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7/18/15 1:02 P

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The same as Kati,plus putting an end to T2diabetes and living medicine free for life! It's kinda rainy here today and heading out to work tonight,so spent the day cooking up some vegan black bean veggie soup,and a big pot of black beans with,peppers,onions and chopped jalapeno's! Yummy!! I will portion it into smaller containers and freeze some for a quick meal idea! Had an awesome whole grain wrap for lunch filled with brown rice ,black beans onions kale and a little salsa also yummy!! Have a great day all!! Diane

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7/14/15 12:44 A

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I decided to choose Veg'n Lifestyle because I'd like to live healthier. I want to avoid diet plans which make me sick. I also like to lose weight on a vegan diet plan and I'd like to continue it for my whole life to be healthy and in shape. :)

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7/8/15 6:31 P

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My adult some became a vegetarian a year and a half ago. I had started making vegetarian meals whenever he came over and had started cutting back on meat myself. Yesterday I watched Vegucate on Netflix, almost had a nervous breakdown and was crying so much my husband thought someone had died. So I have decided to be Vegan. I can't with a good conscience eat meat, eggs or dairy again.

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My journey away from meat started almost 20 years ago, when I read 'The Jungle' by Upton Sinclair, and gave thought to what I was eating, and how it got onto my plate, for the very first time. I immediately stopped eating all things processed - hot dogs, sausage, pate, etc., and stopped ingesting any meat I hadn't been raised on (beef/pork/chicken), but that is where it stopped.

About three years ago, viewed Forks Over Knives, and gave up all meat and dairy for about six months. I brought cheese back in at that point, because the vegan substitutes I was finding were either so-so or very expensive. Or both!

At this point, I am OK with fish, eggs and white meat poultry, but limit usage at home to once every two weeks or so. Red meat and pork still turn my stomach, as does dark meat poultry, so while not technically vegetarian, it is what I lean toward a good 90% of the time.

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My first reason for going vegan was for the animals, but I can't deny the health benefits.

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5/26/15 7:20 P

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I am in the process of becoming Vegan, but not because of the animal cruelty issue but rather what animal products do to our bodies. My reason is for my health. My husband and I are both type 2 diabetics and are overweight with high blood pressure. We watched Forks over Knives and decided that we didn't want to die because of something we are eating. My problem is that I love eggs...in every form except sunnyside up. In this video and book, it teaches that animal products are not good for human consumption. The acids in meat, milk, etc... break down our bones and other organs and are proven to cause cancer. Also, God created man and woman as vegans from the very beginning. They lived a long time! I just know it's a healthier lifestyle and if I can look a cow in the face and smile because they are beautiful and not because I am picturing them smothered in BBQ sauce, then that makes me feel good, too!

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My degenerative arthritis, ruptured discs, etc. had me wanting to cut down on inflammation-causing foods plus I was watching something on Netflix which included a clip of a pig being slaughtered. I said "never again" to pork and started taking a looking at other meats and dairy as well. We have eaten beef twice this month, chicken twice, and fish three times as well as a couple of eggs and maybe 6-8 ounces of cheese and a stick of butter. For us, that represents a huge change. We are still working out the details but getting closer and closer to 100% plant-based.

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5/11/15 11:57 A

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I have chosen "veganism" for my health. When I went to my rhuematologist in March, I found myself at my highest weight ever, 200 lbs. I am now on the verge of diabetes. I knew at that time I had to make drastic changes. So, I have jumped in with both feet 2 months ago and have not regretted it for one day. I really have never been a big meat eater and am disgusted by the way animals are treated too. So here I am! emoticon

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5/5/15 10:19 A

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I don't eat meat because it really grosses me out! I eat eggs, but if I think about it too much, I get the heeby-geebies!


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5/2/15 8:55 P

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I have chosen to be vegan as post-cancer treatment rather than the more traditional drugs. I believe whole-heartedly that I can make a difference in my health in this manner.

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I am phasing into it. It is for health purposes. I want a healthy heart, energy, and longevity.

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I first became a vegetarian when I was 8. I've always loved animals and every time I ate meat it seemed like I found something gross in it so I was done. I've slipped from time to time but I always regret it! Lol During my last pregnancy I was repulsed by everything except fresh fruits & veggies. I called myself accidentally vegan. I never felt better! So I'm in the process of getting back to that. Sometimes i do miss cheese but I had so much energy and fewer body aches, migraines & skin & digestive problems. It seems to be the best for for me to eat not to mention the animals & the environment!

