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Reason for Diet/Lifestyle Choice

My primary reason for choosing my diet/lifestyle (vegetarian/vegan/macro/...)
Ethics/Compassion/Animal Rights
34%
42%
76%
Health
6%
9%
15%
Religious
0%
1%
2%
Environmental
2%
3%
5%
Financial (Save money)
0%
0%
0%
Family choice (I was brought up with my chosen diet)
1%
1%
2%
I like to be different and stand out from the crowd
0%
0%
0%
244 Votes:
 
Member Comments
Ethics/Compassion/Animal Rights
I used to think animal products were necessary for our survival and therefore thought it was a necessary evil... But when I found out it wasn't...
Ethics/Compassion/Animal Rights
I have been a vegan for the past 27 years.
Ethics/Compassion/Animal Rights
In addition to ethics, I find the mere thought of eating blood, blood vessels, fat, muscle, the occasional tapeworm, and some fecal matter gross!
Ethics/Compassion/Animal Rights
After many years of being a vegetarian, I am now 99% vegan - still a little way to go but I will get there.
Ethics/Compassion/Animal Rights
I love animals too much! Simple as that. :)
Ethics/Compassion/Animal Rights
Its all about cultivating peace in the world. Veganism to me is another word for non-violence, it's not just about food. It's about life.
Religious
Pretty much a tie between "religious" (although I would call it "spiritual" and the ethics/compassion/animal rights category,yet my sense of needing to do this for my spirituality came first and predominates.
Ethics/Compassion/Animal Rights
Animals don't want to die and be eaten. Ask 'em.
Health
"You are what you eat"
Ethics/Compassion/Animal Rights
Animals are so beautiful
Ethics/Compassion/Animal Rights
It is not just one reason, for many reasons I choose a compassionate diet.
Ethics/Compassion/Animal Rights
I've been a vegetarian for over a year now and am slowly going vegan. My health has improved so much. I have also changed my toiletries so I'm using nothing that has been tested on animals .
Ethics/Compassion/Animal Rights
I Love Animals.
Family choice (I was brought up with my chosen diet)
Raised vegetarian, and became vegan for ethical reasons.
Ethics/Compassion/Animal Rights
Fear . Fear of the hospitals , the medications , the angry chickens . They all creep me out and keep me veggie style
Environmental
waste of energy feeding animals to eat. stop breeding animals to eat them, its pointless and cruel.
the whole farming system is nuts and I know I am a farmer and a veggie. we grow crops with chemicals to feed to pigs with more chemicals to eat. Meat eaters bad luck.
Religious
my spiritual life is by far the most important to meand how could I grow towards the light and be eating our cousins, polluting my body temple.
Ethics/Compassion/Animal Rights
Do unto others as you'd have Them do unto you.
Ethics/Compassion/Animal Rights
I love animal.
Ethics/Compassion/Animal Rights
ethical , health and environmental ... it is a win win win choice to become vegan. plus you can piss off your redneck family members and friends just by not eating animal products that's a bonus win
Ethics/Compassion/Animal Rights
Vegan for us here is not a diet is a life style... I can not envision our family any other way, ... Our world is not only a provider but our shelter any living being deserves love, attention, happiness and a chance to live a fulfilling life with the least amount of suffering.
Health
First reason was selfish - my health but then environmental and compassion occured to be not less important
Ethics/Compassion/Animal Rights
Have major opposition to factory farming and feel that animals don't need to die for me to eat.
Ethics/Compassion/Animal Rights
For me, there'sv no turning my back on what I know.
Ethics/Compassion/Animal Rights
I don't believe in exploiting and killing animals for food.
Ethics/Compassion/Animal Rights
What is done to innocent animals for the most trivial of reasons .is so unjust and immoral.
Health
Why can't there be multiple equal reasons? My health is inextricably tied to compassion and the environment... and for some that is also a religion. Separating some of these things defeats the purpose.
Ethics/Compassion/Animal Rights
Compassion, understanding, and just being more thoughtful toward animals will always be primary...but environmental issues and health are also important to me.
Ethics/Compassion/Animal Rights
First and foremost for the animals. Environment and health are also very important to me.
Ethics/Compassion/Animal Rights
Animals are unique, sentient, amazing beings that like all living beings- must be free to live and enjoy their lives:)
Ethics/Compassion/Animal Rights
Better health was the initial reason for me to become vegan. Since I became vegan I realized that animals were being mistreated and they need our help!
Ethics/Compassion/Animal Rights
To reduce suffering is the purpose of all humanity.
Ethics/Compassion/Animal Rights
I'd like to be able to order some of these since I have many reasons.
Health
In my mind i started as a health issue and in time came to realize that ethics was just as important.
Ethics/Compassion/Animal Rights
My original reason for the choice was Health but I feel that animal rights are more important at this time.
Ethics/Compassion/Animal Rights
By what right do I buy my own continuing survival by sacrificing the life of another conscious being?
Ethics/Compassion/Animal Rights
My original reason was for health but I quickly came to feel that animal rights are even more important. The environment is critical too! It is difficult to select just one!
Religious
The first of the Buddhist Pratimoksa vows is "No killing."
Religious
Meditation is affected by what we eat. I also believe in the rights of sentient beings.
Ethics/Compassion/Animal Rights
Animals are my friends, and I don't eat my friends
Ethics/Compassion/Animal Rights
If you can raise and kill animals humanely, then you have the right to eat them. I can't. Just so happens that there is a HUGE health benefit for not eating animals or their milk.
Ethics/Compassion/Animal Rights
I started both vegetarianism and veganism I guess for the sake of it. Though, a little while after, I learned truths about it.
Due to that part of my life, I am now an animal and environmental activist.
Now, I am a misanthropist, lol
Ethics/Compassion/Animal Rights
I have always been an animal rights activist....I also am vegetarian/vegan for health and protecton of our environment.
Health
love and peace
Ethics/Compassion/Animal Rights
There are so many good reasons. But what did it for me was 30 years ago I was about to eat some broiled flounder that was on my plate when he suddenly looked up at me and with big sad fish eyes asked "why?"
Ethics/Compassion/Animal Rights
Because everything about this diet is positive and beneficial and I've never been happier.
Health
I chose health, but not just for the obvious reasons. I want to strive for a healthy, cruelty-free (by human hands at least) planet too.
Ethics/Compassion/Animal Rights
animals have a right to live as much as we all do
Ethics/Compassion/Animal Rights
Environmental as well. As we take lives, we take our own too.
Ethics/Compassion/Animal Rights
I am repulsed by the sight and smell of meat. BBQs make me gag. I don't need to take an animal's life to survive. I am appalled at the conditions animals that are slaughtered for eating are kept in. I cannot believe that people toss live lobsters into a boiling pot of water and cook them alive.  I am saddened that the greater society thinks this is okay.
Ethics/Compassion/Animal Rights
We are visitors here. Tread lightly.
Ethics/Compassion/Animal Rights
Its the kind thing to do
Health
Health maintenance was the trigger for going vegan rather than vegetarian
Environmental
There is something like 150 billion animals killed every year for the current population of people. As more people adopt a western diet in Asia not only do they get negative health benefits from too much meat consumption, but forecasts see that number doubling in the next twenty years. All those animals need food and water and the math does not work out. There is not enough water and food to raise animals to be slaughtered for food and trying to do so is already having huge impacts on the planet.
Environmental
Eating healthy is an investment. Manger santé est un investissement.
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