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I think we often hear (and sometimes say) "They would never go veg*n"..."They" referring to a friend, partner, parent, co-worker, etc...This statement is likely based on something that person has said or done to lead us to believe they have no interest in changing their lifestyle. But it makes me wonder how many people here would have fit into that mold before you actually made the change. I would be interested to know how you felt about veg*nism and veg*ns in general before becoming one. Would anyone have ever looked at you and thought there is no way you'd be giving up meat and/or animal products? I'll post my own thoughts about this after some replies.
 

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When I was a little kid pretty much all I would eat was meat and candy, I was a pretty rabid little carnivore and I remember saying once to my mom when I was maybe 7 or 8 that I knew animals were killed for my Kentucky Fried Chicken and it didn't bother me (I was still processing and it wasn't really "real" to me yet, that would change a few years later when I watched Meet your Meat)<br><br>
So yeah, needless to say my parents were pretty shocked when I went vegetarian at 13 and they thought it would just be a phase. I'm 24 now and vegan and I think they've just given up at this point, they buy me soy milk when I come to visit <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p">
 

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No, I was never big into meat. I've always loved all types of vegetables (actually, I like pretty much any food -- I've never been a picky eater at all.) So I definitely don't think I would have fit that mold.<br><br>
The only person in my life that I really say would never become veg*n is my husband. I wish I were wrong about that, but I know I'm not. My reasons for saying this are:<br><br>
- He's a super picky eater, really doesn't like anything other than very simply prepared meat-and-potatoes type meals. Hates most vegetables and fruit, only recently did I finally get him to start eating an apple every day. Hates beans, hates tofu (and he's tried it prepared well -- I had him try my tofu scramble once.) If he WERE to be a veg*n, he'd be a really unhealthy one, since he wouldn't be eating any of the things we need to eat for good health and a balanced diet.<br><br>
- He is well aware of the suffering of farm animals (meat animals at least), but pretty much has a complete mental block about it. He doesn't want to hear it -- basically he's told me it's just not an important issue for him or something he wants to focus on in his life.<br><br>
- He's a really masculine man and I think he might see going veg*n as "girly" in some way. (I'm not saying that veg*n men are any less masculine, I just think that that might be what HE thinks.)<br><br>
- He is not big on things that are out of the mainstream. Nor is he big on change (he really hates change in fact.)<br><br>
He is a totally sweet, wonderful person and incredibly supportive and protective of me, but there is no way he would ever go veg.
 

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veg*nism was never something i knew about until i became one. i don't think anyone in my family ever thought about veg*nism either but looking back on my upbringing and how i wanted to help animals even before i knew how to go about it makes it not surprising to anyone that that's how i turned out.
 

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I always say I went Veggie by choice at 15 and my Parents always correct me and say no you didnt you were veggie since birth....I always loathed meat...the smell, taste, look, texture....I always hid it under napkins and in cabinets just sooo I wouldnt have to eat it....so my parents were very understanding and supportive and they let me eat veggie as long as it was healthy for me and doc approved....so it was all good....I never liked meat and maybe only ate it a few times in my life.<br><br>
I know my Sweetie will never be Veggie.....but thats no bigs with us.....he is soooo supportive of me and he is the cook in the relationship and cooks and eats veggie with no complaints.....he reads and studies labels and calls restaurants.....but he will never be Veg all the Way and thats totally okay.....we all need to be and do whats best for us...because we wanna do it not cause others are or want us to be.<br><br>
Peace<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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i was a chicken junkie, couldn't imagine life without it. and if i had to choose between vegetarian or meat dish i would always go meat. food without it was incomplete
 

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When I first figured out that actual animals were killed for my food, it didn't bother me. I don't know why. But as I got older, I began to feel bad about it. I was afraid to make the switch because my dad always made us meat and wasn't really a nice person so I decided to forget about it. After he left, the option became available to me. At first my mom thought I was joking, then thought it was a phase, then thought she was screwed. XD After 3 years of being vegetarian I went vegan, and I feel great! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br>
But the reason why I started feeling guilty was, when I was about 7, I got a shoe to kill a spider. My sister stopped me and said that it's not fair to take somebody's life. Even one of a spider. For some reason that stuck with me. And I felt like a hypocrite for not killing bugs but killing animals. Soo yeah. (BTW, I think my sister is heading towards vegetarianism!)
 

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I don't think it was a shock to anyone when I went veg...I had always enjoyed veg food and was perfectly comfortable with meatless meals (although until I went veg I definitely ate plenty of meat). But I wanted to chime in to respond to those of you who say your significant others will never change. I believed that about my husband until one day he just announced to me out of the blue "I think I'm going to try vegetarianism." That was over 2 years ago now and he's fine with it. I mean, he still misses meat and talks about it sometimes, but he's pretty happy overall because he feels better about his choices.<br><br>
I had only been veg about 7 months when this happened, and I asked him what changed his mind, since I had never tried to convince him. He said just hearing things from me about what I had learned about agribusiness and farming, etc., had gotten him thinking about it. I remember after I watched Earthlings I was crying kind of alot and he was comforting me. I guess it rubbed off. But he was definitely a huge meat-lover before so I wanted to let you all know there's hope!
 

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Nobody was surprised when I went vegetarian. At all.<br><br>
My son, however, continues to shock me. He was a cheeseburger boy all the way. I'm just really happy that his father's family has been respectful. They never were of my eating habits. Yay for growth!
 

