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#1 Old 01-13-2010, 01:57 PM
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Im doing a project on vegetarianism and I need you guys to answer a few questions.



1. How long have you been vegetarian?

2. How old were you when you became vegetarian?

3. Whats been the most difficult challenges that have come from being a vegetarian?

4. When you tell people your vegetarian, whats there reaction?

5. Do you have to take any vitamin supplements?

6. Whats the main reason for becoming a vegetarian?

7. Do you get all of your necessary nutrients? (protein, b12, calcium, zinc, iron)



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#2 Old 01-13-2010, 02:10 PM
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I'll bite.



1. How long have you been vegetarian? 3 mos.

2. How old were you when you became vegetarian? 24

3. Whats been the most difficult challenges that have come from being a vegetarian? eating out/with family who don't understand my diet

4. When you tell people your vegetarian, whats there reaction? surprise, neither positive nor negative.

5. Do you have to take any vitamin supplements? No.

6. Whats the main reason for becoming a vegetarian? Health, environment, and animals, equally

7. Do you get all of your necessary nutrients? (protein, b12, calcium, zinc, iron) So far as I know, yes. I can tell on days when I'm low on protein, for instance.



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#3 Old 01-13-2010, 02:35 PM
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1. How long have you been vegetarian?

life



2. How old were you when you became vegetarian?

1 day old



3. Whats been the most difficult challenges that have come from being a vegetarian?

none really..

i'd say peoples comments but they dont really bother me. give back as good as they do..



4. When you tell people your vegetarian, whats there reaction?

some are interested, others can be quite suprised, usually positive for me though.

then the question 'why' haha.



5. Do you have to take any vitamin supplements?

no



6. Whats the main reason for becoming a vegetarian?

since birth & my love for animals..the thought of eating meat is beyond me.



7. Do you get all of your necessary nutrients? (protein, b12, calcium, zinc, iron)

slightly low on the iron according to a blood test
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#4 Old 01-13-2010, 03:33 PM
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1. How long have you been vegetarian?



3 years



2. How old were you when you became vegetarian?



33



3. Whats been the most difficult challenges that have come from being a vegetarian?



Having to plan ahead to go out to restaurants sometimes.



4. When you tell people your vegetarian, whats there reaction?



Usually not much reaction around here. Sometimes, they ask why.



5. Do you have to take any vitamin supplements?



I take a multi-vitamin when I remember, but I did that as a meat eater, too.




6. Whats the main reason for becoming a vegetarian?



Animal lover.



7. Do you get all of your necessary nutrients? (protein, b12, calcium, zinc, iron)



Yes. In fact, my iron level became a little too high since going veg, probably because I eat a lot of broccoli and spinach. Donating blood regularly helps with that.



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1. How long have you been vegetarian?

2005

2. How old were you when you became vegetarian?

15

3. Whats been the most difficult challenges that have come from being a vegetarian?

None, actually. It was the easiest thing I've done.

4. When you tell people your vegetarian, whats there reaction?

"What do you eeeeeaaaaattttt you can't be healthy!"

5. Do you have to take any vitamin supplements?

I drink a vitajuice every morning.

6. Whats the main reason for becoming a vegetarian?

Ethical, Environmental, Health.

7. Do you get all of your necessary nutrients? (protein, b12, calcium, zinc, iron)

Rice Milks, Vitajuice, Leafygreens, lentils, and so on.

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#6 Old 01-13-2010, 03:39 PM
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1. How long have you been vegetarian?

10 years before I became a vegan (almost a year ago).



2. How old were you when you became vegetarian?

Seven.



3. Whats been the most difficult challenges that have come from being a vegetarian?

Not being many 'grab-and-go' food products. Though I suppose that's better since I eat healthier than the general population.



4. When you tell people your vegetarian, whats there reaction?

"I could never be vegetarian. I love -insert consumable here- too much."



5. Do you have to take any vitamin supplements?

No.



6. Whats the main reason for becoming a vegetarian?

The animals.



7. Do you get all of your necessary nutrients? (protein, b12, calcium, zinc, iron)

Yes.

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#7 Old 01-13-2010, 03:42 PM
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1. How long have you been vegetarian?

A: 8 months now.



2. How old were you when you became vegetarian?

A: 23 years old.



3. Whats been the most difficult challenges that have come from being a vegetarian?

A: Social pressures.



4. When you tell people your vegetarian, whats there reaction?

A: Depends - sometimes hostile, sometimes disdainful, sometimes encouraging, sometimes curious.



5. Do you have to take any vitamin supplements?

A: I have a multivitamin, but I'm bad about remembering to take it. Also spirulina supplements.



