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Posts: 784 7/31/07 12:13 A
I've been veg 27 years. I started with it after reading some Krishna Consciousness books, started learning about the hunger impact (good old Frances Moore Lappe, and later John Robbins), looked into the environmental impacts and decided this was my life.
since I just sent my cat across the room for clawing me, I guess I can't say it is for animals!
Wake up every day knowing you make the decision to begin your journey anew.
This choice in this moment defines now.
What is your now?
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Posts: 76 7/30/07 3:04 P
I read in a 17 magazine a couple years ago that there are different "levels" of vegetarianism I can't think of what yours is called but you are a vegetarian. Lots of people say that fish isn't a meat and eggs aren't either. However, I don't really like either plain so I dont' eat them. haha.
I personally find tofu a bit of a challenge to eat myself so no worries there. lol
Edited by: ALYSSA19 at: 7/31/2007 (00:06)
Posts: 35 7/30/07 12:28 P
I"ve been a vegetarian for over 10 years now. Although I get the evile I from some when i say that i eat fish and dairy products. I've been told that i'm not a real vegetarian so sometimes i just say that i dont eat meat. Unfortunately after all these years i must admit that i'm a lazy and unhealthy vegetarian. I gave up meat after reading some books and well - it just kind of grossed me out. I lived on my own until 3 years ago when i got engaged and then a year later got married. When i lived by myself i had a dieT of convenience. Cereal could very easily be breakfast, lunch and/or dinner. Popcorn was a meal and a snack. My husband nad his kids are meat eaters so now my focus is on them - i coook meals that i know they will like and i'll have what ever is not meat. For instance i'll make them steak and potatoes and broccoli - well ill have the broccoli and the potato. If i make them burgers and fries - i might have fries and a salad. LOL i need to get better about having beans and tofu etc because i know this is not healthy.
Posts: 76 7/29/07 4:19 P
I don't eat animals because it grosses me out to think of where it came from. I also don't like the taste of meat either.
Posts: 1 7/27/07 2:27 P
I became ovo-lacto vegetarian 3 years ago (which conveniently coincides with the amount of time I have been in college... haha). I became vegan in February 2007 (6 months) and I LOVE it. I enjoy a good challenge (and annoying my mother), so at first I tried it because I wanted to see how difficult it was. Jokes on me: not only is it easy, but it has stimulated a creativity/adventurousness in me that a traditional diet could never have done. Orange-jalepeno salsa? Sure. Ethiopian cuisine? As long as it's vegan!
I am also involved in the environmental movement, which basically means I would be hypocritical if I supported the dairy-egg industry. And poverty! What would happen if we sent all the grains we feed to cows to developing countries? The prospect is very encouraging.
And my health, where to start? I've maintained a healthy weight, I haven't been sick in a year, I am very *cough* regular, and I find quicker results when I exercise.
The hardest aspect of the vegan lifestyle is interacting with loved ones (as I'm sure everyone here knows); my aunt straight up told me that I was just trying to be "cool". Comments like this do not discourage me, but instead help me appreciate how difficult it is to be an individual in our media-saturated culture.
Very long story short, I love it and encourage anyone who is curious about the veggie/vegan diet to try it for one full week (without cheating). I have charged several friends with this challenge, and several of them have actually become vegetarian! God's work right there!
Peace and Carrots to you all, Jessi S
Posts: 2 7/25/07 4:40 P
I decided to become a vegetarian because I love animals so much & it made me sick to eat them. I have eaten meat since I was little until I saw a video on Peta about factory farms and it made my stomach churn... I never really liked the taste and texture of meet anyways so it wasnt hard to give up. I also feel better since I became vegetarian.
Posts: 26 7/24/07 8:34 A
i was sick and it was a near desperete attempt at getting my life back. for me it worked. i got my life back, but the ethical helps along with the relaization that my body was rejecting the meat while i was eating it and using it to help keep me sick. why eat something that you're body doesn't not want?
Fitness Minutes: (0) Posts: 52 7/22/07 6:31 P
I was vegetarian for a number of years after college, but then I moved in with a guy who did all of the cooking and he liked meat. After awhile, I just started eating the meat again.
About 12-13 years or so ago, I realized I'd slowly become a veggetarian again. I don't really have any issues with people who do eat meat, nor do I have problems going to a restaurant and eating with a friend while they eat meat and I don't.
