Living A Vegetarian's Life: Anna Prince
07-24-2018    The Marietta Times
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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><I style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal"><SPAN lang=EN-US style="COLOR: black">Anna Prince<o:p></o:p></SPAN></I></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>Unlike many dedicated vegans, Anna Prince, of <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on">Marietta</st1:City></st1:place>, must step away from her vegan lifestyle, from time to time, and return to dairy.</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>"I am on and off because of weight issues," Prince, a <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on">Marietta</st1:City></st1:place> psychiatrist said. "I've been a vegetarian for years, but when my weight drops, I do eat a little bit of organic meat."</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>Whole grains, fruits and vegetables and low-fat dairy comprise the mainstay of the heart-healthy diet, according to Prince.</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>"Eating a diet without meat is bound to stabilize weight," she said. "I grew up in the country where everybody had big gardens and put up fruits and vegetables."</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>The bottom line in veganism or vegetarianism, Prince said, is health.</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>"But far more than physical health, health in the sense of emotional health, a positive attitude, free of being bogged down by depression," she said. "A spiritual sense that embraces nature's connectiveness."</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>Approach the vegetarian lifestyle with playfulness and fun, or it won't work, she said. Keep positive images in your head.</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>Weight loss and better health happens naturally as people follow the lifestyle.</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>"When we step out in nature we feel instantly connected," she said. "Our culture is in the midst of so much negativity, an 'us vs. them' mentality that grows and pervades," Prince said. "Instead of looking at our differences, we need to look at our similarities."</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>She doesn't push her food choices on her family, but encourages healthy eating.</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>"We have a rule that whoever cooks, cooks what he or she wants," Prince said. "If my husband wants a steak, then he has to cook it."</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>Prince calls the vegan lifestyle "a great adventure" and creative.</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>"It's a wonderful form of self-love to take care of yourself and eat healthy food."</SPAN></P>
Editor: Wang Xinyu
   
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