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#31 Old 10-19-2013, 04:17 PM
 
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My story is simple:  I decided to get two cats.  When shopping at the grocery store, I was looking at the meat section, and it just seemed a little wrong to eat an animal when I am so attached to two of my own.  So, I decided to start being pescetarian, and I'm slowly transitioning to vegetarian.

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    ive always loved animals and i have always been very picky about what i eat. i pretty much ate chicken products but no chicken with bones in it because it looked to real. i started thinking about vegetarianism and i was one of those well im almost vegetarian kind of people. i tried to cut back my consumption some  but i wasnt really that educated so i was still eating things with by products and i would give in and eat actual meat sometimes. 
    than the episode of bones in november  2009 changed my life. it was the episode about the chicken factory. i decided that night that i am no longer eating meat period end of story. i saw the chicken factory and i was so upset and discusted. i actually cried. obviously i knew that animals were slaughtered in discusting ways but it just never sank in before that night for some reason. 
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Emily Deschanel (the actress that plays Dr. Brennan) is awesome. She is vegan and makes Bones incorporate animal rights onto an episode every season.

She's my hero!

krispex22, maybe you could post on her Twitter or Facebook or something to let her know what an amazing influence she had on you, I'm sure she'd be thrilled to know that the animal rights messages she puts in Bones are having a real impact. I'm seriously so so happy that that episode was your "Aha!" moment because I know that's exactly what she was hoping for. grin.gif

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#34 Old 10-20-2013, 11:57 PM
 
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I grew up in Tennessee, and in the small town that I was raised in meat and fried were as normal and as common as the grass and the trees. My dad is one of those individuals who ate meat 3 times a day, and red meat was usually always at dinner. I cannot remember when I started refusing to eat anything that had bones or resembled what it previously was, but I know that I have done it for as long as I can remember. Finally when I got to the last couple years of high school, and was finally able to at least choose what meat I did or did not want to eat, I cut red meat out completely. The thought of red meat had always made me want to be sick, and to make matters worse, one day at dinner I received a plate with red meat that still had a vein in it; I got up and walked away from the table completely. To this day still, that is the most disgusting experience of my life, and I have changed some very nasty dippers. 

 

I slowly began cutting meats out of my diet, and as I did so I felt like everyone around me thought I was become more and more insane, because they could not grasp the understanding that it grossed me out. Soon after I became very ill, and have had to have multiple surgeries this year, so I could no longer stand in the kitchen long enough to cook my own food. I am now better though, and have finally become a dedicated gluten-free vegetarian. It was a long and slow process, but I am so incredibly happy that I am here. :)

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In 2010 my mom quit smoking and began to care more about her health so as a result our family began to watch health related documentaries like Forks over Knives and Food Inc. As I learned more about healthy eating I became really interested in it. I decided to make it my new year's resolution to become a vegetarian. I stopped eating meat around the holidays and by January 1st 2011 I was completely vegetarian and I've never looked back since.

 

Oh, and everyone else here has cool stories!

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#36 Old 10-24-2013, 07:34 AM
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In January 2013 I caught a stomach bug and didn't eat for about 4 or 5 days. When I finally got my appetite back I made myself a chicken sandwich, took a bite and spat it straight out as the meat tasted so strong I actually heaved. I stopped eating meat/fish from then on - sadly not a moral decision, just one based on my body's reaction to meat.

In March 2013 I got involved with the campaign against the badger cull in the UK. When I read about the reality of how our milk and eggs are farmed I became vegan - for the right reason this time, i.e. the animals.
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I think my turning veg was a mixture of things. But I can tell you when the idea that eating meat was icky entered my head.

 

When I was 16-17ish I started working at a local supermarket on the checkouts. As a weird bit of background, I was always taught how to handle food as my Dad is a chef. So uncooked meat = bad and therefore I must wash my hands after touching it. Working on the checkouts of a supermarket meant that LOADS of meat came through the till. Loads of the damned stuff. Then one day in the run up to Christmas, a fresh turkey went through my till. It bled everywhere. It was over both belts. Great lines of blood in the machine. I closed my till after the shopper had gone and cleaned the till. I had to wash my hands multiple times during the cleaning, up to the point where my hands were red and a bit painful.

 

And then my head started making connections. And I didn't like it. Suddenly the idea of eating meat just made me sick. A few days before New Years I said to my family that I didn't want to eat meat anymore (it was going to be my new years resolution, but I couldn't actually wait for the day). Amazingly and wonderfully my family said "ok" and started looking at veggie options for me. I started out as a pescitarian and within 6 months I'd become a vegetarian. I'm now trying to cut back on dairy and eggs.

 

tl:dr - Worked at a supermarket, uncooked meat handling made me feel ill. Brain made connections, became veggie.

