Going Vegan Giveaway

I have no scientific study to back me up, but it seems like more people go vegan around Thanksgiving than at any other time of year. Maybe because that dead bird in the middle of the table starts to seem like…a dead bird in the middle of the table? Check out the Vegan Vine’s 10 Revealing Facts About Turkeys for some info on these amazing birds.

With that in mind, we’re giving away a few books from the Book Publishing Company. If you’re vegan already, and know it all, then pass a book along to a friend (with some cookies as bribery, of course).

First up is the most comprehensive book about vegan health and nutrition that I’ve ever read. Or maybe the only one I’ve ever read. In any case, Becoming Vegan by Vesanto Melina and Brenda Davis, is a great reference and full of answers to questions like “Where do you get your…calcium?” (You thought I was gonna’ say protein!)

And next we have two copies of Vegan in 30 Days by Sarah Taylor. The author herself went vegan after Thanksgiving, too! See what I’m saying? This looks like a fun and easy approach to an animal friendly life. Read Bianca at Vegan Crunk’s review.

To enter the giveaway just answer this simple question, what first got you interested in veganism? You can answer this whether you’re vegan or not, I figure. You’re obvs interested if you’re here. Or maybe this post is the first thing that got you interested! Your answer doesn’t have to be long, maybe it was another person, or an organization, a book or some sort of wizardry.

We’ll pick 3 winners at random at around 8pm EST.

Winners are:
christina who said…
mostly, my health. I afraid of dying young from diabetes. coupled with my already weak stomach when it comes to meat, veganism sounded like a natural place to go. I’ve only just begun but I’m really excited and passionate and cant wait to learn as much as I can.

You’ll get Becoming Vegan, christina. And the two Vegan in 30 days books go to:

Kip who says…
A vegetarian I knew randomly talked about how she’d go vegan if it wasn’t for her husband’s love of dairy, followed by a brief overview of Skinny Bitch. Weeks later I listened to my father explain to my mother how milk was obtained. Light went on, end of story.

And

Jamie who says:

First it was the fear of mad cow disease…then having pieces of animals on my counter when I got married and started cooking for my husband. A little research and here I am….a Vegan! Oh…and having a cow make eye contact from an animal trailer also had a huge impact. Cows have such beautiful eyes!

Please email veganmofoblog at gmail dot com and let us know who you are and where to send the books!

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96 Responses to Going Vegan Giveaway

  1. Melanie says:

    I became interested in veganism over the course of my dissertation research on feminist vegetarian identities. Veganomicon is my gateway (which I think is their object!).

  2. Amber Shea @Almost Vegan says:

    I realized that after several years of eating chicken in a mere 1-2 meals per month, the fact that I was still eating it at all was ridiculous. I already didn’t eat dairy, so once I cut out my chicken enchiladas, bam! Veganism. :)

  3. Emily says:

    I flirted with being a vegetarian for most of my life. The day after I watched “Food Inc.” I became a vegan and haven’t looked back.

  4. Michelle says:

    I’ve been interested in veganism since I started college and all my friends were vegetarian or vegan. Slowly most of the vegetarians fell off the wagon, but not the vegans. Usually what stops me from making the plunge is how hard it will be to find non-leather shoes and giving up dairy. Maybe these books will help :)

  5. Lindsay Sena says:

    I was never a huge “meat lover,” but during my freshman year of high school a friend recommended I watch the very graphic “Meet Your Meat” video by PETA (there is a newer version of it here http://www.meat.org). I was far too disturbed to keep eating meat after that, and it’s been nearly ten years now! These books look great!

  6. Eileen says:

    Ha, I also turned vegan during Thanksgiving (in 2007). I read a comment somewhere online about the dairy industry being tied to the veal industry (should’ve been obvious, but I’m an idiot sometimes) and that gave me the motivation to break my feta cheese and yogurt addiction and go vegan.

  7. I had been vegetarian for sometime but my interest in veganism started from my job at a vegan restaurant in Montreal, Aux Vivres. Working there taught me a lot.

