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Posted By Miranda
I love your site and have always admired you and all you do on behalf of the animals. I've e-mailed you a couple of times before and have greatly benefited from what you have to say. I'm an aspiring vegan, meaning that it's my goal to be as close to 100% vegan as I can. I haven't eaten beef, pork, or poultry for over eight years now, but occasionally I eat seafood, and sometimes when I go out to eat, it seems I can't resist the butter with the bread or cake with ice cream for dessert. I am fully aware of how dairy cows and their calves suffer, not to mention the egg-laying chickens and their male chicks, and I hate to give even a $1.00 to an industry that treats animals so cruelly. But it seems that no matter how many times I try, I can't stay 100% vegan in my diet. I only have this problem when going out to eat, because I make sure that all the groceries I buy are vegan. But where I live, there are extremely limited vegan options at any of the restaurants, so most of the time, I end up ordering a salad. Salads are great, but not all the time. Then when I do eat something with dairy, or eat seafood, I feel horribly guilty for hours afterward. Do you have any advice as to how I can deal with this? I feel like a loser because I can't commit 100% to veganism, even though it's something I believe in so much. I feel like I'm letting the animals down, and all for selfish reasons. I guess I'm asking if you had problems becoming 100% vegan at first, and how you overcame them.
Also, I'm overweight and working on trying to lose the extra pounds - another battle! Just by my eating habits, people I work with and friends of mine know that I'm mostly vegetarian and vegan a lot of the time, but I hate to advertise this fact, because I feel like since I'm overweight, people who might actually consider a vegetarian or vegan diet would be dissuaded because I'm overweight. I don't choose veganism for health reasons, although that is a good reason, but for moral reasons, but I know a lot of people think, "I'm a meat eater and I'm thinner than she is, so why would I choose that diet?" Should I keep the fact that I'm trying to be vegan to myself until I lose the weight I need to? (It might be a while!)
Thanks so much for reading this and for any advice you have to give. I love getting your e-mails and have learned so much. So I know that any advice you have to offer would help me a lot.