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9/2/09 6:48 P

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Hi! :)
I'm new here.

I suppose the reason I stopped eating meat is because when I was in the 11th grade at school, we were shown this video called "Meat Is Murder" and takes you through the harsh realities of factory farming.
I watched that video (well, part of it. I had to leave the room because I felt like I was going to be ill) and I told myself that I'd never eat meat again. And I never did!
I guess I'd never really thought about where it actually came from until I watched that and it really stuck with me.

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I feel better and healthier with a veg lifestyle. emoticon

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i have read numerous articles and books by gayelord hauser and others about why being a vegan or ovolacto or fish only semi-vegan is better for your health and weight. when i adhere to this way of eating i see a tremendous difference in how i feel healthwise. i strongly recommend giving it a try to see what a difference it makes in your life! emoticon

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I'm new to veganism and decided to become vegan after being vegeatarian for a year. Although I enjoyed being vegetarian, I felt like a hypocrite because I still ate eggs and dairy but didn't eat meat. I recently decided to become vegan because I don't want to contribute to animals being hurt to provide me with food.I feel that the vegan diet can provide me with tons of animal friendly food choices as well as make me feel better.

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8/26/09 7:33 P

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Hi - I'm new here emoticon

My reason for being vegetarian is multifaceted. #1 - compassion and care for animals; #2 - I just don't feel as healthy eating meat and #3 - ecological and environmental reasons.

I don't drink milk, but I do eat eggs from cage free and antibiotic free hens. My plan is to have a few egg laying hens in the next few years to move away from larger farms and I try to buy local farmers eggs as much as possible.

I have been moving away from cow milk cheese because goat cheese and sheep cheese is more environmentally friendly and easier to digest. However, I don't eat much cheese and hope to move away from cheese altogether soon. I don't eat seafood at all and never have really liked it.



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Hi,

I am choosing a vegeterian lifestyle, because I'm sick of the way meat makes me feel physically and emotionally. If I can't stand to watch animals tortured or dead, how can I stand to eat it? The more I've gotten away from it, the more gross it sounds. I literally get nauseous at the smell of beef and pork now. I've never been that way before, but 2 months ago I went to Denny's and they messed up my order. The genius at the grill put bacon and sausage all over the omelet and I nearly threw up from the scent of it once I opened up the to go box emoticon

Now, at the beginning of my post you see that I write "I am choosing" This means that I am almost 100% vegeterian, I still eat shrimp, fish, and crab from time to time, but I am slowly becoming turned off by that as well. So it's just a matter of time.



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8/23/09 8:27 P

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I was never a big meat-eater--even as I child I was disturbed by the idea of eating animals--but it was just part of my diet for most of my life. The documentary "Supersize me" was my start--no fast food for years. I couldn't believe how those poor cows were treated. Then I started to realize that I felt much better during those stretches when I wasn't eating meat. I started thinking that it was probably healthier to go vegetarian. Also, I am learning more about Buddhism and I am trying to follow Buddhist principles. . . But I'm not completely there yet. Still eat fish, eggs, dairy. But I feel better, both in body and spirit, because I'm trying.

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OK I just watched Earthlings and I have to revise my last post and announce that this is it! I am going vegan. Humans are ridiculous creatures! That movie is disturbing and I will never touch any animal product, food, clothing or products tested on animals ever again.

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I became a vegetarian (I still eat fish) when I read the book "Skinny Bitch" It show how much crap we eat and how horrible the animals are treated to eventually end up on our plate. Not with me! I had to watch the butchers next to my school for years throwing around half cows and I was disgusted. I started reducing my meat consumption when I was about 13 years old but now at 24 I decided to go all the way. I don't drink milk either because of all the horrible things they do to cows when they milk them and because of all the stuff that is in the milk. So I am technically a vegan who eats seafood. It was hard eating healthy in a small town in Michigan during college, but now that I moved to LA I am amazed about how many healthy choices people have here and I am definitely pushing now to switch completely vegan as I can finally find all the products that I need to live healthy!

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8/19/09 10:27 A

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My first job out of high school to earn cash for college was on the hog kill of a meat packing plant- I cut off snouts. After 1 day on the job, I vowed never to eat meat again. That was 20 years ago. I eat organic dairy and have a couple of hens for eggs. My oldest child is vegan due to lactose intolerance & my 5 year old is veg'n like me. Their father eats meat at every meal & thinks I have brainwashed the kids. Whatever. I know we are doing something right because the three of us are never sick other than maybe a cold once a year.

