Introduce Yourself - Are you vegetarian / vegan?
Posted by webmaster at 05/03/2007
Welcome All! Please sign-in and introduce yourself. Are you a vegetarian or vegan? Becoming one? Tell us a bit about yourself, share your story, express yourself. Then if you have questions, or want to get involved in veg*n discussions, explore the rest of the board!
Hi everyone, here's a little about me...
I've been vegetarian 20 years (this year) and vegan about 18 years.
Before starting HappyCow in 1999, I worked as a massage therapist and also ESL teacher. I work on a number of websites, which you can check out if you like, here.
If you haven't already been there, you can read the FULL HappyCow story, here.
It would be great to hear from you all and learn a little about you, so please add your intro's here!
I've been Vegan for 5 yrs. and i feel great!
My pastimes are Kung Fu and Food...Im a college student but i should be done soon!
My name is Jill and I've been vegetarian since 1993 and I've been sticking to a vegan diet for almost a year now after going vegan/veg for a couple of years. I have been involved in animal rescue/sanctuary for about 10 years now. And currently I have 7 furbabies...2 cats, 2 house rabbits, 2 guinea pigs and 1 chihuahua.
My hopes are to eventually get to a mostly raw diet. But I haven't really started yet. I'm still working on eating enough fruits and veggies so I know it will be the hardest challenge I will ever face.
Thanks for being here...
My name's Gene. first came upon this site as a hungry traveller who just wanted to find possibilities while on the road. Am from the Bay Area but have been living in Germany for the past year. My parents are vegetarian and raised me and my sister so as well. Have been vegan for five years now.
Favourite vegetarian restaurant in Europe: Yellow Sunshine, in Berlin. I did the translation of the menu into English - if you happen to visit, feedback would be appreciated... thanks!
Favourite city in Europe for vegetarians: Budapest. Strange but true. There are a multitude of places all over the city, and even two full vegan ones too. Best of the bunch is Napfényes Ízek (Sunny Flavours).
Favourite vegetarian restaurant, period: Millenium in San Francisco. It's clichéd to pick that one, yeah, but I've never come across anything better. House-made soy ice cream induced transcendental experience.
My name is Barb, and I'm a newbie to the vegan world...I've been sticking to the diet since March. I did it once before a couple of years ago but I relapsed while on vacation in London---I didn't know about this resource and there just weren't a lot of options that I found.
I'm from Seattle and will be starting work at an animal welfare society this week. I have one furchild, a crazy wire-haired fox terrier.
Animals and HappyCow rock!
That being said, I don't miss eating mammals and birds at all. I don't even understand how I could have liked eating them every day as a child.
I have been living in El Salvador for now over 13 years. I have recently become involved in promoting tourism here in the smallest but friendliest country in Central America. Through my web broswing I have found no information for vegetarian restaurants in El Salvador, but I do know of a few that don't have web sites.
So if you are thinking about traveling to El Salvador feel free to write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org or check out my two web pages for El Salvador travel information. The Other El Salvador dot com has lost of useful travel information for specific information about Suchitoto El Salvador visit gaesuchitoto dot com, Suchitoto is a small colonial town many compare it to Antigua 20 years ago.
Anyway glad to help out, if your coming look me up, always love meeting new people.
Suchitoto, El Salvador
I've been a vegan for almost 5 yrs now and feel great! I live in the Los Angeles area. I try to live as greenly as possible and I am grateful to have been able to install solar power on my house.
I started out for health reasons, but as I read I also became more and more of an ethical vegan. I am the lone veg in my household, but I'm hoping that someday that will change.
I live with my 9 yr old som, A very spoiled yellow lab,and a pair of gansta' cats (litter mates and brothers) - It's like "hand over the catnip and no one will get hurt! But seriously, all of us, along with my boyfriend make for a very joyous and eclectic bunch.
I'm in Edmonton, Canada...I've been a vegan for 2.5 years and will never go back to eating carcass. I'm an animal rights activist and if I could do it full time and make enough money to live on, I would do it.
I don't try to convert anyone to vegetarianism, however I am always SUPER happy to discuss my choices and why I made them with anyone who asks. The only thing I refuse to answer is: "How do you get enough to eat??"...come on people!!
I've got 3 cats: Derby, Brisket & Shmigger...and they are my life!
I'm Tracey. I live in Canberra, Australia. I've been vegetarian for 13 years and don't miss meat one bit, though I do sometimes miss the sauces and styles of food you can get with it. That's why I enjoy my local chinese and vietnamese mock-meat restuarants from time to time.
Unfortunately we don't have many vegetarian restaurants here in Canberra. I wish we had more. It's annoying time after time to be confronted with the same situation - one or less choice, having to ask what's in food bla bla bla, especially when family insist on going to the same crap places to eat. Not enough to make me want to go back to my evil ways though. At least my friends are supportive and often look for places that will suit me better. A lot of people in Australia (I'm sure may other countries are the same) still don't understand what to feed me and restaurants in particular seem to think it's fine to offer veges and salad and nothing else. I like a good hearty meal as much as the next person. Give me a good nutloaf, chickpea stew, lentil bolognaise etc any day. Which is why it's sad that one of our premier vegetarian restaurants closed down last year. They were very popular, I guess they wer just over it.
I have two gorgeous cats who have been with me for a long time and we are a happy little family. I love this website as it is a really good resource for us vegos and a great place to meet up and share ideas.
My Name is Adam, I've been vegan for 15 years now (since I was 8 y/o). I went vegan for ethical reasons because during a school lunch period I finally made the connection between the nugget and the chicken, thought for a quick minute and decided right then and there that I'd be vegan for the rest of my life. (still haven't changed!) I live in LA and love it because there is plenty of options for vegans around here.
I'm a skydiver, surfer and bicyclist, so I'm living proof that being vegan makes you far from weak (what the doctors told me when I went vegan at 8...). I love cooking, so I hope you enjoy my additions to potlucks around town.
I hope you all have a great day today.
My name's Amanda and I've been vegetarian for 27 years and vegan for 8. I live in China with my husband and 3 kids, all vegan too. If anyone is travelling to China and needs any advice, please contact me. In Beijing we now have 22 vegetarian restaurants, which is quite an improvement on the 2 that were here when I arrived 18 years ago!
Terry B.05/08/2007 21:28:18
I don't have that much of a story as to why I eat the way that I do. I grew up on a small farm which raised its own cattle and I was always acutely aware of where my food came from. Fast forward to nutrition courses in university and grad school and concerns for health/athletic performance and ethical reasons and I didn't have a reason to eat meat.
I estimate that I am 95% vegan and will likely transition all the way inside of the next several months.
This website has been a fantastic resource for me in my travels throughout the world and I am happy to see a discussion board operating on it.
Althea Randolf05/11/2007 09:30:33
Tend to cook at home more often, occasionally eat outside. I have lived in quite a few countries in the past (US, Canada, NZ, Australia, now UK) - my favorite city for vegetarian eating out has to be Toronto.
Look forward to interacting with y'all.
I've been a vegan for five years and feel great! my dog is vegan too. There are the vegan and vegetarian restaurant also in Japan. Recently such restaurant has increased. I really happy. I'm good at the creation cooking. I'm cooking for myself as much as possible when I'm in my home. I became a vegan for health. And I came to think about animal rights recently. However, it's very convenient. Happy Cow's always helped me when going on a trip. next time, I would like to be useful for you:)
I have many reasons, intially just the idea of eating flesh, and my friends really disgusted me. As I got older and read more- as I am sure a lot of you can relate to, I could see more and more reasons why people should not eat carcasses, or support animal (to those meat eaters, my one liner to thier questions about why I am vegan is that I am against animal cruelty.)
The reality is I am also an environmentalist and have felt for a long time that it's not healthy for the planet either, this exploitation of resources. Interesting to read that The United Nations has reported that animal agriculture accounts for 18% of greenhouse gases, which is MORE than automobiles.
Intuitively, I have always felt it healthier to not eat meat and dairy. I noticed the effects of milk on my system, the sinus and headached, and even before I claimed to be vegan, I really didn't have much. The China Study has confirmed my feelings, and I suppose health is another reason for being vegan.
I am an animal lover. Have 2 beautiful fur children of my own. They are both vegan dogs, and so healthy and young looking. The vet says they are soooo healthy, but we don't usually mention to them, for critism that they are vegan.
