Hello! USAF in Florida

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Hello! USAF in Florida

#1 Postby ozop102 » Fri Jan 10, 2014 7:26 pm

Hi everyone! Im in the Air Force and stationed at Eglin AFB in the Florida panhandle. I have been vegan for 3 months now. I started it for my stomach issues. I started studying nutrition and once I started to learn more about veganism my respect for logic took over. And now Im starting to learn about the ethics behind it and I can never go back to eating meat or dairy now that I know what I know.

It hasnt been easy and recently I ate three slices a pizza to test what it would do to me. The fact that I instantly felt sick (vomiting, stomach pain, heavy breathing) I further believe I made the right choice. I love that I am vegan now...however I do hate always being asked by non-vegans "How do you get protein?" haha

If you're an experienced vegan and are in the military, PLEASE LET ME KNOW HOW YOU EAT ON BASE! Eating vegan seems so hard to me in the military!

Anyways as far as non vegan topics, Im a wiz with computers and I ran my own repair business prior to entering the military. I play xbox and pc games occasionally and I love soccer and basketball.

Soon I will be a father and my fiance is also going vegan and we plan on raising our child as mostly vegan.

- Mario

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Re: Hello! USAF in Florida

#2 Postby mrbear666 » Sat Jan 11, 2014 10:56 am

welcome, going vegan is the best thing you can do for your health in my opinion! good luck with it and the new family! everyone here is friendly and more than happy to help with pretty much anything. :D

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Re: Hello! USAF in Florida

#3 Postby VeganBadass_CO » Sat Jan 11, 2014 2:44 pm

Hey Mario! Might get to cross paths soon....I work at PAFB and am currently doing work on the radar located there!

I can see your challenge. But it is possible...I manged at Thule for a week once..only had to break out my emergency rations I brought with me on the 1 day there was 0 I would eat for lunch or dinner.

The old 'protein' question...LOL....could retort with 'hmm...I'd ask where you get your cholestoral but that's pretty obvious'.

Might suggest you check out meetup.com as there may well be a vegan meetup group in the area. We discovered this locally about 2 yrs ago and WHAT A FIND!!! Likemind folks, organized potlucks, recipe swaps, also host events for the public like "Plant Strong seminars" as local library open to all, the vegetarians, vegans, the curious.....

Eating on base in the mess is probably going to be the hardest as never can tell without asking or an ingredients card what might have butter or egg, milk, or chicken broth in it. And of course you'll like get just pointed to the salad bar again and again...:)

If you do your own cooking at home for dinner, suggest cooking up 2x the quantity for leftovers you can take for lunch. I posted some other ideas in another introduction from someone looking for on the road ideas....maybe check that out but if you can't find it I can copy/paste.

Being in the lifestyle for 3 months, good for you. And for your soon to be family. Need to get bit more intell on the nutrition side so you ensure you're getting all the good stuff you need. Lots of good resources out there and books I can recommend.

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Re: Hello! USAF in Florida

#4 Postby C.O. » Wed Jan 15, 2014 2:39 am

Hey Mario,

Welcome! We haven't had a lot of military members but there are a few. Glad you joined us and help represent.

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