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My husband hunts deer and turkey and cleans them at home.

I got sick of hearing him talk about disecting his meat , instead of just saying cut it up.

I never was that crazy about chewing meat in the first place.

One day I just decided I could not put another piece into my mouth.

I do drink milk, use butter, etc. One does not kill an animal for those purposes, so I am ok with them.

I've become a big fan of soy products and beans.

I do not eat fish or seafood...never did. I never ate things that looked like they came out from under a rock.

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8/18/09 10:12 A

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I have never been a big meat eater or dairy consumer. I use to love ice cream, but I have cut that out now. Watching the movie 'Earthlings' helped me cut out what meat I was eating (it is a good film I suggest you watch it). My brother is a hardcore vegan, he's even trying to get rid of all leather in his life.
To get protein though I still eat eggs and sometimes sushi (can't resist). So I guess that a vegan-like lifestyle just kind of worked its way into my life, which I guess is good. I am not really forcing it upon myself.

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Ok, I'm not a pure vegetarian, I have just loaded up my diet with more fruits and vegs than other things. I love the taste of steamed veggies. My meat mainly consists of chicken, turkey, and fish. When I can afford it I will get the veggie substitutes for meats, but I'm on a fixed income.

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I always had this feeling of wanting to be vegetarian, even though I'm from a huge meat-eating family and loved the taste of meat. Then I went to college when I didn't have my mom to tell me I had to meat and decided to stop. This is when I also had time to read about the meat industry which really sealed the deal for me. While I've caved in a couple of times in the past year (only been veggie about that long) I always feel really guilty about it. Sometimes I miss the taste, but then I think of what I'm actually eating and about the gross feeling in my mouth afterward, I really don't miss it.

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I became a vegetarian simply because I wasn't a big meat-eater to start with. So I thought, why not just cut it out all together? It's been difficult (what with being in a black family and getting opposition from my mom), but I'm happy. I don't think consuming meat is wrong, I just don't eat it because it's not for me.

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My own choices in abstaining from meat and fish can be attributed to my disgust at the factory farming industry conditions and the treatment of the animals. Not only do I think it is pathetic that we do not have higher standards for one of the top things Americans eat but I think its shameful that most people disconnect from thoughts of where and how they get their meat. In addition...fish and seafood have too many parasites for my pleasure and contributing to the overfishing buffet is not my idea of helping.

However I am just as mortified being a grain, soy, and veggie lover at the mess of patent laws and GMO war between Monsanto and small farmers. I feel that in order to make changes to ANY industry we must eliminate special interests in government and make a level playing field. But this is a mess that stems from farming to healthcare to pharmaceuticals and most will ignore this or be ignored :(

That said, if I knew my local farmer and the conditions that my poultry was in, I might consider eating meat a few times a year.

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Hey all! I'd tried to be vegetarian several times in the past, but could never last very long. When I decided to go veggie this time, I vowed that I wasn't going to be strict about it, since feeling guilty about falling off the wagon would be one of the biggest reasons for me to go back to my old diet. However, out of nowhere I realized that I really didn't like meat very much anymore and that the texture was grossing me out. It was finally apparent to me where this food was coming from, and I no longer have much of a craving for it. Since I've cut meat out of my diet, I've been feeling a good deal better, with far fewer gastric issues.

Since I'm the meal-preparer in the house, my husband and kid are pretty much vegetarian as well. I've told my husband that if he ever wants meat, I'd make it for him, but he doesn't seem to care:)



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Very easy to answer this one.

Love the taste of meat and fish and always have... but don't like the thoughts of an animal having to pass away for me to enjoy that.

I'm veggie not vegan - I don't see eggs as being 'alive' so I get that out of the way in discussions with veggie haters straight away.

I have to say, I feel a sense of inner peace when I see a cow or a sheep out in the country, when I can admire the animals without the hypocrisy of saying "aaw" and then going home to eat a pre-packed, processed and frozen variation on the creature I was admiring!

Both my wife and I are veggie and that makes things easy - and she's lucky to have me (lol) because I'm a pretty good cook!

So there you go that's me basically - no meat, no fish, but love eggs, milk and cheese - plus very passionate about animals (we sponsor numerous charities re: this).

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I am a vegetarian for health reasons but also because I feel in my heart that it is not right to consume other creatures. I also do not believe that our bodies were meant to consume meat.

I worked on a farm for a few months and really made a connection with many of the farm animals. Cows, goats, horses, etc they are just like humans with their own personalities and emotions. I think if anyone was willing to take the time to get to know the animals they consider to be food they would no longer see these animals as a food source but as friends. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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I respect all reasons for being a vegetarian/vegan, and I'm not going to bash anyone for their opinions on the subject.

