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Hello all. I `m a lacto-ovo vegetarian and I am currently considering becoming a vegan. I would love for anyone who is vegan to answer a few questions of mine. Thank you!

How long have you been vegan?

Why did you decide to become vegan?

Have you experienced any change in your energy levels?

Have you lost/gained weight?

Has your overall health improved or become worse?

Do you see yourself still being vegan in the 10 years? If not please explain why.

What are some of your staple foods?

Has veganism been expensive for you?

Do you ever experience mockery because of your being vegan?

Would you recommend veganism to someone considering it?

Is there anything else that you would like to tell me about veganism?

Thank you very much for answering my questions!
 

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How long have you been vegan?

only a few months

Why did you decide to become vegan?

i had been lacto-ovo for a year and i just had to make that step. there was no reason not to. i wanted to go vegan for the animals and the environment.

Have you experienced any change in your energy levels?

not really. pretty similar i think...

Have you lost/gained weight?

stayed the same

Has your overall health improved or become worse?

stayed the same lol im pretty boring it seems

Do you see yourself still being vegan in the 10 years? If not please explain why.

definately still vegan in 10 years! vegan for life i hope.

What are some of your staple foods?

fruit, veg, chickpeas, lentils, beans, rice, pasta, bread, quinoa, oat drink, soya yoghurt

Has veganism been expensive for you?

i don't think so

Do you ever experience mockery because of your being vegan?

not very often

Would you recommend veganism to someone considering it?

yep yep

Is there anything else that you would like to tell me about veganism?

erm...its awesome fun hehe
 

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How long have you been vegan? only 3 months

did you decide to become vegan? I was dithering about it for a long time (over a year) after I found out how cruel the egg and dairy industries were. VB helped me to realise that just feeling bad about the animals confined by these animals wasn't helping, but that giving up animal products would. Basically, it's for animal welfare (or rights. I'm still fuzzy as to where I stand) reasons.

Have you experienced any change in your energy levels? No. I have always been this lazy!


Have you lost/gained weight? No. About a month into veganism I realised I had lost 3lbs, but I gained it back soon after and I think it was an unrelated fluctuation.

Has your overall health improved or become worse? Not that I've noticed.

Do you see yourself still being vegan in the 10 years? If not please explain why. I'm really not sure at this point. I have no plans to "quit", except the few times I think of discarding the label "vegan" (but not eating any differently) and replacing it with "strict vegetarian". I wont do that though I don't think because it gets so confusing. OTOH, anything could happen. I don't think I've been vegan long enough yet to say for sure I will never go back to lacto-ovoism, or ovo-vegetarianism.

What are some of your staple foods? Um...lots of things. Breakfasts right now, as it's winter, are usually porridge (oatmeal?) with golden syrup or jam (jelly?) or raisins. I drink a lot of coffee and juice too. For lunches, I eat chips (fries) or pasta salads or sandwiches, with juice and some biscuits and fruit. I eat a lot of vegetables, soups, TVP bolognase, cheeseless pizza, pasta with sauce, curry & rice, beans on toast, quinoa, hummus, bread, toast, marmite, fruit...lots of stuff really.

Has veganism been expensive for you? No more expensive than vegetarianism, I don't think.

Do you ever experience mockery because of your being vegan? yes, but it's mostly not too bad.

Would you recommend veganism to someone considering it? definitely. I understand not everyone can stick to it, but it does so much good that it's at least worth a try.

Is there anything else that you would like to tell me about veganism? I didn't expect it to, but guilt free eating makes me happier than profiteroles ever did
 

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How long have you been vegan?

Since March of this year

Why did you decide to become vegan?

I went vegetarian last September and as I began to find out more about the ethics, health reasons, environmental reasons, etc about going into veganism, it's something that I ireally wanted to do.

Have you experienced any change in your energy levels?

Not really. It's hard to tell, but definitely no decrease...

Have you lost/gained weight?

