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    Profile photo of becklynn95

    Over a year ago

    I’ve been a vegetarian for a really long time and I’m trying to become a vegan but the two hardest things to switch is ice cream and milk chocolate. I absolutely adore chocolate but I don’t want to have any dairy. I don’t really like dark chocolate but is there any way to still have chocolate without the guilt? And same with ice cream. I love it but can’t seem to find alternatives that taste the same. Also, I live in a really small town in Minnesota and it is a really big farming and hunting community. How can I get people to understand my viewpoint?

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  • Profile photo of nomeatnodairynoprob1em

    Over a year ago

    “Also, I live in a really small town in Minnesota and it is a really big farming and hunting community. How can I get people to understand my viewpoint?”

    Not everyone will understand your viewpoint. Some people have simply become so closed-minded or heartless that virtually nothing will change them.
    Seek out people who seem open-minded and/or good-hearted. If you can’t find any of those in your town, the Internet is your friend.

    Thee things to keep in mind:

    1. Videos pretty much always get through to people better than words or text do (see my profile page for some video links).

    2. For some people, learning about the serious health problems associated with meat & dairy consumption has more of an effect than learning about the pain & suffering that animals experience because of meat & dairy consumption.

    3. You can usually inform many open-minded people in the same amount of time that it takes to inform one closed-minded person. While there are still millions of uninformed open-minded people around, it often makes sense to just skip the closed-minded ones (for now).

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  • Profile photo of Dagmar

    Over a year ago

    When you do buy chocolate make sure it’s fair-trade. A lot of cocoa comes from West Africa which uses child-trafficking and labor to produce the chocolate.

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  • Profile photo of LittleLotte

    Over a year ago

    I was a HUGE chocoholic before I went vegan. So I started by cutting out all chocolate. None for several weeks, then I slowly introduced dark chocolate (and other vegan alternatives like rice milk and soya milk chocolate) and I discovered that I prefered it – it gave me that choccy ‘hit’ without having to gorge on 3 or more bars!

    If you can’t find any decent vegan choccies in your local town then buy online, it might be a little bit more expensive but it’s worth it if you still want those treats without harming animals.

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  • Profile photo of annie-l

    Over a year ago

    Hey @becklynn95,

    It’s great that you’ve decided to go vegan! It’s super easy. :) You can find vegan ice cream pretty much everywhere nowadays. Check out some of our fave brands: http://www.peta2.com/lifestyle/vegan-ice-cream/. Also, you can make your own milk chocolate with our DIY recipe: http://www.peta2.com/recipes/vegan-chocolates/. :)

    Check out our latest feature on our “Making the Connection” page. I find it to be a great tool when talking to people that might not care too much about animals, but do care about themselves. http://features.peta2.com/making-the-connection/disease.aspx.

    E-mail us at peta2@peta2.com and we’ll send you some more tips! Oh, and don’t forget to sign up for our FREE vegan recipes here: http://www.peta2.com/lifestyle/sign-up-for-free-vegan-recipes/.

    ~Annie from peta2.

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