Personally, I'm vegan because I refuse to support any kind of cruelty to animals. Period. I will not give any money or business to support animal cruelty or even use as tools/objects. For me, this means simply that whether it effects the bottom line of animal abusers or not, such as in the case of miniscule amounts of dairy (I hear it all the time "but it won't make a difference"), it's sometimes a symbolic, moral gesture rather than a financial one.

For me, animals are sentient creatures and deserve all of the respect I can give them. They're not to be used as food or tools. By "tools", I mean even used for eggs or milk. They're not to be used, in my opinion.

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Health reasons, Morale reasons, Compassion for Animals.


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health reasons! i'm in the process of a major health kick this year and part of it for me during lent was realizing that i could deal with very little meat a day or two a week. so, after baby steps of giving up one meat at a time, here it is 5 months later, and i'm now a lacto/ovo vegetarian. i have no desire to give up eggs or dairy or even go pure vegan. it's not ethics at all for me. no i haven't lost weight over it. let the good times roll!

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WILDINDIGO2 Posts: 1
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I won't apologize that my reasons for being vegetarian are ethical. Bottom line I choose to be vegetarian because I care about the suffering of innocent animals. No quote could say it better: "If slaughterhouses had glass walls, the whole world would be vegetarian." -Linda McCartney

I also care about protecting the rainforests and reducing energy consumption. And I care about my own health.

That is why I am a vegetarian.



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Greetings, all.....

One or two earlier posts have objected to folks emphasizing ethics too much. But I must point out that everyone engages ethics in everything they do--whether or not they are aware of the ethics behind their actions.

In order to be consistent, one's ethics must apply to oneself as well as others and must be at the conscious forefront of one's deliberate choices--including one's diet.

I think it is important to be consciously aware of WHY one does what one does. WHY do I want to be in good health? Rational selfishness in my case--the desire to be around a long time with my loved ones. WHY do I want to be vegan? To be healthy & to help preserve what what life sustaining resources we have left on our planet.

This is the only life we've got, and the only planet we've got to live it on. I encourage myself and other folks to pass it on in as good a condition as we can! emoticon

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I'm vegan 'cos I love animals and can't bear the thought of eating them or using any part of their body for clothing or anything else. I have a beautiful cat who I love and loves me and other animals have the same ability to develop relationships as he does and should therefore be treated with the same respect.

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Yes, I'm a cat lover too. It's really strange, but
when I'm sick they know it. I don't hear a pee out of
them. It really amazes my husband. The Dr said since
I have IBS and when I eat meat it seems to stay in my
gut for awhile. So need to change my diet? So where do I begin? Janezz is new to this site, so bear with me.
Thanks a heep!

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I have friends who are vegetarian and vegan and in talking to them I got curious and started reading up on the subject to understand more of the ethics behind it. It was also partly for health, and for my cat: Animals are just as capable of love as humans, and it's hard to eat any animal when I consider how much my cat loves me.

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I have had pancreatitis 3 times in the past year and my DR said change your diet or DIE and he suggested going vegan.

And living in Tyson country (big meat industry company) and hearing the horror stories of how our cows and such are pumped full of stuff..........you have to start thinking about staying away from that stuff.

So here I am.

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I became a vegetarian about a year ago. I have Crone's and meat makes it worse, so I stopped eating it all together.

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I chose to be a vegetarian at 15....my body just didnt do well with meat. I also could not stand the thought of eating an animal. I recently am slowly converting to a full vegan. I have to say at first it was hard, but my body feels much better. When I did have a slip, I felt very sluggish the next day. Eating organic is also better, since I am not eating all those appetizing pestisides!

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First of all my apologies on the length of this post.

I was raised Pescetarian/Lacto Vegetarian (fish and diary) as a child in Spain. I wasn't aware of the term Vegetarian nor did my father ever use the term.

My father's belief was that unless you can kill it yourself, you can then eat it. I guess this is why he felt comfortable in eating and feeding me Fish/Eggs and Diary products. At the age of five I found out what an egg was and made the association with the baby chick, and I haven't had straight eggs since then.

Now as I got older I gave into the pressure trying to fit into society, because I was always referred as being different and felt isolated.

I attempted eating animal flesh (land animals)only to develop major health problems and simply stuck with aquatic animals.

At the age of twenty three I became fatally allergic to shellfish, and then later on became lactose intolerant. I guess I was meant to be Vegan.

