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I Am a Vegetarian

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    I was going threw a phase

    when I was 11 and decided to turn vege for no reason... It actually stuck, still meat free 7 years later
    jolop jolop 18-21, F 1 Response Aug 31

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    I've always been aware

    that many nonhuman animals can feel pain, fear, sadness, anxiety, excitement, happiness, and a range of feelings that are so common to humans. I've always felt a high degree of empathy towards nonhuman animals that cross my way, and I've always felt indignant towards animal...
    EvryWer2Go EvryWer2Go 22-25, M 1 Response Jan 11

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    I have been vegetarian

    for 5 years and I'm so done with people telling me I'm unhealthy because I don't eat meat! I'm probably healthier than most of the people that tell me that!!
    laurapeniuk laurapeniuk 18-21, F 2 Responses Aug 13

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    It's far harder to find meat from fair sources

    (horse meat scandal anyone?) than it is other animal products. I will consume anything that the animal has not been killed for as long as the production of that thing is natural. Plus I just really don't like meat: too many veins and bones for my liking.
    eyeslikeacarcrash eyeslikeacarcrash 16-17, F 1 Response Sep 7

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    I've never ever thought I'll be here today had

    I not experienced my spiritual awakening just a few days ago, right now it's been the 4th day and I'm still bedridden, sick, extremely fatigued but cannot sleep, starving but cannot eat and I know it's just a phase (the early symptoms of awakening), but one thing I know that...
    shiroblanc shiroblanc 26-30, F 6 Responses Sep 14

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    A Convert... I used to be the kind of girl

    that would eat chicken, sometimes a steak and always eat turkey, as is the tradition in England, at Christmas.... Getting with my other half in the late 90's really taught me about not only vegetarian cuisine but also the ethics and principles... From then I was sold; a...
    KarenDurose KarenDurose 41-45, F 1 Response Dec 8, 2013

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    No, I'm Not *updated*

    But I do try to limit my consumption of meat. Anyways the reason why I'm writing this story wasn't to tell you that, it's because the group image reminded me of one of my favorite images on the internet. http://img246.imageshack.us/img246/7392/1197527892862oe8.jpg That is all...
    deleted deleted 26-30 9 Responses May 26, 2008

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    You meat eaters think your saving plants by

    eating animals? Livestock consumes 60% of our nations corn to be killed for meat. You aren't saving plants by eating animals. You're actualy killing more plants by eating animals.
    FutileSuperiority FutileSuperiority 22-25 Sep 23

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    It's healthier for me

    and the environment
    HoloTheWiseWolf HoloTheWiseWolf 13-15, F 3 Responses Sep 2

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    I am not a vegetarian

    because I love animals. I am a vegetarian because I HATE plants!!!!!
    Legionicula Legionicula 36-40, M 1 Response Aug 27

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    NatashaRose NatashaRose 18-21, F 4 Responses Aug 14

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    but I do eat eggs, and I don't mind fish/oyster

    sauce in soups when I go to restaurants, because it can't really be helped.
    dinosaurs24 dinosaurs24 16-17, F 3 Responses Aug 13

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    Legionicula Legionicula 36-40, M 1 Response Aug 2

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    A Few Reasons Why I Decided To Become A Vegetarian.

    I just recently started becoming vegetarian, I am still kind of hanging in that balance but I still find that if I think optimistic its much easier. I did it for my own reasons, mostly I did it because of my health and a way to eat healthier. I feel like yes meat to a certain...
    christfukk christfukk 26-30, F 14 Responses Jun 22, 2013

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    I'm not, how do you know

    if vegatarian sausages are cooked???
    NobodyCaresOkai NobodyCaresOkai 13-15, F 4 Responses Sep 15

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    I love my parents. I have been a vegetarian

    for years. My convo with them earlier today. Mother: would you like to come to our house for dinner. Me: sure I would love to. should I bring anything? Father: naw we got it. Are you still doing that veg head thing Me: ya, if it's a prob I can bring my own Mother interrupts: no...
    Legionicula Legionicula 36-40, M 4 Responses Sep 15

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    NatashaRose NatashaRose 18-21, F 1 Response Aug 5

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    I love the soy alternatives!

    Fakin bacon and soy sausage are lovely.
    mawniegirl mawniegirl 26-30, F 3 Responses Sep 12

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    I'm a lacto-ovo vegetarian.

