Why Did You Go Vegan?

There are many reasons why people decide to live a plant based lifestyle. From health benefits, recovering from heart disease, religious believes to ethical reasons. Today I would like to pick your brain and find out what made you commit to the vegetarian /vegan lifestyle.

Here is a great short video of Ellen DeGeneres  explaining her reasons for going vegan:

For me personally the journey started 15 years ago. I was a rebellious teenager with a  stubborn attitude. I watched a quick film made by the communist  government portraying how far that conventional farming has come.  I believe it was suppose to impress the general population by showing images of farm animals being killed and prepared for consumption in a very fast and efficient fashion.

Well it did not impress me! I finished watching the film in tears and shouting out load that I will never eat meat again!

I have come a long way since then. Starting from eating the “starcheterian” diet based around pasta, potatoes, rice and dumplings with the occasional serving of vegetable and fruit. Moving onto super strict macrobiotic diet and overcoming an eating disorder .

Until couple years ago finally coming to the conclusion that mother nature is smart and everything my body needs and wants she will provide. Today I eat 100% plant based diet and feel the best I have ever felt on my 15 year  journey. I don’t deprive myself, I enjoy food. I have all the energy I need (and then some) for my very active lifestyle.

I would find it very inspiring to hear why you are a plant based eater. One of my favorite parts of Active Vegetarian – is getting to meet people all over the world.

Please connect with me in the comment section and let me know why you made the switch ;-)

Talk Soon,

Zuzana

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10 Comments

  • Joe says:

    To jump in here, I originally switched to plant based eating as a combination of health and ethical reasons. It was the easiest way for me to avoid fast food.

    After only a few short weeks, I found that I felt better than ever before …had more energy, and a better overall sense of wellbeing. My athletic performance has increased too.

    I’ll never look back :-)

    Joe

  • Ange Green says:

    I started about a year and 5 months ago. A girl in my high school english class had the book ‘Skinny Bitch’. I didnt have a book for our reading period so I asked if I could borrow it. After reading parts of it, I went out and bought it, read it and decided to take a closer look at vegetarianism.

    Like Ellen, I forced myself to watch some undercover videos by PETA and read ‘Slaughterhouse’ by Gail Eisnitz. I felt strongly that I didnt want anything to do with this horrid reality.

    It hasn’t been hard for my to stick with it, and I am very glad I decided to make the change. I did it for various reasons:

    My love for animals; I don’t want to see anything suffer like that.

    My overall health

    For the environment.

    I’m still on my journey and am discovering new ways to live my plant-based lifestyle. I still consume some dairy products, but my goal is to become vegan.

    I want to thank you and Joe for giving me guidance and a positive outlook on living a plant-based lifestyle. You’ve set many things straight for me and made things simple and real. :D

  • Ange Green says:

    Also, would like to recommend a book, (the new) Becoming Vegetarian by Vesanto Melina and Brenda Davis.

    Very thorough guide to a healthy vegetarian diet for all age groups.

    • Zuzana says:

      Ange,
      Funny thing…the book “Skinny Bitch” had a huge impact on Joe as well. thank you for being part of the AV community, your comments and ideas are appreciated.
      Happy thoughts

  • Ricky Ferdon says:

    In the wee hours of January 4th of this year, I came across the documentary “Earthlings”. I had to look away from some scenes and felt like crying through the whole film. Some of the sights I saw would play again in my head at various times. I was very disturbed. Later in the day I told my wife, “I’m now vegan without compromise”. So far so good. I have not craved any animal products at all nor anticipate that I ever will.

    • Zuzana says:

      Ricky,
      We have downloaded “Earthlings” while ago, so far we haven’t had the guts to watch it. Maybe this weekend.
      Thanks for the post.
      Z.

  • Tommy says:

    It all started with Food Inc. for me, after i watched that, i watched the doc, A Beautiful Truth, which is about the healing power of the Gerson Therapy, a all natural organic, plant based diet, heavy on fresh juicing to heal disease even cancers. Those two docs as a combo one on the corruption of the food industry, another on the power of fruits and veggies, I was convinced.

    Starting reading alot about, bought like 10 books (which I’m still making my way through) and started a veg blog to chronicle what I have been learning and to inform others of the benefits of this lifestyle.

    I want to be 90 years old and still be able to be active. I don’t want old age to be about disease and medicine, and I believe the veg diet will help me reach that goal.

    – Tommy

  • Joe says:

    BTW Tommy’s blog http://www.switch2veggies.com is very interesting. I recommend people check it out.

  • Mateja says:

    Has anyone noticed that vegan diet affects ability to concentrate and causes “brain fog” or just the opposite? I’ve heard about both experience.

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