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1/26/12 11:22 A

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Well, a few years ago, I tried to go vegan cold turkey. I live in a rural farming community in Minnesota, and I found it very difficult to do. I lasted 2 months. During those 2 months, I had never felt better. My skin cleared up (and I have a lot of skin issues), my stomach issues went away (apparently caused by dairy), and my energy levels went through the roof. But I just couldn't keep it up. Even after I started eating meat again, I stayed off dairy for the most part, because just looking at it kind of made me sick. I started adding greek yogurt into the mix, etc. and gained the weight I had lost back-you know the drill.
I recommitted to my health in 2012, and this time, I was SERIOUS about it. I am a massage therapy student and carrying extra weight around doing hours of massage just doesn't work. We also learn a lot about health and nutrition.
A few nights back, I decided to watch Forks over Knives. I have not been able to look at meat or dairy since. Even the lean meats like turkey I have in the fridge...I can't even look at it. It completely turned me off to any craving I had. So here I am.

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1/25/12 11:04 P

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I was sick and tired of feeling sick and tired when I was eating meat. Plus looking at it on my plate was REALLY making me sick. My dad still eats meat but I'm not going to force him in going vegan. He asked me about a couple of Sundays ago why I was still watching cooking shows where they were showing them cooking meat. He thought that I would get sick looking at it. I told him it didn't bother me and I wanted to get ideas on how to change the chef's recipes on the shows in my head.

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1/25/12 4:34 P

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Hi! So I went vegetarian while I was still in high school, which is ages ago. I initially did it because I wanted to be healthier, and I had been eating a lot of fast food junk when I was out with friends, and it just made me feel terrible. I also had read articles about factory farms and the terrible conditions, and I didn't want to support any of that, but mostly I went vegetarian for health reasons. I quit red meat immediately. Then it was pork and chicken. I drastically cut back on fish but never gave it up entirely because I like it and it never made me feel sick like other meat did. A few years ago I gave up all dairy products when I read an article about how dairy affects mucus production in the body. I have terrible seasonal allergies, so I figured giving up on dairy might be beneficial or help in reducing my allergies-- and it did! The first spring with zero dairy was incredible. I had very few days suffering from allergies, opposed to previous years where I was literally sick for months on end once everything started blooming. Now, I consider myself 'mostly vegan', because most of my diet is exactly that. I still occasionally have sushi, but it's a VERY rare occurence. 99% of the time I am happily vegan and have no intentions of going back!

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1/24/12 7:58 P

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When I first became a vegetarian (back in the Fall of 1987) I cited numerous arguments for becoming a vegetarian: animal rights, environmental, economic, spiritual, health and on and on... What it really came down to is that I lost the taste for meat and had no desire whatsoever for it. It's become second nature and just who I am today.

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1/23/12 9:12 P

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Hello everyone! I just joined the group.

After wrestling for several years with big questions of ethics and environmentalism and effectiveness, etc., it finally boils down to the point that I love animals and I don't want to eat them.

It's so relieving to realize that! :)

When something bad happens, you have the choice to let it define you, destroy you or strengthen you.

The best way out is always through.

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1/10/12 9:01 A

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Mari, you have echoed the arguments I have used since I found out what goes on in the meat industry. I always said that it would be different if animals were raised out in simple, rural farms where they enjoyed space, healthy food, and a happy life before they were humanely killed for consumption, but this is not the case, and so far from the norm that it disgusts me. How people can allow these sentient beings to suffer from birth in a torturous, cruel system is beyond me. I understand it will take time for the paradigm to shift, but until then I continue to remove myself, bit by bit, from it.

