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    I'm curious as to how people reached their veganism.

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    I read 'Food' by Susan Powter - I'd been aware of veganism for a while, but reading this book gave me the final nudge I needed
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    I was at a cat show (many years ago before I knew better) and there was a demonstration against a judge at the show who also bread cats for vivisection. I spoke to some of the protestors and took some leaflets and decided to find out more. Needless to say I was shocked by what I'd found out about vivisection and joined the BUAV. In the BUAV magazine The Liberator there were adverts for other AR organisations and I quickly became vegetarian, turning vegan within weeks after reading a book called Fettered Kingdoms by John Bryant. To say that seeing those protestors and reading those leaflets changed my life forever is an understatement.

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    I wanted to just become vegetarian. I had no interest in getting rid of dairy so soon. But...for health reasons (sinus pressure headaches), I decided to not eat dairy. It was for purely health reasons. But since I wasn't going to eat dairy and I did want to be a vegetarian...why not go vegan?

    So, I also wanted to get information on the "ethical" side of veganism, so I went to PETA and some other anti-meat/anti-milk sites.

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    I was a vegetarian for many years before I became vegan. I became a vegetarian after reading Diet for a New America. Even though he advocates veganism, I thought that I'd just go vegetarian for a while as at least a partial measure. For some reason, that's where I stayed "stuck" for a while, even though veganism was in the back of my mind. Then I started to get to know more vegans, and I talked to them about veganism, which got me thinking more about how very possible and easy it would be. On top of it all, I re-read Animal Liberation by Singer and An Introduction to Animal Rights by Francione, and these two books got me thinking that if I was serious about animal rights and about not objectifying other beings, that I should do the most immediate thing and become a vegan. I did, and haven't looked back!

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    I read The Buddhist Diet - just a brief online document about the buddhists cae for veganism. Immediatly after reading it, I decided right then I would go vegetarian, so for a week I ate only white meat, and every time I ate it, I felt bad, and I felt disgusted having that in my stomach. So after a week I dropped the meat habbit for about 3 or 4 months, then I watched a PETA video (meet your meat) and after seeing what happens to dairy cows, I simply could *not* eat dairy products either, so I found this forum, and decided to go the rest of the way on my birthday. Now I'm poppin B12 dots, making hummus, and even making my own soy milk

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    PETA. My aunt was always an animal person, rescues tons of cats and such, and taught me about many things growing up. She's not vegetarian, but has been many times (couldn't stick to it), but taught me to buy free-range and about Peta. I visited the site every now and then, but last year when I had a lot of time on my hands, and something on the front page caught my attention, I read, and read, and read. I found out all these things I'd never known and went vegan immediately. I also read Food Revolution, and that just solidified my new beliefs.

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    meet your meat did it for me. i have been vegetarian since february 1993, but this past fall i started researching veganism a whole bunch and worked my way up to watching meet your meat. once i watched that, it was all over but the shouting, as they say.

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    I was vegetarian because I felt like it was wrong to eat animals. I didn't really know anything about 'vegetarian', but learned over the years. I had a few fumbling steps in that direction before it happened though. I was never in to the vegetarian culture or whatever it is. I went total vegetarian a few times for health reasons, but eventually looked at a block of tillimook cheese one day and saw the cows that it came from. Of course it had been on my mind before on some level, but that day looking at a half used block of cheese just did it. That was only two years ago, and I look back on over a decade of being vegetarian as a tragedy. There was never a reason for me to eat anything from animals. It took way too long.

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    I was vegetarian because I felt like it was wrong to eat animals. I didn't really know anything about 'vegetarian', but learned over the years. I had a few fumbling steps in that direction before it happened though. I was never in to the vegetarian culture or whatever it is. I went total vegetarian a few times for health reasons, but eventually looked at a block of tillimook cheese one day and saw the cows that it came from. Of course it had been on my mind before on some level, but that day looking at a half used block of cheese just did it. That was only two years ago, and I look back on over a decade of being vegetarian as a tragedy. There was never a reason for me to eat anything from animals. It took way too long.
    My story is pretty similar. My 6 years of vegetarianism sorta happened without any research, just sorta fell into it. It was my vegan coworker giving my loads of literature and reading Fast Food Nation that really pushed me to veganism.

