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Camyle26
Feb 9th, 2005, 03:02 PM
I know it's all mixed in other posts and threads, BUT... out of curiousity, how old was everyone when they became Veggie/Vegan?

As for me, I became a vegetarian on my own when I was 9 years old, which caused much confusion and distress for my parents!!! I became a vegan at age 21. It's been about 2 yrs now. :cool:

Vora
Feb 9th, 2005, 05:54 PM
I've never really like meat (the idea of eating animals was bothering me and I didn't like the taste), so I didn't eat it a lot. When I was 11 I tried to become vegetarian but my family didn't help me and there were so much pressure that I had to dump vegetarism... but finally I've been vegetarian for more than one year then vegan for seven mouths.

foxytina_69
Feb 9th, 2005, 06:09 PM
i became vegan when i was 18.

celtic rose
Feb 9th, 2005, 06:12 PM
I was raised vegetarian and had my first attempt at vegan aged 16. Its taken a few goes but I'm now finally confirmed vegan :)

Tofu Monster
Feb 9th, 2005, 06:27 PM
i became vegetarian at 17 and vegan at 39.

boomer
Feb 9th, 2005, 06:31 PM
I became vegetarian at 19 and vegan at 37, though wished I had made the change earlier.

Gorilla
Feb 9th, 2005, 06:33 PM
i went vegetarian when i was 12, and decided to go vegan on my 24th birthday, although i didn't change my diet completely for a month or so. i too wish i'd done it sooner, as i started thinking about it when i was 18 but took too long 'getting round to it' :eek: :(

gertvegan
Feb 9th, 2005, 06:59 PM
Vego in 1997 at 25, vegan in 2000 at 28 surprisingly. :)

PinkFluffyCloud
Feb 9th, 2005, 07:13 PM
Veggie (finally, after about 4 years of trial and error in a very Carnivorous family), at 16, Vegan at 20, then had a relapse at 24 (was still strict Veggie but was relying on others for food and keep, unfortunately, with Hindsight wouldn't get in that situation again :o !!), second time Vegan 18 months ago, aged 32. :)

Will stay Vegan til carted off in a box, now! ;)

feline01
Feb 9th, 2005, 07:28 PM
Veggie at 26 then vegan at 35 though never felt comfortable eating dead animal, used to pick the veggies out of my mom's meals when I was a kid.

Poison Ivy
Feb 9th, 2005, 07:34 PM
Veggie at 16 , vegan last summer at 31 :)

scorpy
Feb 9th, 2005, 07:40 PM
I was born a vegetarian :) I'm looking into becoming a vegan now, or at least leaning towards it.

Tofu Monster
Feb 9th, 2005, 09:27 PM
seems to be a lot of us older folk who went veggie quite young but then stayed there for many years and didn't make the jump to vegan until later in life. looking back now, i also wish i'd done it much sooner.

it's also true that even 20-25 years ago it was much rarer to find a vegetarian, never mind a vegan. and don't forget there was no internet back in them days so there wasn't anything like the dissemination of information and ideas that you young 'uns are used to. and it was all fields round here you know.

kriz
Feb 9th, 2005, 09:38 PM
True, Tofu Monster. My vegetarian process started when I was only 4 years old. I would pick out the meat and keep the veggies. At the age of 9, I was a vegetarian, no eggs or milk (almost a vegan). I used to scan packages for hidden meat ingredients. But I did not become vegan until I was 33! That's late.

cedarblue
Feb 9th, 2005, 09:42 PM
veggie at 25, vegan at 41

snivelingchild
Feb 9th, 2005, 09:42 PM
I was vegetarianthanks to my mom until age 10, when she stopped and I wanted to know what the heck these Big Mac things were. Turned vegan at 18.

Mystic
Feb 9th, 2005, 11:18 PM
Vegetarian at 13 (on and off till 18/19 until it was permanent), forced to eat fish when recovering from anorexia though - Vegan at 21.

Leigh
Feb 10th, 2005, 12:48 AM
Veggie at 21 then turned vegan last year a month before my 30th b'day.

Jobey
Feb 10th, 2005, 02:23 AM
Vegetarian since birth, in the process of going vegan now (21)

snaffler
Feb 10th, 2005, 11:03 AM
Veggie at 11 vegan at 17 ish I think, I am now a lot older Shhhh not telling how much older now though.

snivelingchild
Feb 10th, 2005, 02:25 PM
Veggie at 11 vegan at 17 ish I think, I am now a lot older Shhhh not telling how much older now though.

Of course, that's a secret. *looks under snaffler's avatar*

foxytina_69
Feb 10th, 2005, 02:29 PM
its so interesting to me how many people were veggie before going vegan. i never even thought about being vegetarian when i was a carnivore.

celtic rose
Feb 10th, 2005, 04:57 PM
seems to be a lot of us older folk who went veggie quite young but then stayed there for many years and didn't make the jump to vegan until later in life. looking back now, i also wish i'd done it much sooner.

it's also true that even 20-25 years ago it was much rarer to find a vegetarian, never mind a vegan. and don't forget there was no internet back in them days so there wasn't anything like the dissemination of information and ideas that you young 'uns are used to. and it was all fields round here you know.

Agreed TM,

20 years ago there was so much less choice then. Being veggie was weird enough - vegans were completely nuts (nuts - get it :D sorry)

I was so lucky having veggie parents.

Nowadays, as you say, we have the internet and really good research. We're so much better informed.

I wish I'd stuck with veganism earlier but I'm here now and here I shall stay.

Tigerlily
Feb 14th, 2005, 03:55 PM
Yes, like Foxy, I never thought of becoming vegetarian for a while then go vegan. I made the switch all at once.

I never liked meat, I would pick it out of my meals when I could. When I was 11/12, I wanted to become vegetarian but I gave up since I knew *nothing* about it and had 0 family support.

At 17 I decided to become vegan. So I did. Since November 2004.

FR
Feb 14th, 2005, 06:40 PM
At age 18 I became A Lacto-Vegetarian (I consumed cow cheese at times). Then I wised up and became vegan when I was 27-28.