I'm about to be 39 years old in August and I may be overweight because I definitely love to cook and eat, but my blood work is perfect. I'm proud to say that I am diligent now about my vegan lifestyle, and have more peace of mind and better health as the outcome.

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It's really not that I don't CARE about animals...but wow. all you ethical people! I did it for health reasons. I just FELT unhealthy and one day googled "vegetarian" found the 'health topics' on goveg.com and decided to ...go veg. :)



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Hi Everyone...I am in the process of transitioning my current lifestyle to a vegetarian lifestyle. I am changing my lifestyle for health reasons. I will keep you posted on my journey.

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After I went in for a surgery, my body hated me because I was on some heavy pain meds so I decided to reset my system and I went Vegan for a little less than 3 months. I started to slip and am now vegetarian but I am going back. It is amazing how in tune you become with your body when you are vegan. I have been feeling terrible so Aug 1st I begin a detox and then back to veganism!

I highly recommend it to anyone who is curious about the lifestyle. You MUST really enjoy some serious kitchen time if you expect to be successful. But anyone can do it!

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We went to a pescatarian lifestyle because I for one, don't trust the food industries nowadays. I don't trust sources like the FDA and USDA. When we buy seafood, it's local, so we know where it's coming from (we try to do the same with fruits and vegiies when we can, as well). We also eat a lot of kosher-vegetarian products since they're held to a higher standard of preparation. I'm still trying to break myself from a lot of things like cow's milk, and switch to soy. But I haven't found a soy milk yet that I like!

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Hi :-) I decided to give up meat and fish about a month ago - mainly for health reasons; the main one being cholesterol levels, but also digestive problems. I found Spark People on the internet on the day I decided to give up meat - I'm sure that was no coincidence! Being here has given me so much help and information, and helped me to track nutrients to make sure I'm getting everything I need without eating meat. In such a short time I feel like a different person! I've lost weight, my energy levels have increased massively, I have no heartburn or digestive disorders, I feel fitter, happier and healthier than I ever have before. This had to be the best decision of my life :-)


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I became vegan on June 21, 2oo9. It's been a big, big change. I ate meat every meal. The reason I switched to vegan were for health issues. Research has shown that eating meat can cause cancer and organ disfunction. I stopped eating and drinking dairy products because it causes osteoporosis. If you're really serious about losing weight, discontinuing the intake of dairy products is a great way to start. Milk has an astronomical amount of fat in it! It also has morphine and an amphetamine like substance which makes it highly addictive and almost like a drug. I recommend the book, 'Skinny Bitch' as it has helped me through everything. My parents don't like it at all and my extended family even less because we are part-Italian and part-Croatian, and meat and cheese are kind of big in our diets.
When I did make the switch, I lost 6 kilos in one week, even though I was perfectly happy with my body. I've also noticed changes in my energy level; I feel more lively. Drinking green tea also helps to lose a lot of weight if you're vegan. I don't know why, but trust me; it does! Make sure that if you are keen on losing weight, you only consume fruit until 12pm, or wait at least half and hour until you eat anything else, as fruit can go all yucky in your tummy and turn straight in to fat if you eat something else after. Hope this helps!
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I started losing the ability to digest meat at 25. By 28 I couldn't eat meat, by 30 I couldn't even have anything with meat broth. It has been a slow decline since then. At 56 egg whites are the only animal product left in my diet.

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I became a vegetarian in October 2007 for primarily ethical reasons, although the more research I did the more I realized it was also better for my health. For a variety of reasons, I added fish back into my diet in March of this year, so I no longer call myself a vegetarian, but I am still proud to be someone who does not eat beef or poultry, as I believe that cows and chickens suffer horribly on farms to produce these foods for us.





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I have been a vegetarian since May 1st and a vegan since July 1st. I have never felt better. I do not miss it at all. I mainly made the switch for my health.

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Hi everyone! I've only switched to the vegetarian lifestyle last week but so far it's been a breeze. I switched firstly in order to lose weight (yes I'm on a weight loss vegetarian diet) and reason number two is because of what I learned about how the animals are treated and how dropping meat from my diet can help to save the environment. So far it's going very well and I don't miss eating meat at all!

