I'm trying to become a vegetarian now
- Well, after reading all these comments I decided to become vegetarian. I mean it's hard but I'm hanging in there. Day by day and week after week I cut something out. I look at it like I'm eating another human. Animals have feelings and breathe just like us so why eat them?
- —Guest Jackie
Vegatarian since 2008
- I was in a serious accident in 2008 during my recovery I stopped eating meat and only consumed fish, I felt better as I lost weight. I cut the fish after a few months and never returned to eating animals. I have kept off the weight and have never felt better.
- —Guest Michael
Because I'm allergic to proteins
- I'm 17 and I don't know why i'm become allergic to proteins. It happened 2 years ago, after I ate some meat my feet become itchy. And it keep going each time after i ate some meat. So i decided to become vegetarian a month ago. I'm on my way to become a vegan soon :)
I just want to feel alive
- Hey nice to read all your shared responses. I had an epiphany tonight about wanting to become a vegan. i just hate eating out of control and am getting bigger and bigger by the second. I feel going vegan will help me get in touch with my body and perhaps get back in touch with my outer body, inner mind and spirit ..i just feel gross.
- —Guest Kristy
Tips for Being a Veggie!
- I grew up on a farm. Becoming a vegetarian however, was easy! I live in Iowa, pretty much the mecca of food production. If I can be a vegan here, you can be one anywhere! First, don't substitute meats with just bread and cheese. Start off with doing stir-frys, smoothies (do JUST fruits, spinach (or other green you like), real juice, I like to call it "super juice" from a health market (R.W. Knudston is my fave), and brown rice protein powder. DELICIOUS and nutritious. I eat a smoothie for lunch with a handful of nuts. You have to learn to appreciate eating something GOOD for you, instead of eating salty and sugary things that only taste good. Black beans are my salvation, I put them in everything, eat them for snacks with falafel chips (a great vegan substitute for crappy for you processed chips!) Another tip: Eat five times a day, snack on nuts or fruits throughout the day, this is for people who eat meat too, it helps you eat in a more balanced way, and keeps your metabolism going!
- —Guest Karen Marie
I became a vegetarian because:
- I became a vegetarian, because my daughter came home to visit from college and I decided to support her. After her stay, I found I felt so much better and as a plus in 3 months I lost 20 pounds. I had not lost weight in about 10 years. To my amazement, with no exercise still eating all the other foods, (except meat) the pounds just came off. I am a diabetic, so this is also a plus for me. I encourage anyone to try fasting periodically, juicing and giving up meat, if only for a while. The health benefits are tremendous. I recently started exercising, and find this a nice complement to my vegetarian lifestyle.
- —Guest paula
Four months Vegetarian
- Since finding out my Aunty was dying of cancer in October 2011 and finding that most of my family members die at around 65, I made the choice to go Vegetarian. I am finding it pretty easy to stick to no meat as I never was a fan of red meat anyway. I do love chicken and fish but I have found that my transition is going really well. My only weakness is chocolate. Yesterday I watch Sick, fat and nearly dead and was moved by this documentary so I am now doing a juice fast to help get even healthier. I find that not being hard on myself when I do slip up, really helps me to get back on track and to stay there even longer than when I first started. Go gently and trust in the process and it will happen before you know it.
- —Guest Maree
It was my time to change.
- I decided to become a vegetarian when my family was having a BBQ, I took a bite of the meat and immediately spitted out, and know at this very moment I realized that this is for me, I've always had those moments when i would bite into a piece of meat or chicken and spit it out and I've never enjoyed fish. I recently watched the movie Earthlings and i coudln't handle how they killed the dogs and cats. I was definately sure i did not want any more meat was when they skinned the raccons it was heart breaking. It took me a while to recover from that image in my head. Know I'm sure I don't want meat. It's going to be tough because all of my family eat meat. I don't want them to force me into eating meat, I only want their support.
- —Guest Judit
if you want it enough you will be able
- I have been a vegetarian for 6 years and a 14 years old, none of my other family members are vegetarian but they supported me and it was easy because i believed in it and think it is the right thing to do.
- —Guest lacto-ovo
- I've been vegetarian from the age of 19 I am now 50. I never have any illness not even a cold. My concern is people don't realise how brainwashed they are into believing they must eat meat. Since time immemorial people have been vegetarian be it for religious reasons or scarcity. Hindus, buddhists etc haven't died out because they don't eat meat - it isn't necessary. In the West meat is big business and animals are treated accordingly ie: factory farmed. Animals are bred to be slaughtered. We take all of this for granted but, never question who said this has to be so. Generation after generation are brought up believing meat must be eaten when it clearly isn't so. Do you know how many animals are killed in the US every year, go find out you will be shocked. Is all of this meat really eaten is all of this suffering and waste really necessary?. Find out the facts and then make a moral and more importantly an informed choice.
- —Guest Kathy
Just lost interest
- One day I just lost interest in meat..it was the afternoon and I was about to eat a sausage but I just didn't feel like it..I'm still interested in dairy and eggs so I eat them. I don't eat gelatin since It turned me off for some reason as well. I don't have morals like a lot of vegetarians also so if I ever wanted eat an animal again I would. No one should ever feel as if they are wrong or right since your choices are your own and moral objections are simply other people's choices whether your a vegan or a cannibal. It's up to you and what you truly desire.
- —Guest Rem
Forks over Knives
- I was researching how to change everything to just organic and it really moved me to try to be a vegetarian again. Then I realized I am going to do something go for gold and I went vegan instead.
- —Guest Autumn
Slow and steady wins the race =)
- It definatly wasn't an over night thing, for me to become vegan. I cut out eggs milk and cheese first and then began to read ingedients to see what I could and couldn't eat, It took me about a month to become a full vegan. If you ever feel like giving up, don't. Remember what you stand for and why you became a vegetarian or vegan. Most importantly, think of the lives of innocent animals that you're saving, you're saving them from a nightmare.
- —Guest Keepthefaith13
- Going Vegetarian wasn't easy. My family and friends all think I'm crazy, but I don't care I know I'm doing the right thing. Most people out there don't even stop and think about what these poor animals they are feeding on feel. Not because they're animals means that they have no feelings. They also have a beating heart and breathe the same air we do. Therefore, they should have the same rights we humans do. I strongly believe that killing animals and feeding on them is a cruel and evil act. Imagine we were the animals, would we like to get eaten? Of course we wouldn't. People often say "that's what animals are for, were meant to eat them." But no document states this. Its just the way people decided to live. If someone has enough courage and a loving heart they can change their life style and decide to do the right thing. That's why I, Jessica Morales, have decided to become a vegetarian and I am never turning back.
- —Guest Jessica Morales
Im a vegetarian because
- I figured that I had to become healthier to be a gymnast. I was 11 when I became a vegetarian. I thought that this could be a good start for myself forever. I didn't believe that I actually could become one, no one did. Why? Cus Im young and i can't be choice about food. It's different and I could influence others from it. That was the second reason why I became a veggie. At first I thought I couldn't go through with it because my whole family consisted of one veggie and my siblings only eat meat about like every hour.lol. So it was tempting. I remember my mom bought some churches chicken and I was really hungry so like I said It was weird for someone my age to be picky over food. So yea I was like mom can I just get the skin off the chicken?And then she's like Kenya, that's still meat. Then the 3rd reason is because I saw this very depressing program showing wat they did to the animals and I cried so hard. Being a veggie has been the best. I'm 16 and I plan on becoming a vegan next.
- —Guest Kenya montagueo