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    I was vegetarian for 8 years. I just woke up one day and decided that I didn't like the idea of animals being killed for me to eat. My step-dad had been vegetarian (but still ate fish) for years, but that didn't really have too much bearing on my decision. I read Fast Food Nation a couple of years ago, but reading a little book called But You Kill Ants was the turning point for my boyfriend and I to go vegan. He only got halfway through the book when he told me he thought we should go vegan. So we did. That was a year ago in March.

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    i watched meet your meat, and stopped eating all animal products and have been vegan since.
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    I ordered the free Vegetarian Starter Kit from PETA. I started to follow a vegan lifestyle within a week.

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    When I was a kid, I always found it weird that we'd read children's stories about the moo-cows and sheep and ugly ducklings and stuff, then go for lunch and eat a dead cow. My brain basically responded with "does not compute".

    Although it wasn't until I was about 17 that I actually did anything about it.

    This might have prompted me:
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    i've never seen "Meet Your Meat" because i know it would upset me too much, though i suspect if i'd seen it while i was still vegetarian i would've gone vegan straight away.

    i went veggie when i was 12, i had a friend who had been raised veggie and from talking to her i suddenly realised i didn't want to eat meat anymore. that was an overnight decision. however it took me much longer to become vegan, i started to consider it when i was 18 but ddn't do much about it. when i was about 20 i started cutting down on cows' milk (not that i drank much anyway, and never ate eggs on their own). i started shopping at places like Veganstore and incorporating vegan alternatives into my diet very gradually. i admired vegan celebrities like Moby, and Wendy Turner-Webster (i loved the TV show Pet Rescue!), but thought being vegan was too difficult for little old me (yes stupid i know ).

    i finally made the decision to go completely vegan on my 24th birthday, while visiting Hillside Animal Sanctuary in Norfolk (see their website here ). i'd supported them for years, and they encourage people to go veg*n. when i saw those beautiful animals living happily (and ate the delicious vegan snacks in their tea shop ), i knew it was finally the right time for me to change.

    so i voted for a combination of the two, because i went veggie overnight, approached veganism gradually, but made the decision to change very suddenly.
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    i don't really know why i went vegan. i mean, i do obviously, but although it was not much more than a year ago and i can't remember why i suddenly decided to switch at that moment, having been a vegetarian since my teens.

    talking of which, there's lot of talk of this 'meet your meat' film (which i haven't seen), but has anyone seen 'the animals film'? it dates back to the early 80's and it was the catalyst that got me interested in AR issues and vegetarianism.

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    Why-?..
    One day I just snapped... I'd been reading a book someone gave me called "Old MacDonald's Factory Farm". I was pretty much through it one day, and was working in critical care animal medicine at the time.. Well, A dog died. He was a friend of some 4 years. "Dave" was his name. Most handsome, gentle personality filled Greyhound rescue dog I'd ever seen. We hung out together every day at work all day long, and he was the "Blood donor" for the clinic. A veterinarian anesthetised him for a test procedure on the C-T scan machine we'd just gotten. He used sodium pentothal to knock him down initially. Any vet worth their salt knows you don't use that on any sight hounds. They sometimes die. Dave did, but it was while he was recovering, and on a weekend, and no one else was around. I watched his breath turn "rattling" and knew something was wrong. The last time his chest rose, I watched and it didn't rise again. I grabbed the 80 pound plus dog and hurled him onto a table, intubated him, started CPR, hit him with all the cardiac drugs and fluids, chest compressions while bagging. I did this alone for an hour. He never came back. I was hateful to the radiologist from that point on. Pretty angry at everything for some time, but that day I went home and realised the futility of my life. Here I was often doing CPR etc 2-3 times a day, and then I was going home and vicariously slaying animals to feed myself. This stole all the meaning of my work from me, and that moment I stopped in place. I knew no veggie folks at all. The first month was tough. Not from a "missing it" standpoint. But more from a "I had no clue standpoint" on what to eat.
    Was that long enough-? Sorry.... That's pretty much how......T.
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    Amazing story Tash. Hope you tell loads of omnivores that one. Really got to me.