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To be honest I never liked eating animals. I always believed that had souls just like people. I also always supported animal rights and signed pentions against animal abuse and would give denotations to animal welfare charities.  But I had eaten meat anyway, just because I was afraid to tell anyone I didn't want too, and I was afraid that people would find me weird and that I would be a pain to go to restaurants with and was afraid people would find me rude if I refused meat that they made. Also I had been giving tons of bad information on vegetarianism, for example people told me that going vegetarian would make me weak, give me anemia, make me fat, and that I needed meat to survive.  But I still usually rarely ate meat when I cooked for myself and basically only ate chicken and fish, I've never had red meat except once I had mutton and lamb and I found them completely disgusting and repulsive to eat it. But recently there was a couple of reasons why I completely stopped. The first one for me was I was playing with my dog and then my mom called me for dinner which was chicken, and I remember looking at it and thinking that this animal that I was about to eat was probably as smart as and has as much personality as my dog  and I would be appalled if someone ate my dog. I ended up excusing myself from the table and told my mom I had a stomach ache and didn't eat it. The next one which really did it, was my mom came home with a salad that had chicken on it, I put my fork through and saw pink all through the chicken I was so disgusted, later that day I looked up where meat comes from and how the animals were treated, after that I decided not to eat meat ever again.

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There were a couple of times when I was chewing on a piece of meat and I felt so guilty that I could not bring myself to swallow it and had to take it out of my mouth.

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My fiancé has kidney issues and instinctively stayed away from meat even as a little kid because he felt like it was bad for him. He has kept his kidneys healthier by keeping to a mostly vegan (plus some cheese) diet.

When he met me, I was 80% of the way there. I had done a lot of reading on the health issues of meat and did not feel like I was a good enough cook to handle it safely at home. I did eat it out sometimes, and at my parents.

On our first date, he told me he was vegetarian and I impulsively said I was too, and since then I stopped eating it in restaurants too. I was amazed at how easy it was to always find something vegetarian on the menu. He and I once went (with his parents) to the most meat-looking dim sum restaurant in the world and we ordered a rice dish and a noodle dish minus the meat and had a feast! We have never not found stuff to eat.

We also watched the Forks Over knives movie and it strengthened my resolve even further. Meat just feels so unhealthy to me. It is dangerous to eat. And it is so easy to leave out. I am 100% vegetarian now and have been for some time. No regrets.
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Nice story, ficbot! :D I really need to see forks over knives!

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~~a nice guy behind his 'flavorful' persona but him and life just never made peace--

 

Know some like that..... Great testimony, really hit close to home. Thanks,

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When I was in the seventh grade we had a substitute teacher so we were watching shark tale. There's a scene where a shark who wants to be a vegetarian's family is trying to make him eat a shrimp. The shrimp tells him about how he cares for his niece and he works late nights at the factory to care for her. It really tugged at my twelve-year-old heart strings and I haven't had a bite of meat since then. I wonder if I'm the only person to give up meat because of shark tale haha.

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To be honest I never liked eating animals. I always believed that had souls just like people.

 

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When I was in the seventh grade we had a substitute teacher so we were watching shark tale. There's a scene where a shark who wants to be a vegetarian's family is trying to make him eat a shrimp. The shrimp tells him about how he cares for his niece and he works late nights at the factory to care for her. It really tugged at my twelve-year-old heart strings and I haven't had a bite of meat since then. I wonder if I'm the only person to give up meat because of shark tale haha.


That is a great story!!!  :sunny:

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Haha It was too easy to go vegetarian, I honestly don't think I will ever go back to eating meat. When I see a piece of meat now I don't see food, all I can think is the animal he/she once was :(

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When I was 17 I was studying psychology and one day we were looking at a study called The Kitten Carousel in which some of the kittens' visual perception was impaired [brief matter-of-fact précis here http://pirate.shu.edu/~hovancjo/exp/kit_caro.htm ]. I asked the teacher how long it took for the kittens to develop normal sight after the experiment was over and she shrugged and said she thought they'd been put down. Half of me was shocked that otherwise healthy kittens had been killed and the other half of me was shocked that the scientists had wasted a possible learning opportunity. By that evening I'd made the connection between kittens being needlessly killed and any other animal being needlessly killed and told my Mum I wasn't going to eat meat any more. Lots of meals comprising overcooked vegetables with a lump of cheese on the side ensued until I learnt to cook!

 

I remember that there were three of us that went into class the next day and said we'd decided to be vegetarian but I think the other two gave up pretty soon. I've always hoped they found another trigger later on that helped them find the way as they were obviously thinking in the right direction.