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7/19/09 7:05 P

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I stopped eating red meat about 12 years of age when I realized that I could just stop eating it, I never liked the taste or texture, and I had just found out about where meat was coming from. 2 years later I went vegan for about a month but then I had to have cheese and eggs again (I go for organic, so I don't support factory farming) so it's been about 14 years since I've had poultry/fish, 16 since I've had beef or pork. I would really like to be vegan on some days but others I'm happy with vegetarian. I just wish it was easier to order something at a fast food restaurant with my bf's family, something healthy that never had a face. Like some little sandwich shops up north are like "oh, a vegetarian? we have tuna." um, no thanks. I'll just have a cookie. And then I'm back to fat camp lol.

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7/18/09 10:00 P

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I have been a vegetarian since I was 15 which was 8 years ago. Once I finally realized where meat came from (yeah, ignorance is bliss..) I stopped eating meat. It's disgusting how animals are treated and I want no part of it.

"Nothing worth having comes easy." --Scrubs

"I myself am made entirely of flaws, stitched together with good intentions."--Augusten Burroughs



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VICKIEB55 Posts: 4
7/17/09 1:23 A

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Hi! This is a reply to SUESHOW from 7/5. Hope she gets it as well as anyone else who is wondering if your baby should be vegetarian. I just wanted to say that raising your baby vegetarian/vegan will make him/her a healthier baby and child in every way. Substitute soy for any cow's milk and he/she will have less chance of ear infections, leukemia (which is the most common childhood cancer related to milk consumption)and many other milk-based diseases. Also, not eating meat will keep him/her healthier and freer from many viruses and food-born illnesses and diseases (E. coli bacteria, or what we call food poisoning, but can be life threatening for a child). If your child is raised vegetarian, I don't believe he/she will choose to eat meat in the future either, especially if they are educated as to why they are eating more healthfully. Also, a vegetarian child may seem smaller until they are 10-12 years old, then they generally catch up and many times surpass their peers in height. They are smaller because they are not eating the fat from the cow's milk and meats that their peers are eating, but they are far healthier. I have been studying and reading articles on health for about 30 years and was a medical transcriptionist, typing hospital medical reports for 33 years. Many of the diseases we face are because of our western meat-based diet. The best health is found in returning to a plant-based diet the creator made in the beginning, consisting of all natural grains, nuts, seeds, vegetables and fruits. Read the China Study and some of the other books mentioned, "The Fast Food Nation", etc. for education. If people ask why you aren't eating meat, don't be embarassed. Just say, "For my health." and they will be very supportive.

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7/16/09 9:40 P

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For the animals and the enviroment. Now I love it and will never change. MY bf thought this was just a "thing". THen I found out how good I felt getting those toxins out of my body--ever look up milk and how it does a body not so good? Plus I grew up near a slaughter house, so I have been questioning why we kill animals for food since I was very young, like 6.

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7/16/09 2:42 P

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I became vegan just over a year ago (july 3, 2008) because I don't agree with the cruelty of the meat/dairy industry. Unlike most people think, I didn't stop eating meat because I don't like it...I think meat is delicious and I do occasionally miss it. But I enjoy being vegan because its healthy and its fun.

The transition was tough - I went from eating anything to vegan overnight. For about a month I felt hungry all the time and often craved meat, eggs or cheese, but I stuck with it and now I don't give it a second thought when I walk past all of the meat in the store to the one small shelf of Boca products in the back!

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7/15/09 5:24 P

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I'm still not vegetarian, but I'm trying to be one. I started out of curiosity and because red meat and pork were giving my stomach a hard time. I'm also lactose intolerant so I only consume cheese (dairy)in very small amounts. Also, I'm concerned for my overall health and the environment.

Books such as The Food Revolution, The China Study, and Skinny Bitch have influenced me alot! Also watching Tim Van Orden's YouTube video channel Running Raw has motivated me to pursue this lifestyle one step at a time.

I'm 28 and my journey started last August (2008).

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7/14/09 9:40 P

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I chose my vegetarian lifestyle for a few reasons (by the way, I do hope to eventually be vegan):

1. A vegetarian lifestyle is more in line with my spiritual beliefs.
2. I am diabetic, and the Mayo Clinic recently came out with a study showing that 43% of diabetics who go vegan are able to reverse their illness. No more needles? I am down with that!
3. Diabetics are twice as likely to develop kidney problems as those without diabetes. Eliminating meat from the diet is easier on the kidneys.

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DAISIESSHARK Posts: 11
7/14/09 4:43 P

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I became a vegetarian when I was 10 because I stopped liking the taste of meat. I was the only one in my family who didn't like steak and would trade it for my sisters brussels sprouts. My grandmother, a nurse, told my mom that taste buds change very 7 years and that it was just a phase. Well, 29 years later and I still don't like the taste of meat. Sorry grandma.

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