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At what point did you become a veg*n? The reason I ask is I came accross an acquaintance who was suprised I became a vegetarian at my age. She mentioned she was one in college (no longer is) and most of the time it is when one is young and idealistic they become vegetarian (the assumption being it is a phase). That being said, I was curious, if I am the exception.<br><br><br><br>
For the record, I was 45 when I went vegetarian. How old were you?
 

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I was 22 and I'm 27 now. I definitely could NOT be described as "idealistic."<br><br><br><br>
I have a friend who went veg when he was in his late-40s. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> My boss is going veg now and she's nearly 60.
 

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Born & raised. Which was not an option in the poll.<br><br><br><br>
Of course there have been moments where I questioned the lifestyle, and I coloured outside the lines occasionally for a bit in my mid- and late twenties (fish and seafood, no other experiments) but I decided to stick with it for ethical reasons. In fact now I am vegetarian for all the possible reasons.<br><br><br><br>
My parents were health veggies (quite common at the time, animal rights or ecology not being issues back then) and my dad was born & raised vegetarian too ! (he was born in 1931).<br><br><br><br>
Hey, you can be any age and decide you want to be vegetarian, religious, non religious, grow a beard, shave your head, whatever. There's no age for anything. What is that habit to categorize everything anyway ? I really don't think life can be summarized into a spreadsheet... do you ?!
 

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I went vegetarian at 15, and I'm 48 now. Among the longstanding vegetarians I've met throughout my life, I have noticed that an awful lot of them started at age 15, so that always seemed like the magic age to me. As I got older, I started to notice that maybe the age was going down a little, to 13 or 14 (maybe because kids are growing up faster?).<br><br><br><br>
Anyway, I always had the idea that 15 was an age where people tended to readily make major life changes that they would be able to stick to for the rest of their life. My perception has been that at older ages people have greater difficulty making these major transformations and sticking to them for life.<br><br><br><br>
I think that a college student is more likely to go through a 'vegetarian phase' than a 15 year old. When a 15 year old makes this type of decision they have less support than in the university environment, and I just think its more likely to be a decision that has more gravity.<br><br><br><br>
Yes, I do think there is idealism involved. Becoming vegetarian had to do with having ideals, and living in accord with them, however, I don't think that living in accord with your ideals should be a phase. Hopefully its something that sticks with us for life.<br><br><br><br>
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^^^What missbelgium said. Born and raised. By parents who'd been vegetarian 'for their health' since they were young.<br><br>
(And no, you didn't include this as an option in the poll!)<br><br><br><br>
I had momentary "lapses" due to peer pressure, curiosity and laziness, where I tried all manner of animal products once or twice - but never liked any of them well enough to add them to my diet.<br><br><br><br>
I went vegan when I was 41, almost 2 years ago. I have several friends older than I am, who have just gone veg.
 

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Well, I said 18-23... I was 16-17 when I first wanted to back away from meats and living at home with an unsupportive family. I stopped eating meat when I moved out, nearly 18. Was o/l for 3.5 years.<br><br><br><br>
Omni for 4-ish years (misinformation about pregnancy and lactation while vegetarian), back to O/L veg at 25, vegan-ish (getting there) at 26.<br><br><br><br>
So I thought that the 18-23 range was the middle ground and a good place to go. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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<div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>YoungBuck</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
At what point did you become a veg*n? The reason I ask is I came accross an acquaintance who was suprised I became a vegetarian at my age. She mentioned she was one in college (no longer is) and most of the time it is when one is young and idealistic they become vegetarian (the assumption being it is a phase). That being said, I was curious, if I am the exception.<br><br><br><br>
For the record, I was 45 when I went vegetarian. How old were you?</div>
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And I thought I was "old" when I went veg - I was 38. But you're never too old to improve your health by improving your diet. The only time it's too late is when you're dead. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/broccoli.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":bobo:">
 

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I went "minimally" pescatarian at about 12. My mum told me to keep eating fish and I went along with her like a sheep. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sheep.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":sheep:"><br><br>
I gave up fish at about 14 though. I don't remember exactly.<br><br>
I went vegan at 17.
 

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(there should probably be an option for younger people as well as people who were born vegetarian. My sister went vegetarian at 11, I think)
 

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Vegetarian at age 33. (I'll be 37 this month.)<br><br>
Just became a vegan in October.<br><br><br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>YoungBuck</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
She mentioned she was one in college (no longer is) and most of the time it is when one is young and idealistic they become vegetarian</div>
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I certainly don't fit your friend's stereotype. I wasn't very idealistic when I was younger. Maybe I just had too much to deal with back then.<br><br><br><br>
The older I get, the more idealistic I become. I guess I'm a little backwards!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 
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