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    Re: I'm scarred for life... please help *TRIGGER WARNING*

    Why not join PETA and do some voluntary work for them if you feel so strongly about this issue?
    You are certainly motivated enough to help them. Not just online petitions though-that's easy.

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    Re: I'm scarred for life... please help *TRIGGER WARNING*

    Quote Originally Posted by pulisa View Post
    Why not join PETA and do some voluntary work for them if you feel so strongly about this issue?
    You are certainly motivated enough to help them. Not just online petitions though-that's easy.
    I would love to do that but my social skills aren't great, I mean they're okay, I just mean it would be nerve racking having to spend the day with a load of random older people and people might pity me, an 18 year old spending his summer volunteering when everyone else is out partying and drinking and going out to socialise

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    Re: I'm scarred for life... please help *TRIGGER WARNING*

    You would be just one of many young people though. Nobody would be interested in "pitying" you for volunteering.Why should they? Saying your social skills aren't great is an excuse. Plenty of people with ASD get involved in campaigns they are passionate about.

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    Re: I'm scarred for life... please help *TRIGGER WARNING*

    There is a dog sanctuary not far from my area where being a volunteer means you walk the dogs around the compound and clean out the kennels. I would imagine there is little social pressure in this but it might mean becoming comfortable in a work setting like any job brings. Suggest thinking about that as work will mean tackling that one and we all go through it as we change workplaces.
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    Re: I'm scarred for life... please help *TRIGGER WARNING*

    Quote Originally Posted by pulisa View Post
    You would be just one of many young people though. Nobody would be interested in "pitying" you for volunteering.Why should they? Saying your social skills aren't great is an excuse. Plenty of people with ASD get involved in campaigns they are passionate about.
    It's not an excuse, I'm always scared before going out anywhere by myself. I live very very close to a shop and I even overthink that trip

    I'll look into it.

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    Re: I'm scarred for life... please help *TRIGGER WARNING*

    Quote Originally Posted by MyNameIsTerry View Post
    There is a dog sanctuary not far from my area where being a volunteer means you walk the dogs around the compound and clean out the kennels. I would imagine there is little social pressure in this but it might mean becoming comfortable in a work setting like any job brings. Suggest thinking about that as work will mean tackling that one and we all go through it as we change workplaces.
    Do they put the dogs down after a certain amount of time? I don't think I could ever volunteer anywhere where they do that

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    Hi,

    It is true that a Vegan lifestyle can sometimes be more expensive. This, in my experience, tends to be when you purchase processed foods like fake meats, pies, cakes etc. A lot of what you eat already can be modified much cheaper than this. Pulses and lentils can be purchased in bulk and dry for much the same price as anything meaty you would replace it with. A bolognase - replace mince with lentils, etc. If you stick to whole foods and not processed things then I really don't think there is much of a price difference. As far as events like BBQs etc I just tend not to go as the smell of meat now just makes me feel sick. But, take your own food and even a disposible BBQ to cook it on if you are bothered about contamination.

    I am not getting on my soapbox as a Vegan, those people just annoy me and get peoples backs up. I am just trying to offer guidance as I became vegan about 5 or even 6 years ago now. Do your research before you start, if you don't you will fail at it. Ask other people, look on forums. It is really not that hard. When I can walk into town and get a Vegan Sausage Roll from Greggs now, its pretty good.

    If you need any info, or any help for resources etc please ask. That goes for anybody. Vegan haters are welcome :P

    Oh, one bit of advice, if you have tea or coffee and you want a milk substitute, either use KOKO or a brand that has one for Baristas or Professionals. This way it wont curdle.

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    Re: I'm scarred for life... please help *TRIGGER WARNING*

    Let's be realistic. Based on the history of the op (diet and otherwise), is anything going to change?

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    Re: I'm scarred for life... please help *TRIGGER WARNING*

    Quote Originally Posted by Toby2000 View Post
    It's not an excuse, I'm always scared before going out anywhere by myself. I live very very close to a shop and I even overthink that trip

    I'll look into it.
    You are able to get to the GP surgery though but maybe your Mum comes with you?

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    Re: I'm scarred for life... please help *TRIGGER WARNING*

    I think you are making excuses Toby. As hard as it might be to achieve certain things, you still have to work at them and find a way forward, otherwise you will be sat in your room for the rest of your life - achieve nothing and be miserable. I've spouted on about the merits of voluntary work many times on here, so won't bother to do it again in detail, but I think most voluntary roles are low-pressure ways to engage with people and issues you feel strongly about. (As it happens my daughter is spending the summer at an animal rescue place) You only have to commit to small amounts of time - even every saturday morning.

    I think I've seen the video you talk about, accidentally came across it (if its the same one) a few years ago. It rocked me to my core. I have been vegetarian for 20 years (bordering on vegan right now). I have no issue with people eating meat however, providing they source their meat based on animal welfare issues, and the animal has had a good life and been humanely euthanased. Being vegetarian or vegan now is so much easier than it used to be, there is almost no comparison to 20 years ago - there are stacks of really great recipes availiable online, most major supermarket now have vegan ranges also. We all had vegan last night and it was really healthy.

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