Thanks for the great reminder of our mission from another fellow graduate student :-)

"Don't teach your grandmother to suck eggs." - 18th Century English Proverb (I have NO idea what it means)

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1/9/12 1:48 P

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I am vegetarian because of the industrialization of meat. I have eaten meat on and off throughout my life. I love animals, but I have to admit, I love the way they taste too. However, as humans, we do not need to give into every carnal desire. Otherwise, in addition to eating meat I would be naked and probably not married, but that is another story.
The meat industry in this country isn't just bad for animals. I have found that the one way to end the "animals are meant to be eaten" discussion with carnivores it to argue that the way meat is raised and slaughtered in this country is bad for those that work in the industry as well as consumers. Part of my graduate research included USDA regulations. One overwhelming fact is clear, over the years, meat has gotten dirty and dirty. That is why we are told to cook meat to high internal temperatures, because the meat is filthy. This is because over time the industry has been allowed to speed up the slaughter lines to the point that humane, safe, clean slaughter is impossible. The increased speeds have also been a danger to slaughterhouse workers that must work faster and faster, and injuries run rampant.
I have a husband and a daughter that are home vegetarians, and it took a lone time for my husband to get used to the "no meat in the house" policy. But it was this argument that won him over. For those people that cannot be convinced cows, pigs and chickens are only here for us to eat, it is harder for them to argue that eating meat is worth endangering people's lives.

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1/9/12 11:39 A

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Thanks, REGALRENEGADE. I will experiment!

We must become the change we want to see.
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1/8/12 12:22 P

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Oh and my reasons for my vegetarian ways: 1) against animal suffering in all forms 2) health 3) better for the environment

"Don't teach your grandmother to suck eggs." - 18th Century English Proverb (I have NO idea what it means)

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1/8/12 12:20 P

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Kay, I love cheese, too. I'm trying to find substitutes as well. I've found some interesting options online. "Cheese" made from rice milk, almond milk, and soy (though some soy-based cheeses include casein which is animal derived). I think there are other choices, too, but not as easily available. I tend to avoid too much soy since it has a bloating effect with me. Let me know if you find any you like and I'll make sure to do the same :-)

"Don't teach your grandmother to suck eggs." - 18th Century English Proverb (I have NO idea what it means)

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1/7/12 5:26 P

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Giving up meat is not such a big struggle for me. Cheese is my weakness. This is why I decided to try Dr. Barnard's 21 Day Kickstart and give up cheese and eggs as well.

At some point, I would like to have some version of mac and cheese, etc. I would love suggestions for cheese substitutes. I know some are not so great.

Thanks for your help, Kay

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My reasons are similar to SUZEN69's. Primarily health reasons.

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1/6/12 1:09 P

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I love animals too. But this time I am making the transition to mainly a vegan lifestyle, following the McDougall plan for health reasons. It makes sense to me that getting my nutrition from plant based sources would be better for me all around!

If you love the life you live you will live a life of love!
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1/4/12 12:34 A

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The main reason I've decided to go vegetarian is because I like animals. I don't feel like I have the right, even indirectly, to take another creatures life. I love the taste of meat, but I think that I will feel more fulfilment, both physically and mentally, by leading a vegetarian lifestyle. Wish me luck, my journey begins Friday.

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1/2/12 7:13 P

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JESUSLUVSYOU Thanks for your kind words. I think are a great role model for your daughter. You are making a difference. emoticon

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1/2/12 4:20 P

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RUSTBUCKET1, I hear you loud and clear! Your post brought to my mind childhood obesity when you were talking about chronic illnesses. I am glad that I have a say in my daughter's health and I don't just feed her whatever. She doesn't even like cake or ice cream at parties because she never gets it. She is only 20 months old and has a great nutritional future ahead of her because I choose to be AWARE and ACTIVE in our health.

