/04/14 11:12:08

    Hello & Welcome Rubiks & Sawyer.

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    Posted by praveenkumars at 06/06/14 02:46:10

    Hai friends, I'm praveenkumars and not a vegen but loves being vegetarian. I'm newly joined in this forum to make friends and learn good things

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    Posted by JAN123 at 06/06/14 10:31:33

    HI EVERYONE!! MY NAME IS JANYL. I RECENTLY BECAME VEGAN AND WANTED TO MAKE SOME NEW VEGAN FRIENDS AND WANTED TO LEARN A THING OR TWO! :)

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    Posted by Gill Kittea at 06/06/14 10:59:10

    Hello from Glasgow, Scotland! My name is Gill I am a vegetarian who is slowly becoming vegan. I recently went on holiday to Barcelona, and used your wonderful app to find incredible places to eat. We are planning to base our next holiday on the recommendations on this site! Keep up the good work everyone :)

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    Posted by Cascadian at 06/06/14 13:55:33

    Hello & Welcome Praveen, Janyl & Gill. :-)

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    Posted by AlyssaBrown at 07/08/14 07:40:27

    Hello Team I'm Alyssa brown and as of august It will mark my Fourth year anniversary as a vegan!
    it's a pleasure to meet all of you.

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    Posted by ahimsa32fa at 07/08/14 09:16:16

    Congrats on your anniversary! Choosing the vegan lifestyle was the smartest thing I've done in my 71 years.

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    Posted by AlyssaBrown at 07/08/14 09:29:17

    Thank you Ahmisa, don't worry sweetheart you are still very young and you have a lot of life ahead especially as a vegan.

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    Posted by PETANEV at 07/29/14 06:59:40

    Hello I've been eating Lacto-ovo vegetarian diet for 3 days. I am looking forward to making it permanent. If you want to know more about me, read my profile.
    :)

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    Posted by xvanishingbirdx at 08/22/14 17:53:41

    Hi! I was a vegetarian for many years until a dairy allergy (NOT an intolerance!) put me in the ER. I have severe food allergies (as in having to carry two Epi-pens) to major food groups: Dairy, dairy by-products, eggs, seafood, and shellfish. So, by sheer default of my immune system, I eat vegan 99.9% of the time. I also have to source my prescription medications and vitamins so I don't suddenly drop dead from cross-contamination or undisclosed ingredients.

    I'm also a grad student and am quite possibly the only vegan, straight edge kid in this town.

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    Posted by Dee Lee at 09/06/14 05:41:32

    Hi, I'm Dee. Been Vegetarian for 30 years and recently went Vegan. I live in Shropshire Uk, but am open to chatting with Vegetarians and Vegans Worldwide, to encourage each other and Share info, and maybe have a laugh or two! Dee :)

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    Posted by english_history_man at 09/19/14 23:41:39

    Hi - I'm Alan, English, currently located in the North East. Vegetarian for 20+ years. Alcohol / smoke / drug free too, so I'm a hit at parties :). Always happy to connect with people who have an original take on things, which is what drew me here in the first place. I don't eat out much, finding it easier to control what I eat if I do all my own cooking - though Newcastle is not badly served for options, despite its reputation as a hard-drinking, pie-munching, party town.

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    Posted by Tigra220 at 09/20/14 11:26:38

    Hi y'all! I'm Tiggy. I'm from St. Louis, MO, but I now reside in Scottsdale, AZ. My journey to veganism was slow. I gave up pork when before I was 10 yo. Then I stopped eating beef at 19yo. Finally went vegan and have been for @ 8 yrs now. I was straight edge before I knew what xedge meant. ;) Love chatting with veg*ns all over the world!

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    Posted by ahimsa32fa at 09/21/14 05:54:42

    Tigra-

    I can relate to the pork thing!

    When I was a child we ate lots of Campbell's Pork & Beans. I loved the beans, but eating those chunks of pork fat always awoke my gag reflex. Sadly, my father insisted that I eat the pork. It made mealtime miserable for me.

    Took me 33 years to step away from meat altogether and another ten to see the light on dairy products, in 1985!

