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Did your consideration to become vegetarian grow gradually, or had you never given it a thought, never been grossed out by flesh, and you just had a complete epiphany one day?<br><br><br><br>
Personally, my consideration had grown gradually at the back of my mind. There were a lot of little thoughts that piled onto each other as time went by.<br><br><br>
First, when I was young, I was horrified when I found out people ate pigs, my favorite animals, and I became what I thought then was "vegetarian". I ate other animals because I didn't know other meat was animals, and I only found out about pigs because of something my teacher said to me where she kind of hinted at it and I realized that she meant people <i>ate</i> pigs.<br><br>
In the past year or so is when the thoughts actually started to pile up, though. I've always been picky about fleshier tasting and textured parts of meat, only picking through pieces of pure white meat chicken, cutting apart most of steak, etc., and I gradually didn't like chicken at all because it has a very fleshy texture compared to other meats, and I rarely liked beef except for maybe well-prepared steak, which even then I was picky about the fatty parts of, and on Thanksgiving I realized for the first time that ham has a very cartoon-y pink color, and from then on I realized it's impossible to look at it without imagining a piggy. Basically, it just grossed me out more and more that I was eating a dead carcass.<br><br>
I also began to register, in the back of my mind, the concept of being raised to be murdered and eaten, and I often wondered how one could possibly live that way, how I could possibly grow up knowing those around me would be murdered and so would I, and that was my sole purpose in life. These thoughts begin to press to the front of my mind and I delved into them more and more as I read <i>A Dog's Purpose</i>, and applied the concept to other animals, like farm animals.<br><br>
I remember vividly when these thoughts and more little related thoughts piled up the most. My step-dad was warming chicken pot pies, which I've always disliked and just ate the crust, and sometimes I picked out the vegetables and ate them with the soup, too, but I hated the chicken. A teacher I had in sixth grade had told me about a movie about people being murdered and put into pot pies, and that grossed me out, and deep down I connected people with chicken, so I never really ate pot pies after that, except maybe once or twice, and it was just the crust, but this time, I didn't want any of it, I didn't want to eat anything that had touched the flesh, corpse of a chicken. So I began to research vegetarianism that Friday, found PETA's starter kit in addition to other resources, and upon seeing Meet Your Meat, went vegan. In my weekend of researching I did not eat any meat, and when I saw Meet Your Meat that Monday, that's when I realized about dairy and egg industries.<br><br>
So what, if anything, led up to your decision?
 

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Well, I tried to become a vegetarian when I was younger after I watched meet your meat, but my mom didn't really support it so failed miserably after a few weeks. I was too young to have job, which obviously meant no $ to buy my own food. For years, I pushed back my true feelings about meat and listened to my mom. Even back when I ate meat i refused to eat pork because pigs are just the cutest and were my favorite animal too! Theeennnnnn, I decided to get in the best shape I could possibly be in and only ate lean chicken and seafood. Then I randomly came across a vegan blog and I was like, wow okay I already don't eat pork,beef,lamb,etc. so I can live without the rest too <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Well, I tried to become a vegetarian when I was younger after I watched meet your meat, but my mom didn't really support it so failed miserably after a few weeks. I was too young to have job, which obviously meant no $ to buy my own food. For years, I pushed back my true feelings about meat and listened to my mom. Even back when I ate meat i refused to eat pork because pigs are just the cutest and were my favorite animal too! Theeennnnnn, I decided to get in the best shape I could possibly be in and only ate lean chicken and seafood. Then I randomly came across a vegan blog and I was like, wow okay I already don't eat pork,beef,lamb,etc. so I can live without the rest too <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"></div>
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Yeah, I think it really helped me that I already didn't eat lamb or venison or any of that. My family's always thought they were too "cute" and separate them from other animals for some reason, but I think that shows the potential for them to someday stop eating all meat. And since I already really hated chicken, the most common meat, that made i easier, too, to cut out and just cut everything else out with it. When I think of vegetarianism, it seems really easy to me compared to veganism, because I couldn't imagine eating meat again, and I'm too grossed out by it. My only struggle is with veganism, because I have subtle guilt about craving cheese and things like that, it's similar to the guilt I had eating meat as an omni, but what I thought before going vegan about meat has helped me with staying vegan, because I know eventually the guilt will pile up about my cravings and being vegan will be completely easy and natural to me like not eating meat has become <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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The day I learned about vegetarianism, I became a vegetarian. No other thoughts, didn't wait, I just knew I wanted to be one, and so I did. It took a few months to become a vegan once I learned about veganism, though. It was always in my mind, though, and I increasingly stopped eating certain animal products until I was just like "Forget it, I'mma be vegan now".<br><br><br><br>
Edit: I want to say I also only ate the crust of pot pies! I didn't like the rest, I just wanted the top-outer crust.
 

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Edit: I want to say I also only ate the crust of pot pies! I didn't like the rest, I just wanted the top-outer crust.</div>
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Yes, the outer crust is so delicious and flaky on a good pot pie! I really wish they had a veg*n version that was readily available in stores and common restaurants. I'm not sure if there is, but I haven't seen one yet, though I haven't really looked, now that I think about it.
 

