- I have never really liked meat. I grew up in a family where maccas was eaten often, and all of our home cooked meals contained meat. Over the past year or so, I have struggled with fad diets and eating disorders as a result of lack of self confidence. At one point,I would barely eat anything and my body was severly malnutritioned. Becoming vegetarian/vegan has always been interesting to me, and when I realised that I simply could not go on NOT eating at all, I decided to adopt a vegatarian diet. This has allowed to me to eat foods that I feel good about as I know they are healthy, and I also support the ethical treatment of animals the more I research issues relating to it, which makes me feel even better about being vegetarian. I am currently a lacto-vegetarian trying to make the transition to vegan, and it is proving to be a little difficult! However, choosing to be vegetarian was a life changin decision for me, as it helped me to overcome my horrible relationship with food.
- —Guest NewVego
Research and enjoy
- When I was in 6th grade, I decided that I didn't want to eat red meat. Not eating red meat wasn't the problem, the hardest part was to learn to make my own food. Not knowing about nutritional value or what my body really needs, I drifted into a very unhealthy, very simple diet, which made me sickly and weak. This only worsened when I decided after few years that I wouldn't eat any meat at all. Only a couple years ago(when I turned 18) I started to research how would I get myself healthy again, I found that not only was I severely malnutritioned, I had managed to gain lots of weight at the same time. My tip is to do your research properly, eat food you enjoy eating AND making, vegetarian diet never mean's a boring, tasteless unenjoyable food, it's what you cook and how you cook it that matters. I cannot distress enough the importance of not being picky. Try to learn to like everything your diet contains. Strenght & health to everyone
- —Guest Zelman
Vegeterian going for vegan
- I've been vegeterian for 13 years, just recently, about 6 months ago I took away the dairy out of my diet. All dairy products I've replaced, with soy products. No honey, but I love my leather jackets.
- —Guest Chantal
lacto vegetarian since birth
- I am lacto vegetarian since birth as my parents follow a spiritual path that strictly tell to follow lacto vegetarian, i tried chicken couple of times, can not like it. Thanks to my parents that they encouraged me to eat lacto vegetarian. If we can not give life to anyone, we are not allowed to kill any living being for its flesh.. This my understanding. There is a saying, it means the food you eat is the way your mind behaves, so the choice is yours. Thanks.
- —Guest Deepak D
Why I want to go vegan
- About 2 weeks ago my family and I were sitting at the kitchen table and my pop and dad had cooked rabbit for dinner. I would not eat it at all. The whole time we were at the table the rabbit was sitting on a plate right infront of me. It was all cut up and the ribs were so tiny and it just made me think. That whole night all I was thinking was how do I eat meat at all? It was two weeks since I had any meat of any kind and then I went shopping with my friend and we had maccas and I ordered a cheese burger meal without thinking. I realised half way into the burger that I was eating meat so I stopped eating it. For the rest of that day I had really sharp pains in my stomach. So now I have decided that I would try to go vegetarian and then gradually go vegan.
- —Guest Guest
How did you go vegetarian
- I will never look back. I attempted to stop eating meat 2 different times in my life. I finally woke up one day and I decided to put my mind to it. 2 weeks later I was done with eating meat. I lost 8lb in 1 month without trying and that was great. I don't feel heavy after I eat and I love that feeling. When someone asks me if I can eat this or that, I tell them that if the animal tried to run away or did not want to be killed I do not eat it. It makes me so sad to know how much they suffer. I understand that animals eat other animals but that's how the food chain works. We should not be the ones slaughtering them when they are defenseless.
- —Guest Raquel Mayo
- I decided to become a vegetarian when I was 7 years old, and have been since. I have always loved animals more than anybody I have ever met, and it bothered me so much that they were sent to be slaughtered and not treated with kindness or care. I thought about all the animals that have been killed for human diet, and I remember why I am a lacto-vegetarian. For me, it is no problem at all to stay away from meat because I haven't eaten it in so long. I am perfectly healthy eating fruits, vegetables, dairy, and grain. If you are like me, and you support animal rights, you should have no problem adopting this easy lifestyle. If you want to become a vegetarian for health benefits, it will take discipline and it won't be easy. But just think: Would you rather eat that steak or live ten years longer? For me, the choice is obvious.