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3/31/15 1:26 P

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Initially I decided to go strictly vegetarian at the beginning of March when my doctor gave me the choice of trying to lower my cholesterol with lifestyle changes before going on a statin (we'll just ignore the part for now where statins are really NOT indicated in my case). I knew it was probably going to be simplest for me to just go completely veg instead of trying to cut back on meats.
Initially I was going to do this for 6 months. 1 month in and I'm pretty sure this is forever. I LOVE it. See, I have to cook for a picky, picky family. And I have TRIED to balance cooking the foods that I prefer with the foods that they will eat, which often ended up with them eating nothing and me eating all the leftovers of something I hated. It truly almost feels simpler to me to cook them stuff that they like (still trying to give them things that are healthier choices) and then to prepare something different for myself. Every meal we all get something we like. (This weekend I had caramelized onions and mushrooms over rice. The peasants...I mean family...would have revolted en masse if I had prepped that for a family meal).
And I feel terrific. I was a bit worried about protein and having energy for my workouts, but after reading the guidelines on No Meat Athlete I was more confident. I'm rarely hungry between meals any more, my cravings for junk food have decreased dramatically, AND I feel good about even in a small way reducing the demand for factory farmed meat. I'm hoping that by seeing my example one day when they are older my boys will consider making similar changes. (I have a very tender-hearted 10 year old who says eggs taste like sadness and feels sorry for his meat...but not enough to switch his eating habits just yet. I give him a few more years and I expect he will make the switch.)

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The real reason? I have an ability to talk with animals, and they told me to stop eating meat and fish. Now, they're happier and so am I! I feel it's deepened my spirituality. Sometimes I have cravings for this or that, but I just wait it out. I don't regret it for a minute and would never go back!

Please don't make fun of me for being an animal communicator, and I won't make fun of you for not being one! I think one day we'll all have this ability, in the hereafter. emoticon

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I am not, and probably never will be, a true vegan. I am moving in the direction of becoming vegetarian. I am aware of my choices and make the best choice i can. I eat many vegetarian meals, and I am doing more of that when i go out to eat. I am mostly into the way the animals are being treated right now. If they are being treated humanely, then i have less of an issue consuming those items.
It's conflicting for me, but i can only do so much in one day. Eventually, I hope to make animals products (food and drink-wise) a minor part of my eating plan.

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Our family, myself, hubbie and two kids slowly transitioned- first off it was for health reasons on how they treat commercialized meat/cattle-poultry so forth- so we decided to only buy local farm meat- and then we decided to raise our own (chickens) for eggs and meat then we decided after research that we'd just cut meat and dairy, eggs completely. We do eat fish 2x a month if that. When we go out to eat, we let our kids choose for themselves whether or not they eat meat, our daughter usually eats it, our son never does. I told them this is something we choose and we won't eat it in the house but when we are out, and when they grow up and leave the house they are free to make their own decisions. We have been eating this way for 4 years now. It has made a huge difference in our health, digestion and energy and we'll never go back to what we once were. I'm surprised by the huge number of people who always ask us...if you don't eat meat then what DO you eat? I have to laugh- we never get bored or struggle finding 'food'. It is a lifestyle we fully embrace.

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I am also quite new to being vegetarian/vegan. I have never like seafood. All seafood. I dislike the taste the smell the texture. I also felt sorry for the fish as I know they suffer pain, trauma and anxiety. I only ever bought "free range" eggs even before it was "cool" and I sourced my milk from farms where I knoew the farmer and knew the cows were treated kindly but I was an avid meat eater. I had seen all those animal videos and they bothered me terribly however its very easy to forget when nice easy dinners on trays are sold in the supermarket.
Gradually for some reason beef began to taste bad for me. I tried buying it from all different sources but it just tasted blagh no matter how much I paid for it, So for the longest time I stuck to chicken and pork.
I then met a guy who worked on a free range egg farm who doesn't eat eggs he told me how poorly they're treated and how free range is really just advertising, he explained to me that no matter how free range an egg is that the hen will still be slaughtered after a few years of laying and that the roosters are slaughtered at birth. I mean I knew all this took place but I kinda deluded myself that I was a good person...
Then I was thinking one night how I can get so worked up over eggs and yet I was still responsible for the slaughter and trauma of pigs and chickens.
Not long after I was doing the ironing while watching youtube and that ad with paul macartney came on. I usually turn these off because theyre upsetting and I am a sensitive person but I didn't and I watched the whole thing and It made me sick.
I had a big think. I wasn't having children because there was already too many people on this planet and we were consuming too much but I was still over consuming a product which was both devastating to the environment and completely unnecessary. I was eating something because I had been told too, because eating meat with every meal is "healthy".
I just stopped.
Only my partner knows.
I am afraid people will think I am weird or attention seeking or somehow lesser than them or think I am better then them.
I am still learning to read labels.
Sometimes I have cheese or milk but I am not a failure for this and everything is a work in progress and when I have my own chickens I will eat eggs again.


