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  • 1964 or earlier

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  • 1965-1974

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  • 1975-1984

    13 2.24%
  • 1985-1994

    42 7.24%
  • 1995

    4 0.69%
  • 1996

    13 2.24%
  • 1997

    6 1.03%
  • 1998

    5 0.86%
  • 1999

    9 1.55%
  • 2000

    15 2.59%
  • 2001

    15 2.59%
  • 2002

    17 2.93%
  • 2003

    25 4.31%
  • 2004

    48 8.28%
  • 2005

    70 12.07%
  • 2006

    71 12.24%
  • 2007

    77 13.28%
  • 2008

    42 7.24%
  • 2009

    33 5.69%
  • 2010

    39 6.72%
  • 2011 (Ooops - added Dec-2011!!!!)

    17 2.93%
  • 2012

    13 2.24%
  • 2013

    2 0.34%
  • 2014 (Ooops - added May-2015!)

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  • 2015

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    Oustanding!
    Congratulations, and thanks for the inspiration!
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    Congratulations on a healthy year and many more to come!

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    Congratulations Artichoke!

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    Thank you!

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    Congrats, I'm at the year stage as well. I've never felt better.

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    well done Artichoke!

    i've been vegan a year or so now too, have no idea about my cholesterol levels but feel pretty healthy.
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    I had to get a blood test for my disability insurance. I HATE to have my blood taken. I asked them for a copy of the results. It is my blood, after all.

    Anyway, that's how I got the results! I am very happy. I ate too many animal products as a teenager and even from 18 on when I was on my own. I am so glad that I changed my life around and that it is already showing up inside my body.

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    A vegetarian for 12 years and I have been Vegan for less than 1 month.

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    Congratulations, Artichoke!

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    Happy vegan birthday artichoke!

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    Yay for Artichoke! Man...you are so knowledgeable and passionate about your Veganism...it seems as though you must have been doing this for many years! You make it look easy, practical and fun! Blessings to you on your Vegan Birthday!

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    Quote ConsciousCuisine
    Blessings to you on your Vegan Birthday!
    Vegan birthday is MY word
    Word stealer hehe

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    Well I *usually* say "Vegan Anniversary" ...

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    - I am procrastinating...I am "doing" a language and literacy essay and I soooo can't be stuffed

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    Happy veganniversary Artichoke47, boomer, and that Gorilla.

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    Thank you, everyone!

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    WOW! I thought from all your intelligent posts on veganism that you had been vegan for many years! Well done on making it to the year mark and for leaning so much on the issue.

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    I've been vegan for over 18 yrs now (blooming heck makes me sound dead old).
    I think the question about how you feel & problems when becoming vegan come dow to your dietary choices.
    If you become vegan, eat in red veg everyday (a vegan/veggie fast food place that does burgers etc) or eat mainly refined flour & heaps of sugar, then problems will follow, but if you try to balance your diet & make sure you get B12 & your EFA's (Essential Fatty Acids), then most people tend to feel better than when on either a veggie or omni diet.
    If you'd like any advice on diet. I could do it here or if you'd prefer you could e-mail me (if you don't fancy your details being plastered over the net )
    I'd need your weight (& whether the weight is mainly fat, muscle etc), height, activity level, current diet (roughly, if you don't have a proper breakdown). A list of any supplements you take, also a list of any problems you have at the moment (oh yea, & any vices, booze, smoking etc).
    Sounds a lot I know, but the more we know, the better we can help. For my trainees we often run through complete dietary breakdowns, habits etc & really dig out any lurking problems, that's before they even touch a weight!

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    Like any diet, a healthily-balanced diet is not detrimental to the health - the only difference is that veganism get sfar more bad publicity. A healthy vegan diet is likely to be the healthiest of all diets.

    I have been fully vegan almost 2 years and semi vegan (veggie the rest of the time) for 1 yr before that. I have never felt so healthy and happy and good-looking before. I do stupid amounts of sport, I am rarely ill and I have no health complaints. I avoid wheat 80% of the time, eat organic as much as I can afford, combine soy and lentils beans nuts and seeds for protein, avoid processed foods, eat about 50/50 raw and lightly cooked foods. My weight stabilised after an Eating Disorder and since beginning weight-lifting I have become strong and gained mass. I quote a sports centre staff person talking to a friend as I was running on the track in front of the centre, he has seen me progress from a severely anorexic vegetarian to the vegan that I am now : "She never stops - never seen anyone like her , she's the wonder of us all at the sports centre - must spend more time that us here- and she was a right scrawny thing when she first started coming here too"

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    Vegan since April 1990 so 15 year anniversary this month.

    Vegetarian for about 10 years before that, which was a cop out now that I think back on it.
    A bit rattled

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    Oh dear, I was scanning down the list of options and I accidentally clicked on 1985-1994. I meant to click on 2005. I went vegan the first week of January this year.
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    I've been vegan since I was 26. I decided that I was 'officially' a vegan on January 3rd 2003. So I've been vegan for 2 years and 4 months now. I turned vegetarian at 14 (I was a few months off being 15). At that time I consumed eggs (yuk!) and milk (double-yuk!!!!), then when I turned 22 I decided to stop eating eggs (or anything with eggs in). It's funny cos when I say that ate eggs and milk, I never actually liked eggs or milk (ie I never could actually drink milk on it's own, or consume anything that resembled an egg before and I've never been able to - this has been from being a child), so it was always things that contained milk or eggs. I used to love cheese however, but once I'd given it up for a month I stopped craving it. Was I addicted???