And I didn't become a vegetarian because of the whole fur/don't eat animal thing. I believe people should do what they feel and eat how they want. If doing what they feel means wearing a fur coat, then fine. Mind you, I'd rather see someone who lives in snow all of the time wear a fur coat than someone walking down 5th Ave in NYC wearing a fur coat. However this is due to the issue of excessive spending on things that may not be necessary in someones life - but it is not an animal issue for me.
And I guess a lot of folks might not consider me a true vegetarian. I do eat cheese and milk and on occasion I will have an egg, but I don't cook/eat any meat in my own home. This includes fish! I can't stand to touch raw meat - which is probably the biggest reason I don't eat meat. Well, other than the fact that I just don't like beef or pork.
However, when I go to a restaurant, I do order fish - and most of the time will order fish every time I go to a restaurant as this is the only time I can add fish to my diet since I don't like to cook fish or meat at home.
So there, I guess that is my veggy phylosophy/stance or non-stance as the case may be!! --Sherri
Always believe in yourself first. There is no profitibilty in believing in anything OR anyone else if you can't have faith in yourself!
Posts: 150 7/22/07 8:42 A
I initially gave up meat for health reasons, but ethical reasons helped me stay motivated. I was diagnosed with lupus a few years ago. Going vegetarian was the best thing I could have done for my health! When I get back to the US and have more control over my diet (I don't have my own kitchen in Japan and survive on my college's dorm food, ick) I'm going to start phasing out dairy and egg as well.
Posts: 178 7/20/07 11:10 A
I am just starting to eat vegan style. This was recommended to me by my surgeon when he removed a bit of my breast due to breast cancer. I am also to have my gallbladder out next month so I had already been focusing on keeping my fat intake down. My surgeon obtained his masters in human nutrition prior to med school so I felt that his input was at least informed, and he himself eats vegan.
He recommended The China Study, Andrew Weils 8 Weeks to Optimum Health (I might be a little off on the title) and Becoming Vegan as good books for me to inform myself on the subject.
I am reading the first two and need to buy a copy of the third as my library doesn't have it. Anyway, I am learning a lot and feeling like this is the right choice for me.
Although my reasons currently do not have to do with animal or environmental topics, I expect that if I continue this eating pattern my feelings about those issues will become stronger and my reasons for eating vegan will become multifold and perhaps lead to leading a more full vegan lifestyle (i.e. choices in clothing, etc.). Many years ago when I quit smoking, I was only willing to say it wasn't right for me, but I didn't object to anyone else's smoking. Now, I'm repulsed by it and have taken steps to combat the tobacco industry's efforts in any way I can. So I expect that the longer I am away from meat and dairy, the more my objections to how this food arrives to us will build.
Hope this makes sense. Look forward to learning lots here!
current weight: 187.0
Fitness Minutes: (230) Posts: 127 7/17/07 8:11 P
I've been a vegetarian for about 5 years now. I was a vegan on and off for about 2 of those years. Hoping to go back full vegan eventually. I really like cheese pizza and it's terrible!
Anyway, I became a vegetarian at first after learning the ins and outs of animal cruelty. As time has gone by, I've found many other reasons to be a vegetarian - health reasons, obviously, environmental issues (look up statistics on how many people can be fed with the wheat,etc used to feed animals that are going to be killed!), and tons of others. Being a vegetarian is really important to me, personally, ethically, and politically. It's just what feels right for me.
current weight: 344.0
Fitness Minutes: (8,569) Posts: 2,951 7/17/07 4:54 P
When I was 13 I was randomly sent a video through the post on anti-vivisection and the truth behind abatoirs and this coupled with the knowledge that a lamb that I had hand reared on a friends farm had "Gone on her holidays" meant I never ate meat or meat-products again.
Born to be Mild ;o)
current weight: 140.0
Posts: 9 7/17/07 4:07 A
I stopped eating red meat when I was 14, and later became a vegetarian when I was 15.
My main reason was due mainly to animal cruelty. I considered myself to be an animal lover and I could no longer stand to eat the flesh of animals I supposedly loved.
