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I agree - weaning is SO much easier than cold turkey. I eliminated hamburgers first, then steaks/roast, then chicken and turkey and then fish last.
Sounds like you did well with your transitioning. I always recommend gradual changes as the way to go. That way there are minor withdrawal symptoms experienced and it is not that big of an upheaval which on top of life's normal challenges can be really too much for some people to handle.
I definitely found that weaning was easier. It gives the opportunity to find places where "meat by-products" are hidden as well because there are quite a few foods where you think it's vegetarian but it's really.
Interesting point Minna. I never thought much about the hidden meat by-products. I'll have to research that. Could you share a few to start me off?
The most common ones are gelatin, lard, rennet. But things like sodium stearoly lactylate, "natural flavorings", lipase can come from meat sources - usually beef (calk stomach) or pork unless the manufacturer clearly states they don't. I use this guide http://www.vrg.org/ingredients/index.php to help me figure out if what I'm eating is animal based. I'll be referring to it more and more as I go vegan.
Thanks Minnna! I'll check out the link. You're a blessing.