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    There are so many different ways to get proper nutrients, and the idea of becoming a vegan and or a vegetarian may be a great option for those of us looking to have cleaner diets, lose weight, and do our part to make our eco-footprint smaller. Whether it be diet reasons, health reasons, or ethical reasons the reason to change can vary. Why did you choose to become a vegan or a vegetarian, and how do you feel this has benefitted your life for the better?

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    lisa brown
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    For me personally, my decision was based on my compassion and love for animals. I am also concerned about the inhumane treatment of farm animals, including dairy cows, chickens, pigs. Factory farms dominate U.S. food production, employing abusive practices that maximize agribusiness profits at the expense of the environment, our communities, animal welfare, and even our health. These animals are bred to grow unnaturally fast and large for the purpose of maximizing meat, egg, and milk production for the food industry. Their bodies cannot support this growth, which results in debilitating and painful conditions and deformities. I recommend to anyone who wants to learn about factory farming to watch the documentary Food Matters (available on Netflix and Amazon). Forks Over Knives is another documentary which examines the profound claim that most, if not all, of the degenerative diseases that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting our present menu of animal-based and processed foods. If you want to learn more about these topics, please visit the farmsanctuary.org and gentlebarn.org websites.

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    Savannah Selph
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    I am mostly vegetarian. I use a wheelchair so I have GI problems, and I seem to get good results with dairy cultures (kefir mainly) and I do eat seafood that isn’t farmed.
    My choice was because ever since I was a child red meat made me sick (we found out the acidity was just bad enough it gave me problems), and then as I got older chicken tended to do the same thing because of the ways it’s cooked, but seafood still doesn’t do it, and I need protein. I also just don’t like eggs because I taste them all day and I tend to feel sick later after I eat them.

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    Lynnette Stevens
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    I would love to be completely vegetarian, but it’s extremely difficult with the men in my family that I cook for, they want their grilled steaks and chicken. We do a lot of seafood lately and that helps, but more and more when I eat red meat I feel like I have a brick in my stomach, it takes so much longer to digest.

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