I've kept my weight fairly steady for a while. (lost most of my weight as I was moving towards vegetarianism)

Has your overall health improved or become worse?

Improved. My cholesterol has fallen through the roof, I still have yet to get sick (it's been like two years since I've been sick for any notable amount of time - not counting like a "24-hour bug" or minor throat/nasal irriatations that were short-lived)

I seem to be able to walk, jog and run a lot better than in the past...

Do you see yourself still being vegan in the 10 years? If not please explain why.

DEFINITELY still a vegan,

What are some of your staple foods?

Fruits

Chickpeas/beans

Veggies

Vegan burgers

Whole grain foods

Pasta

Has veganism been expensive for you?

Nope.

Do you ever experience mockery because of your being vegan?

Yes. Mostly with people telling me it "sucks" or there's "no point".

Would you recommend veganism to someone considering it?

DEFINITELY! It's not so bad to get into and once you start living the lifestyle and learning more about it, chances are you'll be happy you made the choice to go vegan!

Is there anything else that you would like to tell me about veganism?

It's very healthy for a lot of reasons.

There are a lot of vegan foods which are easy to get and have in your diet.

I'm tired of companies/bands/cafes/restaurants, which mess up perfectly vegan foods by adding milk or eggs, etc to them.

There are also plenty of alternatives and mock products out there that are delicious and great in recipes!
 

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How long have you been vegan?

Fully since July this year, transitioning towards it since about last January.

Why did you decide to become vegan?

A friend going vegan was what first prompted me to consider it, and the more I thought about it and the more research I did, the more I realised that I didn't agree with a lot of the consequences surrounding eating eggs and milk. I also found out that my eczema disappeared when I gave up milk, so I figured milk doesn't do my body and good.

Have you experienced any change in your energy levels?

Not particularly, but I started being more physically active around the time I started transitioning to veganism (new job involving being on my feet most of the time and also walking to work and back) so it's hard to tell if it has made much difference.

Have you lost/gained weight?

Lost weight, but this could also be due to increased physical activity.

Has your overall health improved or become worse?

Certainly hasn't got any worse. Better in terms of skin problems clearing up.

Do you see yourself still being vegan in the 10 years? If not please explain why.

Probably, mainly because I'm stubborn and tend to stick with things once I've started. Also the reasons I became vegan will not have gone away in ten years' time.

What are some of your staple foods?

In terms of meals, stir fries (tofu/vegetables/noodles) or vegemince bolognese for quick meals, thai and indian-style curries, lots of stuff involving pasta, rice or noodles, or whatever new recipe I'm experimenting with this week.

Has veganism been expensive for you?

No, only when first stocking up on spices and herbs for new recipes, but once you've bought them they can last you a year or so. Buying rice milk for cereal is more expensive than the equivalent amount of cow milk, but then I'm not buying cheese and stuff any more so that probably balances itself out.

Do you ever experience mockery because of your being vegan?

Haven't so far, but I'm lucky to have two or three other vegans in the groups of friends I associate with most often, so a lot of people who know me are used to the idea.

Would you recommend veganism to someone considering it?

Definitely give it a try. I noticed that I felt more peaceful after I became 'officially' vegan, something to do with trying to reduce cruelty through my actions and choice of diet. I also got more adventurous with cooking, and now I'm at the stage where I can make nice vegan food to feed to other people and corrupt them, hee hee...
 

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How long have you been vegan?

Fully since July this year, transitioning towards it since about last January.

Why did you decide to become vegan?

A friend going vegan was what first prompted me to consider it, and the more I thought about it and the more research I did, the more I realised that I didn't agree with a lot of the consequences surrounding eating eggs and milk. I also found out that my eczema disappeared when I gave up milk, so I figured milk doesn't do my body any good.

Have you experienced any change in your energy levels?

Not particularly, but I started being more physically active around the time I started transitioning to veganism (new job involving being on my feet most of the time and also walking to work and back) so it's hard to tell if it has made much difference.

