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I Am a Vegetarian

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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 27 Responses Dec 9, 2010

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    Hey 2015 marks my third year

    as a vegetarian. I first became a vegetarian in 2012 because my peers inspired/motivated me to be one. I think being a vegetarian is right for me for a lot of reasons, but the primary reason is the way the meet industry treats animals. I also really enjoy the taste of fruits...
    LovePassionFuryEnergy9 LovePassionFuryEnergy9 18-21, F 4 Responses Jan 4

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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. :)
    KamasutraGirl KamasutraGirl 18-21, F 5 Responses Aug 17, 2014

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    FutileSuperiority FutileSuperiority 22-25 Dec 13, 2014

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    I've been a vegetarian

    for 4 months now and I have to say it is the best decision I've made.
    chialuvgirl chialuvgirl 18-21, F 4 Responses Feb 21

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    I've been a vegetarian

    for a week now. I feel absolutely great! Better than ever before! I haven't craved meat at all since starting either. I'm glad to done with it. Next step vegan! :)
    TreeOfNature TreeOfNature 22-25, M 5 Responses Dec 7, 2014

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    I started vegetarianism back in middle school

    and it's been years now since I stopped eating meat and not a day goes by where I regret this decision. I never really cared for eating meat or the fact that it was an animal but I never really had the ability to stop. I lived with my father who only ever served meat so if you...
    lmcrepsley lmcrepsley 18-21, T Dec 14, 2014

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    My grandmother was making a casserole a couple

    years ago. It was when I had first started my vegetarianism. She gathered All the ingredients and she has a can of cream of chicken and she asks me, "do you mind if there's a little bit of meat in it?" "Yes grandma,"I replied. " would you mind if there was a little bit HUMAN in...
    queenjellyfish queenjellyfish 16-17, F 3 Responses Dec 14, 2014

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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, 2014

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    Why? Because I love and respect animals

    and honestly, I don't like the taste.
    MyFriendPug MyFriendPug 13-15, F 1 Response a week ago

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    I had my first Thanksgiving with family

    as a vegetarian this year. Our family traditionally always has a turkey and many more meaty side dishes and even though it was sitting right in front of me, I didn't crave it. They considered me and had extra options to choose from. This pleasantly surprised me because they have...
    Asterly Asterly 22-25, F 3 Responses Dec 8, 2014

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    I've been a vegetarian

    since I was 10 years old. So 10 years now. People always ask me how I get my protein and iron and such. The truth is, I don't pay attention to nutrition. I don't eat a lot of sugar or anything but I don't watch my diet. It's been 10 years and I'm perfectly healthy. You...
    Rosaalie Rosaalie 18-21, F 3 Responses Feb 9

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    I tried veggie bacon

    for the first time in some soup that I used to put real bacon in. I can't believe how good it is! I don't know how they get it to taste like that, but I'm glad they do!
    SavannahAnsley SavannahAnsley 41-45, F 1 day ago

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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 4 Responses Jun 1, 2014

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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, 2014

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    I was a vegan for about 5-6 months

    and now; because I don't totally care about ignoring dairy products such as milk and cheese, etc. I have considered and fulfilled the goal to slip into the vegetarian community. Downgrading was definitely a relief as I haven't eaten chocolate in the better half of a year.
    CallMeDanny CallMeDanny 13-15, M 1 Response Jan 24

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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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    From a young age, eating meat grossed me out

    because I loved animals. I remember one particular incident where my family was eating dinner and they had out Cajun chicken and I refused to eat it. My dad placed it on my plate anyway and yelled at me to eat it. In the fifth grade, I finally put my foot down and told them...
    molliee151 molliee151 22-25, F 1 Response Feb 17

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    I have been vegetarian

    for about 2 months. So far it's been great, still learning new recipes and techniques for cooking. :) so far so good :)
    SeekingGreatPerhaps SeekingGreatPerhaps 22-25, F 2 Responses Jan 6

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    Oh protein, I miss you so.

    If I am what I eat, I think I must be nuts!
    Bedmonster Bedmonster 70+, M 3 Responses Sep 8, 2014

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    I Am a Vegetarian And I absolutely love it.

    I'm not a preachy vegetarian; in fact, a lot of people I know don't even know or remember that I am half the time. It's not for ethical or health reasons (though it truly is healthy), but it's really just a preference. Of course I know a-holes that shove something in my face...
    TuffGhost TuffGhost 26-30, M 3 Responses Jan 12

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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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    Been vegetarian for six months now

    and so proud of myself for not failing! My parents said I would last like a month but look at me now! Might even consider becoming vegan!
    ellygrace ellygrace 13-15, F Feb 17

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    Co-worker: "Did you have a nice Thanksgiving?

    " Me: "Yes, I did, what about you?" Co-worker: "I ate too much haha" Me: "Haha yea me too." Co-worker: "What did you even eat?" Me: "What do you mean?" Co-worker: "Well you're a vegetarian.. What do you eat for Thanksgiving if not turkey, ham, or chicken?" Me: "Everything else...
    FutileSuperiority FutileSuperiority 22-25 4 Responses Dec 10, 2014

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    I can say I officially became vegetarian about

    2 months ago but I rarely ate meat anyway so it's probably been a little longer. It's one of the best decisions I've made. It gives me motivation to make awesome meals and try new things. I love animals to death and I know I'm going to work with them when I'm older ever since I...
    musicforlife0321 musicforlife0321 18-21, F 1 Response Jan 23

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    I've been vegetarian

    for just over 9 months now. I truly believe that it's the best decision I've ever made.
    katie17x katie17x 13-15, F 2 Responses Nov 23, 2014

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    It's tough during the holidays.

