mine was not really an epiphany, just a growing awareness that I needed to do the right thing by refusing to eat meat. I went vegan last October and I’m never ever ever going back. (Plus my mom makes the best vegan baking!!!)
@VeganCaramel I’m glad that when you realized the amount animals you hurt, you changed (rather quickly it sounds) to a better diet and lifestyle , and as for going vegetarian, my reasons were initially also the same until I saw PETA’s research. Some of those videos can be pretty persuasive, eh!
I think my bigger epiphany wasn’t when I went vegetarian (my reasons for being vegetarian weren’t really based on evidence, just the idea that it wasn’t very nice to be eating animals, as well as some seriously wrong body image issues), the two biggest moments were when I realized that a lot of the products I was buying was contributing to animal testing ( http://bit.ly/bVblaN ) and my contributions to the cruelty of the dairy industry (which is worse than both animal testing and meat production combined in some factories, yikes http://bit.ly/dhG9cL ). It only took a few videos before I was making the switch.
@Slayla It sounds as though you are an excellent cook Great advice, which I should actually start to use! Being a chef and a vegetarian (or vegan) can be challenging without the proper knowledge, which you seem to have no lack of! @VEGANGIRL3080 I am sure that you are beautiful, no matter how you look on the outside.
I have always loved veggies and was the only kid I knew who loved brussel sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, so I grew up loving eating veggies. I’d dreamed of being vegetarian for a long time but knew that money was always short and that wasn’t an option for me at the time. As I grew up I was more aware of problems food was having from all the recall reports and animal cruelty articles on the news.
I’ve been cooking since I was 11 and an avid Food Network watcher, constantly learning new techniques and recipes. I researched and experimented with food until I felt I was ready to cut out the meat for good. I would recommend anyone who is looking for a change in their diet to at least master 10-15 recipes in their chosen diet before committing to it. That way you’ll have the confidence to stick to it and keep learning more.
I was just searching up things like “rats” on google and then somehow found myself on the PETA website where they were talking about rats being tested on. I really wanted to help and started looking around the rest of the website and found out about the meat industry and then basically went vegetarian after that.
@KeepTHEfaith I also started around that time. I didn’t know Lisa was a vegetarian, but hey it worked for people! You are right, it doesn’t really make sense, and to stop eating meat at such a young age= fantastic! Kudos to you!
When I was nine, I believe, I started thinking about where my food comes from, and I realized that eating meat didnt make any sense to me. The Simpsons episode ‘Lisa The Vegetarian’ was what finally pushed me over the edge and I stopped eating meat all together
@SkiVegChick haha you have a great sense of revenge good job standing up to your parents! @SierraSiller You went vegetarian on my birthday! Haha very interesting, I didn’t know that October was vegetarian month, but now I do! That is a great way to get going.
I saw this poster on September 28th, 2010 that said October was vegetarian month and it wanted people to do a one month vegetarian diet challenge. In those two days I decided I was going to do it. It was easy so I kept going after the full month.
ermm the taste of meat?? lol. Ive always been a natury girl, saving bugs from being stepped on, bringing bread to baby birds that fell outta there nest. So about like 10 years ago i really wanted to go vegitarian, but my dad would let me, and my parents wouldnt let me leave the table till i ate my meeat. :( but about 5 years ago i said what if i only eat chicken/ and my parents said ok, but i never actually ate my chicken. mwa ha ha 3:) lol