    Basically I don't eat anything that has a face. No animals. I'm a huge animal lover and I'm only 15.. So everybody gives me a hard time about it. Because apparently "you need meat to survive".. Oh ignorance...
    butterflyacid butterflyacid 13-15, F 20 Responses Aug 24

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    Bacon Sandwiches

    I can't even remember what meat feels like but I was recently intrigued by a scientific breakthrough whereby they're growing meat in petri dishes and test tubes so I could have a bacon sandwich and nothing has died. For me, although I am living proof of the health benefits of...
    CrookedMan CrookedMan 46-50 1 Response Sep 4, 2010

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    Pledge to Eat Veg 30 Day Challenge!

    Join the Pledge to Eat Veg 30 Day Challenge Here: http://www.experienceproject.com/challeng... By participating in the 'Pledge to Eat Veg 30 Day Challenge', you will be helping animals, and the environment! In addition, you will be doing something terrific for yourself &mdash...
    PETAme PETAme 31-35 22 Responses Jan 1, 2009

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    I thought about becoming one

    because I love all animals of the earth and I felt a little bad I guess. But then I realized its apart of life and its just the cycle. the way this cycle works kinda amazes me .
    LunarDream LunarDream 13-15, M 3 Responses Aug 18

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    So Irritating

    I love my mother, I appreciate my mother, but it's getting so annoying coming over to her house on Sundays. It's like every Sunday she cooks something with meat in it, and gets pissed because I won't eat it. She's always like, "Well I'm not making another dinner." And I have to...
    KayKai KayKai 26-30, F 5 Responses Aug 28, 2012

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    I am a vegetarian .. my life my choice.

    . if u got any issues it ur problem :) and u can watch this video for ur stupid diet questions: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iM8s1ch5TRw
    sunnsood sunnsood 26-30, M 3 Responses Jul 1

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    3 years and i am never quitting i feel

    healthier physically and i have a healthy conscience
    WendyDarlin WendyDarlin 18-21, F 2 Responses May 1

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    ThereIsNoName ThereIsNoName 31-35, F 3 Responses Jul 30

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    I think it's funny when I eat with my friends

    that are not vegetarian and I am served something with meat and I send it back. I always get the same response can't you just eat around it or pick it out? To help them understand I tell them if you received your meal with some fingers and a babies arm would you just pick it out...
    Legionicula Legionicula 36-40, M 7 Responses Aug 24

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    ha ha.. Times change

    so much. I did not once expect that being a vegetarian can be so much celebrity like one day around the world.. For me though it comes from my cultures where most if not all are vegetarians.. Mind you I am saying vegetarian and not to be confused with Vegans ( no milk products)
    uselessguy uselessguy 36-40, M 1 Response Aug 15

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    Turning Point

    I was raised with the mantra that if I 'didn't eat meat I would waste away'. Okay, I'm underweight and it's understandable that my parents were concerned about their child's nourishment, but it is such a fallacy (a common one) that only meat can give you protein or energy. So I...
    deleted deleted 26-30 Nov 13, 2013

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    Yeah I've been vegetarian my whole life.

    Never tasted any meat or fish products and never will!
    gymnasticsbear gymnasticsbear 13-15, F 4 Responses Aug 17

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    I became a vegetarian

    for a month and a bit, not even tempted by meat but really more and more disgusted. I will never force people to not eat meat but for me meat is just very unattractive in my eyes.
    EstuaryRivers EstuaryRivers 26-30, F 3 Responses Sep 16

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    Being a vegetarian is one of the things I am

    most proud of about myself. I have been now for 4 years. And now I am converting to vegan :). I do it because I believe that all beings are equal and murder is murder.
    bubblefishkiss bubblefishkiss 26-30, F 7 Responses Aug 9

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    I've been a vegetarian

    for almost two years (i wish I was raised into a vegetarian lifestyle). And I've always felt like animals are treated like objects and it's disgusting. I just wish everyone else could see animals the way I do.
    Kannerrr Kannerrr 16-17, M 1 Response Feb 8

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    Copmassionate Eater

    I have been a vegetarian on and off.  I lived in countries where it was hard to be just because there were not enough healthy food choices. Then I read a book by Jane Goodall called Harvest of Hope and did more research and I now eat mostly organic. I live in the midwest and...
    divekyra divekyra 36-40, F 6 Responses Dec 2, 2006

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    I Am Not But Some Vegetarians Are Hypocrites

    Post this story on I am not a vegetarian and think it is appropriate here also: I have a balance diet of vegetables, meat , seafood and consider myself heathy. The other day I was at a function and some people who where vegetarians said how could I eat meat. Think of all the...
    deleted deleted 26-30 26 Responses Nov 4, 2012

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    I'm trying to go vegan,

    but there's only one problem... I love cheese too much. I'm going to try eating most of the cheese in the house (I live with my mom who is not vegetarian or vegan) and just eat myself out of it. Also chocolate is a problem. But mostly cheese.
    Dorkella Dorkella 18-21, F 7 Responses Mar 27

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    Ignorance Is Not An Excuse

    It doesn't take a genius to know that humans are not very different from other animals, so even as a child, the love and respect I had for people extended to animals and other creatures also. My first real issue with eating animals came with the sudden realisation of exactly...
    lipbloss lipbloss 36-40, F 28 Responses Dec 9, 2010

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    I have been a vegetarian

    for 18 years, and know for a fact i will never eat meat again for as long as i live. I live my life to cause the least amount of pain and suffering to other beings in any way, shape or form. I am exceptionally proud to be a vegetarian and always will be :)
    Lou2011 Lou2011 22-25, F 2 Responses Jan 16

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    Why To Be.

