i love this site!
Hi! I'm so glad I found this amazing site, I really wish it would've been sooner. I've already made a recipe I found and loved it. I love the forums too, spent a lot of time reading the other night. I'm especially interested in learning more about the raw food veganism.. considering it, maybe just half time for awhile.
So basically I was a vegetarian for awhile and this past January 1st I decided to go vegan, for both ethical and health reasons. I'm actually also looking to lose a bit of weight. I have about 40 lbs I would like to lose but I think I'd be happy with 20-30. Being vegetarian made me gain quite a bit a few years back, due to eating nothing but cheese pizza and french fries and such other crappy items. Basically all carb loaded junk and very few veggies. I've since discovered how amazing vegetables can be though, and in the short month or so since becoming vegan I've tried so much new and exciting food I never even knew to exist.
About me, I'm an animal and nature lover. I'm studying for a BSc in Biology and currently a junior! I like fire dancing (especially with hula hoop), poi, hoop, other forms of dance and object manipulation. I like electronic music and going to raves and festivals, especially during the summer when they are outdoors. I'm also a licensed tattoo artist and piercer in my state, I love art and illustration. I have several piercings and a couple tattoos. Um, I have dreadlocks and love them! I have 4 rats, 2 cats, and my favorite rabbit. I love bunnies! My favorite animal, by far. I like to read, I especially like sci-fi and other fiction. I also like to crochet and craft things. Finally, I'm a bit of a gamer. I love my DS, ps2, and a few other gaming systems. I used to play WoW and FFXI especially like some sick person.
I have an omni bf but he supports me, and he's awesome. He doesn't much like vegetables though. He loves his meat and cheese.. occasionally some potato variant or grains. I haven't really made much of an attempt to get him to eat less meat and such, but I'm sure it wouldn't work. He's cited that he agrees with me on the ethical issues but that he just couldn't cut it out, since it composes a major part of his diet. I've only confided my reasons for my diet in a couple very close friends, I try not to talk about it in front of people, as I've found it can make them uncomfortable and for whatever reason.. meat eaters seem very sensitive about the issue. Often times verbally attacking me for my decision and they'll try to debate me with the tired crap I'm sure you've all heard. I often wonder why. I don't make an issue out of their choices, why do they make such an issue out of mine?
So, I wrote way more here than I originally thought and I don't think I've ever made such a long introductory post like this. Thanks for reading and I think I'll have a lot of fun on this site!
I just joined this site too. I can totally relate to you with having an omnivore boyfriend. Mine is totally supportive and he'll let me ramble about it but yeah, there's no way he'll ever give up meat or cheese. It also sucks telling people about it, or they think you're crazy or something it's really difficult. I wish people were more open-minded. I think they're really just scared because if we tell them the truth about where their food comes from, it forces them to think and then they have to realize that maybe what they're doing isn't necessarily the best option and that means change... and people are definitely creatures of habit. It's lame. The American culture doesn't help either. I did pick up this awesome book though that gives some really great tips for dealing with hostility towards veganism though it's called "The Vegan Girl's Guide to Life" by Melisser Elliott for $17. It also gives tons of facts on veganism and beyond: recipes, advice for beauty products and clothing and tons of resources-that's how I got on this site. Hit me up sometime if you ever wanna talk about your omnivore boyfriend!
Welcome buddhabunnee and l9mmphoenix!
This is a cool place to hang out. Not just for the recipes but for the cool people from all around the world.
Buddhabunnee, do you practice the Dharma? (the name).
Nice to meet you. You're among friends here.
Hey there, can't wait to try some recipes from here. I hope I you guys can help because I am a really mess in the kitchen and I usually don't have any ideea of what to cook.
Good to hear from you! Congrats on the weight loss!
Trying to make my way back into using this site! I just wanted to reply to my original post and update.. Been vegan for almost a year now! I've lost over 40 lbs. =) I'm very happy with that and in a very good place in my life. :D
I work at a lovely animal shelter now. =)
Going to try to find more recipes to make that both me and the omni bf can enjoy and are relatively healthy.. I think it might be a challenge. >.< But I like challenges! Thanks for reading!~
This is great!!! I'm so happy for you.