  8. Megan says:

    I think veganism was a natural progression for me. I was always pretty lactose intolerant,came so two years into vegetarianism, I realised that the only non-vegan stuff I was eating was either a) prepackaged or b) egg as a binder. Both were really easily replaced! I once had a crisis of faith for a short while, and came back to veganism because I feel better (mentally as well as physically) when I’m vegan. It’s who I am. :)

  9. I was vegetarian for several years and actually never even considered going vegan. Or, I suppose, when I did think about it I thought it would be too “hard” (eggs + dairy = major staples for me.)

    In January I did a two-week cleanse and the foods were mostly vegan (with the exception of hard boiled-eggs) When I finished the cleanse I realized I was an “egg away” from being vegan. And I’ve eaten vegan since. Of course, the more I’ve learned on this journey the more I’ve evolved from dietary vegan to more of an ethical vegan. Still a process….

  10. Winnie says:

    Reading skinny bitch.

  11. Sam says:

    I became interested in veganism at 16 years old. I grew up in Arkansas where poultry and cattle farming were huge. Eventually the industries repulsed me — and I never looked back!

  12. jennifer says:

    I first became interested in veganism in 2001 when my host for a graduate school recruitment was vegan. I went vegan for about 4 months after that but didn’t educate myself enough. Then I listened to The Way We Eat:Why Our Food Choices Matter by Peter Singer on a very long road trip in December 2006 and that did it for good.

  13. Shannon says:

    It’s been a lifelong process for me. We had about 100 chickens when I 3/4 years old, and I saw them as my pets. I had a special fondness for one named Fudge who was roly poly and handsome as could be. My world changed the day my father and older brothers killed them in our front yard, and hung their bodies on my swing set to “drain” and get their feathers plucked. Coming from a very big meat eating family, I avoided meat as much as I could throughout the rest of my time at home. Once I was finally out on my own, I quit eating meat altogether. Over the years since then I’ve read many articles, studies, books, and watched many documentaries.. and it’s made me lean towards veganism. It wasn’t until the end of October while talking to some new vegan friends of ours when my husband said, “You know what? Let’s all do it as a family!” that we finally made the change. We didn’t even know it was Vegan MoFo, but here we are… my husband, myself and our three beautiful children… making the best decision we’ve made for our family yet. So far so good! :)

  14. Meg says:

    I became vegetarian after Canadian Thanksgiving after already removing dairy from my diet for lactose issues. I started thinking about veganism. A year ago I became friends with some vegans who were very subtle with their choice and rolled their eyes at the suggestion it was difficult. Easy = Win!

  15. Alice Bolen says:

    The first thing that got me interested in veganism was the health aspects of it. Not only with adopting this kind of lifestyle would I not have to watch my weight, but my cancer and heart disease risks as well as my ibs will dramatically lessen.

    Obviously though there are so many different reasons why this lifestyle choice is perfect for me. I care so much about what I buy and the effect it has on the world around me, as well as the animals I love so dear.

    This is why this week I have decided to become vegan. It’s day two and I’m doing great, but having my nutritional questions answered would be even greater.

  16. kate says:

    i was vegetarian and always jealous of my vegan friends but it seemed so HARD. then my (vegan) friend gave me a copy of “how it all vegan” for my birthday. duh. being vegan is easy!

  17. wolfshowl says:

    I’m currently a vegetarian, and I’m interested in going vegan because the vast majority of animals used for dairy products and other animal products are just as mistreated as the animals raised for their meat. Additionally, quite a bit of dairy production is too intertwined with meat production for my liking. Also, I feel that it will be much healthier for me to eliminate things as fatty as cheese from my diet. Cheers!

  18. Emily says:

    My vegetarian friend first got me interested in the idea of going veg and 2 years later I went vegan. Thanks Haley!

  19. Allison DeYenno says:

    My friend had done Kathy Freston’s Quantum Wellness Cleanse and said how amazing she felt, so it sounded like something I should try. So, we started it the day after Thanksgiving last year. :-) My husband and I have been vegan ever since!

  20. Heather Maury says:

    I became vegetarian when I was 13. And I know that I have saved animals’ lives by doing that so many years ago. But I also know that there are so many more I am nit helping by not being vegan. I also want to set a good example for my 4-year daughter.