    First this post is only for those who wish to go vegetarian and needs a little push, and those who are already vegetarian and , who would appreciate a little appreciation. If you enjoy meat, please don’t get angry about this; for I agree life is short enjoy it. ( I had nothing...
    anathema09 anathema09 22-25, M 12 Responses Dec 9, 2012

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    I was born a vegetarian

    and I'll die a vegetarian....
    Barakaflacka Barakaflacka 16-17, M 2 Responses Sep 7

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    Being vegetarian is being kind to animals (the

    suffering animals go through to produce meat is myriad and sickening), it saves on vital resources and is healthy! The logical choice!
    mizzen123 mizzen123 46-50, M 5 Responses Jan 3

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    And I always have been

    since I was a 1yr old . I will never eat any meats or thing that was once living not just because I'm an animal lover but because I just find it really gross 😣
    cringing6 cringing6 18-21, F 3 Responses Jul 30

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    Oh protein, I miss you so.

    If I am what I eat, I think I must be nuts!
    Legionicula Legionicula 36-40, M 4 Responses Sep 8

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    Did You Know Fish Can Feel Pain?

    Hey there, this story is in no way meant to belittle or discredit those who do not wish to eat meat yet eat fish. Just sayin'.I'm not sure if this is the case for every fish but there are fish (like rainbow trouts) which have pain receptors on their bodies, thus allowing them to...
    Junkard Junkard 22-25, M 4 Responses Sep 7, 2013

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    I normal don't make a big deal about being a

    vegetarian in fact some of my friends don't even realize I am. When I was out the other day I happen to be with a friend who did. We ordered our meals and I had accidentally miss read my order and received something with meat I was content with handing it over to one of my...
    Legionicula Legionicula 36-40, M Aug 25

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    Very Proud Vegetarian.

    Well I stopped eating meat two years ago and let me tell you I have never in my 39 years felt healthier. I became a vegetarian when I found the Hare Krishna's so yes there is a spiritual reason to stop eating meat but also I found out so much about how bad meat is for your body...
    bhaktagerald bhaktagerald 41-45, M 5 Responses Jul 14, 2012

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    Yup! I'm a vegetarian.

    :) And pls STOP confusing us with Vegans. We have milk and many other products made from it. And I have no vendetta against people who are Non-Vegetarians or Vegans. To each, his own. :)
    PoojaTimberlake PoojaTimberlake 18-21, F 5 Responses Aug 17

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    morticiamortal morticiamortal 16-17, F Aug 19

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    16 years and still going strong.

    I love animals. I love them as I love myself. I have no desire to kill them or cause them harm.
    EmmaCollins EmmaCollins 18-21, F 3 Responses Jul 31

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    I Was Raised a Vegetarian After I Was 8 Years Old

    My parents decided to become vegans when I was 8 years old.  What a change that was.  We became lacto ovo vegans which means we ate no animals products whatsoever.  It was terrible learning to like soymilk - it was a lot different then than it is now.  It was...
    moxiesurvivor moxiesurvivor 66-70, F 2 Responses Jun 1, 2007

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    It's one of the best decisions I have ever made.

    But it's hard as I live in the place where I'm the only vegetarian.
    nataliawww nataliawww 26-30, F 5 Responses Jun 1

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    I've always been a vegetarian.

    I was a bodybuilder when I was like 17-18 y/o. After 4-5 years of practice I got a shoulder injury. Then I started swimming. That continued for 2 years and then professional life took over. Back in 2010, I started running and now I'm a long distance runner (marathoner). Cut...
    TwoTickets TwoTickets 26-30, M 2 Responses Aug 11

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    New Vegetarian

    I am a new vegetarian (2 months).  I started by cutting out beef when I read a book called Mad Cowboy by Howard Lyman.  Then, I really started thinking and took the 30-day Veg Pledge on Peta/GoVeg.com.  Surprisingly I really don't miss meat at all.  I still...
    Metamorphosis Metamorphosis 31-35, F 3 Responses Aug 12, 2007

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