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We ran a small focus group (8 random [meat-eaters]) and Even If You Like Meat won hands down for content as well as cover (even though [basically the] same content as Why Vegan). Some liked Compassionate Choices as well. Nobody picked Why Vegan."
I believe I am probably the oldest leafleter there is!! But truly, I do enjoy the people, and have met people I never would have met otherwise. I had a very tall young man lift up his shirt to show me the biggest tattoo of the word "vegan." Being a second grade teacher, I never would have seen that anywhere else!!
So to summarize the argument:
1. Humans are superior to [other] animals.
2. Veganism isn't easy, so forget it.
That's the way to be a superior being -- only do what is easy!
I love vegan food, but it does not agree with me. Too much plant based food make me very gassy. I know that I am not alone on this one and even though I have seen all kinds of specialists in all kinds of fields related to this I am at a loss. I can not eat beans at all. Any suggestions?
No simple answer to your query, unfortunately. A few thoughts:
Many vegans find that, over time, their body's (intestinal bacteria) adjust to the new diet, leading to an improvement in their body's reaction to plant-based foods. Others find that certain foods are worse than others for them (e.g., Gimme Lean is worse than a Boca Burger; broccoli worse than romaine lettuce, etc.).
Recently, some people have said that eating chia seeds has cut down on their intestinal gas. We put them in our taco meat, chili, bread, etc. One person told me that these digestive aids totally changed his life.
A young teenage girl had passed me with her group of friends but didn't take a brochure because her friends made fun of it. But then she changed her mind after being a 1/2 mile away from me. She proceeded to sprint back to me and breathlessly asked for a brochure. I wanted to give her a giant hug!
Another XC dad recently complained to Margie [Zach's Mom] that his son was trying to eat less and less meat, but he told his son that if he's going to run, he's got to eat tons of meat. That dad is also up here chaperoning at camp here in Mammoth, where I've been providing the veg meals. Now, after Zach has been kicking ass all week, this dad went to the store, bought some veggie meat, and insisted on making the veggie tacos tonight!
I have my Animal Activist's Handbook right next to my bedside. It is so inspiring, I've re-read it countless times! It has helped my "manners" and whole outlook immensely. I can honestly say that I'm a better person because of it! Even my closest friends are blown away by how... I can handle myself around others when the rights of non-human beings come up! I can get even the nastiest to actually listen up!! Thank you. The world is better because of you.
It was Vegan Outreach leaflets at Loving Cafe in Fort Wayne, Indiana that did it for me! Thank you for changing my life!
I just wanted to express how much I appreciate this site.... While I appreciate [another group's] goals, their all-or-nothing tone always left me feeling guilty and discouraged.
Vegan Outreach is the first vegan advocacy and information site that I've seen that makes me feel good about my recent decision to drop meat and fowl and explore new foods and cooking methods. Kudos for making a convincing case for veganism without making people feel selfish and evil if they don't get to 100% immediately!
What kudzu is to the south, Vegan Outreach is to North America -- pervasive, quickly spreading, and impossible to control. But unlike kudzu, we are welcomed by residents with open arms, and not sprayed at with herbicides. Vegan Outreach: The invasive species that you'll learn to love..