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!
- One Easter season I tried giving up meat for Lent, and disappointingly failed. I kept forgetting my promise, because meat was just a regular part of life. (Which now is kind of ironic). A few months later at sleep away camp my friend, who can't eat beef due to her religion, "challenged" me to go the next two weeks without eating meat. I succeeded of course (except for one chicken sample from a chinese restaurant that I couldn't resist). After camp, I just decided to continue being a vegetarian. People always ask me why, and I tell them because of the animals. I always hate when people tell me that not eating meat won't make a difference or save any animals, because it does. (By the way, I'm 13. It's never too early to start making a difference, right?)
- —Guest Isabel
How a blue collar guy went vegetarian
- You know, even as a kid the idea of eating other animals did bother me and the meat part of a meal was almost always my least favorite part. Then because of all those years of "eat your meat " hammered into me, I continued eating animals I do tend to eat way less meat than your average blue-collar guy though. But now I have reason to reconsider. I just threw out my organic milk and bought coconut and almond milk. I like the almond milk better. Wish me luck!
- —Guest dOqWBraLG
1 Month and 1 Week Anniversary!!!
- Well, I had always been a meat lover until I began college. Initially I reduce meat intake to cut down my budget on food. I somehow got acquainted with reading health articles online and found out that meat eating is unhealthy. Umm... long story, thus I thought that it is sufficient to cut down on meat intake. Earlier this year, I just don't know how-I found meat eeww, especially the ways they are obtained, thanks to some veggie films such as "The Earthlings". I could not believe that I had been a hypocrite by saying that I love having pets yet eating animals! I even wonder how people held their celebrations at the expense of the lives of the other animals. They have feelings and basic needs, too, just like us humans. Since then, I have turned lacto-ovo vegetarian and I decide to go vegan when I am financially independent and have my own house. Vegan options in college are extremely limited. Sigh. Sincerely, a vegetarian since 3 April 2013.
- —Guest Sharon Ng
- On a mission to write a persuasive research paper for my English 104-105 composition class I decided that a meat eater writing a pro-vegeterian paper would make quite a statement. Though I've only been researching for a day I've seen enough cruel and inhumane treatment of animals to last me a life time, if not two life times, and with that I've decided to try to become a vegetarian, wish me luck!
- —Guest Sara
- When I read about animals, I felt like they are same with us. People, especially my family said me "we are created this way, we need to eat them." But my answer will be always "no we are not created this way, they are giving milk, eggs etc. for us. they are not giving their meat and we can't take their meat. We need to think about their emotions as well. They are doing so many things for us already. We don't need more." I am so happy to be this way and I will carry on. I am feeling more healthy and happy than old times.
- —Guest Tulya
- My dad's entire family passed away with Diabetes. For that reason alone I started out to be Vegetarian at first, now with a lifestyle change becoming vegan. I am happier, healthier and calm. No illnesses found, clean colon.
- —Guest Elizabeth
Forks Over Knives
- I was a semi vegetarian in the 1980's. But went back to eating meat again. I have been questioning our food, if it is fake or real. I recently watched Forks Over Knives and the sequel, Forks Over Knives EXtended Interviews. What they were saying just seemed so right. It was like a lightbulb turned on and it changed me right away. I no longer have a desire for meat, meat by products or processed foods. I don't eat anything that has a mother, flies, swims or crawls. All the foods I eat are whole foods, cooked and raw. I feel fantastic and love to eat this way. It is so simple. Now I feel like I am eating real food and doing something that is good for my health.
- —Guest Karen
- I was in the lunch room and eating meat balls (at school) and I thought about the documentary I watched 2 years ago (yes! And I still remember it!) about the wrong things they do to animals just for their food. So I spit out the meat balls and said "I'm done". I also eat cage free eggs yeah! It is very easy to become a vegetarian. Plus I started when I was 10. It is wrong how they treat animals they can't speak up we have to speak for them so join me and the other many people and please love and think about animals the way I do.
- —Guest Angie
- I was a raw vegan for a while, then a vegan, but when you're poor and in college, it's not easy to keep up. So, now I'm vegetarian. I've successfully done this by being aware of how bad meat is for me and convincing myself it is disgusting. So far, it's been very effecacious, my only exception being sushi, which I do eat at least once a week (it's my favorite food ever).
- —Guest Darth
- become a Lord Krishna devotee then easy way you can become a pure vegetarian.
- —Guest RAMA DAS
- I stopped eating any kind of red meat whatsoever and now Im not gonna eat no chicken or anything dairy. I stopped in a heartbeat. Why? Because of animal cruelty. They suffer for us to eat. T had enough i should have done this along time ago since I love animals to much! I recommend everyone who reads this go VEGAN please animals are suffering !! I know I won't regret doing this cause I do it for a cause and my health ! People can hate people will judge u cause they don't like the truth being told but i'm happy with my decision and Ill do anything to protect animals :,)
- —Guest Larican
- I've been a lacto ovo vegetarian since 1995. Was it challenging? Indeed! I let go of beef and pork and deviated to poultry meals. I slowly got used to eating poultry then eventually went straight vegetarian.
- —Guest Alma moises
- I wouldn't call myself a vegetarian, but I'm getting closer. Growing up my mum was vegetarian so we always ate vegetarian at her house. I'm 28 now and after thinking about it for a few years I educated myself a bit and for the last 6 months or so I have stopped buying or cooking meat, I still eat meat occasionally as I live in a share house with some very wasteful (but lovely) housemates and I hate seeing any type of food go in the bin, if it's going to get thrown out for no reason other than they're full, I'll eat it. I made the change mainly because of the way people view and treat animals and not so much for health reasons. I have found the change surprisingly easy and feel great for it. My girlfriend has been very helpful and to a certain extent changed her diet to make it easier for me (not that I try to influence her either way). I'm sure this is how many vegetarians and vegans must start out so I'll just see where it takes me.
- —Guest mega
No sort of living animal for me
- I went vegetarian 2 months ago because I didn't want to be someone who ate any type of animal and I'm a peace freak. I also don't hurt animals. So I decided to try and check it out. I like being vegetarian it makes me feel happy and I like to be different. My family thought i was crazy because of that. I just stopped eating meat and it was really easy to keep going from there. I love being a vegetarian. (:
- —Guest Mary.Me
decided after a long time, never better
- looking back at when i changed, it would have looked like i changed for different reasons than i gave. the day i finally told my parents, was also ironically the day after we had slaughtered out first turkey. they were probably thinking that i had a bad reaction to the turkey, that wasnt the reason i changed though i had been thinking about it for about a year and i decided to change, and i havent felt any better. granted i got head aches for the first month but that was because i wasnt used to it and i dont think that i was getting enough water, but now that it is all over i feel better than i ever have and i finally feel as though i am set apart from the people who look at vegetarians and think "oh they just love animals so much that they cant stomach the thought of a dead one" and into the one with the educated people that know that it is better for you and that our bodies were meant for this. tip: dont give into meat if this lifestyle is what you want, that never helps dedication
- —Guest Cyrus
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