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18 / M / London
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Posted 4/5/15 , edited 4/5/15
Have any of you "converted" to vegetarianism or vegan ism? If so why? Like most people, I love my red and white meat.
Posted 4/5/15
I did it awhile back for "health" reasons... all which are misconstrued and exaggerated for the most part probably due to traumatic experiences people have had which lead to people trying to defend their ideals on the subject in order to justify their beliefs.
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Posted 4/5/15
I did vegan for a few months because me and my partner had a vegan staying with us.

I could do it but it wouldn't be my choice, however I can now cook allot of very nice vegetable based side dishes so not a total loss.
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Posted 4/5/15
I first stopped eating fish in 4th grade after we raised salmon/trout and learned about what endangers them (turns out, overfishing is the worst). I accidentally gained maternal feelings towards these fish, so...
I became vegetarian in college because I didn't want to have animals die for me if it wasn't necessary (I started feeling that way in high school, and met a vegan in college who helped me understand how to eat vegetarian food in a healthful manner). I then got rid of eggs because they creep me out (I'm weird like that), and got rid of milk because it's very mucus-producing for me (and I have allergies and asthma, so I don't need more mucus!). That left honey, which I stopped eating because it seemed a little to weird to say "I'm vegan except honey" or "I'm a vegetarian who doesn't eat eggs or dairy." So my reasons for veganism are a weird mix of ethical, personal, medical, and practical, and the final push was having a good opportunity.

I don't think it's wise to try to become vegetarian or vegan if one doesn't have good guidance on how to healthfully eat in that manner. It's different from omnivorous eating, so if one doesn't have good guidance, it will be frustrating and/or dangerous. Even with good guidance, the cravings will be difficult at first! Also, it's necessary to pay attention to one's body and what one needs. I don't need meat (however much I liked it), but some people simply do. Refusing to eat meat when one's body finds it necessary is foolish (thus, so too are the vegetarians/vegans who criticize all meat eaters!). Decreasing meat consumption to a minimum for personal reasons is fair, but never do something unhealthy.
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83 / F / Bite the pillow.
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Personal ethics.

It doesn't bother me that others eat animals, but personally, I don't do it. I don't preach being a vegetarian. My food choices are my own and that's the way I look at other people's choices.

So, you have your steak, I'll have my salad, and we'll both watch anime.

Balance.

/Vegetarian for 31-years.
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19 / M / Cali
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Posted 4/5/15
I have not. I wish I could so I'd be in better shape!
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I've been vegetarian for 3 years and I have officially been vegan for 3 months. I did it for many reasons, mainly for my health and for the animals. I make my own meals and buy my groceries with my own money so I don't make it hard on my mom and the rest of my family. I don't have a problem with people eating meat, it's my own personal choice.
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21 / M / My Couch
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Posted 4/5/15
Taking into account the amount of water that goes into meat production and California's severe drought, vegetarianism is a pretty good idea, but unfortunately I enjoy my meat. Though being in animal science and learning in depth about the industry did have an impact on me.
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Posted 4/5/15
My dad likes to say he's a vegetarian because he hates the animals. He doesn't even want to eat them.

As for me, I just bought a couple ribeyes which I will cook later this week...
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21 / M / Canada eh
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Posted 4/5/15
skuuuuurrrrrr

I really don't see myself being a vegan. I'm not a big vegetable person overall. Of course there are some vegetables that I can tolerate, but I need my protein. I weightlift about 4-5x a week and I need a lot of protein to help repair my muscles after.

Kudos to those who hit the gym and are vegans/vegetarians though.
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Posted 4/5/15 , edited 4/5/15
never let anyone go right to vegan/vegetarian most likely they will not eat what they should like some girls on diet only eats some salat and ruins thier bodies..
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22 / M / Guarding your Shack
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"Meat is such a treat, that no one can willingly beat." - JayMunchy 2015
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24 / M / 風の山
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Posted 4/5/15 , edited 4/5/15
im a carnivore, in my entire life i have eaten less then a pound of greens that were not stir fried into meat. (probably exaggerated, as i loved greens before entering american school systems)

but i spent 3 month being a full vegihead for semi religious reasons. more cultural than religious.

although i spent those three months eating mainly cheese and soybeans. i also wanted to point out that after this experience, i know that i can easily give up meat whenever, but i eat pretty organically to begin with so i don't see a reason to neglect it from my meal as i am favorable to it either way.

i spend plently of days a year having days without meat though, so i have practice it but haven't actually committed to the practice.
Posted 4/5/15
Alright, I'll donate my profile gifs
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20 / M / In the kitchen.
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Posted 4/6/15
I was disgusted by how badly animals were being treated, and how unclean many of the factories were.
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