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How many of you are in this for life (vegetarianism/veganism)?

Poll Results: Will you be vegetarian for life?

 
  • 97% (89)
    Yes
  • 2% (2)
    Maybe
  • 0% (0)
    No
91 Total Votes  
post #1 of 134
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Myself, I've been vegetarian for about 20 years now. I will not be going back on this. This is so crucial to my way of being. Still, I see people all around me that were vegetarian for 10 to 20 years giving it up at some point.

This poll is to get you to think about it and also, if you say yes, this is legally binding so you will be in big trouble if you jump ship!

I really wanted this to be two possible answers because it enforces the idea that you are or aren't, but really, some people have yet to decide yet.
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post #2 of 134
I will be in this lifestyle forever. Preferably vegan but if my life brings me vegetarianism that's fine too. But I will never go back to meat nor will go back to eggs. I became a vegetarian a little over 4yrs ago but I had wanted to be one since I was old enough to understand what meat was. Being raised in a meat household however my mother wanted me to wait until I could fully understand my decision know all the facts and such on it. I will forever be an animal activists, I was born one so changing would be ridiculous.
post #3 of 134
I've made a commitment to myself and to the Earth. My decision is based on my dedication to non-violence and my compassion for all living beings. It is an expression of who I am. Labeling myself as vegan is less important to me than living consistently with my values. Thus, if I find a way to live that is even more in line with my core being, with the love of earth and life and animals, then I will consider it. Until that day I am living as a vegan.
post #4 of 134
I cannot ever imagine going back to eating meat. I dont see it as food any more. Never say never (you dont know what could happen), but Id be pretty suprised if I ever ate meat again.
post #5 of 134
Vegan for life. Agreed with PF that meat and other animal products just aren't food to me anymore.
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post #6 of 134
Anyone who answers 'yes' and then will go back later should be located, captured, blindfolded, stripped bare and released into a cold German forest.

Not being vegan would be to sacrifice some of my core values; not even being vegetarian would require a very basic transformation of my whole personality.

But I think this question should be taken seriously, given the number of people who eventually do give up. Many of those people, too, were saying how they were going to be veg*n for life.

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post #7 of 134
I could never imagine eating meat again. Besides for the fact that I'm ethically against it, I don't even like it that much. It's gross to prepare and gross to eat.
post #8 of 134
I'm only in this for 732 years (that's not a typo). But by then, people who eat animals will be a fringe element of society that I will not want to be a part of. So, really, I'm in this for life.
post #9 of 134
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Originally Posted by Pirate Ferret View Post

I cannot ever imagine going back to eating meat. I dont see it as food any more. Never say never (you dont know what could happen), but Id be pretty suprised if I ever ate meat again.

This. Even being forced to go back to consuming dairy makes me feel guilty and horrible. Hopefully I can avoid doing that again.

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post #10 of 134
I voted yes, I hope I will! I became vegetarian in 1993.

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Originally Posted by Sevenseas View Post

Anyone who answers 'yes' and then will go back later should be located, captured, blindfolded, stripped bare and released into a cold German forest.

Ooh kinky, your post makes me want to change my mind SS.
post #11 of 134
Lol, like the vegan police off scott pilgrim vs. the world. They hunt you down when you break the rules. lol
post #12 of 134
I hope they respect my dietary wishes when I'm in a nursing home!!!
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post #13 of 134
I've been veg*n for over 20 years. I can't fathom the thought of ever going back. I have a very difficult time understanding how anyone can go back to meat eating after 10 or 20 + years. I'm shocked that their bodies can handle that.
post #14 of 134
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I hope they respect my dietary wishes when I'm in a nursing home!!!

I wonder . . .

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post #15 of 134
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I hope they respect my dietary wishes when I'm in a nursing home!!!

TBH this is the only time I can ever imagine eating meat again. If you are in a nursing home/hospital and literally have no choice/are unable to mentally make the choice to not eat meat.

ive already told my family my funeral is to be at least l/o vegetarian, haha. does that count?
post #16 of 134
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Originally Posted by Sevenseas View Post

Anyone who answers 'yes' and then will go back later should be located, captured, blindfolded, stripped bare and released into a cold German forest.
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But I think this question should be taken seriously, given the number of people who eventually do give up. Many of those people, too, were saying how they were going to be veg*n for life.

Why Germany? I love Germany!

