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Hello !! I'm making a shcool-work about vegetarian diet and why people became vegetarian, so , why did you start to exclude meat of your diet?<br>
And other question, why you are not vegan?<br><br>
I'm from Spain so sorry for my bad english, thank you all ! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">
 

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I decided to begin excluding animal products from my diet when I started having problems with my gallbladder. Laying off of the animal fats has made those problems go away and my bloodwork is perfect. I eat and cook vegan the majority of the time at home, sometimes when we go out and sometimes not...I will probably never go completely vegan because I use raw, local honey as a natural allergy remedy and preventive.
 

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I became one for moral reasons. I'm not a vegan because around where I live, it's almost completely impossible. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/undecided.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":-/">
 

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I became one for moral reasons. I'm not a vegan because around where I live, it's almost completely impossible. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/undecided.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":-/"></div>
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This exactly!
 

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I became vegetarian for moral reasons; I basically realized that I could not justify killing animals for my own indulgence when it's not necessary for survival. At the moment I'm not vegan because I live at home and my parents won't allow me to go completely vegan. However, I'm planning on switching to a vegan diet in approximately nine months when I (hopefully) move out.
 

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The reason I excluded a lot of the meat from my diet is because I felt so sick eating it and lacking energy. My vegetarian diet gives me plenty of energy and boosts my mood. Besides that, it really helps my hair, skin and nails. My hair is so shiny, my skin is acne free, and I have strong pretty nails.<br><br>
It's vain, but I feel beautiful inside and out.
 

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I became a vegetarian for ethical reasons, but the health reasons definitely provide lots of incentive, too. I'm not a vegan because I live at home with my parents, but when I move out, I'm pretty sure I'll be making the transition. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Moral reasons. I wouldnt eat my pets why eat another animal. Also all the fat in meat like ground meat and ham grossed me out so much.
 

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I'm vegetarian for ethical reasons because I want to treat others the way I want to be treated, that includes animals. I would not wish to be locked up in a place where I can't move with TL lights on the whole day and being fattened up until my legs bow under the pressure for the rest of my life and then be slaughered. I can imagine an animal wouldn't want that either; so I won't buy any meat. That pretty much sums it up.
 

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I became a vegetarian because of health reasons. I was having so many stomach problems (which, I'm sure was gall bladder) and I just felt slow and fat, truthfully. I have always been a supporter of animal rights, etc, and felt that it was foolish to NOT go on to a vegetarian diet. I feel so much better and I feel that it has cured the stomach issues and made my soul happy. I just adore my animals - and could not imagine eating them! Or any animal for that matter.<br><br>
I am not strictly vegan only because it would be such an impact on my family. My husband continues his meat and potatoes diet and that's okay - FOR HIM! He doesn't bash me, and is very respectful of the way I feel and does not "mix" or use anything that contains animal products. In return, I don't complain if he uses butter in a recipe or egg substitutes.
 

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Moral reasons.. My eyes opened up to what those poor beautiful animals go through and I knew I didn't want any part of it.. Read my signature.. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br>
And why not vegan? I totally went cold 'tofurkey' (haha get it? im a dork, I know..) into vegetarianism and I will be going full vegan within the next 6 months. I will be honest, I feel like I am not doing enough by being a lacto-veggie, and can't wait to transition into veganism! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">
 

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My wife and I are vegetarian. We eat vegan much of the time but, occasionally we do eat a little cheese and once in a while a dairy based coffee cream. We don't buy milk or cheese. We eat cheese when it's part of what we ordered at a restaurant. But, it's not all that often.<br><br>
We just sort of phased out meat and decided to make it official. It has become an ethical and health reason for me. We keep it real simple. Nothing from a slaughterhouse. If it gets complicated it wont be much fun. I like easy and fun.
 

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Health reasons. I'm only 20, but my family has a history of heart disease and high cholesterol. Both my grandfather and my great-grandfather died in their 60's, and there's no way I want to be gone by that time. A lifestyle of meat-eating is going to increase the risk of those problems. And meat's nutritional benefits can easily be obtained by healthier non-meat substitutes. So...the choice is easy.
 

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I said this in another thread, I started to be a Vegeterian for health and environmental reason and animal welfare ETC. I am still learning to go further in transiting but I am healing from a few distractions this year , so next year I am hoping to start off 2012 right.
 

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I had thought about going Veg since my early teens. (I'm 47 now.)<br>
Around 14 years ago I made the switch and haven't gone back on it.<br>
I was raised in a rural setting and had various Bovine, Equine and feathered friends throughout childhood. Eventually, I couldn't stand the thought of eating them anymore.
 

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I became vegetarian for enviromental and health reasons. I became vegan after learning more about both.
 

