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What made you want to be a vegetarian? If it was like me, I had tried it a few times within the past 6 years or so, but failed. It was mostly because of health reasons back then. Now, however, it is because of the animals. It started with avoiding cow's milk. I was researching info on that subject, the next thing I knew I was watching the "meet your meat" video. The rest is history. For me, it was like a "switch" just clicked in my head. How did it happen for you? I know some of you have been born into it, that is pretty cool. My son is 17 moths old. I want him to be veggie, but my wife is not, and we are not "eye to eye" on the subject. I'm ramblin' now , i will stop.....
 

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for me it was a night after i went camping on the st. croix river. when i was camping all we had to eat for every meal somehow involved meat + dishes washed in lakewater. finally one night my body couldnt take it anymore and got the sickest i ever have in my life. i threw up and went to the bathroom probably 15-20 times that night each. after that the very thought of eating meat was disgusting
 

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It all started when I started working in fast food...<br><br><br><br>
Then I became friends with a veg*n couple and after eating at there place for several nights... I didn't get sick after eating the food. (Back then I was getting sick after eating whatever I had at the place I worked.)<br><br><br><br>
So.. I began learning how to cook vegan. I haven't gotten sick since. Now I am trying to learn more and more about it. It's a quite satisfying way to live.<br><br><br><br>
So.. yeah. I did it because it felt awesome.
 

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I just became a vegetarian on 12-26-06. I work near a place where cows are constantly going past in trucks on their way to slaughter. Several times they stopped near me (at a red light) and mooed until the truck started moving again. It made me more sad every time. The last time I ate a hamburger, I couldn't eat the entire thing because I started feeling nauseous thinking of the cows in the trucks mooing at me.<br><br>
It also helped that my sister is became a vegan last year.
 

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I was grocery shopping and there were stickers on the hamburger packages with pictures of cows on them. That's what made me take the plunge. (I was cheap enough that I finished up the tuna I had at home, but that was it.) Before then, I just didn't eat much meat because I didn't care for it and I was a poor graduate student surviving on cheaper (vegetarian) food for the most part. 14 years later, my parents are resigned to the fact that this isn't a phase, that I AM healthy, and that if they want turkey on Thanksgiving, they shouldn't come to Colleen's house.
 

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batesmotel your story is very similar to mine, i have tried to be veggie for about the past 3 years but never was truely serious. Now that it is the new year 07 im ready for a more serious and conscious version of me!
 

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Light trauma was the key to me turning veggie. Multiple things made me turn , but like people have said, I turned by my brain literally clicking into place. The story I'm going to tell you might upset a few of you.<br><br><br><br>
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Okay, I was watching TV and a show called 'Urban legends revealed'. This story involved an urban legend of a foreign meal gone horribly wrong.<br><br>
A couple go to a foregin bar in middle-Asia. They bring their dog along with them for some reason. The owner of the dog asks the waiter to keep him somewhere while they have their dinner. The waiter looks confused, but brings the dog with him. It takes a long time for their meal to arrive, and just before the man goes to complain, their meal arrives. They tuck in, with the man saying it's 'The best chicken he's ever tasted'. The waiter comes back with an order, and a dog leash. What happened to the dog? That's right.<br><br><br><br>
Poached Poodle.<br><br><br><br>
My dumb omni self was saying 'Poor dog!' when a voice at the back if my head said 'That happens to ALL farm animals dumbass!' From then on I've been a veggie and have never looked back. Best decision I ever made!<br><br><br><br>
Long live <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/broccoli.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":bobo:">!
 

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I did a project on the social construction of vegetarianism for an Anthropology class, and basically, I learned so much about the environmental, social and health aspects of vegetarianism, I just couldn't eat meat anymore. The AR stuff came later, and reinforced my decision.
 

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I'd felt a vague sense of "this is wrong" when I ate meat from time to time. I ate a chicken sandwich once and my brain said: this is a dead animal! It felt gross and weird. That's when I started seriously thinking about why we eat animals and if I'd made a choice to do so, or if I was just following my 'programming.'<br><br><br><br>
A year later, in Seattle, I got to be friends with a vegetarian. I secretly resolved to give up meat, but I wasn't very serious about it. A day or two later I had a turkey BLT for lunch. I ate it, and then sat there looking at my empty plate. "Man," I thought, "how shallow and selfish am I to put aside my beliefs for the sake of flavor." That's when I resolved to go veg "fo real" and I asked my friend for help. Veg two years now. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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This summer we went to Mexico and I did not eat any meat while I was there. First of all, it looked disgusting and rotten. We went on a snorkeling trip and stopped at this "restaurant" on a beach with emaciated dogs walking around, and they served us these enormous slabs of "chicken" that looked completely disgusting. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/lipsrsealed2.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":sealed:"><br><br><br><br>
So I didn't eat meat that whole week. Then when we got home, I started to seriously cut back on my meat intake. I did a ton of research online, learned that yes, you can be healthy on a veg*n diet, and I joined VeggieBoards. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/thumbsup.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":up:"><br><br><br><br>
Then I started my freshman year of college, decided to be a vegetarian. It lasted for a few weeks and then I went back to eating a few things with meat. I couldn't find many options and I was losing weight- which was bad considering I was already underweight!<br><br>
In September I decided to go veggie once and for all...and I've never looked back. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">
 

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One night I couldn't sleep and just sat in my chair thinking about life and politics at 4 am. I decided to try out vegetarianism on a dare and once I realized how easy it was, I never looked back.
 

