By John William Allen
I would like to say Thank You. You've helped me far more than you know. So Let me explain. Please read on.
I am a 22-year-old male who lives in Middletown, OH. For a little over 21 years, I have been a dedicated meat consumer. I enjoyed chicken, turkey and bacon (especially bacon).
About 4 weeks ago, I made the decision to become vegetarian, on my path to becoming Vegan. I don't know if you've heard of this book called Everything You Know Is Wrong by Russ Kick. In this book there was an article called "A Vegetarian Planet." I was interested in the article because my taste for meat was somewhat dwindling.
I am considered slightly obese, weighing in at 255 lbs, and 5'10." I was dissatisfied with myself and my weight, although that was only my minor concern. My major concerns were my heart and vital organs. I had been given medication for high blood pressure, more preventative than causative, since my blood pressure was only slightly above normal. However, for safety I was put on the medication.
That did it for me--22 years old, and on blood pressure medication. So I gradually started looking into healthier foods. Anyway, back to the book. I read the vegetarian article and was shocked. Inside, it told of meat processing plants, egg farms and dairy farms. I was appalled at how these animals were being treated.
I have always had a soft spot for animals. So this was a major injustice to me. I decided I would become vegetarian. I had been reading about it and had found it very intriguing. I learned about the myths surrounding vegetarianism (i.e., the "protein" myth), and started down the veggie path.
I am a Christian, and becoming a minister. I have always believed in God and his Creation. Once I began studying plant alternatives, I discovered humans were never truly designed to eat meat. And now, I eat all plant and plant-based foods.
This is where you come in. I was confused about what I could eat. So, I went to the largest free library in the world: the Internet. I went to vegan.com (I believe that is what the website is called) and ordered the free Vegetarian Starter Kit. I was still in a bind, since it would take some time for the kit to reach me, so I have winged it for the past few weeks, eating mainly soy and salads until today.
Now, with your very detailed list of vegetarian foods, recipes, etc., I have a very good idea of what I can eat and what I need to watch closely. You have my heartfelt gratitude, and I mean that literally. Even simply winging it, I have felt more energetic, lively, aware, and cognizant. I hope that my blood pressure is returning to normal so that with my doctor's consent, I can soon stop using the medication. I also hope that my weight will fall into healthy range.
As of this writing, I am more determined than ever to be vegetarian. It is actually easier and better than I could have hoped for. I had reasoned that I would eat nothing but lettuce and carrots, et al, however, I am delightedly wrong. Thank you for your large supply of information that is so easily available.
I know this is a long email, but thank you for reading it. I owe you a heartfelt display of gratitude. And should I pass that way, I will want to do so.
One last thing, If you have anymore advice or information I may be able to use, please feel free to tell me.
Your most humble (and soon to be healthier) admirer,