There is probably a similar thread, so forgive me if there is, and I'll have this one deleted.
Anyways, how and why did you become a vegetarian/vegan, etc., and how did you tell your parents?
I've been thinking about vegetarianism for years. My mom has been a big influence, as she is a 30 year+ vegetarian, but she has never encouraged -- in fact she has discouraged -- me to follow in her footsteps. My dad, on the other hand, is a Texan, so you know what that means...meat, meat, seafood, chili, and more meat.
But my mom said she stopped meat because she really didn't like the taste or texture. And my brother will never stop eating meat. He's mainly a poultry person...only red meat is filet mingon.
So, whenever I've brought up vegetarianism, my mom discourages me and uses what could happen to my health as an excuse. But while I was doing some research last week (on animal behavior with natural disasters and their so-called "sixth sense"), I stumbled upon some horrific animal rights websites that almost made me throw-up. I won't go into detail, but that's when I decided to go vegetarian (lacto-ovo... Only cage free, nest laid eggs and dairy from cows that are respected). Less than a week now, my meat cravings have disappeared. I guess it's a good thing I love spinach!
After showing my mom some nutritional websites, she's still a bit worried, but that doesn't matter. All they want is to make sure I get all my nutrients. And I am. Heck, I cook for myself and sometimes for my family, so if that's what I want, there's nothing they can do about it. ^_^
So, what about y'all?