From the article: How to Go Vegetarian or Vegan
How did you go vegetarian or vegan? Gradually? All at once? Share your tips for cutting out meat, eggs and dairy so that others can learn from your experience! Share your tips!
How did I?
- Well I've been wanting to become a vegetarian since I was just a little girl. Why? Well my family is from Costa Rica and we visit a family friend who owns a farm. I used to milk the cows and feed the chickens. I kind of fell in love with the animals. I thought to myself "What gives us the right to eat them? Have they no mercy?" I told my parents I wanted to become vegetarian and they laughed at my face. They told me I couldn't do it. I guess I believed them and the thought left my mind. Years later during a thanks giving dinner I decided not to eat turkey because I felt like I was committing a crime. After that I stopped eating meat completely. I'm glad I did because I feel like I'm living more healthy, plus I'm saving animals lives that way. I am a ovo-vegetarian. I only eat eggs. Well, I eat other things too but eggs are something in my diet. I hope people start to realize how cruel it is to kill an animal so innocent. Just think, you're taking someone's right to live.
- —Guest Nicole
Sad Cow Eyes
- Before I moved to Australia, I was a pescatarian. That is I abstained from eating all meat, with the exception of fish. The about 20 years ago, I went with the flow and did the sausages, the rump steak, the peking duck and all the exotic things that all my friends ate. I never really liked them but the country here is what they enjoy. My neighbor just got 3 beautiful pet chickens, a speckled one, a red one and a white one. They are so cute and roam in my yard. I used to get my BBQ chicken cooked at the grocery store and thought nothing about it. Until I saw these beautiful pets. The last week, I was in my car travelling in the outback. A semi truck pulled up and it was a road train with a load of cattle. off to the slaughter house. Through the timber slats of the truck, there was this one set of big brown eyes looking at me.. Destined and pleading well knowing his life was doomed. It upset me so, I have completely changed and gone vegetarian.
- —Guest PJ
Don't know how I ever ate meat before
- After being a meat lover, one day I just lost my appetite for it.
- —Guest Pam
What replaces the meat on my plate??!?
- When I became vegetarian 7 years ago, it was extremely difficult to determine what to eat. I spent hours planning the week's meals. I started out just replacing meat on my plate with a meat replacement, i.e. potatoes, vegetable, & bean burger. That's a good way to start, but eventually you will find that there does not have to be a "meat" on your plate. Try cooking Indian curries, Asian dishes, and American vegetarian food. You can checkout cookbooks from your public library to find out what you like. I recommend you try one of the Moosewood Restaurant Cookbooks, because they are made for the American palate. There are also tons of easy vegetarian Indian and Asian recipes. You must get your protein from beans, tofu, quinoa, legumes, nuts, rice, and possibly from eggs and milk/cheese. Get other vitamins and minerals from green leafy vegetables and colorful ones too. Often the more colorful the vegetable, the better it is for you, so make your meals colorful and attractive.
- —Guest Vicki
could no longer eat flesh/seafood
- As a child I would never eat a full portion of meat it grossed me out. So about 30 years ago I gave up eating chicken beef pork fish shell fish. I actually started to feel like a cannibal. I am 62 years old have no health problems. No health issues never been on any type of medications.
- —Guest Helen Jenkins
- I was a vegetarian/vegan throughout high school, but because I was not eating the right foods to stay healthy, I gave up the diet. But now that I'm older (3 years) I can be vegetarian, and get the right foods to keep me healthy. Both times, I quit cold turkey because it's easier for me to just decide and do than to try to ween myself off. But since I've began back to my diet, I've felt so much happier, and felt much healthier because I'm once again feeling like im doing the right thing not only for my health, but for the sake of all of the animals that I am taking a stand for. (along with so many other great people).
- —Guest julia
I want to be vege
- Just finished watching Earthlings. Didn;t plan on it, just happened to stumble across it. Prior to watching this documentary, I have been thinking about giving away eating meat, like most of us it has been apart of our lives, (pity the poor animals life). I want to start my new life and by doing this hopefully give life back to the animals of this planet. We are guardians and caretakers of earth but we sure don't act like it. I promise this; I will never be brainwashed again...