6. Whats the main reason for becoming a vegetarian?

A: The environment. I'm also interested in animal welfare, and the health benefits of vegetarianism.



7. Do you get all of your necessary nutrients? (protein, b12, calcium, zinc, iron)

A: If I'm not getting all of my necessary nutrients, I don't know about it yet.
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#8 Old 01-13-2010, 03:44 PM
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1. How long have you been vegetarian? 17 months

2. How old were you when you became vegetarian? 45

3. Whats been the most difficult challenges that have come from being a vegetarian? Family gatherings

4. When you tell people your vegetarian, whats there reaction? Happy for me

5. Do you have to take any vitamin supplements? B12, Vitamin D

6. Whats the main reason for becoming a vegetarian? Health

7. Do you get all of your necessary nutrients? (protein, b12, calcium, zinc, iron) Yes
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1. How long have you been vegetarian? 7 months. I probably would have been classified as one of those pesky "flexiterians" prior to my official change.

2. How old were you when you became vegetarian? 35

3. Whats been the most difficult challenges that have come from being a vegetarian? My husband and 2 kids are omni, and they have struggled a little with eating differently because I cook differently. My husband is now the primary meat cook when that is what they want.

4. When you tell people your vegetarian, whats there reaction? Most people don't care at all. A few ask questions. I can't say that I have encountered a negative response.

5. Do you have to take any vitamin supplements? Yes. I take a multi-vitamin and a calcium & D supplement.

6. Whats the main reason for becoming a vegetarian? Health

7. Do you get all of your necessary nutrients? (protein, b12, calcium, zinc, iron) Yes

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#10 Old 01-13-2010, 04:15 PM
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I'll jump in on this, even though I've only been veggie a little while.



1. How long have you been vegetarian? --> About a month

2. How old were you when you became vegetarian? --> 18

3. Whats been the most difficult challenges that have come from being a vegetarian? --> other people! not everyone is supportive or very open to veg*ns

4. When you tell people your vegetarian, whats there reaction? --> do you still eat fish?

5. Do you have to take any vitamin supplements? --> nope

6. Whats the main reason for becoming a vegetarian? --> the animals

7. Do you get all of your necessary nutrients? (protein, b12, calcium, zinc, iron) --> I'm with Kellye, if I'm not I don't know about it, but I drink lots of soy milk! mmm
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#11 Old 01-13-2010, 04:19 PM
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Vegetarian Survey

Im doing a project on vegetarianism and I need you guys to answer a few questions.



1. How long have you been vegetarian?



A little over a year.



2. How old were you when you became vegetarian?



20

3. Whats been the most difficult challenges that have come from being a vegetarian?



Finding veg-friendly food at family reunions (a lot of fishers and hunters)



4. When you tell people your vegetarian, whats there reaction?



Some think it's cool, others ask questions. I don't get a lot of teasing.



5. Do you have to take any vitamin supplements?



As far as I know, no, but I could be wrong. I do tend to take calcium supplements when I remember.



6. Whats the main reason for becoming a vegetarian?



I realized that I was only eating it because I wasn't the one cooking for myself.



7. Do you get all of your necessary nutrients? (protein, b12, calcium, zinc, iron)



I try.



Thank you!



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1. How long have you been vegetarian? I have been a vegetarian for 13 years.



2. How old were you when you became vegetarian? I was 18.



3. Whats been the most difficult challenges that have come from being a vegetarian? The most difficult challenge is eating out, especially when I lived in a fairly small town with few options.



4. When you tell people your vegetarian, whats there reaction? They usually say 'oh, okay'



5. Do you have to take any vitamin supplements? Nope



6. Whats the main reason for becoming a vegetarian? There are all sorts of reasons but my main reason is that meat disgusts me.



7. Do you get all of your necessary nutrients? (protein, b12, calcium, zinc, iron) Yes
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1. How long have you been vegetarian? counts fingers...19 months

2. How old were you when you became vegetarian? 26

3. Whats been the most difficult challenges that have come from being a vegetarian? Going out to eat with other people or explaining to people how eating eggs causes just as much suffering as eating the actual chicken.

4. When you tell people your vegetarian, whats there reaction? People are usually surprised because I'm 1) male and 2) not thin. I get mostly positive reactions though. People will say that's great but they could never do it.

5. Do you have to take any vitamin supplements? I don't have to but I do. I took the same multi-vitamin before I became veg*n though.

6. Whats the main reason for becoming a vegetarian? At the time I did it for health reasons but very quickly it became an animal rights issue for me as I learned more about animal agriculture. I'd say that's what keeps people committed to it because we all break rules regarding our personal health.