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I never really cared that much for most meat, I was on a trip and saw a pig in a big in a truck on its way to market . It;s little nose was poking out while the driver was stopped at a rest area. It seemed to be trying to figure out where it was and what was going on. Knowing where it was headed I had felt sympathy and gave up eating meat.

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First I was allergic to pork. Now I am allergic to beef, poultry, eggs, fish, and seafood. Some of the allergies are life threatening. Recently I had to change to Lacto-Vegetarian because of my allergy symptoms to eggs. I have been eating vegetarian now for only about 1-1/2 years. I am still learning how to eat balance meals and how to cook with some substitutes that are vegan alternatives mostly. I can still eat some dairies but seem to often prefer most of the dairy alternatives. I have found that I can eat Tillamook cheese without getting sick. It seems that Tillamook cheese products are with vegetarian enzymes. Maybe that is why I can consume without getting sick. Still, I have been trying to limit my dairy cheese intake.

I am still learning and now I am here to learn how to lose weight permanently and to pay more attention to my health and nutrition. I am looking forward to the positive changes in my health.

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Not something I chose, my mom raised me vegetarian and now I don't have any desire or interest to start eating meat.

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The simplest explanation for me is that I wanted to stop feeling sick. Two years ago I became a vegan because I was in college and didn't have much money for food and meat is expensive. More motivation came from living next to a slaughterhouse and waking up to the sound of pigs being processed. I kept it up for four months and never felt better. I eventually caved in to social pressure and gave it up. I didn't realize how sick I was eating meat and tried many times and failed to go vegan. Lately its become a priority as now I feel really sick when eating meat. Having a plan this time and less social pressure, I'm pulling it off.

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1/11/15 1:57 P

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I was fortunate when I decided to go vegetarian. I never really cared for meat so that was not an issue. I took the plunge so to speak one evening while observing my cat try to steal a hamburger. I looked at him and thought--oh my god I worry about any animal that I see and here I am eating a burger. That was the last meat that I had in the house :)

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These are all really interesting responses. I can relate to a lot of the answers.

Interesting input, GO_VEGGIE. I used to drink pea protein mixtures, etc. for protein.
But now, I eat a ton of lentils & beans. It seems to get the protein job done. Though, I can totally understand not wanting to eat all that at times!

Here's my sort-of journey:

I first cut out meat when I watched a PETA dvd (that's another long story.)
Unfortunately, I really liked meat back then. I first snuck fish back into my diet, then I pushed all the horror I saw out of my head and started on meat.

A few years later, I went from eating meat to going completely vegan. This time I did it for my health, in addition to my love of animals.
I enjoyed it, but my energy dropped. Again, I started to eat meat regularly.

Lately, I have flipped to and fro between mostly vegetarian and vegan.

I have eaten meat a few times in the last few months due to poor planning, not trying to be rude to a dear friend who cooked meat, etc.
This time, the results have not been that great: stomach aches, nausea, tremendous gas emoticon .... err. yeah. you get the idea.

So that's my story. :)


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10/26/14 9:28 A

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Good morning Plibby! Thank you so much for your response and the link! The only trouble is that you need to consume large quantities to meet your basic protein range. I hav my tracker set to 45 - 65 grams of protein a day and I hav to use protein powder to meet the minimum as well as tofu or seitan. I don't have a healthy appetite as of late so I need a source that's high in protein for a little amount of food.

I wish you much success on your vegan weight loss journey!

