Living A Vegetarian's Life: Joan Coffey
07-24-2018    The Marietta Times
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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>Joan Coffey has been a devoted vegan for more than 30 years, but did not raise her son that way or insist that her husband join her.</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>"A lot of vegans won't even cook meat, but I cook meat for my family," Coffey, 64, of <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on">Marietta</st1:City></st1:place>, said. "My dogs and cats eat meat and wear leather collars. I don't."</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>Her 6-year-old grandson is no stranger to veganism.</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>"At least he knows what a vegetarian is," she said.</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>Her own lifestyle began quite by accident.</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>"It was gradual," she said. "I first gave up red meat, then fowl, then fish. A long time later, I became a vegan. It was all gradual."</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>Recently Coffey revisited dairy -- cheese, milk, eggs -- and soon her weight began to increase.</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>"On May 1, I quit all dairy products. I've lost 10 pounds already just by giving up cheese," she said. "I feel better, have more energy and more of everything."</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>In addition to not having any desire to eat animals, Coffey has a wider concern for the world. Most of the livestock that is consumed by humans is grain fed.</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>"The grain we feed animals could feed a lot of humans all over the world," she said. "And you can buy a lot of black beans for what you would spend on meat."</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>Veganism is easier to practice today than ever before, according to this convert.</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>"I used to go into a restaurant and ask for a vegetarian menu and they would often ask, 'Are you from <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">California</st1:State></st1:place>?'" Coffey said. "I used to get a lot of that, but nobody bats an eye anymore."</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>Grocery stores cater more to vegetarians today.</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>"It's so much easier than 30 years ago," she said. "I used to have to make my own burgers from beans. Today we have Boca burgers in lots of variety."</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>In matters of health, there is no substitute for the vegan/vegetarian lifestyle, she said.</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>"I'm healthier than my parents were at this age," she said.</SPAN></P>
Editor: Wang Xinyu
   
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