7. Do you get all of your necessary nutrients? (protein, b12, calcium, zinc, iron) I sure hope so!

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#14 Old 01-13-2010, 05:23 PM
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1. How long have you been vegetarian? Almost 2 years

2. How old were you when you became vegetarian? 22

3. Whats been the most difficult challenges that have come from being a vegetarian? After going out with my friends at night and the only place open is Jack in the Box

4. When you tell people your vegetarian, whats there reaction? "Why?"

5. Do you have to take any vitamin supplements? No

6. Whats the main reason for becoming a vegetarian? I don't want to contribute to the torture and killing of animals (spiritual reasons, health reasons, and environmental impact reasons as well)

7. Do you get all of your necessary nutrients? (protein, b12, calcium, zinc, iron) Yes
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2. How old were you when you became vegetarian?

Seven.





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1. How long have you been vegetarian? since the 27th of december 2008.

2. How old were you when you became vegetarian? 23.

3. Whats been the most difficult challenges that have come from being a vegetarian? dealing with disrespect from other people.

4. When you tell people your vegetarian, whats there reaction? usually derision, or "i could never do that". occasionally people are curious and/or accepting.

5. Do you have to take any vitamin supplements? only vitamin b12, and i ensured that the kind i get is vegan.

6. Whats the main reason for becoming a vegetarian? i don't believe that human beings have a right to dominion over animals.

7. Do you get all of your necessary nutrients? (protein, b12, calcium, zinc, iron) to the best of my knowledge, i am not vitamin deficient (i used to be when i was an omni).
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1. How long have you been vegetarian?

-Just over 1 year.



2. How old were you when you became vegetarian?

-29



3. Whats been the most difficult challenges that have come from being a vegetarian?

-Maintaining a healthy vegetarian diet when doing things with the Army (drill, training, schools, deployment, etc.).



4. When you tell people your vegetarian, whats there reaction?

-Many don't believe me, I guess I don't fit the vegetarian stereotype very well. I'm currently at some Army training and had a guy who has known me from drill for over a year but never really paid close attention tell me today "You really are a vegetarian, aren't you?"



5. Do you have to take any vitamin supplements?

-Most of the time, no. When traveling or on deployment, or in any other situation where I have less control over what I eat, I may take some supplements.



6. Whats the main reason for becoming a vegetarian?

-It started as I was examining my philosophy regarding when it is and isn't right to kill a person, and ended up applying the same principals to animals. In either case, I will kill if I believe it is a survival necessity. If someone is pointing a gun at me, my family, one of my fellow soldiers, etc., I will do anything within my power to eliminate that threat. I am not a pacifist either. I even support initiating an attack if there is a greater good to be served, even with the understanding that mistakes will sometimes be made. No matter how I reworded my philosophy, however, I was unable to define modern meat consumption as a necessity. It serves no legitimate purpose whatsoever, yet creates many problems... environmental, ethical, social, health, the list goes on.



7. Do you get all of your necessary nutrients? (protein, b12, calcium, zinc, iron)

-Yes. It isn't any more difficult than it was as an omnivore.

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1. How long have you been vegetarian? Technically 2 months, as I was a pescetarian before

2. How old were you when you became vegetarian? 15

3. Whats been the most difficult challenges that have come from being a vegetarian? Eating out

4. When you tell people your vegetarian, whats there reaction? Often rationalizing their meat eating

5. Do you have to take any vitamin supplements? Yes, but I would without vegetarianism anyway

6. Whats the main reason for becoming a vegetarian? Preventing animal suffering

7. Do you get all of your necessary nutrients? (protein, b12, calcium, zinc, iron) Yes

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1. How long have you been vegetarian?

2 and a bit years of being vegetarian. Nearly 4 months of being vegan

2. How old were you when you became vegetarian?

15 vegetarian. 18 vegan.

3. Whats been the most difficult challenges that have come from being a vegetarian?

Going to Austria on holiday. Nobody understood about rennet (found one restaurant that actually had a specific vegetarian section, and they used Parmigiano-Reggiano in all of the meals ) or gelatine (again, got served a massive plate full of gelatine filled stuff even though we'd booked through an British travel company and they assured us that the hotel were aware that I was vegetarian). I have a suspicion that those problems were caused by the attention-seeking people who want the nice warm fuzzy feeling of calling themselves vegetarian but still eating things like rennet and gelatine. (Being vegetarian isn't just about not eating meat (including fish). It's about not eating anything that comes from dead animals.)

4. When you tell people your vegetarian, whats there reaction?

When I was vegetarian: the immortal "do you eat fish question?". Now when I say vegan it either: "What about calcium?!?!" or "I could never give up cheese".