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    What a sad story

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    Quote Leigh
    What a sad story
    I still carry Dave with me in my heart, and rarely a day passes ever that I don't think about him. Once someone's in there, you never really are apart...
    "Why Ed....What an ugly thing to say.. I abhore ugliness. Does this mean we aren't friends anymore ?"

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    I took an ethics class six months ago...we read Singer and Benthem for the animal rights section, and it was just a chain of logic that couldn't be defeated no matter how hard I tried (and I did ). But I went vegan at that instant and haven't looked back. Actually I've been feeling really guilty lately about eating meat before. I mean I obviously knew it was wrong on some level or I wouldn't have stopped, so why had I never even thought of at least vegetarianism (although it seems to me that if you don't eat meat for ethical reasons, you really have to be vegan)? Sorry for rambling, but it's my first post, and I just found this site, and I'm thinking it would have made my first week a lot easier. So to sum up for me: Singer and Benthem

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    www.milksucks.com

    After reading around on it, I decided to go vegan right away, that day I also found this board! happy happy
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    Started researching things I could eat that didn't make me sick and found a whole cuisine full of food that looked really good. Suddenly, my restrictive diet didn't seem so restrictive at all.

    From there, one thing led to the next and here I am.
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    i forgot to mention in my earlier post, i have a penpal who went vegan with me. we were both veggie when we started writing to each other and after we'd been friends for a little while we both expressed our interest in going vegan. we decided to both do it at the same time (around autumn 2003) and we're both still really enjoying it so another small thing that helped contribute to my change to veganism.
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    Well it's been very up and down diet wise for me.

    I did get into animal rights in my teen although I found it very hard to be veggie never mind vegan. My parents wouldn't let me as they were firm believers in the 'necessity' of an omnivore diet. When I went to college I became vegitarian for a short spell before giving it up when I started loosing my sight. I'm afraid I became one of those 'anti' AR people. Although I still don't like etremests AR people like PETA, but then I don't like extremest anything.

    Then I had this notion of keeping farm animals. Don't know where I got it from. I visited an agricultural college which had tought people how to factory farm pigs. It was AWFUL. I never ate pork after that. I also made sure all the meat I ate was free range/organic before giving up meat up altogether. 'Compasion in world farming' also had a lot of effect on my dissison to give up meat. I was even a vegan for a few months but I thought I wasn't getting enough calcium so gave it up and went back to being fishitarian.

    Before I became vegan for the 2nd time I had started slimming again. A girl I liked on a harry potter message board was vegan and she linked me to a few vegan sites. I found cows were having it really tough too so I gave up all cows dairy products. Then fish and eggs although I did allow myself a fried organic egg every 6 weeks until I got used to doing without and did eat goats cheese which seemed less cruel. Now I've completely weaned myself off all animal products for the last 3 years.

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    Very similar to Kelzie, did an environmental ethics course, read Singer and Regan, and went on from there. That also hit home that i never really got an education at school, it was just people telling me what to think and what to do, training me up to be part of the system.

    Nowadays, i can't think of a good reason not to be vegan, i think the stigma is a pain for a lot of people. There is a 'label' and i don't think it is possible to be vegan and not be an activist on some level. When this changes, and it becomes easier to be vegan i think there'll be a lot more about.

