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Edit.  The following intro is a bit old.  I unfortunately ended my long term relationship after nearly ten years.  Just couldn't be worked out.  I got the house and the dogs and am relatively happy now.  I finished my online RN to BSN program and am a genuine college graduate at the age of 48!!!  Woot!

Edit #2 - I finally reached the ripe old age of 50 and am feeling fabulous!  I always get the "you don't look 50" thing, and I attribute that to a healthy diet and lifestyle.

I deleted my Myspace page.  I do have Facebook and love to have vegwebbers for friends. You can private message me and I'll give you my name.  Or you can find me on the vegweb fan page.

Edit #3 - Finally went vegan.  The last couple of years, I've been slowly getting there, replacing household and personal products with vegan items such as vegan soaps, candles, cleaners.  I've bought vegan shoes, belts and wallets.  I'm loving it!  Decided to let my hair go naturally grey instead of coloring it so I don't get the "you don't look 50" thing as much anymore.  LOL  I now have a desk job in the admit-transfer center and hate it hate it hate.  I just can't be stuck behind a desk, and I'm the lookout for something else.

Edit #4 - Found a position at the hospital I currnetly work on an ortho floor.  I think I'll like returning to the bedside and not a desk job.  w00t

It's been a while and I thought it might be nice to for everyone who posts here to tell a little about yourself.  I took a little sabbatical from this site (went back to eating meat for two years..........bleech), but lurked from time to time, but have been a part of this site for gee, can it be 8 or more years????  But I don't know a lot of you. 

I am a nurse.  I am a male. (yes, a person who will remain nameless called me a "she".)  I am gay.  I've been in a monogamous relationship for the last nine years with a great guy who now travels a lot. I was an ovo-lacto veg*n for about 12 years before slipping, I plead insanity.

I'm currently in an online program to go from an ADN RN to BSN RN and hope to finally graduate from college at the age of 48 next year. 

I have a very boring blog here:

You're turn.  Tell me your business!

My name is Vanessa. I'm new to being vegan-I made the switch from vegetarianism in January. It's been really fun experimenting with different recipes and sharing my creations with friends and family. I just adopted a pair of rats (sisters!) named Bella and Alex and I love bonding with them.

My other hobbies are bicycling, fermenting different foods for consumption and traveling. Nice to meet you all and anyone living in or near Sacramento please introduce yourself, I love making new friends =)


Hey Everyone, my name is Jason. I work with Lubimiller as a massage therapist. I have been vegetarian for almost 2 weeks now. It has not been as hard as I would have thought.I hope to make the transition to vegan one day, but for now its baby steps. I look forward to making new friends here and contributing to the forums in the future!


Hi y'all!

I used to come here more often, but I shamely admit that I've fell off the veg*an wagon for a couple of months :-[. I am now back on the right track, well, at least, that's what I'm planning to do, and I feel confident in my decision. I've been off animal flesh for a week now, and it's baby steps to a vegan diet. I still only cooked vegan at home, but ate meat when I was out. Now, I feel that all the good I had done to my body when turning vegetarian a year and a half ago was wasted but I've never felt worse about my conscience, health, body image, etc. I've been telling my friends about my decision to live on a plant-based diet again, and for the moment, they are all supportive. But I know that at some point, I will have the "but bacon is so yummy" arguments. Yes, I found bacon yummy too, but what about the suffering behind it, and if one doesn't care about the animals, how gross it really is. I don't really enjoy bacon anymore with that thought process in mind. Therefore, for me, for the animals, for the earth, I am again a vegetarian, born-again, should I say?  :P

Anyways, I am rambling, but I know that on this forum, I will have the support I need to go through with this, because I really believe it's the right thing. Plus, people here are really awesome, and I can't wait to meet you all, again. :) :)


Hi Everyone!

Day three into my discovery of vegweb.  Thank you to all that have made it what it is and to make it an inviting place to come, chat, post and search an amazing collection of recipes.

I decided to take on the vegetarian lifestyle originally for health reasons.  As you may know, meat has uric acid in it that actually builds deposits on joints that are lacking cartilage.  As I have advanced arthritis, I decided to cut out meat all together.  It was tough the first few weeks, then it just became normal for me.  My boyfriend, the sweetheart he is, has decided to stop eating meat right along with me.  (Regardless of what he says, I think it's so he doesn't have to cook his own meal ;))  But, just the same we are not both meat free.

The next step is to start cutting out the eggs and cheese...and other animal by-products.

Here is a question that I pose for anyone that is living in WISCONSIN.  I live in the Fox Valley area (Appleton/Little Chute).  Are there any restaurants that one can go to for a vegan meal.  Finding somewhere with vegetarian options other than french fries, onion rings and deep-fried mushrooms is difficult enough.  The only place that I have found is a local Sushi restaurant.  However, I just found out from a friend that works there that they use fish sauce even in their veggie sushi!

Any help that anyone could provide to help us in the vegan direction would be very cool.

A huge thank you, again, to everyone here for building and adding to a site to help make being a vegan-to-be much easier and seemingly obtainable. 

Much Love  :)>>>



Welcome Ben!

I'm not from Wisconsin (my husband was born in GB, but that won't help you), but I found a couple links that might help...

Good luck - hope to see ya around the forums!


Thank you Erin!  This is a great help.  And, you will be seeing me around the forums.  I really appreciate a site like this to help get me to where I want to be in my diet.


welcome ben....I'm liking you already!