I love having this resource, which I am tapping into as I am currently travelling. It's great to hear from other like minded people from around the world!
My name is Deanna and am a newbie vegetarian (or trying really hard to be). I hail originally from California, but have been on the East Coast for the last seven years. I have multiple furry children. My turning point was when I was making an anniversary dinner for my husband, Cornish Game Hen, when I saw it for what it really was. Freaked me out so badly I couldn't eat it or anything else that resembles the orignial "person". I would like to make the transition to Vegan, but keep slipping up. I have always been a fussy eater so it is hard for me to find foods I like.
Wish me luck!
Some Python for your pleasure!
John Cleese & Eric Idle are vegetarians - Michael Palin eats body parts but we stil love him!
Monty Python's Flying Circus - Series 1 - Episode 13 - from 1970
Head Waiter (Michael Palin) Fine. I'm the head waiter. This is a vegetarian restaurant only, we serve no animal flesh of any kind. We're not only proud of that, we're smug about it. So if you were to come in here asking me to rip open a small defenseless chicken, so you could chew its skin and eat its intestines, then I'm afraid I'd have to ask you to leave.
He (John Cleese) No, no, no, no.
Head Waiter (Michael Palin) Likewise if you were to ask us to slice the sides of a cow and serve it with small pieces of its liver ... (small tic developing, getting carried away) or indeed drain the life blood from a pig before cutting off one of its legs... or carve the living giblets from a sheep and serve them with the fresh brains, bowels, guts and spleen of a small rabbit... WE WOULDN'T DO IT. (reaction) Not for food anyway.
She (Eric Idle) Quite frankly I'm against people who give vent to their loquacity by extraneous bombastic circumlocution. (they both look at her; pause) Oh I don't like that.
What a great site! I've been a vegetarian since '98 and also try to eat some raw and living foods, some of which I dehydrate. Living in Central Texas has made this a challenge, but more grocery stores and restaurants have veggie friendly food. When I visit my son in Dallas, I enjoy Whole Foods, and my daughter's town has a wonderful place (she and her family are vegetarians). Professionally, I'm an occupational therapist, who worked in psychiatry most of my career, and then in geriatric rehab in nursing homes. Now, I do core synchronism, a natural therapy, which I love. I have found that folks who initially made fun of my diet have come to enjoy what I cook and have realized that they, too, need to eat a more healthy diet. Fun to sit back and watch.......
I have been vegan for 10 months now and am so happy I made that decision. I did it for the animals! I live in Dallas and I do not know any vegans. : ( I am an executive assistant for an oil and gas company and I am a professional bellydancer. I LOVE this site!!! : )
I have been moving very slowly towards becoming vegetarian; however,I've been too disorganized and find myself being distracted when life gets too busy or stressful. I find myself slipping during those times.
I know that I feel much better when I don't eat meat, which was the main reason I wanted to switch to a vegetarian diet...to improve my health. When I began reading more, I discovered how much more eco-friendly a vegetarian diet is.
What I'd like to do this summer (I'm a teacher and have some time off), is to actually sit down and formulate a plan. Get some dishes and menus under my belt to replace that childhood "comfort food" that I always want to revert to when I'm super busy or stressed. If I can reorganize the kitchen, restock it, and get habits established, perhaps I'll have a better chance of success. But I also feel badly when my family gets together and I get all the long faces and pleas to please try the food they've made. We were raised to eat what we were given to eat...lots of years of habit to break. I know, I know all of the reasons and arguments and that I can eat whatever and however I choose. I don't want to have anyone make me feel guilty for being or not being a vegetarian. It's been about like changing religions or political parties...LOL! Fortunately, I can eat however I want at home since the furbabies don't care what I eat as long as I feed them. ;oD hehehe
I'm glad to have The Happy Cow for support.
An incredible positive impact. Every sticker, every pamphlet, every letter to the editor, every gentle conversation with others is having an impact, raising awareness and creating a more compassionate world.
This is Tom writing from Bangor, Maine.
I've been vegetarian for almost 14 years and vegan for the last 5 years. Definitely one of my greatest decisions in life. From day 1, back in late 1993, I wake up each morning feeling ecstatic that I'm no longer contributing to the brutalizing and killing of voiceless beings against their will, and am trying to do my part to gently raise awareness with others.
Some favorite restaurants are...
Caravan of dreams - NYC
Susty's - Northwood, NH
Little Lads - Portland, Maine & NYC
Spiral Diner - Ft Worth, Tx
Kalachandji's - Dallas, Tx
Happy Buddha - Queens, Nyc
Buddha's Delight - Boston
People's food co-op (vegan breakfast buffet!)- San Diego, Ca
Country Life - Keene, NH
I wish any vegan/vegiterian person would show me around Bangkok.I am only interested in cultural aspect of Thailand (the typical gogo bars and sex shows are thus excluded)and would pay for a guided tour too.
Is there anyone out there to hepl me?
I was in Bangkok couple of years ago, and survived my entire stay thanks to a wonderful restaurant, Dosa King.
Address: 265/1 Sukhumvit Road Soi-19, opposite to Robinson Sukhumvit, Bangkok.
(right in the heart of the city)
Very highly recommended! Somehow they are not listed at happycow (this site).
I am a newbie vegetarian though have had strong leanings for years. Vego for 2 weeks now and i am loving it. I feel like i am living my truth if that makes any sense. I love animals and mothernature and I do really love vegies and fruit! I look forward to getting to know you all.
I first was brought in to the interest of being a vegetarian about a yr ago before my 21st birthday. I was already in to animal rights but then I saw tons of videos and photos, made me sick and extremely sad. I couldn't bear watching beautiful creatures being tortured for no reasons at all, some of my friends were shocked and my family was as well; they're all carnivores. I have tried to explain to them why I have chosen this lifestyle, they understand and support me, but I guess they'll never be passionate enough to want to live the way I do ~ not like i'm wanting to force them, i'm just surprised that my animal loving family and friends don't want to take the veg pledge. ;]
I'm not vegetarian anymore, i'm vegan now, have been since the beginning of July pretty much. I thought it was going to be hard, actually, it wasn't that bad though. I found certain foods and found recipies; don't like them all of course but it's all trial and error!
I'm not really a people person. I mean, it's not like I want to see them suffer or anything, but I seem to only find myself with the love of animals and the love of most people that I know. Strangers...well some can be nice but you just never know what their backgrounds are, especially if they eat meat. Blah. ;p
I'm well, vegansexual now, haha. I was just straight and would be interested in any hot guy that came about but now I don't want to be involved with a carnivore in that "way." I would love to have a relationship with another vegan or vegetarian! And I would also love to find friends that are vegan/veg, I need more! ^.^
I have a Myspace, it's www.myspace.com/kimmercane. If you have one, add me! :]
I've been vegetarian for 5 years. At home I'm almost vegan but it's not easy to completely avoid dairy products and eggs as ingredients when I'm with other people.
The other day, my husband, a typical meat eater, agreed to give up meat once bacon in the freezer has gone! well...I had to promise to cut down on wine consumption. fair enough?
My fiancé and I are planning on opening a vegan restaurant in Charlotte, NC within the next 5 years. Will keep Happy Cow updated on our progress.
I love music, foreign languages, reading, and exotic food and cultures. I devour (ha!) every book I can get my hands on about veganism, public health, whole foods, big food corporations, the sociology of American "nutrition," and USDA corruption. Huge fan of Marion Nestle, Joanne Stepaniak, Eric Schlosser, T. Colin Campbell, and Morgan Spurlock.
Best wishes to you all!
we are young (below 36, :D!) vegan couples looking for places to stay during our across Canada trip.
Please check out our TRAVEL post at this FORUM. Thank you for your time, :)!
(We put our e-mail addy at the other posting.)
It opened my eyes. Please help me succeed in my new meat-free life.
being vegan in a non vegan world. to say it was
life changing would be an understatement! consequently ive been eating vegan for the last
year and a half. i also have the claim to fame of being new zealand's only vegan locomotive engineer (train driver) and im damn proud of it too!!! i dont call myself 'vegan' cos im still wearing leather shoes bought years ago. the way
i see it i buy shoes once every 7 or so years but eat at least 4 times a day, every day. i am making a difference, as is anybody who eschews consuming animal products of any form, at any time. anyway, peace and love to u all xxx
Very cool to find a site where people with similar views talk...