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    What Kevster said, I realized early on that the educational system was rigged, that I wasn't learning anything useful, at all, and that I was just being groomed for some pathetic and boring future as a small cog in the capitalist industrial complex machine. Fast foward approximately 12 years. Then I somehow screwed up the nerve to watch The Witness, not knowing what to expect. I went vegan on the spot after I saw how poorly dairy cows are treated. Up until that point I really believed in the happy cows dairy myth. I knew that vegan was different, but I didn't know it was much better. Of course the ethical considerations for going vegan eluded me up until that point.

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    I was vegetarian to begin with.

    My mother had not realised the inconsistencies of vegetarianism, so it had never occured to her to teach us about them. When she gave birth to me and my brother vegetarianism was pretty much unheard where I live - it was generally treated like a crazy idea and there was little for them to eat. This is still the case, so i can imagine just how rough it must have been and what a progressive decision it was for her. Here in hickland, there are no vegans so their presence was never a major feature in my upbringing. Also, i had ignorant omnivores attacking me because "vegetarianism is at an elite pole" so i had not realised there was any more ethical way to eat until much later.... i guess that would be , oh i don;t know - maybe 2 years ago or something ?

    I was a big fan of dairy and junk-food so i had been kidding myself that i wouldn;t be able to give up cheese.

    That all changed overnight when Phillip888 was speaking in a forum and with me, civilly but uncompromisingly, about the inconsistencies of vegetarianism.
    I just hadn;t realised that the dairy and flesh industrues were pretty much one and the same, or anything about the kind of exploitation and abuse which vegetarianism supports directly.

    It was a shock, but since i had ethics as a running theme of my vegetarianism it was pretty obvious that to be consistent and ethical i could not stay vegetarian.
    I was probably more shocked though, to find that those ethics which i had grown up with were not only not shared by my brother, but also not shared by a great many other vegetarians.

    It was also then that i really THOUGHT about what i was eating - the menstrual products and breast milk of another species.... sometimes congealed into blocks....

    I had one eggy meal after hearing about the reality of my situation, it was scrambled eggs to be especially offputting.

    It was easy.
    I had some wicked cheese cravings, but it was easy not to give in to them i found.

    I did not call myself vegan though, until about 5 or 6 months later - until i was totally certain that i would not backslide or have "slip-ups"

    I don;t advise that people draw out or prolong their transitioning, as it just means that a lot of unnecessary guilt or angst is felt, since people then continue to do things which aren;t consistent with their desired ethics.

    It is much easier to just do what you know is right as soon as possible, i have found, as there appears to be some truth in the saying that it is really only as hard as you want it to be, convince yourself that it is, or make it.

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    I read The Buddhist Diet - just a brief online document about the buddhists cae for veganism. Immediatly after reading it, I decided right then I would go vegetarian, so for a week I ate only white meat, and every time I ate it, I felt bad, and I felt disgusted having that in my stomach. So after a week I dropped the meat habbit for about 3 or 4 months, then I watched a PETA video (meet your meat) and after seeing what happens to dairy cows, I simply could *not* eat dairy products either, so I found this forum, and decided to go the rest of the way on my birthday. Now I'm poppin B12 dots, making hummus, and even making my own soy milk
    I didn't realise Buddhism discourages the eating of garlic and onions! I thought that was a Hindu thing. I could never do that. I eat them a lot, in fact onions are my most commonly eaten vegetable. I could not cook without onions, they are in almost all my recipes. I went vegetarian when I was fairly young, and vegan about 20 years later after reading publicity from veggie groups. I just had not realised that milk and eggs involved animal suffering and death.
    I do like a lot of what Buddhism says, particularly about the lack of necessity/ the abscence of the creator god, and I try to meditate regularly, but I would never give up my garlic and onions. I don't even agree they are bad for me.

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    When I was growing up I was told by many people that meat was main part of a meal and that we would die if we didn't eat it. However When I was 7 or 8 years old I saw my sister go vegetarian even though she had to convince our parents that what she was doing was safe. I then had my sister offer me loads of her veggie foods to see if I liked them and I really did they were just as good as anything containing meat. Even though this was the case I didn't go veggie. I did a sponcered veggie week when I was 9 with my friends and of corse managed to go the whole week easier than the rest as I had alot of veggie foods at home because of my sister. I then went back to eating meat without a second thought and now wishing I had taken the step then now.