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Hello GoVeggie,

Good luck with your transition to vegan...I think it is a great decision for your health and to stand against the horrible practices of the eggs and dairy industry. I have made the transition too over the past few months. Great protein-rich non-dairy foods include beans, nuts, seeds, and whole grains esp. quinoa. Here is a more comprehensive list:

Foodmatters.tv/articles-1/top-6-plan
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Good morning fellow veg'ns!

Friday, as I was reading the posts here and doing some google research, I've thought a lot about going from a long-time vegetarian to a vegan. I read about the suffering of animals in the dairy and egg industry and how they're treated sickens me. I can't possibly contribute to their suffering by eating dairy and eggs anymore.

This will be a gradual change though; I'm not jumping in with both feet! I've never worn leather/silk/wool clothing or shoes so no issues there. I have some vegan toiletries already that I have been using regularly. I have to think more about my diet than anything else. I eat greek yogurt and cottage cheese on occasion for the protein but soy and coconut yogurt don't have nearly that amount. That will be difficult. I do eat egg whites on occasion too for the protein. It's gonna be hard to get that same amount of protein. I know that plant and plant based protein is available but it's not nearly as plentiful as in dairy. I'll have to continue with my google research. Any hints or ideas about protein? It would be much appreciated!

Happy sparking everyone!

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I've been a vegetarian for nearly 30 years. Even before I became a vegetarian, as a child I had an extreme dislike for eating meat--the taste, smell and the way it looked turned me off. I clearly remember sitting at the dinner table many times and my parents making me sit there until I ate at least half of my hamburger. My friends would invite me to go to McD's and they would get hamburger Happy Meals and I would force down a filet o' fish. I don't even eat french fries anymore. However, I will eat a Wendy's apple and pecan salad without chicken and cheese.

As a teenager and young adult I became more aware of the ethical and environmental reasons for vegetarianism. That only strengthened my desire to continue to avoid eating meat.

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Good morning all! I have flirted with veg/vegan for quite a while ,and do eat no meat or dairy quite a few days a week. So since I am a T2 diabetic and 30 lbs. overweight why not be a full time vegan! When the light bulb went on it felt good. I will probably have a few questions along the way and looking for help and support as DH will eat veg meals but won't give up his meat and dairy! In the last 6 months I've dropped my total cholesterol 10 pts. And my bad cholesterol 13 pts (neither was very high but my endo Dr. wants both under a hundred and under 200 both at 103 & 204 so time to get those #'s down and get off the diabetic drugs!!! Looking forward to sharing the journey. Diane

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I started being vegan for health reasons. I don't want to have to use statins for my cholesterol issues. Then I noticed that when I would cook meat dishes for members of my family, the smell of cooking meat affected me negatively. Since then I have seen/read stories on the cruelty to the animals as they are being butchered and it sickens my heart. My family still eats meat, but I don't cook it for them any longer. I make vegan/vegetarian meals and they add meat to their individual serving. I have convinced my DH to do 3 nights a week as vegetarian and one meal (lunch or dinner) as vegan. I may slowly convert him. Fingers crossed.

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I've flirted with being a vegetarian off and on for years. Whenever I went back to eating meat I was always consumed with guilt because I love animals so much. Nearly two years ago, I finally decided to stick with it, especially after watching the Netflix documentary, 'Vegucated.'

I still need to tweak my diet some more - particularly, about eating too much bread. When I cut out Sierra Mist a year ago I noticed a substantial difference in how I felt. Now, it's just water and the occasional iced tea - okay, and coffee lol.

I've fixed a lot of vegetarian meals that turned out really well so that has motivated me to find even more tasty recipes. Hubby is a huge supporter and will eat vegetarian meals without any hesitation.

I appreciate this group because whether or not you're a vegan or vegetarian, we all have the same goal to eat clean, which is way cool!

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I have preferred a vegetarian diet most of my life. My family ate beef and pork every day, and I was just tired of it and got to the point where I just ate my side salad.

I first became an official vegetarian in high school after writing a report on the food industry. I was sickened out of eating meat. Initially it was all about animal welfare. I continued my research into the food industry and my food choices started to become more environmentally-based. The more information I gathered and the longer I followed a vegetarian lifestyle, the health benefits became the main motivator.

These days, all three play a major role in my food decisions. I am no longer a full vegetarian, though the poultry I consume is free-range, antibiotic and hormone free, and I stay away from pretty much all dairy.