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I've had negative feelings about meat as far back as I can remember. I never knew there was an option not to eat meat until I got much older. It just never occurred to me until I saw Katherine Helmond on a TV show talking about it. I will say that before I was veg*n. I picked the meat out of most of my food, thus wasting it. It took me a couple of tries to be successful too. The key was learning to cook good vegetarian dishes, rather than making old favorites without meat. It made all of the difference.
 

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When I became Vegetarian 28 years ago, I received no support from anyone except my omni wife.<br>
In those days, people thought you where soft in the head if you turned veggie (bit like now really!). I had thought about it for a while, and could<br>
no longer justify to myself, eating animals, that I told everyone I loved!<br>
It certainly wasn't easy in those days. This was way before Quorn products, Tofu, mock soy proteins etc and I don't remember what I lived on<br>
in those days, but it must have been pretty bland and simple. Also there wasn't much research or TV programmes in those days and not much mention of it. But after about a week, I lost all taste for meat and fish<br>
and haven't looked back.
 

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When I was a kid, I was almost oblivious to where meat came from. I knew it was from animals but I had no idea how, say, a cow became a hamburger or a pig became bacon or how chickens end up in that KFC bucket. To be 100% honest, I was practically a carnivore for a long time. And <i>extremely</i> picky.<br>
It wasn't until I was 15 that I actually made my first attempt at becoming a vegetarian. However, because I was still very picky, I struggled greatly with this and resorted back to my old ways. This didn't come without great feelings of guilt every time I ate meat. So, a few months after I turned 16, I made the decision to go vegetarian permenantly(this wasn't without all the shock, teasing, commentaries made by my friends and family) and I haven't looked back ever since.<br>
Also, I'm no longer picky.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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I grew up in an omni home we had all sorts of meats and animal products and my mom would feed my dad and myself and her two pork chops each with loads of mashed tators and a other fixings. When I was early on in my childhood I didn't like food, I was very slender and I wasn't picking up pounds.<br>
Years later at 9 years old or between 9-11 years old I started to like Mcdonalds alot, I would eat the big macs only and i would eat tons of ice cream, cupcakes, all the bad stuff.<br>
I would go unto teenage years getting more heavier because everything I asked my parents to get into like cheerleading, dancing, brownie girl scouts and ETC they said no I was too slow.<br>
I had acid reflex and heartburn in my teenage years up until adult hood and when I got married.<br>
When I got married to married an Omni also that don't and still don't eat veggies and we been going down hill with our health until we started in 06 looking into juicing , better for you foods, Organic milk and all and I had someone tell me about Vegeterian lifestyle back then but I wanted to still eat meat.<br>
Then in November of 09 I watched the Martha Stewart Vegan Thanksgiving and seen the eating animals writer talk about factory farming. Ever since then I been looking into becoming Vegeterian.<br>
Since that time and I joined here in March of 2010 I had several mishaps with the lifestyle, we were forced out of the place we were at earlier this year and we had to relocate.<br>
Now since we relocated, I have more stores options to get Veg friendly foods. I am also a sinus sufferer and some animal products break me out with a sinus infections. I am having one now.<br>
I am also a Vegetarian for the animals , health and environmental and budget reasons.<br>
My husband is glad that we save alot of money on our food bills when we go grocery shopping because we just get the staple items and It works fine for us.
 

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Grew up omni. It found I could not find a logical way to justify my meat eating after it was scrutinized during an ethics class, so here I am.
 

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Edit: I want to say I also only ate the crust of pot pies! I didn't like the rest, I just wanted the top-outer crust.</div>
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Pot pies were always the nastiest things on the planet to me. Blech.
 

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I never liked meat....my Mom always said that I used to hide it under napkins or in cabinets so that I didnt have to eat it ....I didnt like the taste texture ect and after learning more about the animals and animal rights I went Vegan at 15 and then Veg at 18 soooo I have been Veggie for 22 years and never looked back.....<br><br>
Peace, LOve and Raindrops<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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I never liked meat....my Mom always said that I used to hide it under napkins or in cabinets so that I didnt have to eat it ....I didnt like the taste texture ect and after learning more about the animals and animal rights I went Vegan at 15 and then Veg at 18 soooo I have been Veggie for 22 years and never looked back.....<br><br>
Peace, LOve and Raindrops<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"></div>
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Lol, I remember with most of my meat dishes, especially things with unnecessary meat mixed in like pepperoni on pizza or chicken in pasta, I'd pick the meat out and give it to my dogs or cats <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p">
 

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When I was a teen, I quit eating beef and pork and lamb. I only ate chicken and turkey and some seafood. I always loved pigs and cows and didn't want to eat them but never thought much about eating poultry, besides my parents insisted that I had to have animal protein of some sorts.<br><br>
For years I've said I wanted to be a veggie but didn't know how I'd get enough protein and didn't think I could give up chicken. It's funny, now I realize that I never loved chicken itself, but the flavors of the dish are what I like...for example, it's not the chicken in the fajitas, it's the spices that I enjoy. I never realized this before, the meat was basically a vehicle for the sauces and spices so now I just use beans, tofu, etc.<br><br>
I truly love veggie foods!
 