    It wasn't untill I was 14 years old that I was reading an article on vegetarianism for my extra lessons in english that I thought about becoming a vegetarian. Like my sister I still had to prove that it was completely safe for me to do otherwise my parents wouldn't have let me. After weeks of me persisting I was able to convince them the day before my 15th birthday. My first day as a vegetarian was that birthday and it was was brilliant.

    I was asked to do a talk on something I felt strongly for at my school for an oral presintation and my teacher said that I should do vegetarianism to educate my follow peers in my class that didn't know or understand about it. When I was doing research for it I found out about the different types and came across veganism and what it entailed. I didn't go vegan then but I had a nagging voice in the back of my brain for ages afterwards that wouldn't go away. So after my GCSE's were over and I was bored I typed the word vegan into the search engine. All the information made sense and I thought about becoming vegan. I then accidentally clicked on a video called meet your meat and that was enough to stop making me think about it but actually act on it.

    I became a vegan on the 10th of September 2006 and haven't looked back as I know what I'm doing is right. I've always adored animals and don't want to harm them so my veganism and indeed my vegetarianism was and still is for the animals it saves .
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    I left home when I was 21 and started experimenting with cooking. I made a steak and kidney pie (heave) and got really bad food poisoning from it. I'd never liked offal (heave) but thought it would be ok in that famous British onmi-pie. When I recovered I couldn't stand the thought of eating meat, but as I'd never even met a vegetarian, and this was way before the internet, I didn't have the slightest idea what to eat. I lived on beans on toast for 2 weeks and then thought there's got to be something else I can eat. I was imagining a life of potatoes, meat, 2 veg and gravy (what I was raised on) but a space where the meat should be, so I went out and bought a couple of vegetarian cook books.
    I became Vegan shortly afterwards, but the time wasn't right for me then. I got annoyed with myself because I wanted to eat chocolate and cheesecake. It was all about food and not the suffering comes with it. I read "why you don't need meat" by Peter Cox and realised there was so much more to being vegetarian that what I put in my mouth. When I later read of the horrors involved in dairy and egg production I had no hesitation in becoming fully vegan and I've never looked back.

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    baby-steps here all the way.

    I was breastfeeding during my transition and had to do a lot of research into nutrition. It's very easy for a vegan to say that we don't miss out on anything. However, it's a lot harder to explain exactly HOW we get all the nutrients we need. And since I was the only vegetarian that I knew, much less vegan, it required the input of people on this board and a lot of reading to make it happen. No one showed me - I had to figure it out myself, which took more time.

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    I was looking for some cheap wool on the internet because I was going out to buy Stitch n Bitch.But then I came across some peta articles on mulesing and the cruelty of Australian sheep, something that I never knew about before. So then I cliked on some links to other peta sites, and eventually read everything I could on the internet. Then I went to my local library and did some more research. At the same time I immediately stopped eating milk, cheese and eggs, but still ate hidden ingredients. Finally went completely vegan as my new year's resolution, and I have slipped up once or twice, but still trying! And I never did manage to get a scarf knitted this winter!

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    1 accidental viewing of "meet your meat" and my wife and i went from an almost all meat diet to a vegan one overnight. cold turkey. cya later
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    Listening to Anarcho punk bands in the 80's like Crass and Conflict talking and singing about vegetarianism and AR got me thinking about it!
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    I went to a band website and they were talking about being vegetarians. So i ended up going to peta and 2 days later i was a vegan.

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    I'd been vegetarian by choice since I found out what meat was (as a very small child) and that had always been an important part of me. Last January I met and shared a brief chapter of my time with a wonderful Vegan girl who lived amongst other vegans in Nottingham. I questioned her and brought forth all manner of viscious arguments against the practise (being quite a cynic myself) but she gently, emotionally and patiently justified everything in a wonderful way.
    When we parted ways I buried my cynicism and tried going cold turkey/tofu. I embraced the restriction on my cheese laden diet almost as a hedonistic form of asceticism. Since then I have been absolute in my veganism and have no desire to ever regress.

