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Going Vegan

Going vegan was a significant change in my life. I ate animal products every single day, trying to ignore the story behind every meal, until the guilt became too strong and I knew it was time for me to act on what I believe in. It took me a couple months to make the full transition, stopping one product at a time, which I think made it healthier for my mind and easier than completely changing from one day to the next. I want to share my journey and this transition, with the negatives and positives that came with it.

I couldn’t write about going vegan without mentioning the reaction of the people around me. I received all sorts of reactions; some found it and still find it amazing, supporting me and always making sure I can have something decent to eat when we go out or when they invite me over for a meal. A few had a more passive reaction, not really understanding what I was doing and why, even after explaining it to them, but letting me be nonetheless. And others had a ver…
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3.Answer 11 questions about yourself, which will

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