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    Posted by Tigra220 at 09/21/14 09:15:23

    Ahimsa32fa, yes! On my end, it was pork fried rice, ham sandwiches, and pork chops, which my southern-loving family loved to feed me. After Charlotte's Web, there was no way I was eating Wilbur! ;)

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    Posted by piotr111 at 09/21/14 09:29:51

    I'm 19 and vegetarian for one year. I live in a small city, Kielce in Poland - definitely not veggie-friendly country.
    I am pigs lover but I know all animals deserve to live, not only the ones I love so I don't eat them. I'm sentiocentrist.

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    Posted by wedigfood at 10/31/14 12:55:06

    Hi, I’m Steve, been a working my way up to being a vegan for 35 years, finally stopped eating and using animal products last year. First, mainly for health reasons, then for animal rights and environmentalism. Have become so enthusiastic that I created a website, wedigfood.com, to become throughly involved in the “movement”, see it as part of my involvement with Buddhism. Was shocked by the far reaching and horrible effect the non-vegan food industry has on our planet.

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    Posted by JoH at 11/22/14 09:26:31

    Just introducing myself, I'm Jo, from London, I've been vegetarian for 31 years, I brought up my son as a vegetarian and I have been vegan for one month and have never ever felt better or healthier. I would really love to chat to likeminded people.

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    Posted by ahimsa32fa at 11/22/14 13:32:39

    joH-

    Welcome!

    I know Great Britain was an empire like the US is now, but you Brits also abolished slavery long before the US and the animal rights movement likely began there with Henry Salt's book, "Animals Rights" over a century ago.

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    Posted by Cascadian at 10/31/14 18:57:50

    Hello and Welcome to all of you new folks! :-)

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    Posted by J and J at 11/01/14 22:12:43

    Hi! Just saw this thread! We are vegans for almost four years now and have been vegetarian for 10 and 15 years. We're vegans for all reasons. We were already vegetarian for the animals and the environment, and actually viewing Forks Over Knives made us really consider why we were still eating eggs and cheese, we we gave that up overnight and life just got brighter and brighter, more and more full of love and peace! We're 100% on board! :) Now we couldn't imagine not being vegan, because it's brought us such an incredible connection with animals, it's brought us to learn new cuisines and become much better at cooking and creating new dishes, and it's brought us improved health and spiritual well-being. It's the most inspiring and empowering lifestyle change! We're so glad everyone's here giving everyone else good advice on good vegan eats throughout the globe! Love it! :)

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    Posted by FiorellaVi at 11/22/14 16:24:42

    Hi everybody! I'm so happy to find all you guys that share your stories so I thought I'd share my short one. I've been vegan for 5 months now, it feels like it's a no-brainer really, after watching "earthlings" and listening to Gary Youroski I couldn't look at meat and dairy in the same way anymore. I'm swedish but live in England now and I've found it to be a reasonable place to be a vegan. Obviously there are always gonna be the smart guys that try to put you down but it's all about remembering the real reasons why you're vegan.

    Exept for being a vegan full time now :P, I like spending my time travelling, reading books and watching youtube oddly enough. I actually have my own channel where I used to share my recipes, but now that I'm vegan I'm kinda turning it into a vegan cooking channel, here's the address if you're bored one day youtube/fiorellascooking

    Can't wait to join in the discussions and learn more about you guys :)

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    Posted by Robinwomb at 09/01/15 03:15:46

    I have been a member for a while but I don't think I ever introduced myself. I have been vegan for 4.5 years, since February 2011. I went from omnivore to vegan overnight and have never looked back.

    I work as a medical coder, and I enjoy hiking, cycling, dancing, bird watching, and writing. I am a moderator on another vegan/vegetarian forum, but I need to expand my horizons too. I don't get to travel much, but it's sure fun to learn about others experiences! Nice to meet you all!

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    Posted by Plena at 11/22/15 14:24:22

    Oi pessoal sou do Rio e Janeiro.
    Fui vegetariana na adolescência. Agora, por amor e respeito aos animais, sou vegana. Faço salgados congelados vegano. Quem se interessar, me liga 55 21 79294319

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    Posted by KairneyC at 11/27/15 13:51:09

    Hello fellow vegans and vegetarians,
    I've been vegetarian for about 26 years now, (wow hard to believe it's been that long). I used to be vegan, but over the years strayed a little, but about a year ago decided to be a fully committed vegan. I even switched my three dogs to a vegan diet about four months ago and it's going great. I cook for them and even make their kibble. It's nice to have online communities like this, because it can get a little depressing having to live in a non-vegan world, so connecting with kindred spirits is very heartening. Look forward to meeting people.
    Cheers, Karin