I have been a vegetarian for over 5 years and a vegan for around a year.
The main reason I went veggie is the extreme cruelty and neglect in the animal industry...Everything nowadays comes down to making an extra dollar so animals are always going to get a harsh time for more profit.
No matter if you eat meat or not, it is very difficult to defend such a disgusting industry that shows absolutely no compassion..
Well done on the great site!
Peace and love to you all...
I joined today.
I will contribute regularly.
I have been a vegetarian for 5yrs. I am currently a medical laboratory technologist, studying to be a natural nutritionist and hope to teach people the benefits of a vegetarian lifestyle.
My hubby and I share our home with 3 retired racing greyhounds and 5 kitties. We are also involved in the rehabilitation of orphaned wildlife, and in an organization that fights for the very existence of wildlife rehabber (since our provincial government appears to be phasing us out).
I try to live green but have room for improvement.
Well, that's about it...that's me! :-)
The Vegan11/03/2007 02:09:06
Of course as I've aged and became aware of the world and the terrible things that occur within it, the reason for my choice evolved to include other issues, eventually leaning me towards Veganism. These issues include animal rights, vivisection, health, and other compassionate reasons.
I'm extremely interested in music, as I listen to EBM, Industrial, Dark Electro, Noise, Synthpop, and many other similar genres. If anyone is interested in talking more, send me a message. Again, I'm so glad that I'm part of such a wonderful group of people!
I joined HappyCow because I'm disabled and don't have a lot of friends. I live with my boyfriend and he works a lot so I am here all by myself. Glad to meet you all!!
My name is Chef Mayra I live in Las vegas, Nevada
Well this my part as why I am vegeterian.
I cook Vegan and Vegeterian with A Caribbean and SouthWest flair.. However, if I must serve meat to clients well.. I have to charge more and serve organic Only..
However, once they know my style.....
The Vegeterian menus come OUT and meals are prepared Chef Mayra style (wink wink)
I love when I see my clients learning and making their own choices.
I just cook and let them explore their Cuisine posibilities. At the end they like my choices..
I am a private Chef with a Veggie Style :-)
The main reason for becoming vegetarian is self preservation. The consumption of animal products causes the pH of the body to become acidic, leading to cellular degeneration and the onslaught of disease. This has been confirmed in hundreds of scientific studies. An acidic pH in the body is the primary precurser to all disease. When you choose a vegetarian lifestyle, you not only help yourself, but you help the planet as well.
And that is the message I pass along with My Cooking and cuisine.//
I say " healthy Food Has Flavor"
I serve animal... but at the end! :-) I finish educating and serving other choices..
Results? well.. The clients still Happy and they say .. WOW Chef I think I have lost weight"
OO well really?
Thank you .. and Merry Christmas to all from the Caribbean Chef in Las Vegas, Nevada
My father started buying morningstar burgers and I thought he was just weird.. this was about 2 years ago. I started eating them but stil ate meat for the remainder of my foodd intake. I became a vegetarian (can go vegan for weekends on end) for about 5 months now (July 07). I used to work at a restaurant and was cutting up pounds of meat when I realized this is disgusting and cruel. I also wanted to maintain a better lifestyle as well as maintaing my weight since I am, as well as most of you, are health conscious (spelt wrong, i know). Going to the cafeteria in my college really opened my eyes up on how close minded people really are. I was able to let my college know that ... chicken nuggets, wings, french fries, hamburgers....and that small salad stand is not healthy and does not allow vegetarians/vegans to exercise their diet.
Well... enough of that, Happy holidays
I live in northern Mississippi right now, but am trying to sell my house. I've lived in Boulder, Memphis, Madison (Wi), El Paso (only 1 yr.-it was awful) and Atlanta (that was the longest) with summer jobs in Maine and Florida.
I'm looking at Arizona next. I'd love to get a REALLY big house and live in it with other folks, as I don't want to be married. Or maybe I'll buy a set of small cabins together and rent them out. wheeee!
I'm from sunny Califrnia and I began my vegan path in 1992.
I love chatting with like-minded individuals and meeting great people!!
I love art, music and beauty and I wish everyone here: Peace, Love, Health, Wealth and Prosperity forever...
DC Vegan02/04/2008 16:35:05
I have interests too diverse to mention here.
P.S. If anyone is reading this and thinking they would love to be vegan, but can't give up cheese, or ice cream or whatever, trust me it will be the best feeling in the world. For along time I didn't know what I would eat if I did not eat cheese, and now I am so disgusted with cheese it makes me sick to think I use to eat it. Please take a moment to think about the horrible conditions in dairy farms, and if that isn't enough, please google 'milk letter'
Thanks for reading! :)
SAVE LIVES-GO VEGAN!
'm Piyush saying hello to everyone.
teri velardi02/21/2008 18:18:27
Just stumbled accross Happy Cow and found it to be really cool. I have been vegan since 1992. We took in unwanted farm animals for a while but are now pretty full. Mostly goats and chickens.
My husband and I own and operate a vegan wholesale bakery. We sell to health food stores and some cafes. We are small but growing.
Has anyone every heard of Taralles? They are an Italian baked snack. We make them vegan and organic and they sell like crazy in the health food stores. Visit our web site. www.AmazingGrains.us
We are homeschoolers and have homeschooled 3 children. We are currently on our youngest the older 2 are adults now.
I love nature study and journal nature when ever I can. We use nature study as part of science for our homeschool.
business email: email@example.com
Here are two positive and inspired souls, by the name Nina and Jonas, who wishes to change the attitudes in the world by using our engaged minds and hearts to improve the being of vegetarianism and ecology, and we call this project Eco-Vegetarianism. We also drives a recipe-site with close to 2000 vegetarian- and veganrecipe.
For the moment we can only offer an "about us"-page for our international visitors. But please feel free to visit and send us a regard there to support us, we would appreciate that very much!
Best regards / Jonas & Nina
VeggieMind - for an eco-vegetarian world!
Just popping in to say "Hi". I've been vegan for the past 3 or so years, veggie about 7 years. Living in Ireland on the west coast, with hubbie and 16 month old daughter, both also vegan.
We used to travel lots and lots, hopefully we will again once the little sprite is bigger. Happycow has facilitated our meals in foreign locations on many, many occasions so thanks for that! At the moment, I'm involved in rearing herself & cooking as many vegan meals as I have time for, so, all in all I'm happy :)
I'm a horticulturist/fruit breeder... with three avocado "patents"! (Don't get scared off!) I have two veggie boy teens... and a worm pile that eats my garbage faster than I can feed it!
Peace to us! gray
I love meeting new people, especially those that have similar diets and I'm always looking for more vegetarian and vegan recipes to add to my collection. I love tofu recipes especially, I love soy foods!
I have been vegetarian for three half years and proud of it I make the right decision...I did think of being vegan but I think I need to be vegetarian for abit longer then I can try vegan but I know It is going to be alot harder and different
Nice to meeting you all :)
My name is Mardi Wong. I'm from Indonesia. I have been vegetarian about 10 years. Now, I have blog named vegetarian-guide.com Please feel free to visit us. I'm here to learn more thing about vegetarian/vegan from all of you. It's nice to meet you all here. Thanks.
Best Regards / Mardi Wong
My name is Benji. I'm from North Carolina and I haven't been vegetarian nearly as long as most of you. I have only been vegetarian since April of this year. I'm here to learn more about the vegetarian/vegan lifestyle and to meet other people who practice it!
I'm iris from the Netherlands. I'm married and I'm 30 years old.
Because of foodallergies we are both mostly vegetarian (I'm allergic to nuts and as it seems also for soy) but we eat as much of our food ecological and biologic dynamic. Even our meat is like that. And we try to eat local so not buying anything not made in the EU or Netherlands.
We also try to buy only slave free chocolat (tony's chonellies) when ever this can (our wallet is not that fat)
We started doing this like 2 years ago when we started to realise that the way we were living was killing the world. We have reduced our electricity bill with 5 % this year and we have green power green gass to cook on, energy saving lightbulbs in all lamps and are trying to reduce as much as possible
I am Alexson, single Asian male, spiritual seeker from Australia. Ihave been a full vegetarian for nearly 8 years now. I practice meditation which requires vegetarian diets with no eggs.