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“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, "Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” ― Fred Rogers


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1/2/12 3:52 P

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It's both personal and the impact on our nation. I am still transitioning between a vegan and vegetarian diet. I do think that it's better for your health to avoid processed, industrially produced meats. It's even better for the animals. Farming used to involve actual farms with grassy pastures and a normal life cycle. Now like so many industries, it's focused on increasing production at the risk of the safety of both the animals and the humans who eat the food. So, I am fortunate to be able to choose healthier alternatives. It pains me to see people and particularly kids who don't have healthier options getting sick simply from eating lunch because of infectious diseases when they don't inspect the food (E. Coli) and chronic illnesses (i.e. diabetes, heart disease) that cut their lives short. It can be expensive to eat a healthy diet in this country so I don't judge people who eat meat. That may be all they have and many are lucky to have something to eat from a food bank or any source. But I don't have to support those industrial farms that produce really questionable products through inhumane treatment of their livestock and call it "food."


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1/1/12 2:39 P

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The reason I chose to be vegetarian is complex. There really isn't one reason over another, but many combining together. Health benefit, love for creation, distaste for ending a life with so many similarities to mine to gain calories - these reasons seem to be the recurring themes.

My husband was unnerved by my decision at first, but has become very supportive.

"If you can imagine it, you can achieve it. If you can dream it, you can become it."


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1/1/12 12:52 P

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Have for years to improve my health. Went raw before and loved it. Very busy lifestyle and too many commitments at home made it very hard. Have a mother in law living with us and raising a handicapped grandson who is seventeen. I have to find the right foods for everyone else and seldom have the time to focus on my own nutrition needs. But I want that energy and vibrant health back that I had before. Finding good organic food means driving out of the area and time doesn't always allow that. It is time I made it a point to put my health first. It is a new day.

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12/30/11 11:40 A

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About 4 yrs ago a vegan was telling us about the things they do to cows so I stopped eating dairy and my cystic acne went away. Wow. But I went back to dairy (and acne) anyway. That was the only vegan I had ever met in my life. I had one vegetarian friend my whole life. Other than that there was this unflattering connotation of "A Vegetarian." What made me change my diet over was a conversation with a classmate. I was singing the praises of a vegetarian diet, all the health benefits and how we absolutely do not need meat to obtain adequate protein in our diet. I was asked, "are you a vegetarian?" The answer was no but I couldn't stop asking myself "why don't I make the change?" My answer was fear. Fear of what my husband, friends, and strangers would think of me. So I told my husband I wanted to become a vegetarian and he said " go for it.". On my search for direction on HOW to change my diet I of course came across the hard cruel fact of what animal farming has become and I ask God to forgive us.

"Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it." Helen Keller

“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, "Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” ― Fred Rogers


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12/28/11 12:00 P

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I have been thinking about this for some time, 1 because of the cruelty to animals, 2 . it is a benefit to your body, helping over come many conditions that are brought on by careless eating, reversing or slowing or even stopping by changing how you eat is awesome!, something so simple ( I understand it takes time to get use to it) lol , so simple that it is almost MEAN not to make it a customary way of life.
I want the second part of my life to be awesome, I want it to be active , vibrant and I want to feel great, so this is me taking back control and making it work

( only those who risk going to far know how far they can go)

self control is knowing you can and deciding you wont

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Hi Everybody! I am a newbie vegan, today being my first full day. I have been on many diets over the years and they all require measuring and counting and focus too much on does & don'ts that I would get fustrated. Ultimately even if reach the goal it would be imposible to maintain the pace and diet. For years I have been constricted by what others thought I should do and a in your face support (but not really) spouse. This last semester my ecology professor showed mini clips from "Forks over Knives". It really caught my interest and ordered the DVD and cookbook to review. Needless to say it really impressed me and falls in line with my emerging awareness of our ecological footsteps and just how skewed things are when you look at what it cost to raise animals for food vs. using the grains they are fed to feed billions more. I grew up loving animals but in reality it isn't the reason for me deciding to go vegan. Sustainability and my own health are the main reasons. I am so enjoying my first day, have no urge to munch and have been so busy because my usual fatigue is missing. Yesterday my breakfast and lunch were vegan but had my last traditional Christmas dinner at my grandmothers. Next year will be very different.