    Oh, and I also tried being a vegan when I was 20 years old.... I lasted 3 weeks!! Ack....! Looking back I think I viewed it as more of a restriction than a philosophy, and I was probably not ready (???!!) I laugh about it now.....

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    Default Re: how long have u bin vegan?

    Quote Cal
    Vegan since April 1990 so 15 year anniversary this month.

    Vegetarian for about 10 years before that, which was a cop out now that I think back on it.
    That's excellent Cal! Don't beat yourself up about being vegetarian for years before being vegan, I think it's a normal progression. I'm pretty sure most people here can recall the same.

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    Quote Cal
    Vegan since April 1990 so 15 year anniversary this month.

    Vegetarian for about 10 years before that, which was a cop out now that I think back on it.
    Happy Anniversary Cal!! 15 years is impressive. Think of how many animal lives you have saved.

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    Thanks feline01 and Neptunes_Girl!
    A bit rattled

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    my 2 year vegan anniversary is coming up on december 16th yay! i dont know how ill celebrate!
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    Quote foxytina_69
    my 2 year vegan anniversary is coming up on december 16th yay! i dont know how ill celebrate!
    Why, have a vegan feast of course. And then call me to help finish off the leftovers
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    LOL yoggy. woohoo vegan feast!
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    And me! Don't forget to call me!

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    well anyone have any ideas on what to have for a vegan feast. i know id want a big glass of noel nog WITH a little rum, thank you very much!
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    NUT ROAST

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    LOL! roxy youre so funny.

    its true, nut roast is so damn good!

    and maybe a big fat huge cake of some sort, that says happy 2nd vegan anniversary!

    hahaha
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    Oh don't!!!!! STOP - You're turning me on LOL!!!

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    baaahaahhahaha roxy!
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    oh thanks to whoever changed the name of this thread. that is much better!
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    I've been vegan for one year now.

    Woo+ woo+
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    Just out of interest like!
    I'm interested to know how many can go the course and make it past the first year or so.
    I'm just a baby, only been vegan a couple of months although I was a vegetarian for 15-20 years (lost count) but not a very committed one and didn't always buy veggie toiletries etc and ate loads of eggs and cheese.
    I really feel committed about this and want to keep going for the sake of the animals, the planet, health and so many good reasons.
    I'd love to know how long you have all be 'at it'
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    on december 16th, ill have been vegan for 2 years.
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    Me too - 2 years!
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    I've only been vegan a few months. I learned about the health effects of dairy and eggs from The China Study after reading up on nutrition after my mom's cardiac bypass surgery. Though I was trying to learn for her sake, it ended up influencing me more than her. I had been mainly lacto-ovo vegetarian for about 16 years before that, though I was one of those that gets jumped on for using that term because until about 2 years ago, I would eat fish maybe once every few months. (I know that's not technically veggie, but considering that EVERYONE else I knew--in the community I live I was the most veggie person anyone knew!--ate meat numerous times on a daily basis, I felt mostly veggie...I also told people I was "mostly" vegetarian as I did eat fish occasionally, so I didn't try to claim total lacto-ovo vegetarianism. ) Though it might seem silly, seeing Finding Nemo is what actually led me to stop eating fish as I had somehow rationalized it before: the scene where the fish are scooped up in the net somehow drilled it into my brain how much suffering fishing causes and I just didn't even want to eat fish/seafood anymore.
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    Quote Vaderesque
    Though it might seem silly, seeing Finding Nemo is what actually led me to stop eating fish
    Not at all. Watching 'Babe' is what tipped my Mum over the vegetarian edge. She immediately gave up eating pigs (she said she had the "pork, they call it" evil cat voice in her head whenever she went to eat some) and is now virtually vegan.

    She's terribly concerned about what people will think if she tells them that's she's fully vegetarian so she ends up eating fish now and then. I wonder if she's seen finding Nemo... (- with evil glint in the eye! ) (or anti-evil glint, perhaps.)

    I have been vegan for 4.5 years.

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    It will be 3 years for me in February - I feel so much healthier and happier, so glad I made the decision.

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    My partner and I have been vegan almost 6 months! YAY! and we can't imagine every eating animal again!
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    Quote VeganJohn
    It will be 3 years for me in February - I feel so much healthier and happier, so glad I made the decision.
    I have also been amazed by how much better I feel, both psychologically and physically
    When you are guided by compassion and loving-kindness, you are able to look deeply into the heart of reality and see the truth.--Thich Nhat Hanh

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    its my 2 year vegan anniversary tommorow. were going to have vegan tacos! yayyy.
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    oh lovely! have a lovely time!

    on christmas it'll be my 4 month anniversary, i'm still a baby x

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    Congratulations Tina! My 2 year anniversery is in January. I can't remember an exact date but it sure is a milestone!

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    thanks roxy!
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    Quote foxytina_69
    i notice most people were vegetarian before they became vegan. that surprizes me, as i never ever had even thought about not eating meat before i became vegan.
    Sorry, I just don't follow you. Can you put this in a different way as I don't know what you mean when you say i never ever had even thought about not eating meat before i became vegan


    I was vegetarian for about 20 years before I went vegan. I didn't know what vegan was when I went vegetarian. It was only when I started reading a lot of vegetarian info and found out what went on in the dairy and leather industry, that I had a reason to be vegan. And it was a few years later that I cut out the eggs and dairy products.

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    One Year since i started my transition!! whoo hoooo!!!
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