Have you lost/gained weight?

Lost weight, but this could also be due to increased physical activity.

Has your overall health improved or become worse?

Certainly hasn't got any worse. Better in terms of skin problems clearing up.

Do you see yourself still being vegan in the 10 years? If not please explain why.

Probably, mainly because I'm stubborn and tend to stick with things once I've started. Also the reasons I became vegan will not have gone away in ten years' time.

What are some of your staple foods?

In terms of meals, stir fries (tofu/vegetables/noodles) or vegemince bolognese for quick meals, thai and indian-style curries, lots of stuff involving pasta, rice or noodles, or whatever new recipe I'm experimenting with this week.

Has veganism been expensive for you?

No, only when first stocking up on spices and herbs for new recipes, but once you've bought them they can last you a year or so. Buying rice milk for cereal is more expensive than the equivalent amount of cow milk, but then I'm not buying cheese and stuff any more so that probably balances itself out.

Do you ever experience mockery because of your being vegan?

Haven't so far, but I'm lucky to have two or three other vegans in the groups of friends I associate with most often, so a lot of people who know me are used to the idea.

Would you recommend veganism to someone considering it?

Definitely give it a try. I noticed that I felt more peaceful after I became 'officially' vegan, something to do with trying to reduce cruelty through my actions and choice of diet. I also got more adventurous with cooking, and now I'm at the stage where I can make nice vegan food to feed to other people and corrupt them, hee hee...
 

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Thank you all so much for answering my questions. I am pretty sure that I am going to make the switch all I have to do is a bit more research and talk to my mom ( I don`t see why she will have a problem with it ). Once again thank you all very much!
 

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How long have you been vegan?

6 weeks.

Why did you decide to become vegan?

Mainly for ethical reasons, but also for health and environmental reasons.

Have you experienced any change in your energy levels?

No.

Have you lost/gained weight?

No.

Has your overall health improved or become worse?

Stayed the same, as far as I know.

Do you see yourself still being vegan in the 10 years?

Yes.

What are some of your staple foods?

Veggies, fruit, bread, pasta, rice, tofu, beans, soy milk, oatmeal, soy burgers.

Has veganism been expensive for you?

Some things are more expensive. Earth Balance costs more than margarine, vegan frozen dinners cost more, etc., but in general I think I spend about the same amount as I did before on groceries.

Do you ever experience mockery because of your being vegan?

I have never been mocked for being vegan. My Dad likes to tease me sometimes, but he's just joking around.

Would you recommend veganism to someone considering it?

Definitely.

Is there anything else that you would like to tell me about veganism?

It is the one thing in my life right now that I feel truly good about and feel like I have control over. I think I also enjoy food more than I did as an omni. I used to be very picky, but now I am a lot more adventurous and have discovered many good foods that I never would have tried before.
 

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How long have you been vegan?

A year (lacto for 7 years prior)

Why did you decide to become vegan?

Finally overcame my denial and self imposed blindness to the evils of the dairy industry. Always knew it was wrong, and always wanted to go vegan, I was just too weak. One night I just said "no more".

Have you experienced any change in your energy levels?

After giving up dairy yes. An increase. I also feel more energetic after eating raw foods. And less energetic eating "fake meats".

Have you lost/gained weight?

Lost. Went from 200 to 180 when I went vegetarian. Gained a bunch over the years from dairy and the like. Going vegan I went from 210 to 160.

Has your overall health improved or become worse?

Improved.

Among other things, the mucus level in my body went way down.

Do you see yourself still being vegan in the 10 years?

Yes.

The reasons for being vegan have not changed, and will not change.

It is healthier, better for the environment, causes less harm to animals, uses less resources. It is the original biblical diet (and original human diet according to scientists). There really is not reason NOT to be vegan. Humans are frugivores after all.

What are some of your staple foods?

