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#1 Old 04-19-2007, 12:42 AM
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I have 3 weeks over 1 year. While shopping at Whole Foods tonight (ran out of daily vits.), and being a bit nosey, I asked this guy if he was a vegan. His answer was yes. After telling him of my year he told me 14 years. Humbled and in awe, I said have a nice night and left him and his companion alone. So I was just wondering.

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#2 Old 04-19-2007, 01:45 AM
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I'd say for me its not been that long. I was veggie for about 9 months before i went vegan. So i'd say to estimate about just over a month.



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#3 Old 04-19-2007, 04:42 AM
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Nearly two and a half years. Vegetarian for a few years prior.
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#4 Old 04-19-2007, 06:52 AM
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Over a year, nearing two years, I think. I said this in someone's vegan-anniversary thread, but I really can't remember when I became vegan and it drives me mad. I might just set a date in the rough area I think it was so I can have a pot of hummus to celebrate



Pretty strict vegetarian long before that, so maybe that's why I can't remember, I didn't have to give up a huge amount of stuff.
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#5 Old 04-19-2007, 08:31 AM
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Since last August. Was vegetarian for about 6 months before that. It really helps that my girlfriend switched to vegan right after I did. We cook together all the time. It might have been more difficult if I were on my own.
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#6 Old 04-19-2007, 09:35 AM
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I think about 3 and a half years.
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#7 Old 04-19-2007, 09:37 AM
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About 3 1/2 years now.
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~3.3 years

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#9 Old 04-19-2007, 10:30 AM
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September will be 11 years for me as a vegan. August will be 19 years as a vegetarian.
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#10 Old 04-19-2007, 10:57 AM
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September will be 11 years for me as a vegan. August will be 19 years as a vegetarian.



Just passed 2 years of veganism. Vegetarian since 1989.
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>6 months <1 year



7 months and 27 days to be precise although I was close to vegan/cutting out dairy and eggs for a while before that.
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#12 Old 04-19-2007, 11:10 AM
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1 year on June 13th.



Though I was a vegetarian 1 year & 2 months before that.
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#13 Old 04-19-2007, 11:28 AM
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4 years.
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#14 Old 04-19-2007, 12:26 PM
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I... I can't remember, exactly.



Okay. I remember that I first thought about becoming a vegan, paradoxically, after reading a Matthew Yglesias post which was actually anti-vegetarian/animal rights, but he called vegetarianism the "desperately inconsistent sister" of veganism. (I'm not a super huge fan of Matthew Yglesias's rather indifferent views on animal welfare, but he seemed logical on this point.) I can't find that Matthew Yglesias post anymore -- he's moved servers a lot, with the typepad account, TPMCafe, etc.



Some time after reading that, I became a vegan while I was college, but thought that it would be too hard on my mom to be a vegan at home.



I actually started being a vegan at home... sometime last summer (i.e., summer '06). Not sure when, exactly. I was talking to a counselor about some problems I was having, and incidentally I mentioned to her that I thought that it was bad that I ate eggs and dairy, but I didn't want to make life hard on my mom. She said that I should be more assertive, and tell my mom that I'd be willing to cook for myself if need be, and it needn't be any of her business, but I wasn't going to eat eggs or dairy anymore.



So I suppose sometime in the summer of '06. So about nine months.
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My 5-year veganniversary is tomorrow. I "cheated" and chose 5-10 years, though.
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3 1/2 years vegan 9 1/2 years vegetarian
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#17 Old 04-19-2007, 06:06 PM
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Nearly 5 and a half years. A heck of a lot longer than most of my friends and family thought that this "vegan phase" would last.

"Through the centuries, we have projected onto the wolf the qualities we most despise and fear in ourselves." ~ Barry Lopez.
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#18 Old 04-19-2007, 08:30 PM
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I've been vegan for nearly 6 months, was a vegetarian for a year before that.
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#19 Old 04-20-2007, 02:10 AM
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I said 10-15 years. Loved every minute of it too.
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I will never now my exact veganniversary. Somehow, I automatically transitioned from (moderate lacto-ovo) vegetarian (to which I had returned from several years of being a shameful occasional flexitarian in January 2006) to vegan last autumn, when I realized I could no longer reconcile even the occasional consumption of eggs & dairy with my conscience. I did not even think of writing down the exact day on which I last had some cheese or something baked with eggs. It must have been before the German national holiday though, Im sure (guess why). So I might just make October 3rd, 2006 my veganday, since I can easily memorize it, hehe. 6 ½ months already, hopefully a couple of decades ahead! And Im not counting my 2 years of dietary veganism in the late 1990s here of course
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A week today since starting to follow a vegan diet.

Over 12 years following a vegitarian one.
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#22 Old 04-21-2007, 09:25 PM
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I've been a vegan for a month today. I celebrated with vegan peanut butter cookies.
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#23 Old 04-21-2007, 09:34 PM
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1 year, 4 months.



5 months on May 1st.
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#24 Old 04-21-2007, 11:00 PM
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1 year and 1 month.
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#25 Old 04-22-2007, 05:11 AM
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5 month vegan. 4 1/3 years vegetarian.
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A new coffee house recently opened a block down the street from me. When I responded to their little sign that said "Ask about our homemade vegan cheese," I got to talking to the owner: a 16 year vegan. Being 22, I don't meet a ton of those!



I recently passed up my vauge six-year mark. I don't remember my veganniversary, and I completely forgot the one I made up until it had passed. I only made it up last year because half a decade seemed to warrant a date or something.
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#27 Old 04-24-2007, 10:46 AM
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ive been vegan for just under a year... about 10 months.



wouldnt have it any other way.
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#28 Old 04-24-2007, 12:21 PM
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It was 10 years last July. Whew!
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Since April 1999, so eight years this month. I'm not sure how long before that I was vegetarian, a while anyway.
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#30 Old 04-24-2007, 08:28 PM
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8.5 years vegetarian

1.5 of which vegan
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