Exactly, I had a landlord that was vegetarian for about 30 years who started eating fish and possibly some other meats. He said he just got tired of it. I have a friend that was veggie about 15 years that had a boy that is allergic to almost everything and has to eat meat, so she began eating meat again. I have another friend that was raised veggie and just decided one day to start eating meat after decades of not. I've had girlfriends that were veggie when we were together later quit. We've seen people vanish from VB that started eating meat.

For me, I can't see myself dating anyone that isn't vegetarian/vegan. But sadly, I feel there is a lot of flux in this dietary choice which ends up that a large percentage of veggies will quit given time. My last girlfriend was veggie 9 years, and I jumped on her for that and other reasons, I hope she never changes in that regard since she was so propelled by it.
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post #17 of 134
I've wondered. Seems unfathomable now, but who knows what the future holds...
post #18 of 134
I imagine every vegetarian who has ever gone back to meat-eating once said the same things that are being said in this thread and with just as much emotion. Maybe moreso. Since there is no way to answer affirmatively about something that hasn't occured yet, I put 'maybe'.
post #19 of 134
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I imagine every vegetarian who has ever gone back to meat-eating once said the same things that are being said in this thread and with just as much emotion. Maybe moreso. Since there is no way to answer affirmatively about something that hasn't occured yet, I put 'maybe'.

I was thinking along the same lines. I have every good intention of doing this for the rest of my life, but we all know what the road to hell is paved with.
post #20 of 134
Being in it for life is certainly my plan.
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post #21 of 134
The only way i would no longer be vegan is if eating meat became necessary for my survival.
post #22 of 134
I plan to be but I try not to make definite claims about things that I am not certain about.
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post #23 of 134
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The only way i would no longer be vegan is if eating meat became necessary for my survival.

Same here. Hopefully that situation will never come up.

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post #24 of 134
Been a vegetarian for over 20 years, so yea I'm in it for life.
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post #25 of 134
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Originally Posted by Digger View Post

I imagine every vegetarian who has ever gone back to meat-eating once said the same things that are being said in this thread and with just as much emotion. Maybe moreso. Since there is no way to answer affirmatively about something that hasn't occured yet, I put 'maybe'.

I became a vegetarian at age 12 and stayed one until age 18 when I became vegan. I was vegan until I was 21, fell back to vegetarian then got back to veganism at 23 until 24. During all of this time I was very active with my animal rights activism. I even was working to throw a huge vegan festival. My marriage, where I had found love and had two children, began falling apart. I became severely depressed. I found myself back at vegetarian. After our marriage ended and he took the kids for the weekend and refused to bring them back (legal here since he was the father) I got the suicidal kind of depressed. The only thing that kept me alive was not wanting my kids to grow up without me. I started eating meat again, I started eating *anything* and used food as an emotional crutch.

Some of my friends, particularly one who worked for PETA, were so disappointed in me and it threw them for a huge loop that someone that was once so passionate about this lifestyle could fall away from it. But the ones who could see me on a daily basis said they understood and told me the fire was gone from my eyes and I just seemed sad.

Thankfully now, 3 years later, life is good. I'm working my way back up...slowly...to veganism and I'm getting back the passion I had. Part of that can be attributed to now having joint custody of my two oldest kids and my ex-husband finally admitting he too had faults in the marriage (prior to now he said it was all my fault). I'm in a job I love at a local organic market. And I have an amazing support system of family (like my husband) and friends...particularly two from this forum (Chelsea and Heather) who stayed friends even during the rough times when I was ashamed that I had fallen off the wagon.

Anyways, I'm rambling. My point was just to agree with the quote. For me this lifestyle is no longer about "Will I be a vegetarian for the rest of my life" more as "when I'm on my deathbed with I look at my life and be happy". I don't look back on my time off the wagon with guilt, I look at it as being human...and in the end that's all I want to be able to say...I was human, I made mistakes, but in the end I was happy.
post #26 of 134
Even the thought of eating meat makes me feel ill. I just don't think I could go back to eating it, even in a survival situation. I feel almost as strongly about dairy and eggs.
post #27 of 134
just the thought of eating meat makes me sick. when i find out that ive accidently ate something that has gelatin or something in it i get so upset and i want to vomit. i could never go back to being a omni.
post #28 of 134
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Originally Posted by christinahudler View Post

I became a vegetarian at age 12 and stayed one until age 18 when I became vegan. I was vegan until I was 21, fell back to vegetarian then got back to veganism at 23 until 24. During all of this time I was very active with my animal rights activism. I even was working to throw a huge vegan festival. My marriage, where I had found love and had two children, began falling apart. I became severely depressed. I found myself back at vegetarian. After our marriage ended and he took the kids for the weekend and refused to bring them back (legal here since he was the father) I got the suicidal kind of depressed. The only thing that kept me alive was not wanting my kids to grow up without me. I started eating meat again, I started eating *anything* and used food as an emotional crutch.