Another big turning point happened quite early in my life. When I was 6, I was with my family at the pig ranch we went to every year to pick out a pig to be killed and later eaten for Christmas Eve dinner. I picked out the pig that year, thinking he was my new pet. While my parents weren't paying attenion to what I was doing, I ran off to find my new "pet", but only stumbled upon where the pigs were being killed and hung to drain. Even though I was young, the image is forever burned in my memory.
Posts: 588 7/13/07 9:50 P
I couldn't stand the thought of looking an animal in the eyes and killing it and I admire hunters who are able to do that (not for sport but simply for food). This led me to the realization of how hypocritical and cowardly it was for me to be okay with buying it pre-packaged in the grocery store. Since I wasn't going to pick up a gun and start shooting I decided to give it up all together and have been vegetarian since the day before father's day. Not a long time but it's been surprisingly easy, especially when I picture a cow staring at me with those big innocent eyes just before I bludger it to death.
Try, try again!
current weight: 146.0
Fitness Minutes: (20,447) Posts: 194 7/13/07 5:11 P
honestly , i chose to become a vegetarian when i was 17 , because that was the first time i saw a video on how they really treat animals in farms . i was so repulsed and saddened by their inhumane way of treating the animals, and then on top of that , the inhumane slaughtering. i love animals and when i saw that video, it broke my heart . since that day i have never touched meat of any kind, and i never will again....
~ Harmonie ~
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Fitness Minutes: (12,947) Posts: 2,516 7/12/07 10:53 A
I'm investigating becoming a vegetarian because I want to come off my cholesterol meds, and I also want to reverse my pre-diabetes before it becomes full-blown diabetes.
Peace. Love. Dog kisses.
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current weight: 222.2
Fitness Minutes: (1,985) Posts: 386 7/11/07 9:47 P
I becamse vegetarian when I was dealing with my eating disorder just to cut as many calories out as I could and make it easier for me to restrict around my family (terrible reason, I know). But now that I'm more healthy, I am a vegetarian because I prefer eating soy products, plus I hate beef and I don't want to be a part of how the animals are treated pre-slaughter.
current weight: 180.0
Posts: 271 7/10/07 5:29 P
After growing up in a house where meat was at the center of every meal, I spent a good portion of my adult years flirting with vegetarianism and veganism, but I think I was doing it at that time out of vanity (thinking I could lose weight) or the desire to be more "hip." But a while ago, I noticed I was making a natural transition away from meat when I would no longer eat meat that had bones in it, or that looked too much like what it really is (e.g.: ribs! Ohhhh, deeeeesgusting!), not to mention that I always felt guilty about eating meat, due to animal suffering and exploitation. But I'd push it to the back of my head and chow down.
I finally made the final leap and have been very happy ever since. I didn't realize how much psychological damage I was doing to myself by eating meat/animal products. I love animals, and couldn't understand why if I loved animals how could I EAT them? Veganism also made the most sense to me, as I am horrified by the egg/dairy industry practices. And honey? Complete exploitation.
Health wise I feel 100% better, as well. SO happy I am vegan!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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– Anatole France
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Posts: 62 7/9/07 5:18 A
I can no longer think to eat an animals flesh than I could my dining room table, its just does not seem right. I have learnt compassion for those who criticized me and over the 23 years I have been a vegetarian, a lot of them actually ended up trying it, at least became more in tuned to the in-humane way we treat our brother and sister animals. I so love reading your posts and feel proud to be a member of this team.
Posts: 127 7/5/07 9:31 A
Hi there. I am very new to being vegetarian(this past week). My hubbie and I have always been very healthy eaters, barely eating red meat(usualy only when visiting family). We would eat mostly chicken, turkey bacon, gound turkey and turkey sausage.
But this past week I drove by a farm and they were loading up cattle to go to slaughter. I have always been a big animal lover and it tore my heart out to think that these animals live and die for our purposes and often live in very cruel conditions. I decided right then and there to cut out all meat from my diet.
I really do feel that God did not intend for us humans to eat meat, and that the whole meat eating thing happened after the Fall(but thats another story haha).
I am now vegetarian(ovo-lacto I guess thats what you call it when you only eat eggs and dairy?) and for now will only eat free range eggs. I hope to make the jump to total vegan in the future.
I look forward to getting info, tips and recipies, and share a few of my own.
I feel free now and even though its been a week I feel healthier and "cleaner" somehow.