5. Do you have to take any vitamin supplements?

I don't HAVE to, but I do have some which I take sometimes when I remember or when I haven't been eating properly (university student!). Although I used to do the same thing when I still ate meat for the same reason (I'm not very good at eating healthily. Ever.)

6. Whats the main reason for becoming a vegetarian?

Going vegetarian was because of animal welfare. Going vegan was because of animal rights and the fact eating stuff from animals really started to gross me out.

7. Do you get all of your necessary nutrients? (protein, b12, calcium, zinc, iron)

Yes. Most definitely yes.
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#20 Old 01-13-2010, 07:17 PM
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1. How long have you been vegetarian?

15 years. Stopped eating dairy/eggs 7 yrs ago.



2. How old were you when you became vegetarian?

15 years old



3. Whats been the most difficult challenges that have come from being a vegetarian?

Dealing with other peoples' ignorance



4. When you tell people your vegetarian, whats there reaction?

their, not there.

Most people don't seem too phased by it... until I say I don't eat dairy/eggs either then it's suddenly "WOAH EXTREME!" and "what DO you eat?" (To which I respond "Uhm.. everything else?")



5. Do you have to take any vitamin supplements?

Do I *have to*? No. I could rely on fortified foods to get my B12, but I choose to take a B12 tablet a few times a week to make sure I get enough. I also take a D vitamin every day since it's recommended for EVERYONE, especially in my area where we get little sun in the winter.



6. Whats the main reason for becoming a vegetarian?

Meat is made out of dead animals.



7. Do you get all of your necessary nutrients? (protein, b12, calcium, zinc, iron)

Yes.

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1. How long have you been vegetarian? - Around 10 months now. About 5-6 Strict Vegetarian/Vegan...

2. How old were you when you became vegetarian? - 16

3. Whats been the most difficult challenges that have come from being a vegetarian? - Convenience, mainly. I miss being able to snack easily. Other than that, no major hitches!

4. When you tell people your vegetarian, whats there reaction? - They often try to explain/rationalize why they still eat meat. Either that or bad jokes.

5. Do you have to take any vitamin supplements? - Nope. I probably should.

6. Whats the main reason for becoming a vegetarian? - Ethical issues with the killing of animals.

7. Do you get all of your necessary nutrients? (protein, b12, calcium, zinc, iron) - I hope so...in any case I'm sure I get more than I did as an omni because I definitely eat healthier now.

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1. How long have you been vegetarian? 6 years



2. How old were you when you became vegetarian? 17



3. Whats been the most difficult challenges that have come from being a vegetarian? I haven't found it to be too difficult, but I think the hardest thing is finding good restaurants to eat at, particularly when I'm out of town that offer good vegetarian food.



4. When you tell people your vegetarian, whats there reaction? Most of the time people just ask questions about what types of things I eat.



5. Do you have to take any vitamin supplements? sometimes I take a multi vitamin



6. Whats the main reason for becoming a vegetarian? animal rights, mostly. But the health benefits are an added bonus.



7. Do you get all of your necessary nutrients? (protein, b12, calcium, zinc, iron) yes
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1. How long have you been vegetarian?

10 years



2. How old were you when you became vegetarian?

17



3. Whats been the most difficult challenges that have come from being a vegetarian?

Eating out, not having any close veggie friends for support & guidance



4. When you tell people your vegetarian, whats there reaction?

Surprised, curious, "you need meat" and "do you eat fish, chicken...."



5. Do you have to take any vitamin supplements?

I don't take any supplements but I probably should for caution



6. Whats the main reason for becoming a vegetarian?

Ethical



7. Do you get all of your necessary nutrients? (protein, b12, calcium, zinc, iron)

I think so as I feel fine but then I have never done a test for the above [except iron which I had done a test for a few years ago & it was ok]



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1. How long have you been vegetarian?

Since I was 4/5...so about 18 years

2. How old were you when you became vegetarian?

Oops sorry, see above

3. Whats been the most difficult challenges that have come from being a vegetarian?

As a child I was incredibly fussy, and didn't eat meat, hot food or vegetables. I'm still fussy about a lot of veg, and this can make eating out difficult, where the veggie option is exactly that...veggies. But that is more my fault than anyone elses. Apart from my own dietary limitations, vegetarianism has been a breeze for me.

4. When you tell people your vegetarian, whats there reaction?

"Oh, typical, you look like one!"

5. Do you have to take any vitamin supplements?

I don't have to, but I take a multivitamin, iron tablets and evening oil of primrose. I feel better when I do.