  21. Rebecca says:

    I initially became interested in veganism because of environmental factors. I was recycling and composting and growing vegetables and trying to reduce my impact and still eating meat. There just came a point where I couldn’t reconcile my environmentalism with my omnivorous diet and then I finally made the switch.

  22. laura8it says:

    During my sophomore year of college, my roommate saw one of the PETA videos in a class. She came home and said we should become vegan. I had always felt guilty about eating meat, so I agreed. She gave up about six months later, but I stuck with it for the past six years and couldn’t be happier.

  23. two words. slaughterhouse video

  24. Keri says:

    I’ve been a vegetarian for about 15 years, but it wasn’t until I started an academic research project on 19th century animal activism that I really started to think harder about these issues. I took the “21 Day Vegan Challenge” last spring and the rest, as they say, is history!

  25. Grey says:

    I became interested in veganism as part of an overall lifestyle overhaul. I’d shed some bad habits and was looking to go even further and adopt some new good habits. Two years later I’m vegetarian, but not consistently vegan (damn you cheese-eating live-in girlfriend!), although I feel better physically (and better about myself) when I stick with a vegan diet. I keep telling myself I should go back to eating strictly vegan, maybe now’s the time just go ahead and do it already.

  26. Meg Brown says:

    It was actually my physician a few years back. I was in my mid-20s and already had high cholesterol. He told me to eat less of the Standard American Diet and lots more veg/grains. I went vegetarian then, but decided to take it further this summer. I don’t regret a second of it.

  27. Anna says:

    I’d been vegetarian for many years and it was milk that got me thinking about veganism whilst reading Fast Food Nation. Once I understood the ickiness of milk it was easy going from there onwards!

  28. Judith says:

    I’ve been a vegetarian since 11 years of age. I never wanted to eat animals but did it to be polite, convenience, social obligations… I also ate animal products because always believed the lies about people needing dairy, eggs for calcium, protein, etc. I was really in denial, I knew better.
    It was hard to admit that I had been fooled, that my parents had been fooled and unknowingly perpetrated the hoodwinking on me in turn.
    Once I finally admitted to myself that we’ve all been duped and that we truly can get all the nutrients we needed from plant foods, I quit eating all animals.
    Shortly after that I stopped wearing leather, silk and using other animal products in cosmetics, etc. It’s not a perfect world but I do my best to remain animal free.

  29. I first became interested when I was a teenager and I had a subscription to Vegetarian Times. I had no idea what I was doing back then… but I kept reading about vegan this and vegan that. I was always intrigued by it, but I really had no idea those little seeds planted so long ago would lead me to where I am today. I wish it hadn’t taken me so long, but at least I’m here now!

  30. I was vegetarian back and forth for so long due to personal test of wills reasons that I finally decided to take the plunge into full time veganism to see how long I could stand it. It’s been over two years and I’m not missing a thing. Once I finally took the plunge, I realized the environmental, health, physical and ethical benefits of it. I honestly can’t believe I haven’t been eating like this all along. Bonus! I discovered a love of food and eating that I never ever had before.

  31. Amelia Arce says:

    I became interested in veganism after I accepted the only way to be a true pacifist and compassionate is to not eat or use any products that come from animals. Also the first day of my global climate change course the amazing dr. Hollander professed her veganism and it’s powerful affect on the environment

  32. Amyfw says:

    I first became interested in veganism after making an Oxfam recipe for vegan chocolate cake.. moister than any cake I had ever eaten! I realised that cutting out the animal products from my diet may not be so hard, and based on that recipe, probably quite delicious! So I researched into it a little further and bought Vegan with a Vengeance, my first vegan cookbook. I cooked my way through so many of the recipes in it and realised I didn’t particularly miss the meat. The meals had so much flavour and were completely satisfying in themselves (pass the chickpea gravy please!). I was also more than happy to boycott the corrupt animal product industry in the U.K. Even the dairy farmers are having a rough time.. losing 3 pence on every litre of milk sold to a supermarket chain? what a complete joke. Veganism has completely won me over, I also feel much healthier thanks to it!

