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November 19, 2009

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THANK YOU for voicing just what I'm feeling right now. This is my first Thanksgiving as a vegetarian and I am definitely having mixed emotions. I will not be with my family for the first time this year for mostly logistical reasons but also in part because I'm having a hard time. I will take these suggestions to heart but it's so nice to get some validation. I've been unpleasantly surprised by many people's reactions to my new lifestyle to the point where I'm almost afraid to reveal my new "identity" for fear of ridicule or being asked to defend my position. It's great to hear from like-minded people.

Jasmin, knowing you personally and how you have encouraged your own family to become vegan, I applaud and share your sentiments. We can all be proud of the progress we have made as a family of three generations, eating enlightened the vegan way. It has been a steady evolution. You have reason to crow about your own gang.

The best book to help you deal with the unique social challenges of being veg is "Living Among Meat Eaters" by Carol J. Adams. It's available through Amazon.com: ! When my morale is low and I am losing some faith in my fellow man, I turn to that book. It is extremely helpful and relevant for both vegetarians and vegans. Need help with family, friend, or work situations? Turn to this book and you will find some sweet relief!

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_0_11?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=living+among+meat+eaters&sprefix=living+amon

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday, Jasmin!

So refreshing to see advice like this that comes from a place of compassion. :-)

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