6. Whats the main reason for becoming a vegetarian?

I was a kid. I asked my Dad if the chicken on my plate died of old age, and when he said 'no, they are bred to be killed for food'. I pushed my plate away. So concern for animals.

7. Do you get all of your necessary nutrients? (protein, b12, calcium, zinc, iron)

Yes, even though some of it is from artificial sources. I make sure I eat lots of the healthy foods I DO like to make up for the fact I hate a lot of the foods I should eat!
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1. How long have you been vegetarian?

===> Lifelong

2. How old were you when you became vegetarian?

===> 1 second

3. Whats been the most difficult challenges that have come from being a vegetarian?

===> none

4. When you tell people your vegetarian, whats there reaction?

===> surprised

5. Do you have to take any vitamin supplements?

===> yes

6. Whats the main reason for staying a vegetarian?

===> all the reasons you will find on VB and more - never found a reason to eat meat

7. Do you get all of your necessary nutrients? (protein, b12, calcium, zinc, iron)

===> I am still alive and healthy

My usual answer: I have never heard a convincing reason to eat meat.
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Can you show us the result of your survey?

My usual answer: I have never heard a convincing reason to eat meat.
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1. How long have you been vegetarian? - 5 months almost 6

2. How old were you when you became vegetarian? - 19

3. Whats been the most difficult challenges that have come from being a vegetarian? - lack of support from parents and restaurants

4. When you tell people your vegetarian, whats there reaction? - "oh ok" lol probally masking their real feelings. Though my neighbor started attacking me with"what do you eat you don't eat etc?!"

5. Do you have to take any vitamin supplements? - I take calcium pills unrelated however just a preventive thing suggested by my gyno to avoid osteoperosis and because I have low dairy intake

6. Whats the main reason for becoming a vegetarian? - I don't see how killing and eating live creatures is justified when we have other options. Also the taste is nasty and for my health

7. Do you get all of your necessary nutrients? (protein, b12, calcium, zinc, iron) - I think so? Really don't know but I feel healthy so probally.

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1. How long have you been vegetarian? 10 months

2. How old were you when you became vegetarian? 25

3. Whats been the most difficult challenges that have come from being a vegetarian? Eating out and judgemental friends and family that do not understand my reasoning for not eating meat.

4. When you tell people your vegetarian, whats there reaction? For the most part it has been curiosity, but I have had a few people that reacted negatively and tried to start an arguement about it.

5. Do you have to take any vitamin supplements? No, but I want to get into the habit of taking a multivitamin again.

6. Whats the main reason for becoming a vegetarian? My main reason was animal rights, but two other major portions are heath and the enivronment as well.

7. Do you get all of your necessary nutrients? (protein, b12, calcium, zinc, iron) I do not track everything (I keep track of protein and sugar), but I try to eat a varied diet... the more colors the better.
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1. How long have you been vegetarian?

one year, 2 months



2. How old were you when you became vegetarian?

24



3. Whats been the most difficult challenges that have come from being a vegetarian?

reactions from some people, being put on the spot to have debates i don't always care to have. i have struggled with meat cravings once or twice, but it has been surprisingly easy otherwise.



4. When you tell people your vegetarian, whats there reaction?

it varies. everything from enthusiastic curiosity to complete defensive intolerance



5. Do you have to take any vitamin supplements?

nope. my diet takes care of it



6. Whats the main reason for becoming a vegetarian?

i find it scary how disconnected people are with their food and the planet. people don't understand how their food is processed, where it comes from, or what it does to their bodies. i believe this disconnect is the root of a multitude of social, environmental, and health problems. vegetarianism offers a compassionate (and for me, spiritual) way to reconnect



7. Do you get all of your necessary nutrients? (protein, b12, calcium, zinc, iron)

yeah i think so. im 90% sure my body has everything it needs. i just had my iron tested and it came out just fine. im actually worried about having too much bc of the amount of spinach i consume. i would love to have a full test done some day, if/when i have some extra cash.
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1. How long have you been vegetarian?

8 months



2. How old were you when you became vegetarian?

22

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3. Whats been the most difficult challenges that have come from being a vegetarian?

]my eating disorder and eating out



4. When you tell people your vegetarian, whats there reaction?

]usually supportive



5. Do you have to take any vitamin supplements?

only ones I have taken before i was veggie, calcium supplement, iron, zinc and multi-vitamin



6. Whats the main reason for becoming a vegetarian?

]big animal lover and don't agree with animals being killed for food



7. Do you get all of your necessary nutrients? (protein, b12, calcium, zinc, iron)

[COLOR="rgb(255, 0, 255)"]yes have a very healthy and varied diet[/COLOR]
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