  33. My sister and I were eating muter paneer and creamy saag at an Indian restaurant. We talked about life style choices, and to make a long conversation short, we both admitted that all of the reasons we were vegetarians were really reasons we ought to be vegans. Then we both became vegans.

    But, in keeping with your theory, my wife became a vegan after thanksgiving last year. It was not the realization of dead bird (she used to work on a farm), but the realization of how unhealthy she felt after eating animal foods compared to how healthy she felt after eating the vegan foods that I had been cooking for her.

  34. The PPK first got me interested in veganism and one of the forum members was ultimately my reason for going vegan. It has been good times.

  35. Kath says:

    Hello :)
    I’ve been a vegetarian for nearly two years, January 2nd 2009 is when I stopped eating meat, and earlier this year (maybe September, not sure) I was basically doing some googling and came across an article about dairy cows and everything that goes on within that industry.
    And well, as I said on my blog, it’s been baby steps since then. Some things are easy, some are not, but I’m really enjoying discovering this new way of eating and living.
    Kath

  36. sheree says:

    It took me years of feeling sick every time I ate animal protein that I realized there is a problem. I researched, which led me to the horrible acts that are done to our animals along with the diseases that are caused by eating meat and dairy. I did a lot of soul searching and praying. On October 1 I have been vegan for 4 years. I have had a couple slips learning what is vegan and how they sneak animal products into everyday items and food, but I am doing the best I can. My daughter and grandson have gone vegan also. Love the ripple effect!!!

  37. kelli says:

    I’ve been vegetarian for almost 8 years, and every time someone asks me if I eat dairy and eggs, I get the same guilty feeling I want meat eaters to get when they admit they support the meat industry. It really is time I put my mouth where my morals are.. HELP.

  38. jessiebea says:

    I stumbled upon the Vegan Lunchbox blog and from there found a whole bunch of other vegan food blogs. I was hooked from the first few blog posts I read!

  39. Sarah says:

    I was never big on meat, so when I saw a PETA display in high school, I dropped meat like a bad habit. I still hung onto egg and dairy and then meat eventually crept back in although I still kinda grossed me out. A few years ago, I started cutting out meat a few days a week for better health and variety of meals. Then a friend gave me Michael Pollan’s book In Defense of Food and the Dr. Campbell’s book The China Study. I was not half way through The China Study before I knew I was done with meat once and for all. After that it was less and less egg and dairy. The last six months have been barely either of those things…really just in social situations. Vegan MoFo sealed the deal though. Vegan here on out! I need to start standing up for myself and having a supportive online community is great for that. I have no doubt that I will stick with my choice to be vegan because the more I learn about it’s impacts on health, animal welfare and the earth, the more I am committed.

  40. plamarie says:

    On again, off again is how I have been with meat for the last 10 years. It is like I knew it didn’t feel right but maybe didn’t want to think about it to much (quilty). Always having an interest in health has led me to read about the pros of a meat-free diet. Of course, my love for animals made it the most difficult over the last few years. After reading Skinny Bitch and The Kind Diet, it’s officially a done deal as of 09/20/10. I am newbie and couldn’t have made a better decision.

  41. Tiffany says:

    This book sounds interesting. Thanks for hosting the giveaway!

    A college roommate’s vegetarianism gradually influenced me to limit my meat consumption, then dinner plans with a vegan friend sparked my interest in veganism.

  42. Katie says:

    Was vegetarian for what seems like forever before I realized that supporting dairy and eggs was against my reasons for going veg in the first place! I’ve been weaning myself off for about a year and now eat only the occasional non-vegan baked good or naan etc when I’m eating out. Thank god for vegan ice cream or I would be lost!

  43. vegmers says:

    I became interested in veganism after realizing that consuming dairy products and eggs had an equally disturbing impact on animals and the environment as consuming meat.

  44. Clare says:

    I first got the idea of veganism in my head after buying Vegan With A Vengeance. I’m a cookbook addict and it was highly recommended so into the Amazon cart it went. Shortly after I went vegetarian. I’d been toying with the idea for years but family pressure, social stuff and the fact that I still lived with my Mum held me back. All the same stuff (aside from living with Mum, I’m on the other side of the country now!) is keeping me from taking the leap into being a vegan but I know that sudden changes have never been my thing and if I slowly work at it I’ll be there one day.

