How and why did you become vegetarian/vegan?
Topic: How and why did you become vegetarian/vegan?
April 19, 2019 / By Alma Question:
I'm currently on Day 1, but I'm excited :)
I became a veggie because of the animal cruelty in factory farming, and I couldn't stomach something that was killed, something that had feelings and emotions.
Then after researching I became aware of all the health benefits.
So how did you become a vegetarian/vegan and why? Also how old were you? I'm a teen
Have a nice day!!
Best Answers: How and why did you become vegetarian/vegan?
Uzziel | 6 days ago
I was working as a cook at a rehab run by the salvation army which was a farm with pigs and dairy. After I visited the piggery and saw the suffering first hand, I knew could not support the killing of animals for food any more by eating them although I continued to work in cafes etc where I had to cook meat for a few years after that.
That was in 1997, I was 24. I gradually started to cut out other animal products after that, I switched to soy milk and stopped buying products which were tested on animals. I went vegan in 2004 and never looked back. It isn't that hard, only at times inconvenient. But convenience is killing our planet, excluding problems from invasive plant and animal species all environmental problems are caused by human consumption and convenience is what drives us to consume more than we need in the developed countries. An inconvenience like a strict vegetarian diet might help save endangered species if more people chose to follow it.
PS Good on you for going veg. You are now doing more for the animals and the planet than you were yesterday. Remember to keep at it, if you slip up it is no big deal just do your best every day and you will make a difference. The world needs more kids like you... LOTS more!!!
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Originally Answered: I'm a vegetarian and i want to become vegan?
How I did it:
Eliminate eggs from your diet. You'll find yourself baking more often. On the bright side, it's fresh and yummy, and baking is easy so long as you follow the right recipe (go for ones that are reviewed)
Eliminate cheese from your diet: avoid pizza, find alternatives to cheese in Mexican food - usually guacamole, eat more Asian food
Eliminate butter from your diet: put olive oil in the fridge, use that. For baking, sub 3/4 c of oil for 1 c of butter. Those are the only two uses of butter I have.
Eliminate sour cream and yogurt from your diet: lemon will give the same sourness, and you'll have to experiment depending on the recipe for other appropriate substitutes
Replace dairy milk with alternative milk: easiest switch
Just start replacing your meals. You could try giving it a go, but just be vegan-lite for a few weeks to observe your eating habits and to ease yourself into changing what you eat. Don't kick yourself or feel bad about eating milk, just learn and figure our what you'd do in that situation later. After 1-2 months, draw the line (because you can't experiment forever), and give it a go. It's helpful if you just google recipes for foods you'd miss, and check out veganeatingout.com for vegan items at popular fast food places, and have a few go to restaurants to go to. Also have some quick vegan recipe ideas for when you're tired and don't want to cook. Also, supplement with b12, either in pill form or in fortified foods.
Don't dump your non-vegan items. Just use them until they're gone, and gradually replace them. Just do a search for "vegan item-here" to get brands or online stores for the items as you need to replace them. Google is good. Dr Bronner's, Toms of Maine, Lush, White Rain, V05 are vegan, or have vegan items, and are quite popular. That's all I can think of for now.
I became vegetarian because I didn't want to eat meat or kill animals anymore then later on in my life I realized that was just a tiny little dot on a much larger map of animal use in my life so I eventually became a strict vegetarian and now am vegan.
I am still on the road to veganism. It is not a destination but a journey to eliminating all animal use and exploitation from your life.
Just so you know:
"The word 'veganism' denotes a philosophy and way of living which seeks to end the idea of animals as property and exclude all forms of intentional exploitation of, use of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing, research or any other purpose; and by extension, promotes the development and use of animal-free alternatives for the benefit of animals, including humans and the environment.
In dietary terms it denotes the practice of dispensing with all products derived wholly or partly from animals.
I think I went vegetarian back in '06 and vegan in early '09 or so and was only strict vegetarian for a short time inbetween that. I was in my late teens when this all started.
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WOO, vegetarianism rules! :)
The only downsides to becoming vegetarian; is if you don't get enough protein and you're super weak. lol and the criticism. I live in a rural farm town, and every body's like 'HOW THE HELL CAN YOU DO THAT?! That's stupid!!' and yea. And, my cousins own a beef farm. :S But they don't treat their animals in a horrible manner...
I became vegetarian when I was... 13 I think. :)
I just went veggie cold turkey. :) it was hard and took multiple tries, but I DID IT!
I became vegetarian for the same reason as you. I watched a video on how they treat the animals in a factory and it's horrible... :( I cried.
I'm glad you decided to become a vegetarian! :)!
OH. PETA sucks, go SPCA. :D
Good luck!!! :DD
P.S. Tofu is GOOD if you haven't tried it. :D
Same with Bocca veggie burgers! yumm!
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I was 18 when I became a vegetarian (few months after)
Became a vegetarian because of animal cruelty. Then I just stopped eating meat because I thought it was gross.
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Uhm yeah, I was a vegan for a year. I did it because of the animals, but more because my parents didn't think I could actually do it. By the end of it I was pretty healthy... but lacked some energy.
Being a vegan is really hard... if you want to be a true vegan I suggest you look up anything before you eat it. A lot of food additives are made with animal parts, more than you know.
Before you do it you should consider the risks too. You can suffer from a lot of deficiencies. Like Iron. Meats have a lot of the necessary fats for the body to survive. You also need to buy vitamins and pills with special oils etc. It gets to be pretty expensive.
Another this you should consider is if you really want to do it. I'm not sure if you were happy with what you ate before. But you will really miss a lot of things. That's why I decided to do it for only a year.
Lastly, THIS IS IMPORTANT, you can't just become vegan by quitting animal products COLD TURKEY... you have to do it gradually, over a period of weeks or months. If you quit cold turkey it could really be bad for your health... I tried to quit cold turkey at first and I got pretty sick. So remember that.
Anyways... GOOD LUCK!
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Originally Answered: Vegetarian-vegan????
Oh, as most said, shop where you want and just don't buy things with leather, wool, silk, etc. This isn't directly part of your question, but anyway. I've had huge problems finding vegan shoes in stores and can't really afford to order online so if you have the same problem when it comes to shoes, just buy whatever shoes you can that will last. The world wasn't meant for vegans yet, so shoes are still an issue. Don't worry yourself over it. As long as you try to be to as cruelty free as possible, that should be what counts.