Bread. Avocado. Cucumber. Seasonal Fruit. Spinach. Broccoli. Hummus. Kashi Puffs. Hazelnut Milk.

Has veganism been expensive for you?

Not really. The less and less processed meat alternatives, etc. that I've cut down on recently have made it even less expensive.

Do you ever experience mockery because of your being vegan?

From lacto-ovo's on veggieboards sure. Animal welfarists sure. Certain omni's. There are always some in certain groups that use mockery as a defense mechanism because they don't like feeling guilty, or don't like radical change being professed into their lives.

Of course, I'm sure a lot of this has to do with my absolutionist attitude on things much more than the veganism itself. People aren't too mocking to my face, as I'm also not quite as blunt in person. Besides, IRL I spend more of my time speaking of Christ to the world, and veganism to Christians... You can't be quite as blunt in that situation because from the Christian standpoint, it isn't so much a matter of ethics as dominion - just have to throw out the facts, the verses, and pray for the convictions of the Spirit.

On the other hand, to vegetarians I am more blunt with veganism because it is generally the refining of "the same side", if that makes sense. The same reason I can be more blunt about biblical matters with Christians then non.

When talking to people in your camp you can be more bold and authoritative.

... Although, I overheard someone comment on my bumper sticker in a sarcastic tone the other day: "pro-life? go vegan." "wtf?"

When you walk with a "live and let live" attitude, most people will respectfully repay you with as such. When you actually try to change peoples values and show them the downfalls of their lifestyle, they aren't as cheerful about it all. But meh, I'd rather be mocked while declaring the evils of the animal industry for what they are, then to sit idly by.

Would you recommend veganism to someone considering it?

I would recommend veganism to any and every person.

Is there anything else that you would like to tell me about veganism?

You taste better, and if you're good enough, you get a cool vegan police badge.
 

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How long have you been vegan?

3 months today.

Why did you decide to become vegan?

The animals. Now, it's because of the environment, my health, and world hunger, too, but that was my initial reason.

Have you experienced any change in your energy levels?

Not really. I had a little more energy in summer before I went vegan, but I think that's mainly due to the fact that I usually slept 10-12 hours a day...


Have you lost/gained weight?

Around 7 pounds, so nothing major.

Has your overall health improved or become worse?

Definitely improved.

Do you see yourself still being vegan in the 10 years? If not please explain why.

Certainly.

What are some of your staple foods?

Hummus, vegenaise, rice milk, orange juice, and tons of fruits and veggies.

Has veganism been expensive for you?

No.

Do you ever experience mockery because of your being vegan?

Yeah, nothing really bad though.

Would you recommend veganism to someone considering it?

Definitely!

Is there anything else that you would like to tell me about veganism?

If you do decide to go vegan, good luck and congratulations. :]
 

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How long have you been vegan?

1994 - 2001 (ish), August 2006 - present

Why did you decide to become vegan?

If humans can get by just as easily without a single animal having to suffer, why wouldn't they try to limit that as much as poss?

Have you experienced any change in your energy levels?

More and better.

Have you lost/gained weight?

Yes and no.

Has your overall health improved or become worse?

Too soon to say. Maybe of the benefits of veganism (or should that be the health risks of an typical omni diet) are longterm. But I'm gonna say better, final answer.

Do you see yourself still being vegan in the 10 years?

Yes, because I stopped being vegan for awhile and it sucked and I've never been as happy as I have since going vegan again.

What are some of your staple foods?

I eat loads of steamed vegetables. Hummus. Mixed greens. Unsalted nuts and trail mix. Money's Gardenburger Chik'n Grill Savoury Herb patties.

Has veganism been expensive for you?

Yes.

Do you ever experience mockery because of your being vegan?

Some. It's nothing I can't handle.

Would you recommend veganism to someone considering it?

Yes.

Is there anything else that you would like to tell me about veganism?

Hear me now and believe me later: It will pump, you up!
 

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How long have you been vegan?

For 9 months.

