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Hi everybody. I've been vegetarian almost two years. Best decision I've ever made. I enjoy better health and have more energy. But being vegetarian can create new challenges.

So I just wonder, what’s the biggest challenge or frustration you’re having with being vegetarian/vegan?

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    Posted by ahimsa32fa at 11/15/15 03:56:47

    The insensitivity of humans toward the other animals. I explore this phenomenon (the concept of human superiority) in detail in my books.

    "Humans invented The Golden Rule, and then decided to apply it only to other humans."

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    Posted by juliaroberts2403 at 11/18/15 22:20:58

    As a vegan by biggest frustration is that man is not at all kind with animals.

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    Posted by ahimsa32fa at 11/19/15 05:40:41

    Within your comment is a key to the problem.

    Because of the illusion of separation from and superiority over the OTHER animals, humans have come to use terms like, "man and the animals".

    Humans are NOT separate from or above the other animals, we are members of the animal kingdom. The other animals are not just our kin, but our potential friends and teachers.

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    Posted by TalkinBoutPractice at 11/29/15 11:22:57

    When I ask if there is anything Vegan and the food service attendant says yes we have vegetarian. Dairy is the real deal breaker for me. Vegetarians frustrate me because its popularity confuses the two terms which are very different for me. All these meat establishments think they are satisfying the Vegan by having vegetarian options! So **ck*ng frustrating.

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    Posted by Thalassa4 at 12/08/15 02:37:42

    Me. I am honestly my own biggest challenge. I live in a vegetarian friendly metropolitan area. biggest challenges have been friends, cravings and my own lack of information. I'm not desperately poor or isolated, but I'm guilted by friends on holidays, my mother's casual mention of the delicious food at church, and my own mismanagement (like not taking an iron supplement or eating better on my period, literally feeling like another being overtook me)....

    It's so hard because for some people it's ignorance, for some people it's resources, and for some of us it's mostly social conditioning.

    But I think it will make me a better human being to stand up to my social programming, in every way.

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    Posted by Thalassa4 at 12/08/15 02:42:47

    I also though just worry over how anyone treats the earth or animal. It's so devastating almost to become numb...seeing idiots drive SUVs on nature preserves, I get so overwhelmed by it, and I realize I've been hardening myself to this my whole life, the mistreatment of farm animals and the gas guzzling driving over the uncultivated land...I grew up in West Virginia, so it's been a long hard road out of hell to even function among other people without numbing out. My problem is not lack of sensitivity but too much, blunted by life.

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    Posted by ahimsa32fa at 12/08/15 04:06:37


    I think you'd like "Expanding the Circles of Compassion", - the most complemented chapter in my last book. It details how human culture discourages compassion from birth on, and how to prevent this.

    You can read it at my Thinkin' Folks Books website -

    Just click on "Essays" and then on "Circles".

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    Posted by Robinwomb at 12/09/15 18:10:49


    Thank you for sharing your writings! I read some of the "Expanding the Circles of Compassion" and found it refreshing! Such a difficult world we live in.

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    Posted by WhatDoYouEatThen at 12/31/16 10:26:29

    Non-Veg People all seem to agree that, "Vegans never shut up about being vegan"..

    While they ignore how much they all wont shut up about BBQ, Burgers, Bacon, Steaks, etc..

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    Posted by dimamuzhetsky at 01/04/17 14:16:07

    Lack of energy.I swim & otherwise am physically active & veg*n means i am less capable of doing it all.Still i am unwilling to be "normal"

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    Posted by happah10 at 01/04/17 21:48:37

    The biggest surprise to me- not frustration- is just how few frustrations and challenges there actually are for me. I had 2.

    1.) I don't have any whole foods type markets in my area and some of the new vegan products like Chao cheeze and Field Roast burgers were not available at my local supermarket but there must be a bunch of people asking for this stuff because all of a sudden the grocery store I go to out in the sticks has a greater selection than in-town in the trendy areas with all those whole foods type places. They moved the Vegenaise and kind of buried it in a place that it was hard to find and some guy almost tackled me for it when I was taking a bottle from the shelf. "Is that vegenaise!?!" he asked all excitedly.
    I actually go so far as counting the bags of gardein products and tempeh from week to week to see if people are buying it and it does appear to be selling thankfully. So that's not a frustration anymore.

    2.) Is that the restaurants that are located in areas that you'd think have a greater percentage of folks on a plant based diet are actually stuck in the dark ages in terms of their menu offerings. I have not found most chefs to be very accommodating at all---- even a chef that has told me that he is a vegetarian himself. Thankfully we have Happy Cow to help find the restaurants that will. I have since learned to piece together side dishes when forced to eat with neanderthals.

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    Posted by Carisa at 01/13/17 16:07:02

    Frustration is walking into Sainsbury's and everyone scans so long and hard for vegan sandwich options.

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    Posted by Carisa at 01/13/17 16:13:19

    There are always endless questions... can vegans go to the zoo...can vegans feed their pets animal products

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    Posted by Veganartistbjt at 03/10/17 23:33:17

    I would say lack of energy but that was just my B12 deficiency, once that was corrected, it's all good!

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