I have been reading about the advance of global warming, with a big percentage of contributions from the meat industry.
If we are cautious, we need to adhere to the Scientists' claims that we only have a few years to handle this issue before it gets back to the point of no return. The ice is melting quickly and there are islands sinking too.
I think we need to act really fast, and that the green efforts through green energy etc etc may not be strong enough actions to protect us against the chain reactions of the global warming. Hence, I think spreading the message of vegetarianism, is very important. I am interested on getting together to spread the message across the globe.
I think one of the ways to do this would be to educate the workers/farmers who are involved in animal farming. I think we need to get straight to the root, apart from educating the general masses.
I am creating a website for everyone who wants to brainstorm ideas to do this. Let's get together and a better Earth fast. This is my website: www.holeepassion.com
Hope to see you there with ideas and support to spread this urgent message.
PS: please vote on my poll for reasons why you have become a vegetarian. Great to know your stories to encourage others too. Thank you
love and peace,
I'm Brainy. I am going to be 20 soon. I've been a vegetarian for a while now. I love animals. I find it upsetting to eat animals so it made sense!
So... Lets free the animals!
I 'm gosky....Vegetariany in Bangkok..for almost 15 years....enjoy with all kinds of veggie and fruits...love cooking(surely!!)...glad to khow everybody here...
Peace is everywhere!!
fast willie jackson04/12/2009 12:39:26
I'm Fast Willie Jackson. I'm fast. Although I'm still a carnivore, I enjoy eating at vegetarian restaurants. I used to think vegetarian food was bland and boring, but with some of these places I've been to, I'm glad to find out I was wrong. My mom is a vegetarian, and it kinda sucks that she doesn't really eat much when we go out. I'd like to change that.
I'm Daria, i'm turning 24 in couple of weeks, and i'm vegan who dreams about opening little vegan restaurant and delivery. i'm trying to get masters on my two universities, i adore cooking and inventing recipes and collecting good ones. my biggest passions are travelling and Art in all its forms. i'm music addict, movies junkie and bookworm :)
kind regards from the heart of the Europe!
My name is Pedro.
I've been a vegetarian for 4 years now. I sometimes flirt with veganism. I'm not really religious but i am not atheist either. My interest revolve on reading, lit, politics, art, music, etc. I am planning to become school librarian. i'm from california. i adores libraries and animals(cats and penguins).
nice to meet you all.
I'm Maeve, from Dublin, Ireland :)
Have been a vegetarian 3 years now.. I'm looking to improve my kitchen skills so very interested in healthy veggie recipes / cooking tips.
Loving the site so far
Chris O05/25/2009 04:06:09
I'm Chris and I've been vegan for 13 or 14 years (Veggie for a few years prior to that)
I found happy cow while looking for vegan places to eat while visiting Vancouver (gonna be ther from 1st -14th June so if anyone has any recommendations or would like to meet up, that would be great!) and I think I'll be getting info for all future trips and holidays.
I'm lucky enough to have a job looking after trees and I enjoy rinding my mountain bike around Derbyshire (UK)!
Feel free to say Hi!
I'm Jo, and I'm seventeen. I've been vegetarian since early November, so nearly seven months, and vegan since May 1st - not very long. But I'm happy that I've started trying to make a difference :)
We live in Hollywood, South Florida, and would love to meet a local vegetarian/vegan couple or family for outings to parks, museums, and movies. We're both longtime vegetarians (aspiring to veganism), and we have a 10-year-old son. If you type "33020" into the zip code field on Kupple.com, you can see our photos and find out more about us. Our user name is "vegetariancouple." You don't have to be a member of Kupple to view our profile, but probably have to join to contact us through that site. (No, it's not a swinger site, and it's not our intention to advertise for them, but it is free to join.) Even if you aren't local, we'd love to hear from you if, after you check out our Kupple profile, you see that you have more in common with us than vegetarianism alone. Send an introduction to: vegetariancouple(the at symbol)yahoo. We're looking forward to making some great new friends!
I hope to find a lot of people with which I can share ideas, thoughts etc :)
Kisses to you all!
im draeyk, vegan for 20 years was veggi for three months and couldnt justify it in my mind so went the whole hog... pardon the pun! anyway im a self taught chef and live in london now. ive a wee blog at www.draeyk.blogspot.com/ will give you an intro on my approach.
im now involved in developing local food networks and improving food/growing opportunities for kids and disadvantaged groups. we just opened another community vegan cafe that i should probably list here:)
happy to chat or introduce folk to london. xxx
ummm... it's really hot where i am. some sort of heat warning. but i'm glad that i found this website! none of my friends undertand this sort of stuff.
Phil X08/18/2009 08:49:57
I'm Phil. I live in the UK although I've done a far bit of moving around and lived in a few different US states and Germany for a short time.
I am a vegan and have been for about 4 years now, vegetarian prior to that.
I am a musician - vocalist and guitarist in a band.
Hope to connect with some more like minded people :)
This is ADilip, from India and a lacto-vegetarian since generations.
I'm a structural engineer by profession, practicing in central India.
Let us interact with each other and work for this great cause of spreading vegetarianism.
Steffi Giraffe09/02/2009 12:12:04
I'm Steffi and I joined this forum because I don't know many other vegetarians/vegans. I've been vegetarian since I was 9, and became vegan four years ago - and have never regretted it!
I live near London, UK, with my gorgeous rescue Staffie, Pixie.
I'm Jon, I am 24 and just decided to go vegitarian 2 days ago. I am in school for Computer repair. It is going ok so far, just my friends are annoying me about eating meat. lol
I'm Maureen, and I've been a vegetarian for two years,,.. yes Im still a little bit of a newbie! I've also been vegan for three months, which I found both challenging and rewarding. I mean who doesnt like a good challenge?? Mind you; its only a challenge if one thinks of it that way. To me, vegan is a life change. It really teaches you a lot, espcially whats in food. Not to mention religous reasons.
| am living a few minutes outside of Calgary, which is in Canada for those of you who may not be familer. I find being a vegetarian keeps me disaplined.. as odd as that may sound. I really look forward to meeting new people and possibly meeting new people!
Have a good one!
I've been an ovo-lacto vegetarian for about 11 years now. I became a vegetarian after an epiphany while spending a Chinese New Year's at a San Francisco Buddhist temple. The Masters at the temple were great.
I found this site very very helpful in my travels; so, I want to contribute any of my knowledge to fellow vegheads.
Talk to y'all soon.
Eugene Nyunt.10/18/2009 09:50:17
My name is Clara and I'm 17. I've been vegetarian for over two years and vegan for just a few months, but I can highly recommend it to everyone:). I come from Prague, Europe, but at this moment, I attend a high school in AR, US.
Being vegan seemed hard for me at the beginning, because I live in a small city and am the only one on a veg diet in my family(and at school, too:/). After a few weeks, however, everyone started to accept my decision and I'm very happy for making it now. It was definately worth it:).
I've been a vegetarian for 10 years or more now and have never missed eating meat. I would however like to become vegan, like many of you, but need to find a good substitute for cheese. My dream is to set up a homestead off the grid and have a beautiful organic garden including a variety of herbs and fruit and nut trees if possible. I would like to be self-sufficient.
Peace & beers
Natalie R.02/07/2010 09:13:36
My husband enthusiastically joined me in my vegetarian pursuit, and we have a very happy home with our sweet little Yorkshire terrier. I am a speech-language pathologist in a private practice working with people of all ages experiencing various types of communication/swallowing impairments.
As I'm new to this community, I know that I have much to learn, and am seeking tips - especially where it concerns food for our dog and non-food animal purchases that we are ignorant of.
Thanks so much, and I'm glad to be a part of this community!
I'm 19 and became a vegetarian almost two years ago because my best friend turned girlfriend opened my eyes to it. It's really an enlightening and fulfilling life style change. The only thing is we have recently split up and its making me feel well, well everyones broken up before but it just seems so much worse because I dont feel like anyones going to understand this part of my life as well as many others. Anyway I joined in order to gain a sense of belonging and give myself something to do other than grieve. I dont knw if any one actually reads these but its nice to get it off my chest.
Thanks - Tyler
I'm Paul from Stockholm, Sweden. I've been a vegan for 16 years now.
