Erik Marcus has been podcasting Oprah's 21-day vegan challenge. Today's segment is on staying motivated, and commodity animal products. After a little while, it's really not that hard to stay motivated: the non-vegan food is out of your house, your friends know, and you have a stable of vegan restaurants where you can get good food. (Particularly recommend, in the vicinity of U Street, Queen Makeba Ethiopian, Rice (thai food), Asylum, Sticky Fingers bakery, and Meiwah chinese. But there is a hump when the novelty has worn off, but the routine is not yet comfortable. That's when a little motivation helps a lot.

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