I'm a vegetarian because i believe animals should have the right to live and to be happy as we do.

I became Vegetarian at the age of 11, and I am from a very traditional Hispanic family were eating meat is just the norm. most of my family just thought it was a phase, but I'm almost 17 now. I have inspired a few people to follow the same diet or head towards it by seeing me refuse to eat meat and not eat then to do so. I was a vegan for 3 years until recently when I went traveling. I had to become vegetarian because many countries aren't ready for a vegan style yet. I planned to change back but I realized my grades had improved and many people would say it was because it was hard to be vegan at such a young age while doing sports and being active and studying hard I couldn't possibly be healthy, so I agreed with them. I hope to become vegan again after I've lived my life and traveled around the world.

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Thanks for sharing
by: Susan

As a vegetarian, I've found it hard to travel to some locations. I would imagine that vegan travelers are really challenged.

Both vegetarians and vegans need to supplement their diet, more so if you're vegan. We can't get vitamin B12, zinc and Omega-3 DHA and EPA from plant foods (see the Vegetarian Nutrition Guide). Vegans have a harder time because they eliminate all dairy products.

It sounds like you're young and very active. If you want to go back to a Vegan diet I suggest you look into the books by Brendan Brazier, including Thrive, The Vegan Nutrition Guide. Hope that helps. Thanks again for sharing your story.

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