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Never was crazy about meat.  Recently helped my teenager research a paper for school on animal rights and something just clicked for me. Began eating vegetarian the next day.  I still consume a small amount of milk, eggs and cheese, so not ready for vegan, but I'm loving the switch to vegetarian.  Hubby and daughter are not into it, but they are supportive and I frequently try new dishes on them. 

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Well, I am not a vegetarian yet - I am trying to become one.

 

A week ago when reading a fashion magazine, I stumbled across this ad:

 

I loved how the lamb was standing there with such posture and class, it triggered something in me. I really love eating meat and the taste of it, so I hope I can make it.

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Well, I am not a vegetarian yet - I am trying to become one.

A week ago when reading a fashion magazine, I stumbled across this ad:



I loved how the lamb was standing there with such posture and class, it triggered something in me. I really love eating meat and the taste of it, so I hope I can make it.

I'm glad to hear you had that "Aha!" moment and have decided to give vegetarianism a shot! Take it one day at a time and focus on trying new vegetarian foods rather than giving up meat, looking at things in a positive light can go a long way. Have fun with this new way of eating and let us know if you need any help figuring out tasty meals. smiley.gif
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I was pescatarian in high school but then went back to eating all types of meat in college -- so I was never a real vegetarian until Oct. 2007 (when I first joined this forum.) I waffled around for a while between vegetarianism and veganism, and even went back to eating fish for a time a couple of years ago, as I've posted about here before. I now feel incredibly stupid for doing that, but we make mistakes and we learn from them, I guess. For whatever reason, I had no trouble giving up red meat or chicken, but finally saying goodbye to fish was the hardest for me. Jonathan Safran Foer's book Eating Animals was really instrumental in helping me realize for good why I needed to stop eating fish.

At this point I am a committed lacto-ovo vegetarian, for the simple reason that I don't want to eat any animals. It's how I prefer to eat (I never liked meat much, other than fish, which now seem kind of gross), and I believe it's more ethical too.
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Inspiring stories - mine is not so exciting but I guess once I was in my early twenties I realized that we can lead a perfectly healthy life without killing animals, so it started from there really. At first I struggled a bit and was not eating well but over time I developed recipes and gained knowledge and today, I even make food for a living (you can see some here: http://www.yumbles.com/vegetarian/)

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I had almost exaclty the same childhood experiences with food as Imagineaa. Meat was present in every meal, we had pot roasts every sunday eggs and bacon almost every day for breakfast, and pork chops, hamburgar meat in some form or other, or fried meat of some type through out the week and balony or tuna salad for lunch, turkey or ham on holidays. Vegetables were only prepared two ways; boiled to a tastless mush or as a simple salad smothered in thousand Island dressing. Lettuce, cucumber and tomatoes were the only vegetables we ever ate that weren't boiled. I've often thought that my mom always prepares vegetables that way because she doesn't like to cook or because she doesn't like veggies. But I was not quite as rebellious and usually ended up eating what was put on my plate to avoid punishment and starvation; except when it really made me gag. I especially dispised fried chicken.

I was a very observant child and I've kind of always known where meat, dairy and eggs came from when my childhood peers all thought food just came from the supermarket; plus I just don't like the taste, smell or texture of meat in any form.

I became a vegetarian shortly after I became an adult and began to spend time around people other than just who my parents knew and I met a few vegatarians. And, after I saw that there were so many other ways to prepare food than boiling or frying it and that I could eat or not eat what ever I chose. My vegetarianism has just always seemed to me like a natural progression and maturing of myself as an individual with individual tastes and values. Fortunatly I am a very stubborn person and no one has ever succeeded in pressuring me into eating meat again. Those who've tried usually end up losing my esteem and my company or business. My relatives all still adhere strongly to thier childhood food habits (My grandmother, when she became unable to care for herself, would refuse to eat unless there was some meat on her plate.) and they all think I'm nuts and treat me with lots of disrespect.

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^thanks, I am! :)

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Interesting reading everyone else's stories!

When I was a kid I always waffled with the moral conundrum of eating animals but I wasn't given much of an option. I really loved animals (and still do) and my favorite toy as a kid wasn't the standard "teddy bear" but a little pink "Piggy". I remember being about five years old and my Dad explaining where bacon came from and I clearly remember crying at the breakfast table clutching my piggy and feeling this vast moral conflict.

When I was a bit older we moved out to a pretty woodsy/rural area. We lived in an old Victorian farmhouse and there was a very small cattle farm that I had to bike past if I wanted to get to town. Outside of the cattle fence there was always a ton of wildflowers growing which they couldn't reach so each time I passed by I would stop, pick some of the flowers and stick them through the fence for the cows to munch on. Eventually when the cows saw me coming up the road on my bike they would all migrate to fence for some munchies. I remember a drive home one fall and my Dad pointing out the open doors to the shed where they did the slaughter and one of the cows was strung up. I was just so emotionally crushed.