I became a vegan for the animals' sake, but since then I've learned that a vegan life-style is also great for the environment and for your health and that veganism at a larger scale would also play a significant role in wiping out famine in the world.
I'm crazy about music and I love travelling. I also enjoy photography and film.
It's always nice to meet other vegans/animal rights advocates from around the world. I think we rock! :)
This is the first time i've ever posted anything on any type of forum, but there's a first time for everything right?
My name's laura, I'm living in Sydney at the moment whilst finishing uni but i'm hoping to move down to melbourne once I graduate
Been vegetarian for about 7 months now, not long at all but i'm loving it and I feel so much better. I dont eat eggs either, or milk or butter but i'm still clinging to cheese and yoghurt.. i'll probably give them up eventually and go vegan but small steps are better than none :)
My family has been associated with Beef and Pork farming for a couple of generations. When it came time for me to become head of the farm, well it all stopped. It felt more like a concentration camp than a business. My intent was to become a lacto-Ova vegetarian and ended up Vegan.
The family was not happy with this so I went back to being a consumer of animals. This has made me so ill. Until I spent months as a Vegan I never knew how ill I felt. Now back on path and developing a drive-thru Vegan fast-food joint. My wife and I have been learning through trail and error. Creating Vegan replacements for the American Cheese Burger and the Texas Staple of Chicken fried steak and Gravy. All done vegan style.
maggie moody06/22/2010 15:53:31
I decided to become a vegetarian this summer after visiting a Whaling Museum in New Bedford, MA. I know it might seem odd, but the experience mortified me, and I didn't want to eat meat after that. I live in an area scarce on vegetarians, and I'm definitely the only one in my family. So, I'd love to get to know some fellow vegetarians, because my family certainly won't want to listen to me talk about it. :p
My name's Andy, I'm 40, married, have 2 kids and am living in Hannover, Germany. I have been vegetarian for 20 years and am now vegan since 6 months. I am truly awed to meet so many friendly people in one place and will certainly come here more often.
cookies and cream07/23/2010 07:06:39
i'm cookies, from the UAE and i just finished my 4 weeks as a veggie :). i'm ten ( eleven this month ). none of my family are veggies and they are all meat junkies :(. this website is amazing! finally i relate to someone.
I'm Natali, 21 year old girl in Sweden.
I'm vegan and have been vegetarian for a couple of years.
I really wanna meet new friends in other countries!
I'm a singer, I play guitar and write my own songs.
Also I live in Gothenburg with my two cats in a small apartment.
I'm a sucker for love and secretly wish for a vegan boyfriend who speak english haha.
Take care and thanks!
I'm Andrew and I've been a vegan for just over two years now. I had been vegan for a month before then to raise money for charity, and from that experience I realised how easy it was and how logical its arguments were. Guess it always stayed in my head even when I went back to meat-eating. Then one day during the summer after I'd graduated from secondary school I woke up and realised I wanted to be vegan that day... and every day since then I've felt the same!
I'm studying in Bordeaux for the next year so if there are any local veg*ns who would be kind enough to offer me any advice in terms of places to eat/shop/hang out generally I'd gratefully accept it. I'm also interested in spending some of my time directly helping animals here so if you know of any animal rights/welfare organisations here please let me know.
J'étudie à Bordeaux pour l'année prochaine donc s'il y a de végéta*iens locaux qui voudraient me donner des conseils en ce qui concerne les places à manger/faire les courses/passer les temps je les recevrais avec gratitude. Je m'intéresse aussi à aider directement les animaux ici pour l'année donc si vous connaissez des organisations des droits ou du bien-etre des animaux locales, est-ce que vous pourriez les m'informer?
My name is Jessica and I have been a vegetarian my whole life, brought up a veggie with my veggie family.
HappyCow is a great site to find veggie friendly places when travelling, I always try a few out.
I enjoy cycling, reading a good travel novel, cooking (although I am not the greatest) and watching a film.
Vegetarian Lifestyle10/24/2010 08:18:34
I'm vegetarian & have been for the past 10 years. I'm extremely proud & I believe anyone can go veg if their desire to do that. Living in your optimal health is important, isn't it? That's something a Vegetarian Lifestyle can provide.
I have launched a NEW Vegetarian website as I'm dedicated to improving the experience and lifestyle of new or existing vegetarians.
You can get your FREE monthly newsletter, A Vegetarian Lifestyle at:
I look forward to some great fun & involvement with happy cow.
Name's Laura. I'm 19 and live near Toronto, Canada. I have been a vegetarian and passionate animal rights activist for three years. I don't consume milk and some cheeses, and avoid animal ingredients. Slowly but surely I will adopt the vegan lifestyle.
I plan becoming a Journalist and Creative Non-Fiction Writer. My goal is to inform, and with the money I gain from these experiences, I dream of opening a no cage-no kill shelter and sanctuary.
I look forward to meeting everyone.
Lil Sprout10/25/2010 12:17:10
I joined Happy Cow about a week ago and I find this place and the people here just AMAZING! I tried Vegan a little over 2 yrs ago but didn't do so well with it so I decided maybe Vegetarian was the way for me to go. Now I'm flip-flopping between Vegan meals and Vegetarian meals so.....guess you could say I'm Bi-Veg LOL.
Anyway....point is....I'm trying to cut out as much of anything that has to do with the suffering of animals. Just this weekend I decided to give almond milk a try. Love it! I can't do soy due to helth reasons but I think Almond milk will now be my milk of choice.
No one in my household is Veg/Veggie so it can be a little difficult at mealtimes. But so far I've managed and don't plan to go back to eating meat EVER! I don't have anyone to discuss veg things with so this place is a great comfort to me. Anyone wishing to message me, please feel free. Would love to hear from like-minded souls.
Peace to all,
Heidi B.11/15/2010 07:52:28
My passions include travel (mainly Europe), singing/music, Nordic walking, spiritual development, natural health, and foreign languages.
I have gone through various stages/phases of vegetarianism and I am currently a raw foodist for breakfast, lunch and snacks in between, and then either vegan or vegetarian for dinner. So far, it's working -- also usually include a salad at dinner time.
Looking forward to contributing to the "community".
My name's Paul from London, UK, currently working on becoming a complete vegetarian. At home I only eat vegetarian food but find difficult choices whilst eating out 'on the move'. I'm grateful to have found a forum full of like minded spirits and look forward to completing my transition to full vegetarian any time now. Look forward to connecting with others in this forum and would like to commend all those who have already made that transition.
namaste . .
I wish I could say that my path to my current lifestyle was brought about as a result of my forward thinking and conscientious nature, but it was anything but. In fact, the whole concept of a plant-based diet was introduced to me by my ex-boyfriend who has nothing to do with medicine. Actually, he's in finance. Out of the blue he asked my opinion on a book called "The China Study" and truth be told I had never heard of it. Embarrassed, I quickly set out to read it such that I could offer my "professional" opinion.
What I read was nothing short of astonishing to me. I was shocked. I didn't think what I read could possibly be accurate. There was no way that if this were true and the data presented was correct that I could not know this. So, I looked for every conceivable way to discredit it. I checked the literature, references, talked to colleagues in superior positions at prestigious organizations and universities, even googled counter opinions… but as hard as I tried I could not refute the data.
I shared my findings with my ex who then told me he had been eating a completely plant-based diet for the last 30 days to "try it out" as Dr. Campbell had suggested in his book. So, I asked how he was doing, how he felt, etc. My curiosity was piqued! He was a 41-year-old male, thin, in great shape and presumably healthy in every way with no medical reason to even consider attempting this. Now, let me say this, one of the things I had always loved about him was his open-mindedness and willingness to embrace and try new things. It was his interest inspired me to try it too.
Needless to say, I did change my diet, and I too have experienced those same positive changes and more. For example, I have struggled with severe IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) for years. When I would have an episode the pain would be so intense and excruciating that I would literally pass out because my body could not tolerate it. Since, I adopted a no meat and dairy diet, I have not had one single episode! My cholesterol has dropped substantially (not that it was high in the first place) as well as all other markers indicative of disease (that I now believe to be) resultant from a typical "American Diet". Also, I didn't mind the 7lb unintentional weight loss!
