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  1. I've been vegetarian since 2007 and vegan since 2012. It hasn't been all smooth sailing. I did develop issues, and it was my own fault for not really paying enough attention to my diet and not getting blood tests done. One of the more recent issues I faced was a Zinc deficiency. I developed acne every day, had 3-4 viral infection ins a row. Burst eardrum (lost my hearing for months) and never figured it out for months. I started taking Zinc picolinate and I've not been sick once in over a year now - even though I have lots of nephews and nieces who bring all sorts of viruses here. I also just feel much better and I rarely ever get pimples again. :) I wrote a fairly long article yesterday which goes over some of the basics for people who are looking to start a vegan diet. some of the points in the article include: - What is a vegan diet - Choosing the best one - Why people go on a vegan diet - the main benefits and risks - supplements - which foods you should eat and what to avoid - blood tests - and other tests you should get done to measure progress. Most people who are already members here will know all the stuff I've covered, but I'm just sharing in case someone happens to stumble across this. The article is still being developed and expanded over time. It'll probably be about 2-3 times the length it is right now by the end. I just need to find the time between this and other things. If you have any comments or suggestions to add to my article, I'd appreciate your thoughts. Also if you think it's a decent article, please share it And check out my other recent articles! Here's the article Matt
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