I struggled with my own morality vs. my complacency until about my early twenties when I just made the switch.

On an aside note, I happened to witness something that I found pretty shocking the other day - I was doing a clinical rotation in cardiology and was going through my patient charts and as I was flipping through this particular chart I saw in the past medical history that she had an aortic pig valve replacement.... I leaned over to peek into the room and the patient was eating a bacon sandwich. sad.gif If an animal is similar enough to your own physiology that you can replace your own parts with it's parts then I can't understand how you can not wrestle with the ethics of eating them.
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ewwwww that's so creepy!

 

Not to mention why someone who had such a serious health consequence is eating bacon.


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ewwwww that's so creepy!

 

Not to mention why someone who had such a serious health consequence is eating bacon.

 

LOL! I feel like that was the least shocking part. You'd be surprised with the lack of personal responsibility on an everyday basis. But it still can be pretty shocking. Like patients who've just had MIs (heart attacks) or strokes, cancer etc. and want to sign medical releases to go outside and smoke. It's not hugely uncommon for them to just die in wheelchairs outside smoking. Also people who just don't even know what meds they take daily or what they're even for in a basic sense. Wild! 

 

Anyways, off-topic I know. But yeah, I did find it creepy how she didn't seem to connect what she was eating with what was now an integral functioning part of her physiology and where that came from. For the most part when I am coaxed to tell the story to people who do eat meat even they understand the weirdness of it, although I don't know that it causes them to think differently about their own habits. 

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I have nothing against people who eat meat. I ate meat for years. I just found myself eating less and less of it, so I decided to explore the ovo-lacto vegetarian lifestyle. I'm doing it for health reasons. I have lupus, so I need to be constantly cleansing my body. I figured by going vegetarian and mostly raw, I wouldn't have to make such an effort to do cleanses and such, because my diet would take care of that. Plus, I have a very hard time losing weight, and I want to see if this will help.

 

That's about it. I'm on a very limited food budget, so I can't afford organic food or special foods. I have a lot to learn, but I love learning new stuff. I don't like to cook (although I'm a very good cook) so going mostly raw was a no-brainer for me.

 

I'm not a label reader, mostly because I don't eat a lot of processed foods. People always look at me strangely in the grocery store because I have a cart full of fresh and frozen fruits and veggies and no junk food. Fruit IS my junk food, always has been. I'd rather eat raw carrots and dip than candy any day of the week, although I do have cravings for sweets sometimes.

 

After I get settled into the vegetarian way of life, I'm going to give up sugar and caffeine. Can't do it all at once, right?

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Hmmm 2 reasons. 1. I had an "aha" moment where it hit me that i'm eating flesh. and it harsh grossed me out. like in my head made me feel no different then a cannibal. And second is that my boyfriend and I where eating way to much fast food and take away. Since we both dislike cooking we would be lazy. We are both thin so its not a weight problem. But i just didnt want us eating all that sodium and fat. Removing meat has forced me to cook and not fall back on all the fast food . All of which are 5 minutes from our place. Ive been loving it and it has been so easy. I thought it would be harder. But then i wasn't a huge meat fan before hand. I feel so much better and i love making good healthy food for my boyfriend and I. he hasn't even complained about the no meat in dishes. 

Oh and i watched the documentary "food inc", and "vegucated" yesterday and it was so horrifically awful, that I'm scarred for life.I was bawling my eyes out and i'm not even an animal lover. Ive been dealing with some emotions after realizing I been eating tortured meat for 25 years. i could never consume a big mac or kfc after watching how they treat animals in  mass farming. Too bad they cant show that to in highschool health class. But i'm sure that would cause uproar among parents....

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Many years ago at age eighteen, I was passionately consumed by the search for enlightenment. I read every spiritual book I could get my hands on, began practicing meditation and yoga, and became vegetarian. I thought vegetarianism was more ethical, more healthy, and more conducive to deep meditation.

 

I thought, if I can nourish myself well from the vegetable kingdom, why take the lives of animals? There is enough killing in the world. Why not minimize it? I still think that.

 

It took me a couple of years to transition. First to chicken and fish (with red meat lapses), then only fish, then pure veg.

 

I remember during the transition phase looking into a bin of fried chicken at a beach picnic. It looked like the pile of disjointed limbs that it was, not like anything I would want to eat.  From around that time meat never seemed like food to me, and I've never desired it.

 

Family was pretty accepting, given that my mother was a lapsed Seventh Day Adventist who had been raised vegetarian. She got on board and reverted to a veg diet not long after I did, as did a couple of her sisters, and my own sister.

 

Forty years vegetarian now. And looking much younger than my non-veg friends and family, if I do say so myself!

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