At that point I was only consuming plant-based nutrition and was healthier but I was bothered. I just couldn't understand how or why all medical professionals could not know this. Why weren't we trained in this? Why isn't this the primary treatment protocol for heart disease, diabetes, etc. (I won't even go into the implications regarding the data pointing to cancer prevention and other disease state prevention) This drove me to read more, learn more and try to determine where the ball was being dropped and why.
As I did so, I was introduced to more and more data substantiating the benefits on a plant-based diet (medically). I was able to elucidate the answers to the questions that were bothering me so much and I didn't like the answers, not one bit. This led me to where I am today.
I went into medicine to make a difference and rarely have I felt that I have. My friends tell me that I'm always tying to save the world, so I look at this as my opportunity. Do I actually think that will happen? No, of course not, but I do know that I can make a difference.
Consequently, I have become involved in bringing awareness to the compelling and practically irrefutable evidence of the benefits a plant-based diet. I created this blog that I hope is a valuable resource for those considering transitioning to a plant-based diet and those new to it.
Ayurveda Healing12/31/2010 03:48:37
He grew up in a world where his forefathers had set the bar high in regard to caring for the health and well being of their patients.
Surrounded by the highest caliber of Ayurvedic science in practice at the renouned Sharma Clinic Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India
Dr. Ravi started his apprenticeship in Ayurvedic medicines at the age of twelve.
At this age young boys interests are cricket or baseball but this extra ordinary boy was assisting his famous Father, Dr. Mukesh B. Paneri with passion and dedication towards the work, hardly seen in a boy at the age of twelve.
It was this persistence and commitment which kept him on this same track for the next decade.
With zeal and enthusiasm to learn more, Dr. Ravi felt the immense necessity to reach out to those in need and help them fight the deadly diseases of this age.
He wanted to help the people all around the world to cure their ailments by natural organic medicines that leave no side effects.
He could see from the results of his forefather's work and the results in their patient's recovery that the medicines were working without any side effects, unlike other genres of medicine
All the years of apprenticeship under his Father Dr. Mukesh Paneri and Grandfather Rajvaidya (Royal medical practitioner).Dr. Ravi learned the science of how to prepare herbal, organic Ayurvedic medicines and apply them.
By continuously improving the formulas the medicines have a unique effects and are made in a unique manner, which cannot be learned nor copied but must be handed down in a suitable succession approach in the form of the old vedic guru (teacher) - shishya (student).
During his teen years, while learning Ayurveda, he observed the significance of herb's plantation, hence, Dr. Ravi not only learned how to make the medicines but also learned organic farming at the Clinic's herbal farm.
Adding to his personal grooming in the active daily Clinic Dr. Ravi completed five years of study at Saurashtra University which is well known and rated as 4star University.
Living his dream, of helping others across the world and adding to his practical experience of many years, Dr. Ravi Paneri has visited major parts of Europe, the Middle East and UK, South Africa to meet and study patients.
Also patients travel to the Sharma Clinic in Ahmedabad for consultations ,advice, medicines and cures.
Dr. Ravi feels if he can share what he has learned with others we can turn the tide against crippling diseases by natural organic medicines with no side effects
I'm Sandy and I'm ovo-lacto vegetarian for almost 10 years!
I'm living in Macau for 3 months now and enjoying the food here!
Hope to meet people like me from Macau/Hong Kong or all around the world ;)
Altought I already don't use animal made clothing.
I just need to put aside dairy and eggs :P
Double Dare05/08/2011 12:26:53
My dream is --to find a close friendship here with people for whom veggie lifestyle is normal.I have some cute friends in Holand, but when we come to point about food, we feel great minus in our relationship.They want me to eat the same food as they eat...but i wish they could understand vegetarianism, compassion and humanity a bit more...so i hope to find here sincere spiritual veggie husband as well...that could be great!
I'd been looking for a ways that I could make my professional work follow the ideals that I follow in my personal choices.
I've been designing and putting together websites as a hobby since 1995 and professionally for the last few years. But I found that occasionally a client that the company I worked with had a business that used animals in some way, and they wanted a website to help promote their business. I felt a lot of conflict knowing that if I did my work well, that business would do better, and more animals would suffer.
So, recently I decided that I no longer would work to promote businesses that profit from animal suffering. I left the small company I was working with and formed my own company at veganwebdevelopment.com to cater to ethical businesses that do not profit from animal suffering.
I feel much better already. And I strive to help other vegans change their professions to be in harmony with their personal beliefs.
Pleased to be joining a community of like-minded people. ^^
I've been a vegetarian for about the last 10 years, with stints of going fully vegan. Someday I'm determined to go vegan and stick with it, but I haven't managed to do so quite yet.
I'm from the US but have been living in Holland for the last 11 years.
I'm really pleased to see that the number of veggie-friendly restaurants that I can find when I travel has slowly been increasing. And I'm very grateful for the HappyCow site - without it I would have such a harder time finding a good place to eat when I travel!
welcome to the forum!
I was vegetarian for 20 years and went vegan a year and a half ago. Try it out fully - it's the way to go. What things die you miss most when on a vegan diet - maybe we can give you some tips?
Carol Jones05/31/2011 00:08:48
One of the biggest changes in my life is eating veggies and fruits...that's why I'm here...to learn more and stay consistent. I have been encouraging my loved ones to make a healthy switch. Hope to gain more friends and learn from you guys. Thanks!
My name is Ania and I have been vegan since June 10th 2011 :) I live in county Durham in the UK but originally I am from Poland :) I live with my (still meat eating...i'm working on it) husband and 2 amazing kittys Basil 9 month old siamese and George 3 year old rescue cat. I am against any type of cruelty to animals and I actively support Peta. I love healthy eating and I;m very much interested in nutrition and fitness. Plus I do love my photography haha .
I'm really happy I found this place :)
my name is Sandra and I'm a vegetarian (have been for about 4 years I think) who tries to eat mostly vegan food. I'm new at happycow but I already love it. So much good information and interesting people!
I love animals of all kinds, and I have a little dog (well, not that little).
I currently study economics at the university.
That's all the basic information about me :)
Looking forward to chat with you all here at this awesome forum!
Can't wait to become familiar with this website. I'm vegetarian mainly because vegs are my preferred thing to eat. I do like salmon and most fishes, but the cost is prohibitive. My best investment this year was joining a CSA.
With my Omega Juicer I've really come to like "green drinks", what my daughter refers to as swamp water.
See you all around the forum.
My name is Tracy and I have been a vegetarian for a little over 1 yr. now.
I am a full-time, stay-at-home wife and mom.
Loves to cook and bake. I like to work with recipes and make them vegan/vegetarian. I enjoy the challenge of it. ^_^
I also enjoy getting outside if the weather is nice and doing any kind of yard work or working in my garden during the summer months and exercising to my heart's content.
I am a lifelong minus a disgusting 2year rebellion which is long past, vegetarian, almost vegan. I don't know what will happen in terms of the veganism when I finally live in a personal residence apart from my extended family, but it is coming up soon so I will see what I find to be compassionate, (are free-range eggs compassionate and sustainable or not?) healthful, socially workable choices in baking with eggs and dairy (same question with the organic, is it safe on the cow and the environment, is that cow happy?) I also am a 60-70% rawfoodist, I think (some of the things I "guess" are raw and because of the same energized feeling I get while eating them assume that they are, or mostly). Oh and I'm a yoga-teacher-in-training to be by the spring and same with skating coach-training this year, I have had little kid summer jobs up until now age29. So this year is a waking up for me livelihood-wise and diet-wise. You all are very interesting, and I bet learn a lot from eachother.
since, last month LOL.
i have to eat meat like every week,
as i had the brilliant idea of cutting out meat
while studying to become a chef.
although the only place i eat meat is in classes.
so that explains the 'ish'
anyone from nz here!?
I have been on a quest ever since I got the news this month January 2012. In my search I have found that many things that are "vegetarian friendly" really are not.
I am upset and frustrated, and think that it should be mandatory for labals to list the true ingredience rather than hiding them under things like tallow, and detrose.
I joined the sight to become more educated on vegetarianism. Blessings :)
Matt here, I'm an avid traveller and am lucky enough to be sent around the world to blog about my experiences. I haven't found being vegetarian to be too difficult, though I know how difficult it can be for some - especially when flying.