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Anyways, I'm rambling. My point was just to agree with the quote. For me this lifestyle is no longer about "Will I be a vegetarian for the rest of my life" more as "when I'm on my deathbed with I look at my life and be happy". I don't look back on my time off the wagon with guilt, I look at it as being human...and in the end that's all I want to be able to say...I was human, I made mistakes, but in the end I was happy.

Thanks for sharing that, I love when people can just put it out there. I swear doing so helps so much. It's not rambling to me, it's you speaking your mind.

We are all definitely different, so we will all do what come naturally when situations arise. Myself, I can't see anything that would change my stance, even depression which I suffer from in a normal way from time to time. I've come 20 years and I'm doing fine healthwise. If a doctor told me I had to eat meat, I'd probably not believe them and get a second opinion. If there was truly a life threatening problem, I like to think I know what I'd say, but you can't know until you live it.
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post #29 of 134
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Originally Posted by christinahudler View Post

I became a vegetarian at age 12 and stayed one until age 18 when I became vegan. I was vegan until I was 21, fell back to vegetarian then got back to veganism at 23 until 24. During all of this time I was very active with my animal rights activism. I even was working to throw a huge vegan festival. My marriage, where I had found love and had two children, began falling apart. I became severely depressed. I found myself back at vegetarian. After our marriage ended and he took the kids for the weekend and refused to bring them back (legal here since he was the father) I got the suicidal kind of depressed. The only thing that kept me alive was not wanting my kids to grow up without me. I started eating meat again, I started eating *anything* and used food as an emotional crutch.

I can understand this as I have felt like giving up vegetarianism and veganism when I've been clinically depressed. I'm glad you are feeling better now.
post #30 of 134
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Originally Posted by christinahudler View Post

I became a vegetarian at age 12 and stayed one until age 18 when I became vegan. I was vegan until I was 21, fell back to vegetarian then got back to veganism at 23 until 24. During all of this time I was very active with my animal rights activism. I even was working to throw a huge vegan festival. My marriage, where I had found love and had two children, began falling apart. I became severely depressed. I found myself back at vegetarian. After our marriage ended and he took the kids for the weekend and refused to bring them back (legal here since he was the father) I got the suicidal kind of depressed. The only thing that kept me alive was not wanting my kids to grow up without me. I started eating meat again, I started eating *anything* and used food as an emotional crutch.

Some of my friends, particularly one who worked for PETA, were so disappointed in me and it threw them for a huge loop that someone that was once so passionate about this lifestyle could fall away from it. But the ones who could see me on a daily basis said they understood and told me the fire was gone from my eyes and I just seemed sad.

Thankfully now, 3 years later, life is good. I'm working my way back up...slowly...to veganism and I'm getting back the passion I had. Part of that can be attributed to now having joint custody of my two oldest kids and my ex-husband finally admitting he too had faults in the marriage (prior to now he said it was all my fault). I'm in a job I love at a local organic market. And I have an amazing support system of family (like my husband) and friends...particularly two from this forum (Chelsea and Heather) who stayed friends even during the rough times when I was ashamed that I had fallen off the wagon.

Anyways, I'm rambling. My point was just to agree with the quote. For me this lifestyle is no longer about "Will I be a vegetarian for the rest of my life" more as "when I'm on my deathbed with I look at my life and be happy". I don't look back on my time off the wagon with guilt, I look at it as being human...and in the end that's all I want to be able to say...I was human, I made mistakes, but in the end I was happy.

I am so glad to hear you are back on track and life is good again. I do think I remember when you were having such a hard time a while back.
Myself, I am vegetarian for life; I have tried being vegan but had to back off a bit mostly due to my own laziness but hopefully will get back on track eventually. I came to the veg*n lifestyle rather late in life but I cannot see myself EVER going back to meat eating.
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