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Hello! I have not eaten meat for more than 35 years now (I'm in my early 40s). It wasn't a choice, so I don't feel like I'm sacrificing my meals or am 'giving up' on something. Simply put, I used to feel sick after eating meat and I got used to skip everything containing meat. I do eat fish from time to time, but more than 95% of my diet is vegetarian and has always been. I am healthy, I look younger than my age and I don't feel I'm missing out when I see people eating steaks (they are disgusting to me!!!). Growing up, I have learnt that this eating style is more environment-friendly from many points of view. This has become THE way for me to eat and feel good.

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I've been a vegetarian for about 10 years. I was scrolling through a lot of responses here, and it seems like I might be going against the grain, but for me it has absolutely zero to do with animals. It has everything to do with environmental degradation, human social injustice, and the Western 'religion' of overconsumption.

In my mind, we simply just DON'T need to consume meat. Just like how we don't need to consume pop or chips. We've arrived at a place where we are doing it because we can, at severe expense of the environment and sustainability. For every 1kg of meat we consume, we could produce tenfold of that (10kg) of products lower on the food chain. We waste precious agricultural space on grazing, we waste huge amounts of water in processing meat and meat products. We emit thousands of tonnes of greenhouse gases in producing and transporting meat products around the world.

Secondly, there is nothing necessitating a food shortage in the world. But, our meat-eating habits teach us that we need to consume meat, and that limited agricultural space must instead go to unsustainable production patterns, rather than for farming operations that can produce large amounts of grain, fruit, and vegetables that can sustain more people for a longer period of time.

Thirdly, I do not want to buy anything from an industry that has time and again been exposed as being one of the largest human rights and labour rights violators. I do not support the use of illegal or temporary workers who are forbidden from having unions or labour laws, whose employers abuse them, and who are treated just as poorly as the animals they are forced to slaughter.

So, that's why I'm a dedicated veg. I do miss eating a good old hot chicken wing though :-)

Here are some links to articles discussing a few points that I mentioned:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/
food/vegetarian-or-omnivore-the-enviro
nmental-implications-of-diet/2014/03/1
0/648fdbe8-a495-11e3-a5fa-55f0c77bf39c_story.html

http://hrbrief.org/2014/03/human-rights-
situation-of-workers-in-the-meatpackin
g-and-poultry-industry-in-the-united-states/



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I'm a new at being a Vegetarian, a month to be exact. I changed my diet mainly for health reasons, but it also really makes me sick to my stomach to think about the poor animals that are losing their lives so we can eat. I have mainly been sticking with lots of veggies/fruits and I really like veggie burgers, MmMmM. I would really love to venture out and try some recipes or new things, if anyone has any ideas, tips, recipes that they would like to share with me, I would appreciate it.

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I just read the Forks Over Knives book (I finished it this morning), and I am planning on watching the documentary this week. I'm hesitant to say that I'm vegetarian or vegan because I've tried in the past and failed at making this very important lifestyle change. This time, I am trying to arm myself with recipes and good food choices from the grocery store. I'm trying to plan ahead so I don't fail this time. It's challenging for me, but it's a change I want to make.

Right now, I am unhealthy and obese, and I want to change that. I think that changing how I eat (healthy whole grains and plant-based foods instead of high processed fast foods) will make all the difference.

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Since early childhood I was envious of vegans because of their health advantage, then became tuned into the compassion and environmental advantages. It took a few tries (before getting my nutrition degree, I fell into the traps of processed vegan foods that made me quite ill), but now I'm on board. Like Knackers11, I have MS (20 years this fall) controlled only with nutrition and acupuncture. Veganism might not be for everyone, but for those whose bodies respond well, plant foods are surprisingly powerful.

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Hi Teamies;

I'm a newbie, I just joined this team as a recommendation from my trusted friend. I've been totally off meat dairy for 3 weeks after seeing the documentary Forks over Knives.

I've been off most foods for 14 years eating mostly vegi's & fruit due to a severe gluten allergy that nearly killed me. I was tested for Celiac's Disease and I tested very positive, I know within minutes if I have gluten in my system, and I'm tired of being sick & tired because of it.

I want to learn a healthier way of eating a plant based diet. I miss cheese & yogurt but I'll survive some foods are just not good for me.