  45. spabettie says:

    I was vegetarian from a VERY young age, and sometime during college stopped using dairy, using coconut + almond milk & cheese… stopping all animal by product was natural to me. :D

  46. Fanny says:

    I was vegetarian and became interested in veganism because I wanted to push myself a bit, I’m always up for a challenge. Then it grew bigger.

  47. Atticus says:

    Stumbling upon a vegetarian restaurant on vacation. I had never really thought about the ethics of food before, just because it had never been pointed out to me. After eating there, I started researching and was disgusted by what I learned. I went vegetarian, but not vegan. I had the typical “oh I need cheese” excuse. Eventually (a couple of months later) I just said fuck it, and dropped all the animal products. I don’t miss them.

  48. Canuck Vee says:

    I learned what veganism and factory farming was when I was 12 (nearly 15 years ago) and immediately thought… that makes so much sense. But I didn’t realise that it would be so easily until I a) dated one vegan and b) became close friends with another. My one year vegan-versary is next week!

  49. dannibazaar says:

    I never really liked meat growing up. So when I was in middle school I decided to go vegetarian (like the silly little girl that I was, I thought I couldn’t live without cheese. Funny.) I was a vegetarian until my junior year of high school. During that time I started thinking more about my health. I was starting to notice that I wasn’t healthy even though I wasn’t eating meat. Plus, I was starting to consider animal cruelty – why have dairy? It’s just as cruel as eating meat. So I pretty much cut out cheese cold turkey and never turned back! I’ve overhauled my diet and have never been happier with what I eat. :)

  50. Yamile Yannini says:

    I became vegan after being with my vegetarian boyfriend for 5 years. He had always wanted to make the leap into veganism but having to cook separate meals every day was too much work. After reading the book Vegan Freak and speaking to Mercy for Animals at a vegan event, we made the jump together and haven’t looked back. :)

  51. Marika says:

    Love it!! And would live to share these books!

    • …and was a vegetarian for 7 years or so, before having my eyes opened about the cruelty of the egg and dairy industries – and could take part in supporting them no more. The tipping point for me was a local freeway accident involving steer being transported to slaughter.

  52. Meredith says:

    I became vegetarian when I first started college, and my continued involvement with numerous activist groups introduced me to several vegans and the vegan lifestyle. Discussions with them were the catalyst to read more about the idea, and after a brief trial I never looked back. My love of being vegan has only intensified as the years have gone on.

  53. Joi says:

    I went vegan for health reasons. My kidneys have had a host of problems and going vegan was the best option for me.

  54. Eve Love says:

    Lets say, taking care of a few dozen chickens when I was a kid, giving them names, picking the eggs, then seeing them getting killed and cooked made me think a lot… do I really need to eat something from them or can I be healthy without animal products?

  55. A P says:

    My kick start was my vegetarian girl friend (now wife :-) ). My philosophical beliefs were in line with vegetarianism or veganism, but it’s amazing how strong ones mental disconnect can be when you find meat tasty. Anyway, she showed me it could be done, and delicous, and we gradually went vegan together as we found out more and more negative about diary/etc and found more and more ways to not be addicted to it. (over 3 years vegan now!)

    Cheers!

  56. kari says:

    I had always loved animals, but never followed through on that love to stop eating them. Growing up I would ask where foods came from and when she said they came from an animal, I didn’t want them, but I wasn’t exposed to enough vegetables to want to eat those instead. When I got older and was responsible for feeding myself, I decided to go for it, first as vegetarian and then vegan two years after that. I was always afraid being vegan would be really difficult, but it isn’t as tough as I thought it would be. I wish our health food stores were closer, but there’s online shopping and we drive 1/2 hr-1 hr once a month to stock up on essentials. I’m glad I made the change and will sponsor anyone who wants to do likewise.