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12/23/11 5:22 P

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I just joined this site last night so today was my first day. I am in a transition phase towards a totally plant based diet. I am over 50, over weight and have arthritis, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. That is a good enough reason to make the change I think. I love these foods and do not aniticpate feeling deprived.
My reason for going with a slow transition is that I have a freezer full of food that cost a fortune. I plan to regularly add new vegan recipes to my diet. Though I am still going to be eating some meat for a while the plan is to reduce that to once a day and to use it as a minor ingredient to the dishes.
This strategy will give me a chance to try some new things a little at a time and learn my way more slowly.
I look forward to learning more about this kind of diet!

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12/22/11 5:53 P

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I have been a vegetarian for almost seven years now. I couldn't stand the thought of eating animals. Everytime I ate meat I always got a picture in my head of a mooing cow with his side cut off. I first tried going veggie in sixth grade, but growing up in Texas with a family that ate steak and chicken for dinner every night it was too hard.

I finally gave it up a couple years after high school and everyone in my family including my husband kept telling me how bad it was for me at the time. They discouraged me from being a vegetarian. I did the research to prove them wrong and showed them that it is actually a really healthy diet.

My husband has since become a vegetarian and has been for almost six years now. I went veggie for the animals and the health benefits are a huge plus. We will never go back to eating meat ever again. I still don't have much support besides from my husband, but it doesn't take much if you really believe in what you are doing.

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COCOTTES, your comment to your friend was funny! I loved it!

I'm moving to a vegan diet (and my family) but in the transition phase. It's the health benefits for me really... I watched Forks Over Knives and it just made sense. I want to be around for my kids and their kids... Between my husband and I we only have 1 parent and 1 grandparent left.

I love animals too but always shut my mind off to the whole process of food production really.

I am excited to make the full switch in the new year, when we have had time to properly prepare and clear our food cupboards and freezer.

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I jumped right into vegan as dairy was giving me a lot of heart-burn and I was of the belief that if my body is reacting to something I shouldn't take a pill in order to force it to accept whatever it is. I couldn't stand the idea of animals being slaughtered for me. Where I grew up there was a slaughter house down the road and when I rode my bike past that clean white building in the summer, the doors were open and all the animals that were free-range, grass-fed were screaming too. Factory or local it was still killing in my mind. Giving up all the products that came from animals came first and then came the meat. Kind of backwards to how most people become vegetarian then perhaps vegan.

The health benefits were huge for me and within two months I no longer had to take blood-pressure medication and my weight has come down 25 pounds so far.

My reasons were compassionate and health both equal. A friends said for the hundredth time to me - but meat tastes so good. I finally said, I am sure people do too if you cook them right but I am not going to do that either and to me it is both the same. She finally, finally stopped saying that emoticon



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Hey RAWORGANICVEGAN & thank you! I'm a big fan of green smoothies! emoticon

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Welcome MEGATHEDRILL! I too can't stand the thought of eating our friends! Have you ever tried out green smoothies? Maximum nutrition and fills you up fast.

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Hey all, I'm a newbie (to Spark and this team). I have been vegetarian for a year and a bit, will never go back the thought repulses me. My husband and my daughter (5 year old) are veg too. Toyed with the idea of going veg for many moons before we actually did, I am a serious animal lover (I prefer random animals to most people I know lol), and an eco nutter so it made sense. I just couldn't eat my friends any more, and the taste did nothing for me anyways. Love being veg, but while I thought it might be a bonus weight loss tool ALAS... the delicious new things made me even fatter lol whoops.

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After reading the book: "Don't Eat This Book" by Spurlock, I almost threw up when it came to the subject of how our animals used for our meat supply was being so mistreated. I swore off meat that week.

I've been a vegetarian and a vegan before and I was always feeling deprived. With my green smoothie intake I am full and satisfied and have no desire to eat meat or junk food at all.