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    Posted by Wolfmoon at 12/11/15 01:32:15

    Hello everybody,
    I am sorry that I have not yet introduced myself even though I've been in the page for some time now. I am Raquel and I am from Portugal, even though I have lived in South Africa since 2010. The past Dec. 4th marked my first vegan anniversary (wish I had been for longer!) and my wake up call was the Ghadimai "festival" in Nepal last year. I was busy signing all the petitions I could and sharing the "event" on FB to raise awareness when suddenly this thought hit my brain: "Wait a moment, Raquel, what the heck are you doing? So you blame this festival that happens ever 5 years when it happens every day in the western world where YOU live." Being face to face with my just-realized hypocrisy made me immediately start considering a vegan lifestyle. Then I watched Earthlings which stamped my decision of NEVER again wanting to go back to my old habits. My motto has been "If I don't need, I will not sacrifice." The reason why I joined this and other groups is because I'd really like to meet more vegans so that I don't feel so alone, especially at social events. Let's just say that life among meatarians is getting a bit on my nerves. ;( Have a good day you all! xx

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    Posted by DarthUnicorn at 12/11/15 20:55:52

    Hi everyone! I'm a preschool teacher from northern Virginia and I'm new to vegetarianism and looking for some tips on diet/staying with the diet and anything else you might think would help a blossoming vegetarian! Thanks!

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    Posted by Yaya at 12/24/15 02:17:54

    Hi! I have only been vegan for 2 months and I will never look back. I miss cheese, oh how I miss cheese, but other than that, it was easy for me to transition from carnivore to full vegan. I don't even use honey!
    I look forward to learning new ways to cook, places to eat, and being healthy.
    I'm from NewWest, BC Canada. I have 2 kids. My youngest still eats whatever he wants, but my eldest (16) has become vegan and has done very well for herself.
    Hope to learn lots from everyone.

    Yaya.

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    Posted by Julia_air at 01/04/16 07:30:20

    Hello everyone!

    My name is Julia. I am from Moscow, Russia. Have been vegetarian for over 10, including raw vegan for 4. I would like to connect to people on the same wavelength. I love travelling to different places and enjoying sunshine.


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    Posted by bruno.assaz at 02/11/16 03:20:21

    Hello, dear fellows

    I'm Bruno, a 25-year-old guy from Feliz, a small town in southern Brazil. I'm a vegetarian (mostly vegan, actually) since about one year now and I'm interested, as well as in veganism, in organic farming. I believe we are facing a kind of food dictatorship since a few decades now, especially in the poorer countries, driven by standardization of consumption and economies of scale, so I think veganism and organic farming are some tools to fight against it.

    I knew about HappyCow during a recent trip to Bolivia, where it helped me to find vegan and vegetarian restaurants along the way. Since then I've tried to contribute as much as possible to the platform by writing reviews, submiting and updating listings, adding photos etc.

    Hope to meet some nice people around here, share experiences and keep the good work towards a less cruel world.

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    Posted by Michelle Rose at 02/11/16 09:34:05

    Hi all,
    My name is Michelle. I m vegetarian. I live in Italy . My passion is healty cooking. I am opposed to intensive farming , chemicals in agriculture and gmo ( genetically modified organism) . I am in favor of organic and biodynamic farming .
    Free animals.❤️
    I am a positive person and I hope in a bitter world! !

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    Posted by babesnotfood at 02/11/16 17:09:12

    Hello! I am a new vegetarian, transitioning to vegan. I will be moving to Seattle, Washington in March and would love to meet some new people in the area!

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    Posted by La_diavolo at 02/15/16 12:12:25

    Hello. I am new here on this forum. Started about month ago. I live all around the world. Love to travel. I am in my 20s so I do not have a permanent address. Love to hang out with a friends, and I have a lot of friends from all around the globe and they are my biggest fortune. Also love pets, my parents have a dog and cat.
    I like to cook. My favorite food is rice.
    Regards

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    Posted by alien girl at 02/29/16 16:23:17

    Hi, my name is Anna, from Poland. I've been a vegetarian for 12 years and a vegan for last 3 days. I hope to meet openminded people who have similar views and are interested in chat about veganism and animal rights. Hope to learn new things from here and increase my motivation.