  57. Bill says:

    I became vegan partly because my wife’s cholesterol was really high and she didn’t want to take medication to drop it. After reading things like the China Study, various books by Dean Ornish and Caldwell Esselstyn, Mark Bittman’s Food Matters, and seeing Food Inc., we realized that vegan was the way to go. (Her cholesterol has since gone down 70 points).
    Also as one of our dogs got older and needed expensive surgery and extra care, I realized how hypocritical it was that I would do anything to make her life better, but I spent little or no time thinking about the welfare of animals who are raised for food. I decided I needed to eat in a manner that was in line with my own ethics. Ultimately, eating is a political act. How you eat is a reflection of how you see the world and what you care about. What you eat can make the world a better place or can help destory it. Veganism is the only diet that reflects my moral values.

  58. kim g. says:

    I first became interested in veganism after reading “Fast Food Nation” by Eric Schlosser and Marilu Henner’s cookbook “Healthy Life Kitchen” (the cookbook isn’t vegan, but it has a lot of information about all the reasons to not eat dairy).

  59. sui says:

    I stopped eating meat in April of this year, after trying to go veg many times before– but this time, after learning about the effects of meat production (Fast Food Nation, etc.) on not only the animals and the health of the people who eat them, but the immigrants who work at the factories, I decided to cut it out entirely. I thought veganism would be too hard until I did a 30 day trial… and 5 days into my trial, I realized it was easier than I thought and I stuck with it! :)

  60. Autumn says:

    I was a vegetarian my whole life – never had meat thanks to hippy parents. I became vegan because I got sick of not knowing from where my food was coming. All the mystery ingredients and chemicals, not to mention the animal treatment and socio-economic ramifications of the fast food industry and giant factory farming (thank you Fast Food Nation for opening my eyes on that one). It’s been 3 years and it’s the best health/conscience decision I ever made.

  61. louzilla says:

    I first became interested in veganism when I requested vegetarian cookbooks for my birthday and my friend got me Vegan With a Vengeance, I loved it so much I checked out the PPK website, and the rest is herstory!

    Disclaimer: I am not just saying this to kiss Isa’s pretty vegan ass :)

  62. Jamie says:

    First it was the fear of mad cow disease…then having pieces of animals on my counter when I got married and started cooking for my husband. A little research and here I am….a Vegan! Oh…and having a cow make eye contact from an animal trailer also had a huge impact. Cows have such beautiful eyes!

  63. set2music says:

    I am trying out the vegan thing, and have blogged about it – I’ve decided to make major changes in my life for two reasons: health and utter disbelief at the food industry. I am so interested in learning more and this would definitely help = but even if I don’t win this giveaway, I am so happy to have discovered these networks of blogs for vegan mofo! =D Thanks for the opp!!

  64. Deb says:

    I became vegan after seeing the movie “Baraka”and feeling a really emotional reaction to the little chicks that were on the conveyor belt in the factory. Some got to stay on the belt and some were dropped into a swirling tube. At the time I knew nothing about what was going on but I knew it was wrong. I started asking questions and a month later I was vegan. That was over 10 years ago.

  65. Lacey says:

    My Mom & her two sisters are what got be interested in becoming vegan. I’m hoping to be vegan by the New Year!

  66. Christine O. says:

    I first became interested in veganism after reading Singer &Mason’s book “The Ethics of What We Eat”. The book taught me about the environmental impact of eating meat and sustainable eating. From then on, I’ve gradually been easing my way into a vegan diet.

  67. Melissa says:

    Growing up I was never a big fan of most meats. I ate chicken up until college. One day my class visited the cadaver lab, and I realized that the chicken I really was just dead flesh resembling cadaver flesh. That made me realize how ridiculous it was that I ate any animals at all and from that day forward I was a vegetarian.

    In searching through the internet for vegetarian recipes I learned about veganism. I found the PPK, and Vegan with a Vengeance and my interest in veganism was born.

  68. Jai says:

    I became a n ovo lacto vegetarian 16 years ago because I felt very strongly that killing and eating animals is wrong. Lately I’ve been reading alot about how consuming any animal products (dairy, eggs, etc…) is contributing not only to the suffering of animals but also to the destruction of our planet. I care about the world we live in and all of the creatures in it so adopting a vegan lifestyle seems like something I can do that will make a positive impact. I’m inspired, I’m committed, and I’m ready to change.