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    Went vegetarian mostly because meat was grossing me out - had been grudgingly eating chicken and fish for a couple of years by that point mostly to keep mum happy..... so then a vegetarian friend asked why I didn't just go vegetarian? So I looked at some random stuff on the net and learned all about the horrors of factory farming etc, and went veg.
    About 18 months later the guilt over dairy was really starting to eat at me, so I read Vegan Freak by Bob and Jenna Torres and had to admit they made a bloody good point. So I tried their "cold tofu" method - go vegan for 3 weeks and see how it goes. I was a total cheese whore and thought it'd be horrible, but after just a few days I was kicking myself for not doing it sooner. Two years later and I'm never going back

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    I started being a vegetarian and after some reading and conversations with other people I became a vegan after seven years. I became a vegetarian the same way, by the way. I consider my veganism as an extended form of my former vegetarism since the arguments and the emotions are very much the same.

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    Pretty slowly actually with many starts and stops; I think that perhaps where I struggled was that I wasnít entirely sure that, if you're willing to pull the trigger or do the deed, killing or exploiting were wrong. Well, there's that and the vegan community and no matter how respectfully I try and say this I'll offend someone but, in the interests of honesty and openness, as a discrete category- veganism has a disproportionately high concentration of self righteousness. I try, probably with a minimum of success, to be more open minded and conciliatory- Iím not really convinced of an absolute right and wrong. Most of the time, humans just stumble through life- we are not fundamentally good or evil, it may be that we are not able to both play this role and understand it.

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    I came upon it, all because I wanted to beat a cholesterol test. My doctor had suggested I take cholesterol reducing pills, and retest my cholesterol in 30 day. Said the heck with that. When on a vegan diet after doing a cholesterol study on the NET. Never looked back. 31 days later cholesterol went from 246 to 167.

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    Stumbled upon veganism 4 years ago when a roommate of mine started dating a girl (they're married now) and she was vegan. It was a bit of an odd concept, but I watched Meet Your Meat, thought about it some and went cold turkey. At the time, we didn't have much in terms of money and I didn't know you could eat vegan properly and VERY cheap - so I lived off potato chips, horribly made burritos and even went so far as picking the mushrooms out of the meat sauce at the chinese buffet ( I look back on that particular error and kick myself in the butt each time - the sheer STUPIDITY of it! ). Eventually I broke down and reverted to a veggie at a mexican restuarant when I couldn't handle not getting cheese on the quesadilla.

    Second attempt was a year or so later and it died just as quick.

    The most recent attempt has stuck and I haven't looked back. Not only do I NOT miss cheese, dairy or anything of the sort, I'm looked at as a bit of an extremist (I make hummus in two versions for myself and my band mates, one for me and one for them when they dip their milk product chips in). I don't miss ANYTHING involving animal products and even find that baking soda has done loads more for my hair then any shampoo did. Also, I've never had more fun in my life cooking and trying new foods then I have being vegan. True story. I've made more scrumptous and tasty things as a vegan then I ever ate as a meat eater.

    And in terms of the human condition - well, it only makes sense to me that if I'm going so far out of my way to exhibit kindness to animals, then perhaps I should show that same kindness to other people (even if I want to spit in their eyes).

    Overall, veganism is a very positive thing and it effects every aspect of my life. oh yes, and it's also lovely seeing the looks on people's faces when they try a dish I make and they go "THIS is VEGAN!?!?"

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    Summer 2006 - I was trying to reduce my carbon footprint while at the same time improve my health - thought "I'll go vegetarian" but then "oh no, all I'll be given to eat when I am out will be cheese and eggs so I'll pretend to be a vegan to get more variety" then I looked up stuff online about what being vegan meant so as no one could catch me out - it suddenly seemed very stupid to pretend to be vegan so I decided to go vegan. Reading stuff about the dairy industry woke me up!