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I saw this brochure put out by PETA called "Go vegetarian!" and was exposed for the first time to the actual truths and horrors of what goes on with animals to mkae our food. After that I couldn't stand lookinf at or eating any piece of meat, I would see the images of the borchure when i saw the "food".<br><br><br><br>
So I just stopped then. I tried to convice my sister to go vegetarian too, but no luck... she is lazy.
 

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for some time i started to feel that eating another living being was wrong. i'm not sure why it came up, i guess it was always in the back of my mind. then one night when i couldn't sleep i thought i would check out PETA (online). I ended up watching PETA videos for like 8 hours straight. it was then that i decided never to eat meat again. i didn't tell my husband or family right away and i said i was going to not eat meat for a month as a trial but i knew it was for good.
 

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What it boils down to for me is somebody introduced vegetarian cuisine to me as a good way to lose weight. Suddenly, an ethical path that I thought was not possible before opened up to me. I could finally eat without killing animals in order to eat them.
 

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I first had thoughts of becoming veggie when I was a teen. Then again when my daughter was a few years old. I'm not sure why I wanted to be veg, I just know that I thought it was the sensible thing to do. Although I didn't go through with it at the time because I didn't think I'd have a lot of support. I was weak minded I suppose. I was already getting grief from my mother with criticism regarding the raising of my daughter, since I was a teen mother. I didn't want to add more stress and additional criticism.<br><br><br><br>
But I got to a point that I didn't care anymore and that I was going to do this. Just looking for the right moment. Then I met my sweetie online, and I immediately liked him. I later found out that he's vegan. How's that for a perfect match. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smitten.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":smitten:"><br><br><br><br>
I decided then and there, that it would be the perfect time to go again with it. My mum thought that I did it because of him, but I know it was because I wanted to, and he just gave me the inspiration to do it. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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I always wanted to be veg because I grew up on a farm. This was one of those farms that animals rights people complain about because my family has always been big on animal welfare. I always spent a lot of time with the cattle and we were always very proud of how big and healthy, and unafraid of humans, they were when they eventually left our farm. Many of them I considered personal friends of mine. So for pretty much my whole life, whenever I ate meat I always had the thought in the back of my mind that I could be eating someone I loved. However, my Mum had me convinced that due to medical conditions we shared, neither of us could go without meat. Plus, I really liked the taste.<br><br><br><br>
So the moment I knew that eating meat was wrong was way before I actually went veg, which was about four years after I'd moved out of home. I was amazed at how easy it was.
 

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For me it was a long process that took many many years, and many different things hitting me upside the head.<br><br><br><br>
The first thing was a piece of graffiti that said, "Love animals, don't eat them." That seemed logical.<br><br><br><br>
Then I had a few nightmares that I was eating one of my cat's legs, and the cat was saying, "Mommy, you love me, why are you doing this?" I'd wake up crying, and after about the 3rd nightmare, gave up beef.<br><br><br><br>
Another time, I was eating ribs, and looking at them, realizing who they came from, realizing that pigs were smart and you can train them, and they'll become loyal friends like a dog. Never ate pig again.<br><br><br><br>
At an aquarium, I saw an octopus open a jar to get to the shrimp inside - that started the decline of my eating sealife.<br><br><br><br>
For several years I was a "flexitarian," only eating non-veg foods 2-4 times a month. Then, one day, I was eating chicken wings, and again, the brain did the thing where it realizes what the wings are, who they come from, the social life of chickens, etc. And then, finally, FINALLY, it hit me: "You know? Maybe I should be a vegetarian." <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/doh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":doh:"><br><br><br><br>
In the midst of all these little epiphanies, there were also a lot of things I learned, such as the effects on the environment of raising livestock, the effects on health, the way the food industry bribed the government and hid information from the public. I don't know why it took so long for me to be veg - I don't want to say I'm stupid, so maybe it was just hard to get rid of the meat and dairy industry's brainwashing/programming/indoctrination.
 

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I used to have a pet pot bellied pig. I gave up pork when I got her. This was 5 or 6 months before I turned veggie. It was so simple to do. She was my friend, not my food. Friends would say to me that you are not eating her, so you don't have to worry about the others you do not know. That is where the problem lies. Out of sight, out of mind. Well, not for me it wasn't. I was not going to eat pigs anymore, mine or not, It still seemed wrong. The rest of it did not happen until later. I wonder why I did not go veggie right then and there? Oh well, better late then never right?
 

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My first real introduction to vegetarianism was when I met a really sweet veg girl but she didn't try to convert me or anything so I never connected the dots. Then i started dating a vegan a couple of years later and he educated me quickly. This was all before the age of the internet so we didn't have the videos and pics for a quick wake up call. After thinking about it for a month or two I became an ethical veg. Prior to that I did refrain from eating meat out of respect for my bf. I always loved animals and was repelled by animal suffering anyway. I just needed someone to turn the light on for me.
 

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i first became vegetarian on a cruise ship. it was a class trip for school last spring break, and in the group i hung out with was an amazing vegetarian-scary person. she is probably the most significant person in my life and i subconsiously decided to try to be like her, so i cut out meat.
 
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