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I went vegetarian years ago because I was trying to lose weight and thought maybe changing to a healthy vegetarian lifestyle would mix things up enough to keep me interested. Even after reaching my target weight, I realized I felt so much lighter and I never craved meat. Not once. Clearly my body is telling me it doesn't need it, and who am I to argue? XD

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12/4/11 12:04 A

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I feel so much healthier and less weighed-down by switching to a vegan. I've been vegan for 9 years and I'm loving it! Best decision of my life!

Healthy body, healthy mind!


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12/3/11 7:48 P

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Great Reasons, BEANSIZZY. You peaked my interest in those movies.
I never really liked the taste of animal but ate it because it was served as dinner. I chosed to be a "practicing vegan" to find alternatives to eating healthy consciously raised and hormone injected animals. Plus I strongly believe there's a link between saturated fats and cancer. So, the alternative, vegan. My weakness: cheese and sweets. Alas, that's why I'm a Sparkster.

Edited by: SPARKLELA at: 12/3/2011 (19:56)
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I read a book in high school, 35 years ago, and it mentioned how the foodstuff grown on an acre would feed "x" amount of cows or the same foodstuff on an acre would feed "xxxx" people. That stuck with me all these years. I think it was Diet for a Small Planet.

Then I got interested in eating whole foods when my kids were born. I gave up soda and processed food. But continued to eat too many starches and calories.

About 5 months ago it all "clicked" into place. I was visiting a relative in Arizona and we went to a local grocery store. Now, I've cooked and eaten tongue, kidney, and head cheese and other meat products many times. But while I was in this store, I saw that they had packages of COW LIPS in the meat case. You could see the pores and everything. That was it. Now when I pass by a meat case, I don't see "dinner." I see piles of BODY PARTS. I miss some things--but it is usually a certain taste--like smokey taste, or spicy or warm. So far I've been able to find ways to get the same flavors without the meat. I actually was eating some sweet/sour soup at a restaurant and suddenly went "yuck, what was that I just chewed?" Somehow a piece of chicken was in the soup. The texture, etc. was immediately yucky. I was eating fish, cuz I love fish and can catch and prepare my own. But lately even that is tasting funky now. I eat eggs that I buy from a local man who luvs luvs luvs his chickens and I know they are treated as pets. I don't eat store eggs. I understand that it would be better to eat none at all==but I'm not there yet. In theory, by boycotting something we cut down on it's demand. I just think we eat too much meat, it has become the focus of the meal instead of a specialty/sometimes item.

I'm not vegan but do incorporate some vegan meals and foodstuffs. I've given up milk, but cheese is harder. But I'm working it in as I can.

I've met nice and mean vegans. I think we all do what we can, as we can. What works for me might be different than what works for you. The entire vegan concept, theory and ethics would be hard for many. But I do agree that society is FINALLY headed that direction. I hope.

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I started almost a year ago, to start out with, for energy. Thought too, about the cruelty to animals and couldn't stomach the food anymore. I watched Food Inc, and Forks over Knives recently. Just added more reason, not to eat meat, dairy or eggs, unless they are raised properly. The way things are going, I am concerned more about health reasons and wanting to stay away from all the chemicals, hormones etc. The diseases and treatment of animals makes me sick. Not all companies do that but still....I find myself more and more picky about what I will and will not eat. Fish, on occasion, I can eat like salmon, cod, tuna (rarely) due to mercury content. I haven't been much of a meat eater anyway. Raised on a farm and watching my animals getting butchered was not much fun, although necessary for the family growing up. Terri

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Here are my reasons for going veg. Beef started to aggravate my allergies so there went prime rib. Smoked meats started to make my intestines do weird flips, so much for ham, bacon, smoked salmon... Chicken never was something I was crazy about. That leaves fish, eggs and dairy. Considering I just started the transition in July, I'm doing pretty good. emoticon

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FORKS OVER KNIVES, the movie is one reason.
FOOD, INC., another movie is another reason.
EAT RIGHT 4 YOUR TYPE, a book is another reason.
www.gotohealth.com, a website is another reason.