  69. april says:

    Simply – I’d like to live longer + through a veganism, the earth can too through a sustainable lifestyle. It’s a big love fest – love for the earth, animals, mind, body, soul. Pretty awesome if you ask me.

  70. mischa says:

    I first became interested in veganism while producing a food documentary for my senior thesis project. And that documentary is still converting people to veganism today!

  71. Lindah says:

    I’ve been interested in veganism my whole life, from crying when a teacher killed a tiny green spider in my grade 1 playground to my heart dropping every time I see a cattle train or livestock transport truck. I believe you can’t live a compassionate or innocent life without making nonviolence encompass your whole life, not just your ‘morals’.

  72. Jojo says:

    The first thing that got me interested in veganism was a song called Open Your Eyes by a band called Goldfinger, it totally opened my eyes to the cruelty of the meat & dairy industries & I immediately went vegetarian, shortly followed by vegan.

  73. Margaret says:

    I became interested in veganism thanks to some of my vegan friends I met while studying acting in NYC. They showed me all kinds of info on animal rights and how healthy the diet is and I was instantly sold.

  74. Dawn Carlock says:

    Becoming vegan was a long time coming for my family (myself, hubby & our now 2 1/2 year old son). Personal and public health issues, environmental issues, animal cruelty issues, and actual safety of consumption of animal products from factory farms all came into play. We read Jonathan Safron-Foer’s book, Eating Animals, as well as Neil Barnard’s Breaking the Food Seduction, lots of other books to help us get comfortable answering any and all kinds of questions (others’ and our own!). Veganomicon (Isa Chandra Moscowitz and Terry Romero) was the first vegan cookbook I went for, and as a “foodie” it worked wonders for me. We love this lifestyle but aren’t perfect and do ocasionally get a slice of normal pizza for the kiddo. I also love introducing others to the wonders of a vegan diet, come one come all!

  75. Kip says:

    A vegetarian I knew randomly talked about how she’d go vegan if it wasn’t for her husband’s love of dairy, followed by a brief overview of Skinny Bitch. Weeks later I listened to my father explain to my mother how milk was obtained. Light went on, end of story.

  76. I first became interested in veganism when I worked with a kind of whiny woman who was an ex-vegan. I couldn’t help wondering what issues were out there that would make her make such a drastic change in lifestyle (what seemed drastic to me at the time, anyway), and then how she could stop being vegan after making that kind of decision. There had to be some pretty good reasons to make her do it in the first place, right? What were they?

    It gnawed at me. And it took years, but eventually I found out. I did a ton of research on nutrition as well as on every aspect of the food industry – crop farming, “livestock”, pesticides, processing, advertising, subsidizing, you name it. And I just reached critical mass. There was only one choice. Vegan 4 and 2/3 years now, never looking back. :)

  77. kelly beth says:

    when i was a little girl, i saw Baraka, and cried and cried over how inhumanely the baby chicks were treated. after that, i refused any dairy or meat from the age of 5. i opted for carob rice dream in my lunch box instead of milk, dandelion, spinach, & alfalfa salad instead of cholesterol friday in the cafeteria, and boycotted the lobsters at the super market (they mate for life!)

  78. Kristiina Stromness says:

    Skinny bitch made me try being vegan, volunteering at Ching Farm Rescue and Sanctuary made me stay vegan. Every animal is a individual with a name and distinct personality to me now.

  79. Carrie says:

    As a mother of adopted twin sons, I’m interested in veganism for sustaining our family’s health.

  80. kspar66 says:

    My parents raised me vegetarian, and adults were forever saying, with raised eyebrows, “But you’re not vegan, right?” So, even before I knew what vegan was, it had this reputation of being like During my rebellious teens, I had to introduce veganism to our household to shake things up. Hold that thought, I just remembered that it was actually my mom who gave me VWAV on like my birthday. That probably had a lot to do with it. Thanks Ma!

