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Good for you. Working toward veg*ism is great.

I'll tell you about dairy though. I was convinced to completely give it up after I ate some cheese at a conference which thought a veg option must be drowned in cheese. But, I was thankful that they even thought about the option and offered something, that I ate it.

Bad choice, on reflection. I hadn't eaten dairy for over six months at the time. I found I had gout. I had never experienced it before, but over the next four months I learned that even the smallest amount of dairy can kick off the gout. Water is an issue with gout as well. But, the main trigger for me is dairy -- especially cheese. So in nearly four years I may have had a half of an ounce of dairy and egg.

My wife who is pretty much veg* will still eat some tuna, but shies away from egg and dairy. She and I have learned it has a terrible effect on asthama (we both have it) and she learned what I knew from earlier days and that is dairy can drag one down. I think it is the sheer density of the food.

Ethical concerns are a big deal for me, but the health concerns are important as well. Some folk can handle the dairy with little or no ill effect, but some like DW and I have a far more difficult time of it.

Anyhow, those are our experiences. I think all have different experiences. But, I'll tell you the gout came out of the blue and knocked me upside the head like a ton of bricks. I wouldn't wish that experience on anyone. Gout pain is right up there with ulcer pain. And ulcers and ethical concerns are what sent me away from meat. As I've noted before, I nearly bled out and decided I wouldn't see anything else die that I could live.

Well, this is my third shot at closing. I hope all finds you and everyone else well. I can't get here as much as I would like to these days.

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