A plethora of health issues, and I don't want to take medications for the rest of my life. I also notice that I feel really good, I sleep better, and have more energy when I eat well.

It is powerful to write it down and really figure out why.



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About 10 years ago, I knew I needed to lose weight, and I knew that I needed to change what and How I ate. Considering that I never really cooked for myself, I was always eating fast food. I decided to quit eating out and eating healthier (which isn't really too hard considering I love fruits/veggies) and it was than that I stopped eating meat. I never really ate fish, so that was not hard. I still eat chicken and turkey, but try to limit those and now I am working on cutting back on cheese and eggs. I started drinking soy milk about 8 years ago when a former co-worker told me that soy milk would help the stiffness in my hands. I've been drinking soy and almond milk since then:) I really would like to go completely vegetarian and hopefully completely vegan one day as I see how it benefits my health and the environment around me. Plus, the older I get, the more I want to see animals NOT suffering just so I can eat. If I can make a difference by not encouraging their suffering, than I am happy:)

A side bonus is I got my brother to try "fake" chicken patties (as he use to call them) and a few other vegetarian things and he actually enjoys them! He will even buy a package of boca burgers (or which ever we could find) and cook them up! He probably won't make the switch, but at least I got him to open his eyes to new things!

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I have decided to go vegetarian (including eggs and fish, though) because I have found while on an allergy free diet that I can't digest it well. Ate a small peice of chicken the other day and it sat like I ate a boulder. I will still prepare meat for my family but I choose not to eat it.

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I really enjoy the meat substitutes, too. When my husband cooks a meal with fish as his protein and several veggies, I like to have a "chicken" patty or a veggie sausage in place of the fish, it satisfies me more than just the veggies. That said, I would like to include more legumes and tofu in my diet and not rely so heavily on the meat substitutes.

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Actually I have to even add another bit. Friday we had veggie burgers with veggie cheese, mustard and pasta salad mixed with a bit of oil, balsamic, tons of cut up veggies and some steamed fresh green beans on the side.
Those burgers were AWESOME! Totally fixed any craving for burgers! (we used to eat burgers or pizza on Fridays as a treat for our son)

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Makes sense :)

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My motivation for becoming vegetarian was, and continues to be, to reduce the suffering of animals. The fact that there are health and environmental benefits is an important added bonus.

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Mynumber,
Actually for people like us (hubby and I) we were Omnivores fully until just recently. Yes, we still crave meat every so often. Not horribly but the thought does occur to us every so often how we liked steak, burgers, or even more, fish.
For us those meat replacements are nice because they give us some of the taste we're missing while allowing us to keep going veggie.
Recently I made hubby and I BLTC sandwiches made out of faux bacon and they were super delicious!! Tasted almost like the real thing!


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I haven't eaten red meat or pork for over 20 years. I've never really liked the flavor or the smell of it. it's been about 5 months since I gave up chicken and fish,so now I am finally a full vegetarian!

My kids eat meat , but I just can't do it. I think of the live animal when I eat it and it grosses me out .

Just chewing into the flesh- can't do it.

Even the names of the food - chicken breast , chicken legs - creeps me out.

I finally feel so relieved now that I have gone all the way.

The one thing that I have found odd is that there are all sorts of vegetarian products on the market mimicking the flavors of meat .

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I've wanted to be vegetarian ever since I saw Babe (and read the book) as a child. My parents wouldn't let me go vegetarian until I entered college, so I've been vegetarian since then (2 years). I'd like to go vegan, but I don't think I'll have the ability to do so and remain healthy until I'm buying my own food - I currently live off dining hall food.

I love being vegetarian! It makes me appreciate where my food comes from.