Likewise!  About time to turn in...have to get up for work in.........5 hours.  Thank you for the warm welcome and I'll be surveying more and more.  This has now become my favorite site.  Never expected that.  Actually, just expected to be looking for vegetarian/vegan recipes and such.  Now, I've found a social network.  Best wishes and we'll be seeing each other on here often, I feel.


Hello all! I've actually been around for a while, more of lurking about than anything else, so I finally decided to formally say hey to everyone. My name is Shannon and I'm from the little town of Hamburg, Michigan, but have been living in Forest Grove, Oregon for the past four-ish years, as I go to school here at Pacific University. I became vegan my freshman year, and will be graduating in less than a month (yay!) and heading back home to Michigan, where I'm very excited to start my own garden to feed myself (no more grocery store for me!). I love this website and have yet to find a recipe that is less than amazing.


but have been living in Forest Grove, Oregon for the past four-ish years

Forest Grove? That is where my wife grew up. She still has family out in Carlton and Yamhill, McMinnville. We go up every couple of years for the holidays.
Small world. Welcome!


Hi all! I've been a lurker on Vegweb for the past few years, finding yummy recipes and such, but on this boring weeknight when I should be turning in, decided to finally become a member and post!

I'm from central Illinois, which is maybe not as boring as it sounds. I'm 22 and am graduating with a bachelor's in Anthropology in just a few days! Went vegetarian when I was thirteen and vegan at seventeen, although it has been a process of realizing just how many animal byproducts there were out there besides straight meat/fish/eggs/dairy. The rest of my family is omni and I get fun poked at me all the time for my eating habits and views. My boyfriend is also omni but I hope to get him eating better just by setting an example and introducing him to delicious plant-based meals. He has admitted that tofu can be tasty, so that is a big step!

Anyways, it is great to have a community like this and the more the merrier! Now I must sleep so I can get ready for a final in the morning  :'(



  Been using this site for a while, it has helped a lot once I went fully vegan (7 months ago, after 5 years of being vegetarian). I'm from Toronto, where I am an arts student...I don't know any veg people (online or offline) and have a hard time making friends, so hopefully I can make some on here!


hi HamsterJelly, welcome!  That is an interesting user name.  Care to share the back story?  I've heard some good things about Illinois.  My MIL works at a university there.  I hope you aced your finals! 
hi modrnlovr,  welcome!  I like your avatar!  Cool idea.
There are lots of nice people here and maybe even a few from Toronto.  Jump right in on the forums and I'm sure you'll meet a few folks with similar interests. 
See you in the forums!


Hi everyone!  I have been a lurker on here for a while now.  But have come out of the shadows for camaraderie (sp?) and advice.  Can't wait to get to know everyone.

Is anybody from Indiana?  Or headed to SummerCamp in 2 weeks?


Hi everyone!  I have been a lurker on here for a while now.  But have come out of the shadows for camaraderie (sp?) and advice.  Can't wait to get to know everyone.

Is anybody from Indiana?  Or headed to SummerCamp in 2 weeks?

I'm from Indiana, so is VeganRun - I'm in Indy, she's up north.


Another lurker here...

My name's Stacey, and I'm still a fairly recent ovo-lacto vegetarian (December '09). I was actually raised on a beef farm, so considering I've made the transition from meat and potatoes to a veggie diet is kind of a big step for me! But since my husband is vegan, I actually don't do a whole lot of dairy or eggs. And when I do, it's from a veeeeeerrrrrry reliable source! Needless to say, nearly all of my diet consists of food made from scratch. We'll see how well that plan sticks when/if and kids enter the picture...

We have three cats, three parakeets, and some fish. We're never going back to a "normal" pet store, but sticking to adopting any more pets we can take in.

Funny there were some people mentioning Illinois... it really is a beautiful state! Sometimes you have to look past a lot of fields (want to see corn? Take a drive around Lacon. IT'S ALL CORN!) and cement-plastered cities, but between forest, prairie, rivers, and marshland I'd say we have a good thing going here.

There, that wasn't so hard. Maybe you'll actually see me around a little more...  ;)b



I've been lurking forever! I just graduated from college with a degree in music. I've been a vegetarian since I was 11, and I went vegan about a year and a half ago.


...As you may know, meat has uric acid in it that actually builds deposits on joints that are lacking cartilage.

Wow, that's great information to pass onto people concerned with joint issues.


Hi, my name is KJ.  I've been vegan for a while,I  just started one day out of the blue and never looked back.  Even in the military, when everyone told me the DFAC never has vegan food.  Two words:  Salad Sandwiches.

I wanted to give a shout out to Ben, also from Wisconsin.  Let me tell you brother, Wisconsin is the not the kind of place one wants be vegan.  It is not exactly polite to mention in most social circles.  Still, you will be amazed by what is out there for vegans, and not just in Madison and Milwaukee.  I'm not very familiar with what's in the Fox Valley area, but Wisconsin is a mecca of local, organic food.  If you have a co-op or farmer's market you will find lots of food and like-minded people to become acquainted with.  By the way, if you are a Packer fan (and you better be:)), you will be extremely happy to know that you can find a veg brat at Lambeau Field.  Beer and Brats, my friend. 

As for me, I would love to be able to learn from and contribute back to the website I've been using for recipes.  Also, If anyone would like to geek out about records, I'll be around for that:)




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