Thank you I hope to fit in and learn all that I need to know to help me in my vegi journey.

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Friends not food. I just didn't want to eat animals. I have MS and plant based diet is shown to fight fatigue, but my primary reasoning (before the MS) was "friends not food".

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I've been a vegetarian (unhealthy) for decades. I decided to challenge myself to be vegan for health reasons and for animal rights. I guess if I tried really hard I could be an unhealthy vegan. So far, I have been a vegan for 12 days. I have eaten more veggies and meals (instead of finger foods/snacks) in the past 12 days than I have since I can remember. I am going to stick with it for 30 days. There are so many resources to be a vegan - so many more than there were decades ago when I became a vegetarian. Its hard to change habits - after 20 plus years of treating my body like a garbage can I am taking things a day at a time. The great thing is that even my finger foods (namely vegan popcorn and vegan sweet potato chips) have ingredients in them that I can pronounce - so even my finger foods are healthier. Best wishes to everyone.

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My new vegan doctor gave me 4 months to get off medications for high blood pressure and severe acid reflux. And she gave me a reading list including The China Study, Eat to Live,
Engine 2 Diet, and all of Michael Pollan's books. So I'm here for health--currently about 95% vegetarian, and around 75% vegan. Struggling with cheese and dark chocolate . . .

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I started being vegetarian at 13 - two reasons 1. I thought it was cool 2. We did a crayfish dissection in school

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I have not eaten meat since I was 17 years old - I am now 37, so that makes it about 20 years now. I never liked meat as a child and I used to get into trouble for inspecting every bit of things like sausages with great suspicion. I also got sent out of butcher shops by my Mum for pulling faces at the blood. (My Mum was a vegetarian for most of my life so she understood, she just used to make meat dishes for the rest of the family.) I do eat fish sometimes because I think it is good for you. I love vegetables and fruit. Sparkpeople has helped me get the balance right as I think its very easy for vegetarians to eat too much dairy. I try now to eat more beans and other pulses to up my healthy proteins. I think animals are killed in a very cruel way for food and its not necessary for a healthy diet to have meat all the time. My husband is not vegetarian but is happy eating what I cook most of the time and supplementing his diet with meat when we eat out or when he's at work. I have never found it difficult knowing what to cook or eat because I saw what my Mum ate and because she loved learning about food from all over the world. A lot of Mediterranean and Asian food is naturally vegetarian.

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I became a vegan about 2 1/2 years ago. I first decided to do it for health reasons. The more I researched it though the more I started thinking about my reasoning in a different light. It is so cruel what these animals go through. : ( For those that are thinking of trying it I would seriously look at all the different recipes online and in cookbooks. It doesn't have to be hard, fancy or gourmet there are a lot of easy normal options!! I went cold turkey and did just fine, for others it's easier to take away food one at a time. Good luck to those who want to try this journey!

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I am vegetarian for health reasons. Also, I do not approve of the inhumane treatment of the food supply that provides flesh for us to eat.
I will eat fish occasionally with my family fish fry. The fish are from the Gulf of Mexico and are sea trout, red fish or drum. (So I guess I am a flex/pescitarian)
If I eat eggs, they are free range organic. I am trying to cut back on organic milk products. I don't eat soy because of the GMO factor.
I found not much difference in my grocery bill by leaving off meat and going organic. Everything is expensive, it seems, these days.
My meat eater husband happily eats dinner with me. He can get his meat eating out at lunch.

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After watching the film "Earthling" today online, I just feel so terribly sad at what these poor animals endure. Still crying. I have no idea if going vegetarian or vegan will make a great impact on the world, but I'm strongly considering trying it. Just how to get started......... PB&J for lunch tomorrow? Maybe buy some almond or soy milk, and have rice and beans. Looking for ways to start with what I have or can afford.

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I was a vegetarian for 5 years when I was a teenager and I always regretted going back to meat but it took me 18 years to do something about it. Just after my mom died and a few months before my dad died there was so much sadness at the time that I looked at meat and really saw it for what it was - the preventable death of a defenseless animal.
I went online searching for vegetarian recipes. They didn't have the internet when I was a teenager so I didn't realize the suffering that dairy cows and egg laying hens have to endure. I also didn't know that milk wasn't essential to health. I decided to try going vegan for a few weeks to see how I did knowing that I could be always be vegetarian if it was too hard or my health declined. That was 5 years ago and today I'm a happy, healthy vegan.

