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lets get some more positive threads goin' on in here!<br><br>
who's vegetarianism/veganism was influenced by a family member??<br><br><br><br>
mine was! my cousin *used to be*vegan, and she informed me of everything and sparked my interest. then i took it into my own hands, learned more and became vegan. eh, i guess hers was less moral reasons and more health though because she eats meat again due to a protein deficiency she came down with. there were other ways she could have handled it than goin back to red meat but oh well. she still doesn't have dairy/eggs though so it's nice to have a companion on that one when the family all gets together. she always gives me vegan chocolates too when i see her!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":love:">
 

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My sister and I were raised vegetarian by our parents. We are both raising our children as vegetarians too (even though our husbands are omni). So I think our vegetarian choices have definitely been influenced by family !<br><br><br><br>
Our paternal grandfather became a vegetarian after the first world war, when he was seeking a way to cure himself from all sorts of ailments caused by malnutrition during the war years. When he tried a Bircher-Benner raw-diet for a while, he got sold on the vegetarian idea. He subsequently opened the first health food shop in Flanders, which sold mainly German and Swiss products (these were the countries where "naturism" was popular in the nineteen twenties) and got exclusive rights to deal in many of the big European healthfood brands of the time.<br><br><br><br>
Our parents (mom adopted the lifestyle when she got married to dad) have subsequently spent a lot of their free time propagating a healthy, vegetarian lifestyle through local and international organisations.<br><br><br><br>
Born in the sixties and growing up in the seventies, my sister and I have seen first-hand how the vegetarian way of life has become more and more mainstream or at least accepted/acknowledged. It's been an interesting evolution and we hope to contribute to further propaganda for many years to come... We have ourselves been able to add ethical and ecological reasons to the basic health reasons our grandfather started from, for being vegetarian.<br><br><br><br>
I think it is great to see how ideas can spread and make their way in a "small" way... and I think it's cool when friends or family convince others to adopt a more balanced lifestyle. So I am curious to see who else will be responding in this thread and what their story will be !
 

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I just became a vegan to the most part because of my best friend ( I consider her family) she has been vegan for a year now, feels and looks great. She has also lost almost a hundred pounds! She is doing it for the health reasons where I am very much doing it for moral reasons. I am so glad she was an influence because I feel great!
 

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2 of my cousins are vegetarian, and I became interested in researching the topic after spending the weekend with them and eating at some kick butt veg restaurants in Boulder, CO.
 

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shortly after becoming vegetarian, my girlfriend also made the choice. Within 4 months my 12 year old sister and mother also followed suit! i knew it was in all of them. my whole house meat free!!!
 
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