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What I mean by this is you just became vegetarian naturally by following your body. My own words are that I tend to call this instinct vegetarianism.<br><br><br><br>
You didn't go vegetarian due to health reasons, ethical reasons or enviromental reasons. You may also be concerned about these issues, but it was not your original reason to become vegetarian.
 

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I consider myself to be here. Almost all of the choices I make in life are focused on what my gut tells me is right. It is connected to morals for me, but on a very deep and spiritual/instinctual level. I became vegan/vegetarian because I knew it was just what I was supposed to be doing. Certain things helped to push me there, but I knew that it was something that was already a part of me that I had just been hiding under the surface.
 

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I came to vegetarianiasm for health reasons. The moral/environmental benifits were a wondeful aside. That was 10 years ago. What I found was that the less meat I ate, the less I wanted. It has become a very natural way for me to eat. Keeping a vegetarian diet requires zero effort on my part. I feel like I am making no sacrafices. Honestly, I never really even gave my vegetarian diet much thought until I recently started posting to this message board.
 

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I'd always wanted to be vegetarian but my body helped me along. It absolutely refused to process chicken, turkey, and fish without making me very ill almost every time. So it became very clear that it hates animal flesh of all kinds<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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As a child, I can remember being the last one from the table and gagging whenever we had 'meat', specifically, beef. I would try to find all kinds of ways to get rid of it so I wouldn't have to swallow it. I'd like to think that maybe there was something going on there, even though I didn't become veggie until years later.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>karenlovessnow</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
As a child, I can remember being the last one from the table and gagging whenever we had 'meat', specifically, beef. I would try to find all kinds of ways to get rid of it so I wouldn't have to swallow it. I'd like to think that maybe there was something going on there, even though I didn't become veggie until years later.</div>
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Me too! I remember being miserable anytime we had steak or something for dinner because I just didn't want to/couldn't swallow it.<br><br><br><br>
My stepmom even commented on it once, telling me that I'd probably grow up to be a vegetarian, but as long as I lived under her roof I still had to eat meat. Until she mentioned it, the idea of vegetarianism hadn't even crossed my mind. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/juggle.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":juggle:"> I had just always assumed that I'd have to learn to suffer through eating meat that I really didn't want to eat.
 

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Yeah I technically came to vegetarianism for environmental reasons after writing a paper in university about overpopulation and the environment, but what it really did was awaken me to how much eating meat went against my values. I quit eating most meat at 16 and I was 22 by the time I had my awakening. I was always an extremely picky child and I remember always having trouble with the term "Animal lover." Something about it always seemed weird to me (I think my subconscious knew that it was hypocritical for most people).
 

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This is an interesting thread. In a sense I feel like I came to be vegan by instinct as well. It was a feeling that was always inside of me from as far as I can remember. I didn't know it as vegan when I was young, but in the back of my mind I had a natural admiration for all of nature's beauty and an instinct to preserve life in all forms. I had always been around those kids who threw rocks at birds and squirrels or destroyed ant hills with rubbing alcohol. I most certainly did not get a kick out of it like those kids did. I would force myself to have fun, but even at a young age in the back of my mind I knew better.<br><br><br><br>
It's often hard for us to express how we truly are for fear of being ridiculed by friends but eventually I became tired of holding how I felt inside. Vegan for me is a way of life that comes more natural than anything else in my life. It's a release from the person I was/am told to be, to the person I really am today! Not just an animal lover but a lover of all that nature has to offer.
 

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As a child, I can remember being the last one from the table and gagging whenever we had 'meat', specifically, beef. I would try to find all kinds of ways to get rid of it so I wouldn't have to swallow it. I'd like to think that maybe there was something going on there, even though I didn't become veggie until years later.</div>
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I was the exact same way.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>karenlovessnow</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
As a child, I can remember being the last one from the table and gagging whenever we had 'meat', specifically, beef. I would try to find all kinds of ways to get rid of it so I wouldn't have to swallow it. I'd like to think that maybe there was something going on there, even though I didn't become veggie until years later.</div>
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Same here. I've always eaten my veggies and very little meat. Besides, I'd always end up sick after eating meat, specifically pork or beef. It was easier to stay well for the day and just not eat meat! It's been a fairly easy transition.
 

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Hmm I think I am <i>mostly</i> vegetarian by nature. As a kid, I didn't like meat very much. In fact the only kind I would eat was chicken. And I have never liked icecream, sour cream, eggs, creamy sauces etc. If I were to eat according to my body's cravings, and totally ignore what goes on in my head (morals, health concerns etc) I would probably be a "flexitarian" in that I would probalby eat some chicken, but mostly plant-based meals and nothing dairy-heavy. As a sidenote I have always hated pop too, so I guess my body naturally craves healthy stuff.<br><br><br><br>
ETA: oh yeah and mayonnaise, gross! I always hated that too. Still do.
 

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I became a vegetarian at age 9, I didn't really have any strong moral reasons or health concerns- I just didn't want to eat meat anymore! I've always been a big veggie eater, and I was very picky about the little meat I did eat. It just seems really natural for me. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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I pretty much agree and relate 100% to everything everyone in this thread has said.<br><br><br><br>
It makes me sort of upset when people imply or say that health-based vegetarians are less likely to switch back over than AR-based vegetarians. Because this is the most natural decision I've ever made...I just AM a vegetarian. It would take <i>great</i> psychological and physical effort to even eat one bite of carcass ever again. I probably couldn't do it. It just defies everything inside me so deeply and strongly, even if I'm not into animal rights.
 

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I feel a lot more comfortable and happy within myself since switching.<br><br><br><br>
I feel I am a vegetarian who has 'come out'.
 

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I never ate beef as a child even though most of my family did. I just didn't like it, it didn't appeal to me. Milk made me sick. So did soft cheese and ice cream. And most flesh didn't appeal to me; before I was vegetarian I would only eat chicken or seafood. So. What an interesting thread.
 

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I would say I am a vegetarian by nature too. I stopped eating meat as a child, just as soon as I learned that I could! I read about it in a book. My mom has always said that I was a picky kid, but she thinks that it's just because I was a natural vegetarian all along. I distinctly remember being forced to sit at the table until bedtime because I wouldn't eat a hot dog. I never did eat it. I can be very stubborn. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p">
 

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My mom says that when she first gave me meat (pureed beef) as a baby, I spit it out all over her. I also used to eat the bun and leave the pattyand cheese on all my hamburgers. I've always hated eggs and cheese and way on sou formula as a baby due to a slight lactose intolerance. I trained myself to stomach some dairy products but I hated the taste of most of them. I think I am instinctually vegan although I didn't stop eating meat until I was almost 13 and just became totally vegan over the summer.
 

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This was definitely not me but just to make an interesting point: in reality all humans are vegetarian by nature. Our stomachs contain about a tenth of the hydrochloric acid that you find in the stomach of, say, a lion or another animal that is incontrovertibly meant to eat meat. When people eat meat it had to rot in their stomachs for a certain period of time before the stomach can begin to digest it.
 

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I'd been looking for a good excuse to become vegetarian for years before I actually stopped eating meat altogether. I've never been a big meat eater but the concept of eating animals for food never bothered me that much so "health reasons" seemed like a good enough excuse.
 

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As a child, I can remember being the last one from the table and gagging whenever we had 'meat', specifically, beef. I would try to find all kinds of ways to get rid of it so I wouldn't have to swallow it. I'd like to think that maybe there was something going on there, even though I didn't become veggie until years later.</div>
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That's me exactly. The same with eggs and pork too.
 
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