  81. christina says:

    mostly, my health. I afraid of dying young from diabetes. coupled with my already weak stomach when it comes to meat, veganism sounded like a natural place to go. I’ve only just begun but I’m really excited and passionate and cant wait to learn as much as I can.

  82. Tami says:

    As a vegetarian I was always interested in veganism, but felt like it wasn’t something I’d ever do. I didn’t think I was ever that radical and didn’t fit the mold of what I thought a vegan was. I think over time meeting vegans, and writing school papers and reading books convinced me that I should do it, but what made me go vegan finally was my son’s food allergies (at the time milk, eggs, and nuts). I often wonder if I would have done it completely on my own, so the silver lining of his food allergies, I guess, is that it’s what made me finally do it.

  83. meansoybean says:

    I heard Howard Lyman speak at McGill University and it pretty much sealed the deal for me.

  84. Tammy says:

    I became interested in being a vegan when I noticed my health was improving as I ate less animal products.

  85. isachandra says:

    We have winners! Please email VeganMoFoBlog@gmail.com with your name and addy and we will get your book out to you.

    Winners are:
    christina who said…
    mostly, my health. I afraid of dying young from diabetes. coupled with my already weak stomach when it comes to meat, veganism sounded like a natural place to go. I’ve only just begun but I’m really excited and passionate and cant wait to learn as much as I can.

    You’ll get Becoming Vegan, christina. And the two Vegan in 30 days books go to:

    Kip who says…
    A vegetarian I knew randomly talked about how she’d go vegan if it wasn’t for her husband’s love of dairy, followed by a brief overview of Skinny Bitch. Weeks later I listened to my father explain to my mother how milk was obtained. Light went on, end of story.

    And

    Jamie who says:

    First it was the fear of mad cow disease…then having pieces of animals on my counter when I got married and started cooking for my husband. A little research and here I am….a Vegan! Oh…and having a cow make eye contact from an animal trailer also had a huge impact. Cows have such beautiful eyes!

  86. organarchy says:

    My husband and I went vegan on Thanksgiving last year! The dead bird had gotten to us…

  87. Mollie G says:

    I realized while working with Burmese refugees on the Thai-Burma border that the meat industry is a human-rights issue and a problem that speaks to our underlying humanity, let alone compassion. I became vegan very quickly after realizing this.

  88. Mikaila says:

    To be perfectly honest? the delicious looking photos from a few vegan food blogs I stumbled upon. I was never really much of a cook, and these photos inspired me to make the accompanying recipes. I loved everything I made and voila: vegan! However, I had been vegetarian for about five years before all of this.

  89. Megan says:

    I don’t know that I ever made a conscious decision. I was vegetarian, and it just slowly morphed until I was vegan. Now that I am vegan I realize that vegetarian didn’t make much sense for the animal’s sake!

  90. I think I missed the deadline, but that’s OK … I first became interested in veganism because I stumbled on a recipe for nut cheese and was so intrigued. ( I was already vegetarian ).. I ordered Vegan Vittles and read about factory farming and started educating myself about the dairy industry.

  91. Steph says:

    I’m not quite vegan yet. Heck, not quite vegetarian yet. But each month I get a little closer (limited budget and cooking for my non vegetarian children and veg friendly children both) makes it a bit more complicated than just transitioning myself. But we’re getting there!

    For me it is about our health overall more than anything.

  92. Janey says:

    I had joined a weight loss program in which the director of education, who is vegan wrote enlightening articles based on plant based nutrition. After six months of research and reading on plant based eating, I decided that this approach to eating was best suited for me. Little did I know what began as strictly a health motive, eventually morphed into a broader veganism lifestyle. I love the fact that I can eat delicious food without harming a soul, lesson my carbon footprint here on earth and be able to vote with my dollar on what foods are sustainable.

  93. Mellie says:

    I always had a love for animals and was vegetarian on and off. My husband became vegan and I followed :)

  94. Emmy says:

    I posted my story as day one of Mofo. A long story short though I read The Ethics of What We Eat and it inspired me to move from being a vegetarian to a vegan. I decided I didn’t want to participate in an industry that treated animals as commodities.

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