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haha I was sooo that person that said "I could neverrrr go vegetarian!" and then once I went vegetarian I said "I could neverrrr go vegan". Which is basically why I never give up hope my friends and family could go veg*n if I keep showing them how awesome it. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">
 

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I once said "Vegetarians are crazy, if I ever go, lock me up and call me crazy." After becoming a vegetarian my parents were kind enough to <i>not</i> do as my younger self requested. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p">
 

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Burger King used to do this burger... three burgers, with three bits of cheese, basically. I used to say "as long as these exist, I could NEVER be a vegetarian"<br><br>
But I came around eventually :p
 

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My friends still make fun of me because I used to love every kind of meat. They say I'm the weirdest vegetarian they know because I like the taste of meat- steak, bacon, salami, burgers, chicken, corned beef...<br>
I enjoy meat substitutes because I do like the taste- I just could never eat real animal flesh anymore!<br><br>
I did look into vegetarianism when I was younger. I bought outdated books from the library that told me about things like "pollo vegetarians" who ate chicken <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/rolleyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":rolleyes:">
 

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I was never really a big meat eater to begin with, but I became a vegetarian when I was in 7th grade to 10th grade and then went back to eating meat due to the lack of food offerings when I was hospitalized for 6 months. Had several failed attempts of becoming a vegetarian and a vegan for a week, and now it's been something like 2 weeks since I started back up on it and I am now fully on board. I am starting to remember how much I miss it. Watching "Meet Your Meat" really helped reinforce everything for me as well. I am looking to eventually becoming vegan. I've taken steps, like only buying soy or rice milk, buying things like Veganese instead of Mayo. One step at a time for me. I am hoping to make the conversion to veganism in 1 year or less. The more food I eat though, and stop being so picky, the more I am realizing it shouldn't be that hard, just baby steps! All I am going to say is my family is not going to be too understanding (except for my mom), but meh. It's not their body, it's mine! =P
 

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But it makes me wonder how many people here would have fit into that mold before you actually made the change.</div>
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Not me. I didn't know there was any such thing as vegans or vegetarians as a kid. I was pretty horrified when my parents told me where hamburgers came from, and I was desperate to be allowed to stop eating meat.
 

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I've been vegetarian for 28 years now, so it takes a while to remember back that far but here goes!<br><br>
I ate every kind of meat you could think of. Loved them all. Loved thick steaks, bacon, sausages, veal, hamburgers, seafood, chicken, turkey you name it.<br>
When I ate out, I invariably went for the mixed grill, which in those days included possibly liver and kidneys, chops, sausage, eggs etc, etc. I couldn't get enough of it!<br><br>
I've even eaten pig's feet!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/spew.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":spew:"><br><br>
That was back in the day when, where I live, you hardly heard anything about vegetarians, let alone vegans (totally unheard of!)<br><br>
My family were all omnivores -leaning more towards carnivores- they still are! and strange as it seems, I never even considered where all this meat was<br>
coming from.<br><br>
By my mid-20's and now married and starting my own family, I began to feel more and more guilty about eating animals. By then I had watched probably a<br>
few documentaries about meat production (there were very few around in those days), and could no longer convince myself that it was okay to continue<br>
eating animals. By then, of course vegetarianism was becoming more widespread and I saw it was possible for people to live without meat.<br><br>
Suddenly, in 1983, around Hallowen, I just literally woke up one day and said right, that's it! And I haven't eaten meat since!<br><br>
I found that after about a week I lost all interest in eating meat, fish or poultry and never looked back.<br><br>
That's not to say it wasn't noticed. My parents <i>never</i> understood why anyone would stop eating meat, let alone me! Friends and family were<br>
all amazed and incredulous that I would do this, probably thinking it was just a phase. But after they saw it wasn't they just became totally silent on the subject<br>
-neither praising it or damning it! They are still like that after all these years, and I suspect that behind my back they are convinced I was always simply crazy. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/rolleyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":rolleyes:"><br><br>
Thank God for my wonderful wife, <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":love:"> who, although an omnivore bordering on carnivore, has always been very supportive in my lifestyle and has always gone out<br>
of her way to make sure I get enough to eat. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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I was always intrigued with the idea of veg*nism. I remember as young as 7 saying I wanted to be a vegetarian. I met a real-live vegetarian (LOL, seriously the first I ever met) when I was 17 or 18 and I began thinking about it again but didn't go for it. I thought even more about it after I had kids. I was leaning towards a more "natural" lifestyle. Thankfully it all fell into place eventually. I was never one to say "I could never...."
 

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People weren't surprised because of my love for animals, just because i hate(d) most vegetables with a passion. I have since somewhat opened up my mind to some veggies, but really, i like my processed faux meat foods. I didn't quit meat because it's not tasty, i quit because it's wrong :p
 

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I admired veg*ns before going vegetarian, the concept of living a life consistent with my ideals and ethics appealed to me. I didn't mock them or make silly comments, rather I was curious about their diet and reasons for being veg*n. I tried and failed several times, but I've been veggie for over a year now and I think it will stick.<br><br>
It was a surprise to some people, mainly because I'm known as a grilling fanatic. At first people would say, "let's see how far you make it through the grilling season". By now family and friends are beginning to realize this is for real and it's permanent. (and grilled veggies...yummmm)<br><br>
I have a story similar to Bluejeans84 about my brother stopping me from crushing a snail around the same age. Plus a few hundred other experiences that lead me to this point, it all seems so obvious to me I don't understand why other people don't get it.
 
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