    I gave myself a month to see how it would go, expecting it to be harder than it was, and since then it has been a process of educating myself and eliminating all animal products from my life. I have to say it is one of the best decisions I have ever made and when I am struggling in other areas of my life, I can hang onto knowing I am a vegan to give me a boost.

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    When I went vegan It was a quit cold turkey (no pun there way of doing it, I just cut everything out, food wise anyway, hahah except that the day after I went vegan I poured milk on my cereal without thinking (was in automatic mode! and only realised when I was halfway through eating it!
    I did have leather shoes at the time, which I wore for a few months till I got some non leather ones, and it was very hard for me financially at the time to get my own vegan cosmetics and cleaning products (I was still living at my parents house at that point.
    When I came to uni I had completley cut out most things, and now I would say I only make the occasional slip up, like with the After Eights, grrrrr

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    I can't even remember. lol



    I know I had been vegan before, but gave up...and became one again mid 2005.

    But now I'm better at it.
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    i had been on and off vegetarian for several years. on and off meaning occasional birds, fish and eggs. but a couple months before having our baby girl last year, my wife and i decided we wanted to raise her without any animal products in our home. we want to create a fresh start for her, so it would seem abnormal to her to have muscle tissue or various animal liquids in her fridge

    this is so important because people become attached to that wich they percieve as "normal". for example, it's normal to drink milk from a cow. but not from a cat, or a human (other than your mother, lol), or a zebra, or anything else you can think of. and people cringe at the thought of drinking milk made of soybeans, or almonds, or oats. wouldnt you rather have an almond than drink from a cow?

    ok, enough of my rant. but you get the point. it was the birth of my daughter that was the last straw...
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    It was just talking that turned me vegan. My friends and I were having dinner and talking about why we were vegetarian. One pointed out that really we were hypercrites because we were in denial about animal suffering too, otherwise we would be vegan. He was right, of course, and I went vegan within the week.

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    Bohmo I love your story

    Children whose parents raise them vegan are so super lucky!!

    One concern I'd have (I'm not a parent) is when the children go to parties and other children are not vegan. Will they get sick when consuming their first donut or pizza? Or will they simply not be attracted to those foods because their tastebuds aren't perverted?

    Any parents out there with this sort of experience?

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    I went vegetarian this year as a new-years' resolution, as one of my friends had been raised veggie and I wanted to try it, "just for three months to see what it's like" I told myself. But by the time those three months were over I was too used to being veggie to stop, so didn't. Then in the summer while VERY bored I was thinking about protien, and my thought pattern went somewhat like:
    How do i get more protien? -> Eggs have a lot of it. -> How come eggs have so much? -> Because they're half a baby chicken -> Ew!
    But I didn't actually act on it until I came to uni in September and discovered the Vegan Society that the uni has. I started to seriosuly cut back on non-vegan foods during Fresher's week, but it wasn't until mid-October that the halls I'm staying in started to offer Vegan food. As soon as they did, that was me, and I've never looked back. I know it's only been six weeks, but we have to start somewhere, yes?

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    I was vegetarian for two years and then began dating my boyfriend, Robbie, who is vegan. I was curious, so I asked him a lot of questions, but then began doing a lot of my own research independent of him. I read John Robbins- The Food Revolution, and part of the way through that I was vegan. I initially was going to finish the vegetarian-but-not-vegan food in my freezer, just not buy anything else, but after one day of eating completely vegan, I decided I didn't want to eat any more animal products period. So I gave the rest of my food to a friend who is vegetarian.

    Its funny, because I didn't even tell Robbie at first. We hadn't been dating that long at the time, and I was concerned he would think I did it to impress him, or because I thought he wanted me too. He found out from someone else and acted dumb until I told him. But I realize now that he wouldn't have thought that at all, just been proud and pleased that I was smart enough to realize what was going on and not want to participate.
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