Being on the internet a lot though, I obviously come across other blogs etc and hope to share some of the things I've picked up along the way while travelling. If you're interested - www.essentialtravel.co.uk/blog/Travel-for-the-nutritionally-alternative.html has a few tips to get you started.
it was from this blog, I learnt the trick of packing some snacks and treats in my own bag, as airlines are still somewhat slow in producing good tasting vegetarian meals (I've been given a vacuum-sealed apple before on an 8 hour flight...)
Just bare in mind you may need to check what you're allowed to bring into the country of your destination. So just pack enough, as you will likely need to finish it before you can even get off the plane, or throw it away - and that's just wasteful.
Anyone else had a few upsetting travel encounters due to their choice in diet?
I've been vegetarian since 99. I went vegan towards the end of 2010.
I'm a wildlife/nature photographer with a travel blog where I speak about the challenges and rewards of traveling while living a vegan lifestyle (thiswomanwanders.wordpress.com).
I find Happy Cow to be a constant tool for me on my travels. :)
Anyways hope to talk to everyone soon.
Well I have just began my journey into becoming a Vegetarian,its a bit overwhelming on where to start and what all I can use to make recipes ,I have found some information quite incredible concerning by products of animals in everyday use of what we wear,drink,skin products and food aside from the meat itself I mean.Ive been reading and trying to contain it all can be a challenge cause I have health issues that limit me from enjoying life.I began Atkins a month ago and this is what began my mind turning away from meat.I had to stop that diet plan and go on a veggie plan along with exercise which I walk when I can if my joints allow me to make the effort.
2 weeks into Atkins I had tired of eating so much protein meats and the side effects. I decided I would get a turkey and bake it so it'll last a few days..well it thawed out below in the fridge & when I seen all that blood draining I began heaving!! Actually I got food poisoning from it..I figured it was rather old and frozen a long while.. I was sick all last week with stomach cramps and vomiting..sorry to be so graphic but Im just letting you know how I came to the decision to change my eating lifestyle. I have seen the videos of what happens to these animals although I cant say I will watch anymore as I have a very sensitive tummy to the viewing of these,its better when I read what goes on..so Im new to this,I would love any tips,any info that can help me on my way.I am looking to lose alot of weight as well..I gained the 70lbs I lost before my surgery in 2010 to have a hysterectomy and remove cancer..I have quite a few friends and family here in Abaco that are Vegans. In the meantime I will be reading and asking questions on your site...
I recently became vegetarian and am working my way to vegan (through lots of research).
I must say, the resistance I face from people around me is quite shocking. Some say I am going through a phase, everyone asks me how do I get protein? And others say things like 'I understand you giving up red meat, but why have you given up fish?'.
Does anyone else face this stupidity. I am getting tired of trying to justify my decision.
My answer is now something like'well thats ok if you do not understand my decision, you don't have to, don't you worry about it'. :-)
Lil Sprout06/20/2012 07:50:41
Stay Strong - Stay Vegan!
Im Zack and I am a strict vegetarian. I do not eat animals, eggs or dairy but I am not a vegan. I live in Maryland with 2 large wonderful dogs. I love to cook and eat. If anyone is interested in trading recipes I'm game.
40 year old vegan07/12/2012 15:24:49
I am Darina Carter and presently living in United States. I am a vegetarian and don't eat egg,meat.
I'm Erica and I'm vegan. I have been vegan for 6 years now and vegetarian for nearly 15 years.
I joined Happy Cow originally because I noticed some errors on some local places and wanted to make sure people could find them. I just realized there was a forum here and I'm pretty excited! Hope to meet some more folks soon!
I've been a vegan for 2 1/2 years, and a vegetarian for about 9 years.
(the "Apfelkern" in my nickname means "apple seed")
When I was 8, we went to Northern Germany during the holidays where I saw young bulls. My father told me that they would get slaughtered for their meat. (He wasn't a vegetarian).
I was quite shocked, because I had never realized that before... animals have to be killed if someone wants to eat meat. I had always eaten rather fish/sausages/meat (actually it's the same, isn't it?) infrequently, and I stopped it. (Great choice). :)
Greetings to you all.
I know I just introduced myself and it's a little bit selfish to ask for a favor but I recently launched a book on Kindle called "How I Became Vegetarian" and I run a 5 day free promotion. If anyone would care to grab a free copy and leave an honest review, I would really appreciate it. Here's the link to my book: amzn.com/B009368KY0
I am a waitor, a happy waitor who works in a vegan hut!
Remember to drop in Tai Wan Brother 7 Vegan Hut when you are in Shanghai. We are ready to welcome you home!!
KENNY CHYE09/06/2012 09:23:45
My name is David, i am 45 and seriously overweight with IBS and GERD. I am now a fan of Raw food eating and vegetarianism.
I hope to learn alot and make friends here.
I also have Aspergers and feel this will help me enormously.
I just rediscovered this thread and promptly decided that I'd like to start welcoming the new folks! Here's my own quick intro: Vegan for 21-ish years now - 3 vegan kids & now a vasectomy - Single & Looking - Love Travel & Nature - Daydreaming of long-term &/or seasonal vagabonding, perhaps in a Prius RV!
What else would you like to know?
I have a lot to learn as a vegan, but I'm really stoked to do so. Here's to a vegan 2013!
I am currently following Dr. McDougall's Starch Solution diet plan.
I would love to hear from anyone who has struggled with sticking to a vegan diet or has tried the McDougall diets.
Well I'm a 16 years old teenager and right now I'm pretty confused..
I used to never really taught about what I eat and what I was putting in my body but I was a curious child since the very beginning and I was often wondering where does this meat, veggies come from? why am I eating this and not this? I don't like this so I don't eat this but..it can be applied to what I love too..I love animals. That's why I didn't eat the meat from the animals I loved. But I always felt guilty when I was putting meat in my mouth. And around three years ago I started to stop eating meat for a period of one-two months per year. And started from last year, I started to eat meat once a week then down to once a month. Then I started to really become curious about meat and my reactions..because to others I was..weird. The more I searched, the more confused I was. Then I came accross some speech about VEGANS..it was a new word to me..VEGAN. It rang in my head and listening to all these people..really opened my eyes. Their speech just pierced my heart and blew my mind. My world changed. I started to search more and more..Then I came accross "Earthlings"..My world was already collapsing but this was realy eye-opening..I've never seen this world so clearly..I felt like a blind person able to see for the very fisrt time..to see the real world. The illusions..the blinder on my eyes fell off..before I could realise it..I knew that I won't be the same person I used to be..I cannot fool myself anymore..I cannot ignore their cries, fears, tears, pain, hatred, love, lives...their being anymore.. I wanted to shout..I wanted to yell the truth...I wnted the world to see what I saw, what I've heard ..How I felt and feel now.
So many thing are going on behind our backs or even though they're right before our eyes..we often prefer to ignore them. I don't want to anymore. But I'm still confused..now meat..is..corpses, dead body for me. Just its smell, its view freaks me out, disgust me. My normality is no more like "everybody". I'm now different.. well I always was (my childhood wasn't like the others) but now I cannot hide it. I don't want to. It would only brings me more pain. So many things going on in this world and I know that I may not be able to help solve most of them but just cutting meat, putting dead bodies in my body makes me feel better being a ..I've always hated human..always taught that we were the weirdest and foolish living being (nazism,sexism,facism,specisisme,wars, creating "differences" between our own kind) but never was I so..affraid,so hateful towards US. But I don't think I can call myself a true Vegan ..because even though I can't eat meat or dairy products or hen's periods or bee's vomit..I still wear silk..and maybe still wears some other animal products. It makes me feel horrible, yet I can't stop. I don't want to eat meat because now we're in an era in which we don't need meat to survive..it's more an habit, the convenience and the taste that makes us eat meat..Are these reasonnable reasons to kill someone? It would have been alright I guess if we respect them at least. I mean before, the indians used to eat their flesh, use their skin and bones but afterwards always pray for them and thanks them by rituals for their sacrifices. Now, look at what we're doing..talking about them like they were meant for us..like their lives were ours..It would have been alright I guess if we kill them from our own hands..not paying someone to do this horrible job and always asking for more but never facing them right in the eyes and ignoring their suffrance..Torturing them, treating them like they're too dumb to feel pain, love, fear, sadness..See how I'm confused !I was raised like everybody ! ignoring the fact that we were herbivores, giving me no choices,giving their flesh to "feed" me, to make me "grow up"..if I knew that from the beginning, if I knew what it really implied when you buy dairy products, what's going on behing what's on my plate..I wouldn't be so addicted to their suffrance..It's hard to quit dairy profuct (even thought I'm intolerant) and most of all eggs..(but it kind of disgust me knowing it's hen's periods)..I want to be happy. Just like everyone. But I don't want to be even more different from my friends and from others..I don't want this to be "a teenager thing"..I'm serious and it really pains me whent people only think that's I'm killing myself or think that I'm weird just because I don't eat or see the world like they do. Please help me staying in the right path, the one I chose. I want to feel that's I'm not ALONE.