    Especially when meat is put into EVERYTHING even side dishes. Really?! And in one instance, I'm pretty sure it was to spite me.:/ So I filled up on cinnamon rolls.:)
    myblumoon myblumoon 31-35, F 4 Responses Dec 28, 2014

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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 20 Responses Nov 4, 2012

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    This isn't an experience it's a question,

    why are you a vegetarian ? What makes you want to be one ? Is it proven good for you?
    SeasideHappy SeasideHappy 26-30, F 2 Responses Jan 23

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    A lesson in altruism.

    I stopped eating meat about five years ago. Because of my dog. He had been suffering from a skin condition for a couple of years. Vetenary treatment was useless, endless lotions and tablets that had no effect. So I started doing some research. It was down to the dog food he was...
    TheSeaCameInAtMidnight TheSeaCameInAtMidnight 36-40, F 1 Response Feb 12

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    I have been thinking about it

    for years, and I just don't want animals smarter than my dogs to suffer because they taste good to me. So, today was the day. I hope I have the willpower! Why can't bacon be a plant??
    SavannahAnsley SavannahAnsley 41-45, F 3 Responses Jan 6

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    I've been a vegetarian

    for about seven years. a lot of things lead to the decision (including being unwittingly fed a young cow that was my pet. I'm so sorry Billy!!) but what finally did it for me was reading a book called skinny *****. highly recommended.
    ZenaMarie ZenaMarie 22-25, F 3 Responses Nov 26, 2014

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    I know plenty of people

    who are body builders and raw foodist's, I know for a fact the diet works. The problem is, is with how people eat. I have heard people say that the vegetarian diet isn't that healthy for you. It is. But it depends on what you eat and how you eat. If lets say your an "armchair...
    maryshouldofaborted maryshouldofaborted 26-30, F Feb 20

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    Veggies deserve love too.

    But this must be more than 25 characters long so I'm gonna write all this -_______-
    IvyRed15 IvyRed15 16-17, F 1 Response Dec 31, 2014

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    I was on a first date last night

    and told him I was a vegetarian when he wanted to get an appetizer that had meat. He proceeded to ask me a few stupid questions about being a vegetarian, but the real gem was "Do vegetarians drink alcohol?". Another interesting question was "So what's a vegan?" Not sure why a...
    Sofrustrated81 Sofrustrated81 31-35, F 4 Responses Dec 14, 2014

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    I've been a vegetarian

    for almost 3 years and honestly people make it seem a lot more difficult than it actually is. A good time to become one is in the summer because there will always be fresh fruit, veggies, and other non-meat foods available. As long as you manage to still get the protein you're...
    nighttimemytime nighttimemytime 16-17, F 2 Responses Jan 11

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    It's healthier for me

    and the environment
    HoloTheWiseWolf HoloTheWiseWolf 13-15, F 3 Responses Sep 2, 2014

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    New year and Christmas is the hardest time you

    see meat everywhere :( dead animals are everywhere :(
    nataliawww nataliawww 26-30, F 13 Responses Dec 31, 2014

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    Well, I am starting from today.

    I never thought I would be able to do it but I am 100% determined. When I want to eat meat I will just think of the precious little animals and I will know I'm doing the right thing for me.
    amysfc95 amysfc95 18-21, F 16 Responses Feb 8

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    No way no how no meat ever

    for think girl! No dead flesh for me yuck.
    Sunshinegal4u Sunshinegal4u 26-30, F 3 days ago

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    Am I a lowkey vegetarian?

    The only reason why I don't eat any kind of meat is because I do not enjoy the taste and smell Ugh When I tell people Im veggie they look at me like Im from another planet, I don't do it much for the animals lol But maybe I should start telling that to people so they don't try...
    zhr014 zhr014 22-25, F 7 Responses Oct 31, 2014

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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 13 Responses Dec 9, 2012

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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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    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 31-35, M 2 Responses Jul 1, 2014

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    I've just recently become vegetarian

    and I love it. I've wanted to be vegetarian for a long time but never had the courage to stand up to my parents when they said no. I finally got the guts and I'm do happy with my choices. I know that it's healthier and I'm at ease knowing I'm not eating animals.
    ASmarticleParticleInAGrottyBox ASmarticleParticleInAGrottyBox 13-15, F 2 Responses Feb 17

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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, 2014

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    I have been a vegetarian

    for 2 months and a half so far. I decided to become vegetarian from watching P.e.t.a videos and ever since became disgusted by the fact that meat is a dead animal. The image of the animal before its been put in stores made me overcome with so much sadness, knowing it never did...
    Chinami9 Chinami9 13-15, F 5 Responses Jan 15

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    Mom gave me a sandwich with a omelet in it :D

    but sadly it also had some bacon .3. I just ate it because i don't want to hurt my moms feelings, but ye. I don't like meat .3.
    XxPwningN3RD2xX XxPwningN3RD2xX 13-15, M 2 Responses Dec 15, 2014

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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 16-17, F 19 Responses Aug 24, 2014

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    I love the teeth argument.

    you know the one I'm talking about. "humans have canines so we're supposed to eat gobs of meat." however I'm pretty sure that all the great apes have those two. they look more like fangs actually. gorillas and orangutans are vegetarians. a chimp's diet is about 2% meat. they...
    ZenaMarie ZenaMarie 22-25, F 11 Responses Feb 13

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    I've been a vegetarian

    for nearly two months now and I love it. I became a vegetarian because I don't support the act of animals being killed for us to then eat them. I also did this for health reasons and for other personal reasons. I don't believe the human body needs meat. We can live a happy and...
    Sapphire14 Sapphire14 18-21, F Feb 18

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    I've been a vegetarian

    for 5 years and it's probably the best thing I've done (and only thing I've stuck with this long). What's your favorite veggie meal? I loveeee morning star bean burgers!!
    giraffesmiles giraffesmiles 22-25, F