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#1 Old 01-11-2017, 10:55 AM
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#2 Old 01-11-2017, 09:16 PM
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Without rambling too much, concern for animal rights made me a lacto-ovo vegetarian (PETA) but I'm sorry to say that in my early 20s it wasn't enough to keep me on a strict plant based diet, because I had no idea what I was doing, I had no support and I knew 0 vegans. So my first attempt at veganism lasted a few months.

I started transitioning to vegan again after watching Forks Over Knives and Cowspiracy, because I suddenly had more information and now several other reasons besides animal rights to support my decision. I think the first time I was really afraid I was being irrational and it didn't help that my ex said things like vegans were physically weak.

When veganism was discovered by me to be rational and actually so overwhelmingly right and correct for multiple reasons, I studied on how to eat with real nutrition and how to do so even when I am running low on money.

So animal rights made me vegetarian, and environmental and health sciences made me vegan. I also woke up to the fact through education that vegetarianism still harms animals and the environment more than I thought. Though it's still better than eating meat of course.

I think the environment was probably my pinnacle point of commitment to transitioning to vegan though.

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For some reason my brain decided to start imagining whatever animal I was eating suffering in order to become meat, and I would have to take meat I was chewing out of my mouth because I couldn't bring myself to swallow it.
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I have always felt a need for compassion, but especially in my teenage years I had a hard time going veg*n because I have Crohns disease and was easily malnourished, plus I come from an abusive home. So for years I was veg*n on and off.

Then I eventually turned vegetarian because I couldnt bring myself to eat meat anymore, but I thought that if I bought humane dairy I was doing enough. I didnt think using animals was wrong, I just thought the way we were using them was usually wrong.

I turned vegan as soon as that thought changed, I realised that using animals in any way is wrong no matter if they are kept humanely or whatever, they are still slaves to us. That made me take the final step.
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I was in my early 20s, and in college, when the 1990s environmentalism resurgence took place. I was part of that, and still am. I first became interested in vegetarianism for environmental reasons. I became ovo-lacto vegetarian, and I joined the campus animal rights group. I became vegan 6 months later. It's been 25 years, and the doctors always pronounce me healthy at my yearly physical exam!
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This is great! It's really fun and inspiring to read about your journeys.

For me, I have always been an animal lover and highly sensitive and empathic person. I had struggled for a long time trying to reconcile my feelings about animals with what I had been taught about meat and nutrition my whole life, but always found some excuse to continue eating meat.

I can pinpoint the moment that I became a vegetarian as one random night last year when I was watching Doctor Who and saw the episode "The Beast Below". I was really affected by the episode and was online reading about it on message boards when I came across one where someone pointed out that the episode could be an allegory for factory farming and the meat and dairy industries. So from there I went "down the rabbit hole" and ended up watching the trailer ONLY to Earthlings (sobbing the entire time) and that was it. I couldn't stand to eat meat after that.

I have been a vegetarian since last June and am working towards becoming vegan now. Best decision I've made.
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Without rambling too much, concern for animal rights made me a lacto-ovo vegetarian (PETA) but I'm sorry to say that in my early 20s it wasn't enough to keep me on a strict plant based diet, because I had no idea what I was doing, I had no support and I knew 0 vegans. So my first attempt at veganism lasted a few months.

I started transitioning to vegan again after watching Forks Over Knives and Cowspiracy, because I suddenly had more information and now several other reasons besides animal rights to support my decision. I think the first time I was really afraid I was being irrational and it didn't help that my ex said things like vegans were physically weak.

When veganism was discovered by me to be rational and actually so overwhelmingly right and correct for multiple reasons, I studied on how to eat with real nutrition and how to do so even when I am running low on money.

So animal rights made me vegetarian, and environmental and health sciences made me vegan. I also woke up to the fact through education that vegetarianism still harms animals and the environment more than I thought. Though it's still better than eating meat of course.

I think the environment was probably my pinnacle point of commitment to transitioning to vegan though.
Your reasoning is very similar to mine. The environmental impacts of factory farming/animal agriculture was terrifying! Discovering what ACTUALLY happens in the industry to these poor animals was so disturbing to me! So happy I made the transition. <3

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A medical emergency (gall bladder - although surgery wasn't required) prompted the immediate and drastic change from a typical SAD diet to strictly plant-based.

I had already switched to locally raised meats, dairy, eggs, at least 2 years before the gall bladder attack happened in an attempt to eat healthier, but still remained over 300 lbs.(yet my doc kept telling me all my blood work looked fine w/ each check-up and never suggested I change my lifestyle), miserable with inflammation, suffered from Irritable Bowel Syndrome, "nervous stomach", was diagnosed with severe osteoarthritis, severe fibromyalgia, severe depression, severe anxiety, severe adhd, and I'm sure I've forgotten a few. Was told to just learn to live with it as all of these things come with age. Grrrrrrr..........

Meds were thrown at me left and right and my body/organs/mind continued to be separated and farmed out to various specialists, none of whom could ever answer anything about specific root issues to address and heal causes, but could easily give me a pill or offer to cut me open to temporarily suppress symptoms, but things kept getting rapidly worse instead of better. I was given pills to relax me, to put me to sleep, to calm my nerves, to wake and wind me back up, to ease the pains, and to relax the muscles, and here, try this one, too, because it just might be "the one".

The gall bladder attack is what it took to finally force me to flip the script on my eating/consumption/personal environment habits. I was convinced I'd die without all the foods I was used to and still thought it a bit "out there" to have to change so drastically. With close guidance and support from a friend, my patient and loving husband, along with my beautiful village of healers that I've been fortunate to cross paths with, I dove right in.

I learned that slow and mindful are two words that are very necessary with such huge changes and that it often has to get much worse before it gets better. I've become my own full-time job in unlearning what I've been inaccurately taught through the years while filling in the dark lonely gaps of my newfound wellness grooves with relearning all about self and how to healthily love and nurture each and every cell.

Once I began looking behind the scenes to learn the processes involved with getting food to our tables, I realized I'd never again be willingly ingesting another animal product. My heart knows better now and can't handle the thought of not honoring what I now know.

However, I never realized how incredibly isolating it would be to regain vitality and nurture self. I'm a hell of a lot more sensitive to everything now that my body is much cleaner. I shed 110 lbs., and hundreds more, in the friends that no longer wish to share space.

I thought loved ones and acquaintances would celebrate my health with and for me, but I think it often places a mirror in front of them that they aren't ready to look that deeply into just yet, for many reasons, which is perfectly okay, but can certainly create some incredibly uncomfortable awkwardness.

I have to try to stay strong enough to avoid giving into strong cravings that get triggered easily depending on where I am, and have to keep pretty strict boundaries about spaces I'll visit. It's gotten a bit more lax as I get more comfortable within self in my almost two years of practicing whole foods/plant-based/vegan eating. Total script flip, totally different lifestyle, not just a temporary gig, as many seem to assume.

So much is designed around food and drink in the social and familial and even the workplace scene. You have to design and create your own personalized comfortable road show and spread the joy from your heart. Otherwise, you'll likely drive yourself and everyone else (even more) mad in more moments than you wish to digest. As with all things, I learned the hard way. lol
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