Why did you decide to become vegan?

For the animals.

Have you experienced any change in your energy levels?

Yes, I feel more energetic than I used to.


Have you lost/gained weight?

I lost a few pounds, but nothing significant. My mom lost around 25 lbs. so far since going vegan, which is awesome.


Has your overall health improved or become worse?

Definitely improved.

Do you see yourself still being vegan in the 10 years? If not please explain why.

Of course. When I went vegan, I made a lifetime decision.

What are some of your staple foods?

Fruits, veggies, nuts and seeds. Green, leafy veggies are a big staple food for me.

Has veganism been expensive for you?

No, it's actually been cheaper. My grocery bill went down when I went vegetarian, but even more so when I went vegan. The reason is probably because I bought so many dairy products, fast food, and processed, frozen food. Now, I eat all organic and rarely anything processed (I'm transitioning to a raw diet). It's still cheaper, surprisingly.

Do you ever experience mockery because of your being vegan?

No, thankfully!

Would you recommend veganism to someone considering it?

YES. Everything is worth a try, in my opinion. Veganism can be very healthy and beneficial, for you and the animals.

Is there anything else that you would like to tell me about veganism?

If you decide to try veganism, have a open heart and open mind. Many people jump in without those two things. They will help you along your journey.


Thank you very much for answering my questions!



You're welcome!!
 

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How long have you been vegan? Just a few weeks, still getting there

Why did you decide to become vegan? I could not, in good conscience, continue to purchase and consume products from an industry I don't agree with. (how they do things)

Have you experienced any change in your energy levels? Not a LOT, but if anything, energy has gone up.

Have you lost/gained weight? Maybe a little loss, but I've also been sick.

Has your overall health improved or become worse? same to better

Do you see yourself still being vegan in the 10 years? If not please explain why. Hopefully. I am doing what I can, and it is still in the early days where each meal is a choice. The early days are the hardest. I think if I can get into the area where I can make anything without *thinking* about it (automatically cooking vegan), then I'll be set.


What are some of your staple foods?
beans, grains, breads, soup, veggies, fruit, nuts...

Has veganism been expensive for you? If it has, it's because I'm buying more fresh fruit (regardless of season), and bulk nuts, etc. More organic than before, etc. It is still less expensive than it was, as an omni. My grocery bill for 4 people (2 small kids), for the month, is around $200-$300~ we're in Colorado.

Do you ever experience mockery because of your being vegan? No, mostly questions. A little teasing from my husband, but no mocking.

Would you recommend veganism to someone considering it? If it is something you feel strongly about, yes.

Is there anything else that you would like to tell me about veganism? Baking has been the hardest, overall... cereal and milk as a day to day thing has been hard as I don't like to drink soy milk, etc. I've had to re-think my breakfast options... And when I realized I wouldn't be happy trying to find replacements for milk/cheese, I knew, for ME, that the best thing to do was stop thinking about drinking milk and eating cheese. Maybe later on I can add some soy cheese in, and it will be close enough, but right now it will just make me want the real thing. And I don't want to put myself in that position to fail.

Oh, and be sure to be getting your vitamin B-12 from somewhere! Supplement, vitamin, lots of nutritional yeast, etc.
 

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How long have you been vegan?

About a year and a half I think...I've got a terrible memory


Why did you decide to become vegan?

Although I'd been lacto-ovo for ten years, since I became one at 7 years old I never thought to research it further as it just seemed a way of life, then about two years ago I began finding out about the egg and dairy industries and made the change


Have you experienced any change in your energy levels?

Not a huge amount, but a bit yes.

Have you lost/gained weight?

Lost weight and then stablised. I didn't lose a lot since I was reasonable slim to begin with, I'd say now I'm at my ideal weight.

Has your overall health improved or become worse?

Improved! I'm eating most meals from scratch, a wider variety of veg and giving up dairy has made my asthma miles better.

Do you see yourself still being vegan in the 10 years? If not please explain why.