My biggiest challenge will be dealing with friends and family, who will probably think that I'm crazy and that this is a new fad that will not last. But they will be wrong cus I am dead serious about this lifestyle. I was also wondering about my baby. She is 8 mons old. Should I bring her up vegetarian or let her make her own choices when shes older? What have some of you done who have recently made the change from meat eater to vegan and have small children? Thanks for reading, Sue.
current weight: 127.0
Posts: 52 7/5/07 8:08 A
I have been a semi vegatarian for a while because I just don't like red meat that well.
I just recently watched Supersize me and read Fast Food Nation. If that doesn't change somebody, nothing will.
I will never go back to eating meat again!
"Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God" (1 Corinthians 10:31).
Posts: 1 6/29/07 3:58 P
I've been vegan for two years and wish I was raised that way. I don't miss a thing where my old eating habits are concerned and I am vegan because doing enough research and reading. . .well, how could one not be? :)
Posts: 933 6/29/07 8:55 A
growing up, my grandpa owned a farm and sold cattle, as well as sheep. so i was constantly being fed red meat, sometimes twice a day. i was so used to the way my grandpa treated his animals i was completely shocked when i found out the "real" world wasn't always the same. so i started doing research and when i was 16 i decided to go vegetarian one day out of the blue. cold turkey. everyone gave me a hard time but i stuck to it. that is until i started having medical problems, including allergies and malnutrition.
i was finally able to get my health back in order and about a year ago i decided to become vegan. i knew only one other vegan who didn't live in the same town as me so it was difficult. especially living in such a small town with little food choices. i mostly did it to lose weight. i've always had disordered eating, which i'm finally taking control of, and that was a way for me to take more control.
not long after i became vegan i started to realize the biggest reason i changed my eating habits was because i truly don't believe in eating animal products. it has truly helped me become healthier and more active. so it started out for one reason, but turned into another.
Pounds lost: 7.0
Posts: 2,858 6/28/07 8:21 P
I became a vegetarian mostly because I've always felt I shouldn't be eating meat based on my faith. Eating meat is viewed as being just as shocking as cannibalism. I knew this and recognized this for a very long time, but never became serious about it until just recently.
Health is a close follow-up behind faith. It's important to treat my body right if I want to enjoy my life, and what better way to become healthy than by eating a "diet" that emphasises vegetables and plant-based foods as your nutrition?
Ethics follows that. I'm still on the fence in certain areas in how I feel about animals versus humans.
5''5" Original weight in 2002: 220 Original weight when joining Spark 1/8/06: 149
current weight: 131.0
Fitness Minutes: (8,355) Posts: 2 6/25/07 8:51 P
I gave up fast food 3 years ago after reading "Fast Food Nation" in protest of the the factory slaughterhouses and their methods, and then it dawned on me that I couldn't just go halfway. I needed to give up all animal products, so I went vegan. It makes me feel just that much better about myself and my part in the world, however small.
Fitness Minutes: (34,816) Posts: 467 6/24/07 10:10 P
Simply because I don't really like the smell or taste of meat and I love veggies, beans, soy, and grains. Sometimes, I'll try a bite of what my husband is eating if the meat is all covered in stuff and it smells real good(ie: lasanga). The smell of eggs make me want to puke too, but they taste ok as a veggie omelet.
I also think vegetarianism is very healthy (when done properly) as far as lowering cholestrol, getting high fiber and avoiding hormones and stuff.
current weight: 128.0
Posts: 140 6/24/07 9:20 P
I couldn't agree more!
current weight: 149.0
Fitness Minutes: (4,500) Posts: 305 6/24/07 5:48 P
Eveybody should see PETA's videos for the humanity sake!
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current weight: 168.0
Posts: 263 6/23/07 10:25 P
My switch kinda came gradually, i stopped eating beef when i was 13, dairy when i was 15, because i find them absolutly disgusting, and then when i moved out of my parents house i stoped eating all other meat except for chicken upuntill last Sept, when i got this bad batch of chicken from the grocery store... it was so nasty i can't bring myself to cook or buy chicken again...so I'm a veg.
current weight: 182.0
Posts: 487 6/22/07 7:49 P
I have been a vegetarian for about 4 years because I don't like the idea of eating animals. It just bothers me... I only managed to eat meat as long as I did because I tried to think of it as coming from the plastic package in the grocery store not actually once being a chicken or cow. My husband is very much a meat eater and I have no problems with cooking him meat as long as I don't have to eat it. I still eat dairy, eggs, geletain, and sometimes even chicken broth (like when I am sick). I have been thinking about starting eating fish, but I have not yet been able to bring myself to, even though fish is the only kind of animal flesh that I miss eating. I used to love fish. When I am really hungry I will sometimes crave meat but then I think of them as once being living, breathing, bleeding animals and it just seems barbaric to me to eat them... but like i said i have no problem with other people eating them or me cooking them or me wearing leather and other animal products... go figure.
