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Where do you draw the line?

I have been fighting with myself with this question. At what point in your veganism do you say enough? I try to buy as organic as possible to be sure that my food doesn't come into contact with animal products. I make my dad and brother use their own pots/ cooking utensils when cooking animal products. I refuse to buy animal products for anyone and I'm really not supportive of meat eating at all. I can't see myself ending up with a meat eater without me relentlessly trying to convert them.

I stear clear of anything with unwholesome ingredients (anything I can't pronounce, natural and artificial colors, dyes, etc). I avoid high fructose corn syrup like the plague. I have food purity issues though...

Anyway, at what point do you draw the vegan line?

Also, I freaking drive myself crazy with the food purity thing sometimes. I have to buy food all the time because I want it fresh without preservatives or any of the other crap they try to put in food. Does anyone else have this issue? I have a history of eating disorders, I'm hoping this isn't a manifestation of that....

I do most of the things you do, e.g. buying organic, preservative-free, and that. My mom cooks with eggs and meat, but i do use the same utensils after being cleaned....I don't really see what the point is of buying separate pans and stuff just because they've touched meat; it's not like it stays on there.

I guess I am not a "vegan nazi" to where people are uncomfortable eating meat around me. Well, a lot are at first, out of common courtesty I suppose, and then I will initially give them my vegan-talk down about why they should convert- but after that I do not try to push my beliefs of dieting on them. I sure hate when omnis try to make me eat meat, so I won't hanker them too much about giving it up, either.

Like you, I used to steer ten miles clear of anything with artificial ingiredients or anything I couldn't pronounce, but I have loosened up on that considerably. I just don't think of it much anymore, cause I know what's vegan and not so I don't even look at labels. I just basically stick to my usual foods; I'm not a very adventerous foodie.

"Also, I freaking drive myself crazy with the food purity thing sometimes. I have to buy food all the time because I want it fresh without preservatives or any of the other crap they try to put in food. Does anyone else have this issue? I have a history of eating disorders, I'm hoping this isn't a manifestation of that...."

I've never been like that, but probably because my mom buys all of our food and it would drive her wonky...  ;D

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I do most of the things you do, e.g. buying organic, preservative-free, and that. My mom cooks with eggs and meat, but i do use the same utensils after being cleaned....I don't really see what the point is of buying separate pans and stuff just because they've touched meat; it's not like it stays on there.

For starters: dishes get thoroughly cleaned in my house. ;)b

My parents have never given me shit about going veg. The opposite is true... Mum (who does all the cooking for her and Dad) is almost apologetic when she cooks animal products. Ever since Mum had gall bladder surgery / pancreatic problems, she cannot stomach red meat or alcohol or anything but the purest vegetable oil; nothing rich in her food. So except for an occasional chicken dish or eggs, M&D are vegetarian, and quite healthy. (And supportive of my veg*nism.)

Yet I still try and prevent obvious, uh, 'cross-contamination' from happening. I like to keep a separate cutting-board for my food, which mustn't be used for animal products. And, well, to be honest, I hate the smells... like today, I politely insisted that M&D eat their smelly eggy lunch in one room only, and aerate it afterwards. ;D ::) And while I'd never lecture about them eating dead chickens (since I used to), I ask that the kitchen door be closed while it's cooking.

Just like how they ask that I close the door when I'm cooking something with a vile amount of garlic! ;D >:D

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My parents have never given me shit about going veg.

And, well, to be honest, I hate the smells... like today, I politely insisted that M&D eat their smelly eggy lunch in one room only, and aerate it afterwards. ;D ::) And while I'd never lecture about them eating dead chickens (since I used to), I ask that the kitchen door be closed while it's cooking.

Just like how they ask that I close the door when I'm cooking something with a vile amount of garlic! ;D >:D

My mom never has given me crap either, but my sister rags on me to no end. It is just her personality to harp on something that opposes her though, i suppose.

I DO hate the smells. eggs and red meat and fish have always been smells I've never been able to stand, even pre-veg, so my mom is used to not eating that sort of thing very close to me. she never really cooks anyway, and lately her eating disorder has come to surface again, so I guess that's not really something I run into often at my house...

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this doesn't seem like the "vegan line" to me as much as other things. preservatives, HFCS, etc. is vegan just not great for you.

if you are talking vegan line... i draw it when it gets ridiculous. like: there was a bug killed when the head of lettuce was harvested; this head of lettuce is not vegan.
sorry, that's just impossible and at that point i tell people "the only perfect vegan is a dead vegan" and "my ultimate purpose is to take away our society's dependency on animal exploitation"

that's my line.

my health line has gotten more lax lately, as i spent 2 months biking and eating most anything vegan i could find (oreo's, swedish fish, etc.).

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Oreos are VEGAN????!!!???? Please tell me this isn't true... cause I will eat a whole box of them.

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my honorable, decent side says to tell you that these people are indeed telling lies...vegan oreos? of course not!!!

.....but then, the side of me that ate an entire box of them last week says, yes, they are in fact vegan. le sigh*

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:o OOooh yeah  8)

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oreos are vegan....
i hear there are regional differences in the ingredients, though, so be sure to check, but i have yet to find non-vegan oreos.

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I do all listed above, its always easier when you have lived on your own for a number of years. I did score as a 'militant vegan' on some online test.
My dogs are not vegan. I share every aspect of my life with them.

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kannas! Where've ya been?

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You can call me Eric : )
Ive been here, reading....

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tsk tsk, you lurkers...  ;)

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heh, sea of sass...

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that's where I 'draw the line', mister....

  ;D

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haha I was just thinking that as I was walking home from the market.

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8)

What'd ya get? I just made chocolate chip cookies. MMMmmmm

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boring non fun non sugar things...

kale, jalapenos, spinach, watercress, chicory and an avocado

now i want a huge chocolate chip cookie.

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hehe, I will fedex you some  ;)b

your new pic= UFOgardenspacemasterrr

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thank you pic is from last year in sweden. garden ruckus.

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Not dating a non-vegan?  Hmmm... well my best advice is to never go into a relationship trying to change someone.  It won't work.  If at a restaurant, let them eat what they want, but try to cook for them often.

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