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I'm curious to know what everyone thought of veg*nism before you made the switch. For example, did you think that veg*ans were all hippies, weird, cool, etc.? Personally, I hadn't given it much thought. I guess I equated them with hippies. I didn't know any veg*ns and there was no internet then, so I didn't really have any exposure to it. It wasn't until I started receiving some animals rights literature in the mail that I realized there was something better out there.
 

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i didnt really even know what a vegan was, i knew what a vegetarian was, but figured there was no way i could give up meat. heh, look at me now.
 

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I thought they were so bloody cool. My friends told me I was crazy, people like that were going to get sick, everyone needs meat. I'm glad I never listened to them. I think I always wanted to be veg*an but it's hard to be one @ 13 yrs old with no support. Thank the stars I'm older.
 

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I always thought vegetarians were cool, but I thought vegans were full-blown nutcases. It probably didn't hurt that the first vegan I ever met <i>was</i> a nutcase... I kept that generalization for the whole group much longer than I'd like to admit.
 

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I didn't give it much thought really. Except occasionally I'd idealize being a vegan or vegetarian at least. I had 2 vegetarian friends, one of them vegan, so I saw how difficult and sometimes frustrating it could be when people ask you if you want pizza for the fifth time in as many weeks. I was that guy. In fact now that I think about I one time nagged my vegetarian friend into eating pastrami. So I guess I deserve every hard time given to me regarding my eating habits.<br><br><br><br>
I clearly have a hard time staying on point. You didn't ask for any stories, did you? heh<br><br><br><br>
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I thought all full-blown vegans were nutcases. I now think half of full-blown vegans are nutcases.<br><br><br><br>
I thought all vegetarians whined way too much. I now think half of vegetarians whine too much.<br><br><br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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i was like all the others and thought it was hippy and stupid. until i became one <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"> hahahha. i have my parents to thank for the previous mentality that i had.
 

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I thought all vegans were weird (not that I ever knew any!) and probably all unhealthy, bony, and anemic. I didn't think vegetarians were so weird, but veganism just seemed so out there. I never thought I'd be one, that's for sure! Even when I was just vegetarian, I thought there was no way I'd take it all the way to veganism.<br><br><br><br>
Now look at me! I've been vegan for well over a year now, and it's hard to imagine I ever felt the way I used to. Now I think all meat eaters are weird...
 

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I never knew what a vegan was for the longest time, and I thought vegetarians were mostly just weird, pasty, and thin, but they never bothered me.<br><br><br><br>
I'm glad I came to veg*nism by myself, instead of through any of those people I'd met, to be honest, but I'm glad I did. As much as I couldn't conceive of giving up meat and dairy a little over a year ago, I can't imagine ever going back.
 

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<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by HappyDaisy</i><br><br><b>Now I think all meat eaters are weird...</b></div>
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They are. They eat the flesh of dead animals and support an industry that rapes cows and orphans young calfs to starvation in a dark room just because. You know? Just because.....<br><br><br><br>
rigmarole<br><br><br><br>
mmmmmm veal, yummy <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/spew.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":spew:">
 

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Still a veg*n in training, but in my "formative" years I thought vegans were just bizarre. I couldn't understand how to eliminate ALL animal derived products from your world. (My ex-bro-in-law was a vegan and I saw his challenges). I understand the quest now.<br><br><br><br>
I thought vegetarians were just people that had a thought process that reached deeper than my own, not necessarily hippies, just thinking people.
 

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I never pictured vegetarians as hippies. I actually thought they were more like yuppies.<br><br>
I didn't really have any view on vegans until I met one. She was very much punk.<br><br>
Tim always viewed vegans as being dirty. The nfs we sometimes go to in Savannah has a lot of customers that look like they don't bathe or wash their clothes. It has taken a while, but I've finally convinced him otherwise. I think when I first went vegan, he was afraid that I'd stop shaving or something.<br><br>
I'm so glad I've been able to meet a diversity of veg*ns on here.
 