Posts: 640 6/21/07 3:30 P
I am making the change to a Vegetarian lifestyle because I have some health issues. My system has a very hard time with meat. Red meat especially would make me sick and it would take several days to get over it. So I've been eating poultry and fish. Now that I'm trying to live a healthy lifestyle, I've decided it's time to make more changes to my diet. I have heard some horror stories about the processing of meat. That makes me ill as well.
DBTFG OUTRAGEOUS ORANGES
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Posts: 1 6/21/07 10:35 A
I became vegetarian because I just prefer it. I haven't really been too fond of meat (not for cultural or PETA-esque moral reasons, but because I have a sensitive stomach and it always gathered like a rock).
Then again, if a family member goes through the trouble of making a meal for me out of the goodness of their hearts, and they forget about my herbivorousness, I won't turn down a meat plate or give it to the dog.
So, I guess that makes me a casual (or semi-) vegetarian. At any rate, um. Yay veggies?
Posts: 5 6/21/07 2:12 A
I became a vegetarian mainly for my health, although I feel I am called by God to live the most cruelty-free, environmentally friendly, peaceful life I can. All this from a gun-toting security officer! The Lord does work in mysterious ways!
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Posts: 47 6/21/07 1:36 A
I became a vegetarian 30 years ago. When I was in high school I was really against hunting and voiced my opinion openly about this. People told me I was a hypocrite because I ate meat. So I quit...and have never had a bite since, nor have I wanted to. Now I feel my moral beliefs have grown even stronger and I strive to be vegan. I was vegan for a year and a half but had a lot of trouble finding any types of vegan products in my area. I believe it is better now, so once again this will be my goal. I do not believe there is any reason to eat meat and think it is beneficial to be vegetarian mentally, physically, morally and environmentally. I can tell you this, it is a lot easier to be a vegetarian now than it was 30 years ago.
Posts: 10,798 6/20/07 10:47 A
I came from a family of hunters/fishers. They ate what they caught....not just for the sport of it. When I was old enough to realize that my meat was from those little animals they caught it bothered me and I could not eat meat that was "caught". The other meat came from the grocery store and I could fool my brain which I did.
The first meat I stopped eating was pork. It was something I never liked the thought of eating before, anyway for various reasons... That was back in the nineties. Next in 2000 I quit eating beef.
Then it was fish and poultry until my husband got ill and could not bear the smell of it cooking (he was a huge meat-eater up to that point)... So I completely quit cooking it. and did not eat it for about two months at all. After he passed away I fixed some chicken took a bite and could barely chew it. Tasted awful in my mouth. That was my last bite of meat. January 7th, 2005. I have not wanted it since, and my health has improved leaps and bounds.
Edited by: GODMYFULLNESS at: 6/20/2007 (10:48)
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Fitness Minutes: (3,216) Posts: 525 6/19/07 6:40 P
When I was 18, I had been a vegetarian for 4 years already and the boyfriend was a chef and he snuck in meat in the food and so.. I started eating meat again. Now at 23 I went back about a month and a half ago because it's healthier and I do love animals and watched a thing from Peta and I couldn't just eat meat after that. If I eat eggs, I go organic free range. Also, I eat organic cheese and milk or soy products. It's the easiest way that I know of to help me lose this weight also. When I was a veg a long time ago, I was healthy and wasn't too skinny or looked sickly like some vegs.. Anyway, I'm feeling a whole lot better eating healthy. :)
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Posts: 241 6/19/07 4:53 P
I just like to give my body a break from having to process meat.
Posts: 1,052 6/18/07 10:22 P
I've always been a big animal lover, but I had some bad experiences in the past with vegetarian food. My mom went vegetarian for a while, and most of the food she made was bland. That scared me off of a veggie lifestyle for a long time. I don't know if my tastes have changed or if I eat tastier foods now, but I don't feel that way anymore.
