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Guilt and Remorse (Stage 2 of What Happens When You Stop Eating Animals)

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After providing an overview of The 10 Stages We Go Through When We Stop Eating Animals (check out the previous episode called From Consumption to Compassion, as well as Stage One: The Voracious Consumption of Information), today’s episode focuses on the second stage: Guilt & Remorse.

This is the stage where we reflect upon the animals we once ate and feel bad for having done so. When we say: “How could I have been part of the suffering of animals?” “How do I not get weighed down by the guilt I feel for having contributed to violence against them?”

And “I feel bad for eating an animal product by mistake.” In this episode, I talk about the difference between guilt and remorse, how to move through remorse through forgiveness, how there is no such thing as a perfect vegan, and I share some symbolic ways we can “make amends” for having consumed animal flesh and fluids.

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This podcast series on the “10 Stages” turned into my 7th book, The Joyful Vegan: Staying Vegan in a World That Wants You to Eat Meat, Dairy and Eggs. It’s available wherever books are sold. Author-signed copies are available in my store.


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