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    Posted by shaun1981 at 03/09/16 13:34:59

    Hi, i'm Shaun from the UK. I've been vegetarian since January. So far i've found the transition relatively easy, far easier than I thought.

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    Posted by CoreyAnn at 03/14/16 08:52:50

    Hi, Corey here in Virginia, USA. Vegan for less than a year or so and longtime vegetarian. Live with a houseful of dogs. Wanted to join to meet like-minded people.

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    Posted by ahimsa32fa at 03/15/16 05:49:39

    Welcome to all those who seek information and support...and share stories here on HappyCow!

    There are lots of very nice folks who post here...people of all beliefs, non-beliefs, nationalities, genders, ages, etc.

    Diversity makes us stronger!

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    Posted by Tues at 04/17/16 07:22:16

    I'm Tuesday, but please call me Tues. I am a 24-year-old female who was born and raised in Dallas, Texas. I moved to eastern North Carolina when I was 15, but I don't plan on living here forever. Anyway, I have been an on again off again vegan (or sometimes vegetarian) for many years (since age 12/13), but always gave up on following a vegan diet (I'm working on the vegan lifestyle changes, that's going to take more transitioning time though, because I need to learn more about various aspects of the subject) and one of my biggest issues was that I would give in to wanting to fit others peoples' ideals of "normal" (which is odd, because "normal" isn't something I have ever been called nor truly aspired to).

    I am turning over a new leaf today though and I am living my life for myself. I am going to start giving myself the love and respect I deserve.

    I am tired of being someone who gives up on something they truly want, because they're afraid of it being "too hard". I'm done being that person.

    With that said, I am going back to being a vegan. I would love to make friends who have similar views and find a support system within this site.

    I hope you're all doing well. :)

    Thank you for taking the time to read this,
    Tues

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    Posted by TiffanyTwiztid at 04/26/16 21:02:02

    I'm Tiffany (: 24 y/o from a small farm town in IL (Streator)- I've been vegetarian for nearly 11 yrs, & just recently decided it was time to go vegan. I have absolutely no vegetarian/vegan, so I came here to socialize with a few others who have the same view as me, as well as a bit more support as I continue to make the switch to a cruel-free lifestyle

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    Posted by CommonAncestor at 05/23/16 19:58:40

    Hello everyone. I'm here in hoping to connect with other Vegans. I'm new to all this.

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    Posted by soufianevegan at 08/28/16 18:42:05

    Hi guys,
    I'm Soufiane from Morocco and I was vegetarian for 3 years and vegan for 6 months, I'm looking forward to exchange wisdom with you guys and thanks a lot for the owners of this wonderful website.
    I'm also a web-designer & owner of few websites... I'm planning to make a new vegan website (1st try).

    Hope you all the best, cia!

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    Posted by Jjboo at 08/29/16 17:09:32

    Hi HappyCow members.
    I have just joined this forum.
    I will be looking at reviews and conversations to learn all I can.
    Thanks in advance.
    Jjboo.

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    Posted by EvaVeggie at 01/05/17 20:52:38

    Happy 2017 everyone!

    My name is Eva, I'm 34, from Germany but live in South Florida. Next month will be my 2-year vegan anniversary and before that I was vegetarian since 2007. So 10 years since I've had meat. I'm continuously amazed how vegan products have improved and more and more vegan options are springing up everywhere. Thanks to Meetup, I've also connected with other vegans in my local area in real life, which is awesome.

    Happy Cow has been a great resource and I finally decided to join the site. Looking forward to contribute what I can.

    Eva

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    Posted by IrinaYankulova at 01/12/17 18:49:32

    Hello everyone! My name is Irina and I live in Turin. I have been vegetarian for 4 years but over the last few months I have been eating mostly vegan so starting with the new year I decided to make it official :) I have been struggling to find someone to talk to about it since no one around me is vegan and as much as I try to explain my decision no one seems to want to listen. I decided that it might be healthy for a change to talk to some like-minded people :)

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    Posted by KateFarrell at 01/23/17 15:39:11

    Hi everyone! Runner and vegan here :) Nice to meet you! I have a vegan instagram over @chasingdreams3830 where I create recipes, review products, and promote balance in the pursuit of wellness! Feel free to message me! Best wishes!

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