Anyway, several years ago I lost my job. At the same time, I met a guy who was vegetarian, and I read a really scary article about mad cow disease, and how it is covered up by the meat industry. I thought I would give it a try. I ate a lot of rice and beans because they were super cheap. I almost immediately felt better. Stomach problems I'd had all my life disappeared. I often wonder if my system's short on the enzymes required to digest meat. I initially lost weight, but then put it back on when I had to move to another city for a job and wasn't happy.
Like a lot of you, I've become educated on the meat industry. Eating plants is by far the most moral, environmentally responsible and healthy way to eat. I'm honestly surprised more of the world hasn't caught on.
I'm still not 100% vegan, and I'm not sure I'll ever get there, but I'm really close and that's a lot better than I've spent most of my life.
"Beware the man of a single book."
Posts: 33 6/18/07 9:40 P
I began eating vegetarian 6 weeks ago when I found out my cholesterol was 303. One year ago on June 12th I stopped smoking. Got that done and am still smokefree. Time now to work on the rest of my health. I really love fruits and vegies. Eating lots of beans and my husband and I chuckle over the aftermath...maybe I need to get some Beano? Not missing the meats at all. Besides I also love animals and don't want to be part of hurting them. Carolyn
Peace, Love and Joy...it's up to us. Carolyn
current weight: 142.2
Posts: 140 6/18/07 9:23 P
I went veggie about 3 months ago after watching the "meet your meat" video from PETA forwarded to me by a friend. I was horrified, and continued to do research, and realized, that I cannot, in good conscious faith, eat meat anymore. I have continued my research and am so touched by the horrendous acts happening to animals, that it saddens me still, everyday! For me, it is all ethical, and I must say, that I've received tons of motivation on this team! Thank you to all! -maya
current weight: 149.0
Posts: 175 6/18/07 7:57 P
I started as a veggie initially because of the way animals are treated in the corporate slaughterhouses that supply most of the meat available for purchase in the US and the antibiotics that have to be used because of these conditions to keep the animals "healthy".
Now knowing about how bad feeding corn is for beef as they can't digest it and knowing that a free range chicken just has the "option" of going outdoors (through a door that may or may not be opened for them), I know for my health that I made the right choice.
"It is by going down into the abyss that we recover the treasures of life. Where you stumble, there lies your treasure." - Joseph Campbell
06/02/07 - Met 1st Goal - 250!
Posts: 42 6/18/07 4:11 P
Quite a few years ago I read "Fast Food Nation". That was a starting point for me. I think more than anything I was angry about the coporate mindset that allowed so much abuse to happen to animals, workers and the environment. My first step was to never purchase fast food again.
I had always been a big meat eater. Even as a kid I was like bring on the steak! So it took a LOT to steer me in a different way of thinking. I eventually did more reading that led me to the book "The Food Revolution". That is what finally did it for me. After the evidence presented there, I could not in good conscious continue to eat meat.
I made the change gradually. It's been almost two years now and I'm still working to limit my intake of dairy, eggs and the occasional shellfish. I've also, over the same time frame, made big changes in other areas of my life to live more naturally. I'm extremely excited by all I've learned along the way (proving that you CAN teach an old dog new tricks!).
I feel better about myself knowing that I'm doing my best to take of not only myself, but the earth as a whole. The most important thing I've learned is how interconnected every single thing is!
Posts: 81 6/18/07 2:13 P
I became vegan this past February. One of my good friends, who became vegan as her new year's resolution, was killed in a car accident. When she was alive, I never really understood it and thought that she was being unhealthy by doing this. I also always felt guilty eating things in front of her. I was basically vegetarian, but I never took the time to think about veganism because I thought it was too much effort. When she died, another friend and I did a lot of research and realized why she felt she had to be vegan. In part in tribute to her desire to change the world (in particular the environment), and in part because I've read so much about how the average American's consumption of animal proteins are responsible for the majority of illnesses that plague America, I decided to give it a try. I'm not completely hard core about it (I still eat honey and I don't check up on the "natural flavoring" in packaged products, though I try to stay away from packaged anyway), but I certainly feel better physically and about the toll I'm taking on the environment. On a side note, more than half of my sorority has turned vegetarian since the accident, two of us vegan, and two others lean towards being vegan when they can (it's harder in rural Wisconsin than California and Illinois, I guess).