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after seeing how our animals are treated, the conditions they live in and the disrespect for life, I could no longer separate the face from the food on my plate, the anguish that the animal went through just to wind up on a plater, I cried when i had to fix my family a meaty meal, it still bothers me but I have gotten use to it, and at the same time feel awful for getting use to it, I may be able to serve it to my family but eating it is no longer an option for me.

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I don't believe that you need to eat animal flesh to be healthy. I don't believe in consuming an animal that gave it's life so I could eat it. There are so many amazing choices and foods that are animal-free, the possibilities are endless.

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I've been thinking about cutting meat out of my diet for a long time now, and as I went over my food logs for the past month, it hit me that I rarely ever eat any to begin with. I used to eat a lot of it before I began my new healthy lifestyle in the form of fast food burgers and things like that, but never really ate much of it when I cooked on my own. I recently got diagnosed with stage 2 hypertension and I'm not even 30 years old. That was the breaking point for me. Now I'm going to do every single thing I can to be healthier, and I feel that not eating meat is a big part of that.

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As a kid, I always wanted to be a vegetarian. I loved animals and I didn't like the idea that I was eating them. I must've tried at least 8 different times as a child to stop eating meat, but I never lasted more than a week. I actually didn't like most meats on their own, but I liked them added to things, like spaghetti sauce or sandwiches. Eventually it go to the point where whenever I was eating food where the meat was prominent, I would think about where it came from and I would start gagging and wouldn't be able to eat it. I took this as an opportunity to try vegetarian again, and in April 2006, I managed to convert to a vegetarian lifestyle.

Unfortunately, I was never a good vegetarian and would substitute all of my protein with carbs. SparkPeople is fixing that. I've also tried to be vegan a few times but I had some issues with that. The first is that I love cheese and can't stand the fake stuff. When vegan cheese is perfected, I think I can try veganism again. And then since I was never a good vegetarian until recently, I couldn't manage eating properly as a vegan. Hopefully one day I'll be vegan, but for now, being a vegetarian is good enough for me.

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I have been a leaning vegetarian for 4 months now. Cutting out meat and or fish to once a week and it made me ill to handle it. I cannot digest lactose therefore I would still eat it and suffer horribly.I have not had a single drop of dairy for two days and I feel good. Not great yet, but it will get better. I use almond milk for my cereal and fruit smoothies. I love nut milk! My family eats horribly and I don't want to eat that way anymore and I am tired of feeling bad about inconviencing someone about what I want to eat. Maybe I am making too big a deal about it, but it is my choice and my right and my own damn body!! I am so glad to have found this community and I love everyones stories. I watched the documentary Vegucated yesterday and I had to fast forward through the animal cruelty parts, it tore me up and I became very upset. I love my dogs and all animals so I am not going to do this anymore. According to Vegucated , 1 human being becoming vegan will save 94 animals!

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I had been weening myself off of meat for years, but I became a vegetarian a year and a half ago officially. This choice was purely ethical. When you stop turning away from the pictures and actually LOOK at what is happening to animals around the world, reality sinks in. One day I realized that it no longer made sense to eat a dead corpse that suffered so horribly just so that I could eat it. I honestly thought myself a monster at first. Once I chose the lifestyle, I researched and forced myself to watch the videos. That's what helped me start transitioning to a vegan lifestyle. I chose to do this slowly because a friend of mine who had been vegan for years told me how she went cold turkey and it only lasted a week. She did it slowly and never looked back :) I'm proud of myself and it feels so good to be a part of something amazing and important.

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I never wanted to eat meat as a child I would gag just thinking it was an animal. Over the years I have been dealing with food allergies and sensitivities. My health and weight have been a challenge due to this. It was over whelming trying to eat the foods I cant have. One day a friend at work said lets make a list of what you can have.

She looked at it and said you are a Vegan. I have been eating as a vegetarian since December I say that because I do eat honey and I do have an English muffin once in a while which has powdered milk in it.

I have to say not eating any animal products my heat is the clearest is has ever been and my stomach is soooooooooo much better. I am working toward being 100% vegan. I am pretty close to that. My life has been much better focusing on what I can eat and trying new things. emoticon A cook that I love and it is easy is called "The oh she glows"

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