- —Guest Ella
- I highly reccommend for anyone who is "thinking" about becoming a vegetarian to read the book EATING ANIMALS. I have been a vegetarian for 6 years and just recently read this book. It puts everything in perspective and is very educating. My "meat and potatoes" husband read it and turned vegan after the 5th chapter. A vegetarian lifestyle has so many health benefits and is really not at all difficult to sustain. The US is all about convenience and will do whatever it takes to make sure that happens regardless of the health risks or the animals that have to suffer. Factory farming is 100% inhumane and the US are the leaders. I respect anyone who can make the commitment and stick to it! Yay for vegetarians!
- —Guest Leah
- Ever since I was a little girl, I can remember not liking meat a whole lot. I officially became a vegetarian 4 yrs ago. I don't miss meat at all. The only thing I will eat is cheese. Tht is why I consider myself a lacto-veg. I'm hispanic so I eat a lot of pinot beans & rice. I love veggies, salads. I have lost weight staying away from meats.
- —Guest grace garza
Vegetarian feels awesome
- I became a vegetarian about a year ago and my mom supports it and helps me out, but my dad is a big big hunter and makes fun of me but does not make me eat meat. My friends give me crap but I don't care, I am a hippie and they can take it!! I feel lighter and not so fat and sleepy! I will go away for college soon and will become a vegan!
- —Guest Elle
Just Starting Out
- I've always had a fascination for vegetarians and secretly hoped that one day I would be one (secretly because most of my family is...not supportive:P ); Now I'm in it mostly for improved health. I've been sick for a long time but it's been really aggravated for about 4 months now...to the point that I can't simply ignore it anymore. Medical tests have been inconclusive, so I'm taking a leap and hopefully I'll land on my fee! If my decision helps stop the inhumane treatment of animals, all the better!
- —Guest wallflower
I wanna be a vegetarian
- I wanna be a vegetarian but no-one is supporting me except my friend who is treating it like a 40 hour famine! Why can't it be easy? I wish that we didn't need iron and could just cut straight off the meat. It would be sooo much easier! Oh-well. Here goes nothing. I've spent two nights without meat.
- —Guest Lu
It was a surprisingly easy decision.
- About a year ago, I became vegetarian. I had always loved animals but understood that humans are omnivores and most of us eat meat. However, there is a big difference between taking what you need and taking what you want. People around the world and especially in the US eat way too much meat- and it's not even a necessary part of your diet! As the demand for meat increases, the industry grows and more and more animals are being bred to be killed and eaten. So OK, animals are being killed but something else is dying with them-- our planet. Cattle farming has HUGE impacts on the environment and scientists attribute part of global warming as caused by cow gas. It might seem funny at first, but it's not very humorous. If more and more people choose a vegetarian lifestyle over indulging themselves on unnecessary meat, we can make a step in becoming more eco-friendly. Even if you just become a flexitarian, you're making a difference. Being vegetarian feels great on the karma and the body!
- —Guest Hedwig of the Owls
- I became a vecto-ovo vegetarian , it's a little hard because I USED to love ribs. But now I don't even eat any type of meat . I saw a bunch of videos about animals bein slaughtered it just terrified me that people can treat animals like that . I became a vegetarian because of the animals and to be healthier . I thought it was going to be hard but it's not , there's actually really good food out there for vegetarians. I hope to become a vegan , but I know thats going to be hard, but I can do anything I set my mind on .
- —Guest Diana
- No meat, dairy, eggs or even fish for 2 months. Lost 18 lbs and have experienced a level of health I have not felt in over 30 years. See better, think better, sleep better, breath better, erections almost normal now, blood pressure almost normal and all without the aid of any medications of any kind. I'm 52 and feel 42. SOMETIMES YOUNGER! The only regret I have now is not doing this long ago.
- —Guest MeanGene