Fitness Minutes: (5,021) Posts: 414 6/18/07 12:46 P
The black and white dog in my picture is Socks, he grunts and talks like a pig. I know that pigs are smarter than dogs and I started thinking that I know for sure that Socks doesn't want to be in pain or killed, I sure as heck know that pigs don't want to be couped up their whole lives and be killed. This extended to all animals. (Socks, by the way, does not ascribe to my aversion to killing animals and gleefully attempts to reduce the rabbit and squirral population every day.)
current weight: 186.0
Fitness Minutes: (1,643) Posts: 337 6/18/07 12:35 P
I became vegetarian when I started reading about the hormones and antibiotics they feed stock, and then when I saw how healthy my friend, who has been a vegetarian for a year now, was- well, that was it for me. I do eat fish dvery now and again though.
I also don't eat dairy- but that's because I'm allergic to it.
Being happy doesn't mean everything's perfect; It means you've decided to see beyond the imperfections.
Pounds lost: 4.8
Posts: 1,170 6/18/07 12:30 P
I went vegetarian one day nearly 19 years ago. I was watching a news report of a cattle lorry being opened in France after the cows had been taken across the Channel for slaughter. One of them, right at the back, had suffered 3 broken legs during the journey. The guy getting them out of the lorry was hitting that cow with the cattle prod and dragging it out of the lorry on its broken legs. It was screaming. Not mooing. Not lowing. Screaming.
I remember thinking "That's it. I want no part of this".
I quit all meat and fish that day, read up on everything I could about vegetarianism. The more I read the more I want to become vegan eventually, and I am not far off. I'll only eat organic free-range eggs, from hens fed a vegetarian diet, and from local farms or sanctuaries where I can actually go and check on the standards, and I have halloumi cheese from Cyprus which is always made with non-animal rennet.
Quite honestly, I find I couldn't care less whether the vegetarian diet is better for me. It's not about me. As far as I am concerned, I will have no part in the murder of another living being, animal or human. End of story!
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From the time I was a teenager, going organic or vegetarian appealed to me, but I didn't know why. I started doing more research on it, and found many good reasons to become vegetarian, such as the cruelty of factory farms if you do eat meat, and the great health benefits. I think someday I will become vegan, but I need to take it one step at a time. I have been vegetarian for 4 months, and I don't regret it at all.
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I first chose a vegetarian lifestyle because I really dislike the taste and texture of meat. After a while it just made sense to me to stop all animal products because I feel better when I don't eat them.
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I've been an off-and-on vegetarian since I was 14. At 14, it was all about ethics. I didn't approve of killing animals for no good reason (and I still don't). These days, it's more complicated than that, so that I have religious, environmental and health reasons on top of the basic "don't like the idea of killing animals" reasons.
I'm working on becoming more vegan. Eggs have been pretty easy to cut out, dairy products have been harder and I expect I'll never be truly vegan based on my fondness for them. I do make a point of buying organic, local dairy rather than factory-farmed dairy, in part because my great-aunt the dairy farmer always said that happy cows made more and better milk.
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In this thread, share the reasons you chose to become veg'n. Remember that all reasons for choosing a veg'n lifestyle are valid and acceptable in this Team.
I'll go first! I started out as a vegan. I became vegan at first simply because I thought it was a healthy way to live. But the more I researched and learned about it, my reasons transitioned into environmental and ethical above health. I'm an avid environmentalist and do my best to decrease my footprint on the earth. Eating a plant-based diet is a great way to do exactly that. I love animals and believe that they should not suffer for our own desires, so I choose not to support big agri-businesses that put profit over compassion when it comes to the life that an animal lives.
I stopped being vegan for several reasons, but mainly because I was recovering from an eating disorder. A vegan diet was way too restrictive for me and was preventing my recovery when trying to eat intuitively and not put any foods "off limits." I'm fully recovered (for several years now), and like the freedom to choose to eat things like eggs and dairy without "banning" them or controlling my diet by those means. It works for me, although I realize that others may feel differently about my reasons for choosing this route. I still eat mostly vegan, occasionally will eat local, free-range/organic eggs, and even less often will have some dairy (organic whenever possible).
Share your reasons for becoming a vegetarian or vegan!
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