I was wondering what brought everyone to a vegan diet/lifestyle … and at what age! My husband made fun of me the other night when I commented that I thought I was born to be a <dietary> vegan! I never liked milk or cheese and literally forced myself to eat cheese as a teenager to go along with the pizza craze. And I had a bad experience with a pet calf (I won’t go into more detail) as a preschooler that made me refuse to eat meat for months. But my folks didn’t know any other way and I eventually embraced omni-hood, if you will …until my son was born when I was 40. His milk allergy prompted me to quit all dairy products (he was getting milk protein through my breastmilk). After his dad decided to join us in dairy-free, we decided to give up meat/eggs – for health reasons. So now we have a 3-year-old, vegan since birth, and those old feelings I experienced as a preschooler are resurfacing, and I have to question my diet-only “veganism”. Dh, on the other hand, is not ready for that step, but I think he will get there as he too is very sensitive to animals. He’s the one that introduced me to the “bug jar” when we were first dating – you catch the bug in the jar and toss it outside
Sorry this got so long. Hope to hear your stories!