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KGWINDER,
I'm kind of in the same boat. I'm really interested in going vegetarian (definitely NOT vegan, couldn't stand to give up my cheese or eggs!). I'm all in for it though for the health benefits. Hubby and I are big outdoors people which includes fishing and once we move back to Alaska hunting so its hard for me to go fully veggie. Still though we consume a lot more veggies and fruits than meats.
I've kind of been swayed even more AWAY from vegetarianism because of many vegetarians that I've talked to now that I've expressed interest.
I've spoken to some veg'ns on message boards and they almost go on attack when you mention the "m" word.
Hey, I make no bones about it. I do enjoy being an omnivore but I'm doing this for health reasons.


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I'm a NEWBIE!! Well kind of. When I was a teen, I never ate much meat. I liked the flavor, but the texture turned me off. I ate alot of eggs and I ate cheese, but never much meat.

Then I got older, got married and wanted to please my new husband who was a complete carnivore and used to make fun of me and call me a hippie for the way I ate. Well, into my diet came the processed food and the weight and symptoms of ill health just piled on! Before I knew it, my jeans didn't fit, my skin was breaking out, I was having inexplicable aches and pains that exhausted my doctor trying to figure out what the heck was wrong with me. One dr. suggested Fibromyalgia since they couldn't really find anything. Another said anxiety.

Well, years later I am divorced. I quit smoking right after we split and a few months ago, my new love showed me a video clip. It was only supposed to gross me out a little, but instead it completely changed my life. The clips were one each on each animal food source and the horrors that occur in the facilities that house and profit from them. I was absolutely sickened by what I saw! I couldn't bring a forkful of any meat product to my lips without gagging. I would see the cow's faces, the pigs, the chickens, turkeys whenever I attempted to eat meats. Dairy makes me ill. I see the images in my head of how they were treated and the conditions they were in. Store bought eggs bring on the images of the male chicks being tossed into the grinders. I even think of the people subjected to the methane and toxins because they are unfortunate enough to live near these factory-farms.

I tend toward vegan. I do eat an occasional egg, but I can feel good about that because I can pet the chickens that laid them!!! There is a free-range farm down the street from me and the farmer leaves the eggs in a cold case outside with a sign. He even asks you to bring back the card-board cartons so he can refill/recycle them. No guilt there :). He has duck eggs too! :)

My symptoms have disappeared completely. My weight is dropping effortlessly and I am at peace with my conscience! It's a great feeling.

And I don't even miss it. I never get a craving for flesh of any kind. I have energy to spare.

This is the only way to live. :)

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I actually began as a vegan to support my husband's weight loss efforts. I did so much research and made so many new-to-me concoctions--it was really fun, as I'm a foodie!

Well, three months later he switched to low-carb (all meat,eggs,dairy) and I stayed vegan. I lost thirty pounds in three months, my cystic acne disappeared, and I was able to discontinue Metformin (for pre-Diabetes) and a cholesterol lowering medication.

Three years later, I haven't gained a pound, my sugars and cholesterol are great, my BMI is 24.9 and my skin is still clear! Meanwhile, my husband has just had gastric bypass surgery.

I have adjusted my eating style to what really would have to be described as flexitarian (pesco-lacto-ovo is just a little too weird to say), as I do eat fish and have recently added eggs and cheese because it was just too much work to get enough vegan protein in my omni household with my soy and gluten sensitivities.

Now, when I attempt to eat poultry/meat in order to be polite to a hostess, relative, etc., it gets stuck in my throat and I cannot go on until it is "emitted."

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I would have to say that this way of life chose me...

Due to a medical condition I have, I needed to alter my diet drastically. I am also a student, and so have to eat in my cafeteria (usually), and many of the things there just were not cutting it. The more research I did as far as the health benefits, I found that this was the best route. As I continue looking into it as well, I am discovering all of the other reasons as well - ethical, environmental, etc.

It has not been easy, but I am in my third week and so far so good. Oh, and I feel great! :)

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