Isabel here and i'm 20. I'm new to this site. I've been vegetarian for 3 years and I'm glad to have found this site.Being vegetarian gave more meaning to my life.How i wish people in my city / country to be more aware of vegetarian lifestyle and be more accepting, especially in my city..vegetarianism is not that well known of. only few restaurants are available here. So my greatest dream is to Build my own vegetarian restaurant and be an advocate for vegetarianism!
I'm Chelsea, just joined this site. I'm a 20 year old college student and I am vegan. I've met a few vegans and vegetarians here and there...but I really want to meet more! I'm really starting to make an effort to meet others who I find are like-minded in this way :)
I've never tried being vege of any kind but I've been eating less and less dairy and meat over the past 14 years. I think my body just leans this way. I'm a housewife and am thrilled that my family has agreed to 'go with me' as I do this.
I have been a vegetarian for 20 years now. The early years I was a vegetarian for a "healthy lifestyle." But in the past few years I have changed. I can honestly say that I do it for the compassion of the animals. I got to the point that while I was preparing a meal for my family (they are not veg), I was literally thinking about the life (or lack 0f) that a animal was living...and in the end it would die without having a word to say about it. Thus, I have become an advocate for them!
Hopefully someday the world will all be vegan or a vegetarian.
Sophia Pant05/24/2013 03:08:53
I'm a 14 year old girl who has just recently joined Happy Cow and I would love to have some vegetarian friends. I have been raised a vegetarian, and when I was 8 I became a vegan. I was a vegan for about four years when I decided to consume dairy. Six months ago I gave into my heart and became a vegan again and have not regretted my decision since. I do have an absolute sweet tooth, so if you would like to follow me on Instagram, you could see some of my sweet creations @sophiaelise . I would love to make some vegan friends because being a vegan as a high school student sometimes means I get a tough time from friends and family, who don't understand my choice. Also I love recipes for anything sweet!
Would love to hear from you,
I just joined Happy Cow about a week ago and I love it. I'm always looking for excellent recipes, especially baking.
I'm here to make acquaintances of like minds because I don't come across many vegans in my daily life.
My name is Don Lutz; friends call me "Donny".
My background includes rather serious studies in Religion, Philosophy, Psychology, History, Cultural Anthropology, Natural Healing and Nutrition.
I've been a factory worker, teacher, author, gardener, voracious reader, bowler and pool player.
I'm an atheist and have been an advocate for all animals (including humans) for many years.
Vegetarian since 1975, vegan since '85.
Retired now, I still read a lot and write when inspired.
I am Shivangi, originally from Bombay, India but have been living in Dubai for past 7 years. I have always been a vegetarian by birth, dont really know what meat/fish tastes like.
I bumped into this site from tripadvisor while planning a trip to Paris and Spain to look up vegetarian options in respective place.
Must say it is a brilliant site with loads of info.
I have been Pescetarian and then I was a vegetarian for 2 years
Now I'm vegan and I love it just wanted to meet some other people get other views
This community is awesome.
I am vegetarian, but for my whole life I have been lactose sensitive so I was raised and still only drink almond, hemp and sunflower milk.
I do however indulge in organic locally farmed goat cheeses and some others.
I am an old soul in a sense. A new-age hippie. I have an aptitude for being open-minded in every aspect and reflecting as much positivity in this world as I can.
I love animals (sometimes more than humans - shh)
I love my girlfriend (labels are silly but in the label world I am a lesbian) & I looooooove cooking I cook every day of the week and love to discover and create vegan and vegetarian meals.
In a nutshell I love all things wholesome, holistic, organic and fulfilling.
Glad to have found this website.
I'm so glad I found happy cow! This is amazing!
I'm 21 years old and I am very very new to this life style, although I'm not sure what I would label it. I am on a journey to transition into fully raw veganism but I'm not quite there yet. Throughout most of the day I eat fruits, vegetables and the occasional nuts and legumes, But I still enjoy seafood or eggs every once in a while.
I definitely enjoy spending some quality time with my food in the kitchen, but I've always loved exploring the city and finding great places to eat. I've lived in Los Angeles my whole life but I'm just now seeing it....so I'm looking for someone who shares my interests and passions to explore LA with me. I'd really like to find awesome vegitarian restaurants, but most importantly I'd like to find community. My family is not very supportive of this new lifestyle I've chosen and many of my friends just think I'm on a ridiculous diet....so I need to look elsewhere for support.
I live in Woodland Hills, CA so if there is anyone nearby in search of the same thing I am, let me know! I'd love to meet you!
Peace and love!
My name's Irene and I'm a lacto-vegetarian. I've been vegetarian since the age of 14 (more than half a lifetime ago!) Boy how time flies when you're having fun! I live in scotland, UK and am currently setting up my own vegetarian/vegan bistro in Perth (Scotland)which has been a lifelong dream for me (and it's finally coming true - woo hoo!)I decided it was time to educate Perth with regards to vegetarianism and its benefits so here goes! Watch this space! ...
also wanted to say I love this website - it's been so useful over the years when I have been travelling around the UK and abroad and it's helped me to find many wonderful places which I wouldn't have otherwise found. A big thank you and well done happy cow!!!
Have a wonderful day :)
Neither of my parents are vegetarian, and I spent the summer with rural French non-veggie families, before moving to Paris, so I've had to do a fair bit of explaining of why exactly I don't want to eat that steak...
I found this website Googling and it looks like it could be seriously useful for a travelling vegetarian student!
Also a HappyCow user since it started based on 365-day travel schedule. Join me in offering financial support.
I'm an admin of the website www.eatbibek.com,
EatBibek is two words eat and bibek, what bibek means is literally discriminating from good and bad and making the right choice. In the Sikh faith bibek is an important aspect as it allows us to look at a situation and discriminate between what is good and what is bad and make the right choice. Sikhs believe the foundation of faith, spirituality and religion is compassion. This is the reason eating meat is considered a cardinal sin in the Sikh faith, because one must lose compassion in order to eat an animal that was killed just to be eaten. Having any sort of spirituality is extremely hard without having compassion. Treating others inhumanely leads to a loss of spirituality, and Sikhs avoid that at all costs.
So We at EatBibek.com investigate which foods have hidden meat and egg ingredients. As many of you are probably already aware when reading the ingredients on a candy rapper or on a box of cookies, there are a lot of ingredients that we have a hard time pronouncing let alone know what they are, sometimes these ingredients are animal based and so they aren't safe for Sikhs and other vegetarians to consume. On our website we have a growing community that regularly adds vegetarian and vegan recipes as well as listing which foods and ingredients are safe to consume.
We hope that users on here can help contribute at eatbibek.com and we can help contribute on here as well.
Happy wild horse11/29/2013 07:58:07
I am local Angelino (Los Angeles native) and been in the veg world off an on since highschool, made the commitment in college (took one year break to re-evaluate my decisions) so im quite familiar and rededicated to the veg lifestyle (9yr commitment).
I really enjoy the creative and structured aspect of being a veg and now in raw (which is pretty awesome) It has brought new life to the journey, being raw (though not 100% all the time) is like being a Veg AllStar lol which is great.
~~~For anyone trying to switch and struggling to let go of cheese--->>try cashew cheese its awesome!
A little about me: I'm a 34-year old from South Africa. I have been intensively training with a Personal Trainer for 7 months now and tomorrow I'll go out to do my first outdoor 5km run. I decided to become vegetarian for two reasons:
- health: my genetics predisposes me to high LDL cholesterol levels.
- morals: I had a friend at university that always said you are only allowed to eat what you are willing to kill yourself. I agree. Just took me a long time to finally make the decision.
Looking forward to meeting everybody!