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I was in the local corner bar. The place was famous for Steak Burgers. My ex and I were in there one night chuggin a few and eating. This threesome walks up and orders a drink. The ex sees the one lady looking over and he comments something like "you ought to try one they are the best around". She said she didn't eat meat. He interrogated her for a few minutes while I felt like crawling in a hole. What do you eat then? Don't you ever want a nice juicy whatever? I could tell she was uncomfortable and the people she was with was trying to ignore him. I finally got his attention and changed the subject. Needless to say they only stayed for one drink. I remember though, feeling so bad for her that he had put her through that. I felt really ashamed that I was with him. I feel like it was yesterday. I remember thinking about what the heck she did eat. At the time I probably didn't want to admit that I could and should do without. So I blew it off. I think about her every once in a while. I try to put myself in her shoes because now I can relate. So no matter what stage of the process someone is in I try and give them their props for attempting to make a change. And I hope I have the guts to stand there in dignity still under such harsh conditions. She still walked out of there with her head high whereas I did not.
 

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i was raised sicilian/irish.... my moms the sicilian and she taught me to cook. i didn't even know about vegetarians until i was eighteen, and i thought they were nuts, the first vegan i met was a punk who also was a junkie, so i just got really confused. in my early twenties my path changed... eating animals&their products was suddenly unthinkable so i stopped.
 

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The one vegan I had an experience with about four or five years back worked at a bookstore where I was working part time. She struck me as extremely hostile and condescending towards everyone who 'didn't know' as much as she did. Of course now I realize of course she was just hitting seventeen or eightteen and that's just how human beings act at that stage of life. I didn't give it much more thought until my husband left, and I found that I had completely tired of his very meaty diet. Once I made the switch to vegetarian, I found it pretty easy to go the extra mile. Well, you know, I'm still really on my journey to the 'nirvana of perfection' but I sure do enjoy the view from here.<br><br><br><br>
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I wouldn't have used the words cool, hippie, or weird. In my experience and from the messages posted here vegetarians tend to be just different...non-conformist type people, which well is cool I guess.<br><br><br><br>
Just from reading some of the messages you see that there are a lot of active, creative, etc. etc. people here that don't allow themselves to get carried along in the Mainstream, accepting values, traditions, and an uninspired lifestyle that they've been programmed to live with.<br><br><br><br>
Vegetarians tend to expect more from people and when they share their ideas on different ways to live a better life people who can't see beyond their own beliefs will want to slap a label on them and dismiss them as strange in order to confirm that they're right and you couldn't possibly know what you're talking about. But, if those other people want to consider you or I wierd or whatever other label, well just smile and take the compliment. Ya know? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/carrot.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":vebo:"> Oh, here's a funny picture I wanted to share.<br><a href="http://cdn.veggieboards.com/6/6c/6c9cf0e2_vbattach409.jpeg"><img alt="LL" src="http://cdn.veggieboards.com/6/6c/525x525px-LL-6c9cf0e2_vbattach409.jpeg" style="width:525px;height:407px;"></a>
 

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I was veg for a while as a kid, but gave in to various pressures and became a huge carnivore -- thought my veg phase was just that, a "phase."<br><br><br><br>
I had a vegetarian friend in my early twenties and I hated eating at her house because I wanted meat with every meal. *sunnyk shudders with shame*<br><br><br><br>
My cousin was vegan -- he lives across the country and I rarely see him, but I remember thinking "That is so <i>weird</i>" and "What does he eat???"<br><br><br><br>
I never would have imagined that I would be a "vegan weirdo" myself one day! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)">
 

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I knew of vegetarians when I went veg 12 years ago. 2 years later I went vegan, but I don't recall even knowing the term. I had no contacts, resources, or anything (in fact it was a damn lonely time and between then and finding resources and other vegans on the internet I came close to and even tried to kill myself a couple of times).
 

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I thought vegans were nuts. They only ate vegetables, and could not have bread or pasta. I wondered what could you possibly eat. I also believed that they (we) were eccentric people doing it as a fad or statement rather than a belief type system. WOW.....I was wrong. If not, then I must be eccentric.
 

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i'll say... you used to order your meat still moving even. ugh.<br><br><br><br>
like erin i thought they were yuppies too. all the vegs i met were for health reasons.<br><br><br><br>
vegans on the otherhand...i just met one before and to this day i have thought she was one of the coolest humans to walk earth, not over me of course but still...anyway she was vegan. i didnt turn vegan b/c of her or even till like 5 years later for what i actually learned.
 
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