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On the face of it I'm probably more of a sudden conversion person, in that I switched fairly quickly from a meat heavy omni diet (back in June) to a predominantly vegetarian one (with a bit of fish thrown in) and now pretty much totally vegetarian (since July) with a few unfortunate cheese mistakes (need to get better at reading labels properly) ... however in truth this has been a gradual conversion. There hasn't been one moment where I suddenly became disgusted by meat (I don't find it disgusting - but the smell of it cooking is a bit weird to me now) I just don't think that I can defend the consumption on a number of levels (health, environment, dubious factory farming methods, waste etc.) so I have chosen not to eat meat any more.<br><br>
My parents never hid where the meat came from, and I can't remember a point in time where I didn't know that live animals became dead animals that we ate - the precise method wasn't discussed and it was just the way things were.<br><br>
I'm going out with an omni guy (who's very much a meat and two veg man) and it is starting to bother me a little that he is being so very set in his ways. Especially as he keeps swooping on my lovely food as it looks "really tasty" and doesn't stick to his cremated husks of animal, meal times where you have to defend your food are a little stressy.
 

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A few years back, I went to my doctor to get a yearly physical. I got a frantic call from his office saying my test results were in, and they needed to see me right away. I thought I had cancer or something! Seems my liver numbers were elevated (from taking too many OTC pain meds), I had an enlarged thyroid (but my numbers were o.k.), my cholesterol was high (not unusual, since I'm from the south and love all manner of fried food), and some other stuff I can't remember. The nurse said she had never seen anyone with so much wrong with them still walking and talking normally. I told her "I have lupus. I'm not supposed to be healthy." She said "But those numbers are fine. I don't think you have lupus, but you have something very wrong."<br><br>
The next night I went to a free seminar by George Malkmus, of God's Way fame. He said things that made me think.<br><br>
I started moving toward vegetarianism that day. I cut out red meat, because honestly, I didn't like it that much anyway. I stopped eating so much fried food and pork, I started reading about diet and nutrition, and eating mostly raw fruits and veggies. I've gone through many stages on the road to "healthy eating", my latest being Flexitarian, where I actually eat very little meat at all, but still eat too much processed food. I decided on this path when I was diagnosed with parasites and I started reading how an unhealthy diet creates an acid environment that feeds parasites.<br><br>
I'm so sick and tired of being sick and tired. I just want to be healthy for once. I don't remember feeling "well" for many, many years. It seems I always felt just a little off.<br><br>
If this doesn't work, I give up. I'm giving it a year, and I'm going to be very diligent. I think that's enough time to see a difference.
 

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I read Eat to Live and made up my mind then and there that I would never eat meat again. I told my family that night and I don't think they really believed me. I have to say they have been supportive and I think they are proud of me for my decision.<br><br>
It's been a little over six months and I have no regrets. I hope to be completely vegan within a year. Going veggie is the best thing I have ever done for me and my only regret is that I did not do it years ago.
 

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Considering I was born to vegetarian parents, my first veggie thought was probably, "oh ****, there's the birth canal".
 

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It started when I saw PETA's KFC campaign when I was 13. I decided to boycott KFC and meanwhile told all my friends at school that I was a vegetarian, even though I wasn't. Then, through PETA's website, I realized that ALL chickens are treated like KFC's chickens, so it didn't make sense to boycott just ONE chicken abuser. My mom went on a week-long out-of-state vacation, during which I got to cook all my own meals. I was eating a frozen chicken dinner, finished it, and decided to become a vegetarian.<br><br>
It took a few months after that before it stuck. I had a BLT on my birthday that year, along with a small pepperoni pizza. Then a few weeks later I had chicken pot pie. And that was the last meat I ever ate.<br><br>
Then almost exactly two years ago my grandma died, and I just decided to go vegan. I don't know if I was doing it "in her honor" or what, because she ate lots of meat, but it just felt like the right thing to do, and I never had dairy or eggs again (except once when I was very upset/depressed and I got veggie burgers take-out from a restaurant. I hadn't eaten in days but they had mayo on them. I scraped it off the best I could and ate them anyway, then felt awful about it, LOL).<br><br>
Also, immediately after going vegan, I bought "Vegan with a Vengeance" and learned how amazing vegan food was. After trying the Peanut Butter Oatmeal cookies in that book, I didn't need to be convinced any more.
 

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I work at a new age store doing massage therapy, and since I worked there a coworker offered to let me come to a reiki class for free. So I did. It was the strangest thing, because the teacher told us that often initiation will cause a shift in you in some way, and to expect a drastic change. That night, I ate a bucket of chicken wings and suddenly thought to myself, I never want to do this anymore. This is disgusting and wrong. I found out a month later, at our second level class that the same thing happened to three other people (out of 7) in the class and we've all been vegetarian since. *x-files music here*<br><br>
Since then I've also converted my husband, my son, and sister in law. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 
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