- My husband and I adopted a lax vegetarian lifestyle after watching both our families live with horrible health problems, but really committed to it after his dad went vegan and eliminated all his health issues! We really succeeded by focusing less on what we took out of our diets, and more on what we could add in meat's place (even egg and milk subs at times). Eating out was tough at first, but we soon learned that many restaurants will substitute veggies for little or no charge. Now that we've learned our way around meatless meal times, we can't wait to eat!
- —Guest Alison
- Its been over 3 years since I have been a lacto-vegetarian. A choice that I don't regret despite difficulties when eating out. I love that I feel so healthy.
- —Guest Nad
- I became a vegetarian because I feel it's healthier than consuming the fats of animals and digesting things that corrode the body.
- —Guest Jaqualan Crane
Health reasons first
- I started having issues with a couple rashes on my legs, also anxiety attacks...I began to research how to heal naturally,and what I read was to cut out dairy (for the rashes) and also rubbing ACV unfiltered on them. First I stopped milk, then cheese and so on. Then started reading about meat and so on. So I becamse vegetarian / vegan over a period of 6 months.
- —Guest jeff
- For health reasons, I've decided to try my very best at beginning a lacto-ovo vegetarian lifestyle. I have lots of stomach issues and I am convinced that this may be the answer I'm looking for. Wish I had opened my eyes to this at an earlier age, but...better late than never! Wish me luck! :)
- —Guest Brenda
- I have just started out on this vegetarian journey. I can tell that's its gonna be a battle, not because of the restriction but because of this whole side of thinking that never crossed my mind. All my life I have absolutely love and adored cows. It was and very much still is, is to have a farm sanctuary for cows and any other animals that need a home. About a week ago a friend introduced me to her diet of no red meat. To jump all the way to today, I had an experience that I think is what will make my mind up for sure. My dog has kibble and meat for dinner. It never really crossed my mind or bothered me. So I went to get the beef from the fridge. Even touching it through the plastic wrap made me squirm. Then I had to cut it up. So I got out the knife and started cutting and the feel maked me through upish the sound the blade made cutting tipped me over the edge. I know it'll be a bit of a process and a bit scary because of a change but its important to respect the ones I love.
- —Guest lou
Not yet, but trying. Also why
- I am starting to vegetarian or vegan, or trying to at least. Why? Well first because of instagram. Then I saw a video on chooseveg (click why then animals then scroll to bottom). I have been doing a bit of research and my friends said they will, but they couldn't. I still am. One of them says that the animals will become over populated. I don't think so. She also thinks that it is fine because we have always done it. That is not true. Before they had almost no food, and no crops. Now? We have plenty of crops. Why eat animals? Also we would have more food. It takes food to feed the animals and we could be using that space to be making more food! Also it takes lots more water to make a pound of meat then a pound of grain. Sometimes they grow the chickens so big, they can't even move. Also "cage free" animals is almost as bad as normal. Cage free animals are jammed in one tinyspace so they can't run and lose weight. Also they kill all male chicks but one by grinding then alive or suffocating them in a bag.
- —Guest Lilly
A new beginning :)
- I have loved eating meat for about 20 years and then one day I watched an amazing documentary - "Earthlings". At the beginning, there is a statement that there are three stages to accepting the truth and after watching the whole thing I just knew I will never, ever touch flesh again. I know it might sound boastful, because it's my first day, but I just can't imagine eating flesh after what I've seen. I haven't yet told my family, but I'm leaving to Uni soon so I'm thinking about switching on my own and then telling them during Christmas. I expect to lose weight as well, cuz I haven't had a balanced diet at all. I'm allergic to milk as well so that one is out and I only eat eggs from my grandpa's chickens that run around all day and are fed well, loved and (I hope) happy. Maybe I'll have to cut eggs out at Uni too. I can't explain it, but I am so happy, so sure about this decision that I think my family will follow. But first, I have to set a good example. Off I go then! :)
- —Guest Joanna
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