I do, since I not only have the ethical reasons but I really enjoy this lifestyle so I don't have any motivation to stop.

What are some of your staple foods?

As meals, veggies, fruit, snacks like hummus.

Has veganism been expensive for you?

No, but I do still live with my family (I'm 17) so my parents started buy more fresh veg, and the only extras are soy milk and margarine, which I sometimes buy myself. We've actually saved some money because as a L-O I ate a lot of meat subs and cutting most of them out has helped.

Do you ever experience mockery because of your being vegan?

Yep, there's a few people in my college would like to tease me about it all the time, but I can generally shut them because they aren't that bright to begin with.

Would you recommend veganism to someone considering it?

Yep
As long as I thought they would be responsible about it - getting the right foods, etc.

Is there anything else that you would like to tell me about veganism?

Hmm, just the B-12 warning other people have mentioned really!

Good luck
 

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How long have you been vegan?

About a month.

Why did you decide to become vegan?

Did a lot of research on the health reasons behind a vegan diet. That, combined with my knowledge of the dairy & egg industry did it for me.

Have you experienced any change in your energy levels?

Surprisingly, yes. I have more energy, but I'm exercising more, too.

Have you lost/gained weight?

Lost some, but am also running more.

Has your overall health improved or become worse?

I'd say better, but it's a little soon to tell.

Do you see yourself still being vegan in the 10 years?

Absolutely.

What are some of your staple foods?

Tons of fresh vegetables, fruits, oatmeal, brown rice, hummus, bulgur, lentils, black beans, coffee, etc.

Has veganism been expensive for you?

Not really-- buying dairy was more expensive.

Do you ever experience mockery because of your being vegan?

Occasionally. I don't really talk to many people about it. I don't think my mother in law is very supportive, however.

Would you recommend veganism to someone considering it?

Yes.

Is there anything else that you would like to tell me about veganism?

Seems like a challenge at first, but well-worth it!
 

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Thank you all so much for answering my questions. I am pretty sure that I am going to make the switch all I have to do is a bit more research and talk to my mom ( I don`t see why she will have a problem with it ). Once again thank you all very much!
good luck! let us know how it goes!
 

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How long have you been vegan?

Almost two months. Lacto-Ovo vegetarian for about 4 years.

Why did you decide to become vegan?

I don't like the way that animals are treated. I grew up on a small family owned dairy farm and the memories of the things I saw as a child are quite upsetting. I now believe that animals are sentient creatures and they should not be exploited for human gain.

Have you experienced any change in your energy levels?

About the same. Perhaps a little more energy.

Have you lost/gained weight?

I lost some weight. I wore my old jeans again yesterday!


In the past I ate a lot of dairy. Now that I'm eating more beans and whole grains, I just feel full sooner.

Has your overall health improved or become worse?

Too soon to tell overall. The weight loss is definitely an improvement though.

Do you see yourself still being vegan in the 10 years? If not please explain why.

Absolutely. Vegan for life.

What are some of your staple foods?

beans(chick peas,red beans, black beans, pinto beans), brown rice, fresh and frozen vegetables, fresh fruit.

Has veganism been expensive for you?

No Some of the faux meats and cheeses are pricey but beans rice and veggies are cheap. It evens out.

Do you ever experience mockery because of your being vegan?

Not really. Some occasional good natured ribbing. Most people are just curious.

Would you recommend veganism to someone considering it?

Definitely!

Is there anything else that you would like to tell me about veganism?

Make sure you get enough B12. I take a sublingual (under the tongue) B12 supplement.

Learn to cook if you don't already know how. Many omni foods can be made vegan. There are many good recipes on this site and elsewhere on the internet. You may also wish to invest in some vegan cookbooks.

If the rest of your household is not vegan, have a backup plan. Keep some ready to eat vegan foods in the freezer so when the rest of the family is eating meat you will not go hungry.

Good Luck!
 
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