Hi! I'm a New Veggie...
I've been vegetarian since March'09 and over the last months have slowly found vegan replacements for my chocolate, cheese, yogurt and milk. I've also started to replace my soaps, shampoo, etc with animal friendly products. Over the last 2 months I made the leap (I wasn't sure if I could do it) and eliminated all animal products from my diet. It's been great. I feel more committed to my journey to do "less harm". A year ago...I would have never guessed I would be a vegetarian transitioning to veganism. I didn't even know what a vegan was!
I've always loved animals. I cry when an animal is hurt and have always been this way, since childhood. PETA gets a lot of bad rap (and I'm on the fence about how I feel about them) but if it weren't for Meet Your Meat... I would still be mindlessly eating sentient beings.
I live in a place where meat is served with almost every meal. I feel all alone out here (but there's a Whole Foods in my city)! It is refreshing to find this website and know that there are people out there who are also passionate about not contributing to animal cruelty and that some of them they have been successfully doing this a lot longer than I have. I need a bit of encouragement from time to time and some new recipes!
Nice to meet you.
It's nice to come to a place where you're encouraged and not alone. Welcome!
Congratulations on the positive changes you're making in your world-- it's not easy, especially at the beginning, to be 'not on the same page' with the society around you... but when society is (so clearly!) in the wrong, it's the only way to go!
You're definitely not alone--at VW you're always among friends! Welcome! :)