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Hello !! I'm making a shcool-work about vegetarian diet and why people became vegetarian, so , why did you start to exclude meat of your diet?<br>
And other question, why you are not vegan?<br><br>
I'm from Spain so sorry for my bad english, thank you all ! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"></div>
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<br><br><br><b>Good luck with you school project, i hope this info is helpful to you.</b><br><br>
I am a vegetarian because of health benefits(see below), environmental benefits and for animal welfare reasons.<br>
as for going vegan, my dad and i are going to go vegan because of animal welfare reasons and because of this video:<a href="http://www.veggieboards.com/newvb/showthread.php?131480-Watch-this-video(very-sad" target="_blank">http://www.veggieboards.com/newvb/sh...video(very-sad</a>)<br><br><b>health benefits</b><br><i>The greatest of the vegetarian health benefits is reduced risk of heart attacks. This is because vegetarians usually have lower cholesterol levels. Cholesterol levels are greatly increased by meat, especially red meat. Vegetarian diets are also low in saturated fats that are common in meat. Vegetables contain plant proteins, which are lower in cholesterol compared to animal proteins. Cholesterol and saturated fats are the major causes of heart disease, especially in those in their sunset years. This is because they clog the inside of the blood vessels over time. This leads to heart attacks, strokes and other cardiovascular diseases. Fruit and vegetable specifically have vegetarian health benefits by reducing the risk of getting ischemic heart disease, myocardial infarction and angina which are common in older people. This is because fruits and vegetables contain folic acid, carotenoids, dietary fiber, potassium, flavonoids, magnesium, phytosterols, and other polyphenolic antioxidants that have vegetarian health benefits.<br><br>
Vegetarian diets rich in soluble fiber such as the ones found in oats, squash, carrots, dry beans and apples lowering serum cholesterol levels that might have been accumulated over the years, therefore adding people more years among other vegetarian health benefits. Fruits, nuts, whole grain and vegetables have flavonoids that have some biological properties and other vegetarian health benefits that are responsible for reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease in that they are antioxidants and so they protect LDL cholesterol from undergoing oxidation, effectively inhibiting formation of blood clots in the arteries and other blood vessels. The flavonoids also have a hypolipidemic effects and an anti-inflammatory effect these are good for the health of the heart.</i><br><br><b>Lower Blood Pressure</b><br><br><i>Another of the vegetarian health benefits is that vegetarians have lower blood pressure compared to those who eat meat, especially red meant. This is because vegetarian diets are low in salt salt has been identified as the main cause of high blood pressure and hypertension. High blood pressure also occurs when blood tries to flow faster because of obstructed blood vessels. The obstruction is usually caused by cholesterol ingested from eating meat. Lower blood pressure is also maintained by the potassium which is found in fruits and vegetables such as apricots, papaya, bananas, cantaloupe, strawberries, eggplant, avocado, oranges, tomatoes, cucumber, cabbage, cauliflower, bell pepper, squash, turmeric, broccoli, parsley, spinach and lima beans among others.<br><br><b>Control of Diabetes</b><br><br>
Although diabetes does not have a cure yet, eating a vegetarian diet that is high in fiber and complex carbohydrates found in plant foods controls diabetes and has other vegetarian health benefits. Most doctors agree with this fact and advise their patients to consume legumes, vegetables, fruits and whole grains for controlling diabetes. These also have lower blood sugar and they completely eliminate the need for meds in some cases.</i><br><b>Prevention of Cancer</b><br><br>
Another of the vegetarian health benefits is that it vegetarian diets help in the prevention of cancer which is very important because cancer has no cure. Almost all cancers, especially epithelial cancers, can be prevented with regular consumption of fruits and vegetables. Foods such as cruciferous vegetables, herbs and fruits have cancer-protective phytochemicals such as flavonoids, carotenoids, ellagic acid, sulfide compounds, isoflavones, isothiocyanates glucarates, phenolic acids, phthalides, phytosterols, saponins and terpenoids among others.<br><br><b>Elimination of Toxins from the Body</b><br><br>
Meat usually has a lot of toxins. Fruits and vegetables do not have preservatives as is the case with most packaged and/or processed foods. Vegetarians usually ingest organic foods that are grown without the chemicals responsible for toxin build-up in our bodies such as pesticides. Toxins cause skin problems, allergies, influenza, and a host of other ailments. In severe cases, they have been known to cause cancer and other serious medical conditions such as infertility.<br><br><b>Easier Digestion of Food</b><br><br>
It is a fact that human beings have a challenging time digesting meat and fish. These are heavy foods that take a lot of time and energy to digest. People who eat such foods eventually experience weakening of their digestive systems which brings such problems as inability to eliminate waste rapidly. This means their bodies have a hard time doing self-cleaning and this leads to problems such as stomach and intestinal cancer. On the other hand, foods such as fruits and vegetables are easily and rapidly digested and other vegetarian foods that are rich in fiber have vegetarian health benefits in that they actually aid in digestion.<br><br><b>Improvement of Overall Health</b><br><br>
Vegetarians enjoy many health benefits and they are less likely to be obese, their skins and other excretion systems work better and they have fewer toxins in their body. Although these vegetarian health benefits might not prevent diseases directly, it is easier for vegetarians to live longer and to have less sick days.
 

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I'm more of a Nutritarian than a vegan, because I won't eat oil or fat, sugar, highly refined carbs like many Vegans do. I won't eat the fake meat or fake cheese either. I'm more of a McDougall, Esselstyn, Ornish (et. al) plant based health dieter. I was an ovo-lacto vegetarian since about 2004-05, but recently started to eat a 100% plant and starch based diet because my sister, who was one year older than I was dropped dead last year of cardiovascular disease, a chronic condition, and based on poor lifestyle choices. She was pretty young, and I decided that the same would not happen to me. Genetics may be the trigger, but what a person eats is the ammunition. Even when I was an ovo-lacto vegetarian, I was making poor food decisions, eating things like cheese pizza, and cake, and putting tons of oil and cheese in everything. After much soul searching, I decided to take the plunge and eat only whole legumes, rice, grains, fruit, and vegetables, all based upon their nutritional value.<br><br>
I'm not a vegan because vegans also eat junk food-- it may be vegan junk, but it is still junk.
 

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Because.
 

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DOUBLE BRO FIST.<br><br>
*crosses wrists and makes fists*
 
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