Vegan Since :
08/16/2017
My Vegan Story :
I have so much compassion for those who are unable to speak. I love helping people same as my current job. The reason I became vegan was one watching "What the Health", two health reasons and last animals. Going vegan was the best thing that I could have done and also another way to help make a difference in the world. I wish I would've done it sooner than over a year ago.
Vegan Since :
05/16/2019
My Vegan Story :
Uhhh It’s the right thing to do that’s why I do it...
Vegan Since :
05/01/2016
My Vegan Story :
I don’t really have a story. I’m not even sure why I transitioned but I do know that I feel better physically and mentally and I’m never going back.
Vegan Since :
10/01/1998
My Vegan Story :
I coordinate a monthly vegan potluck in Greenville, SC.
Vegan Since :
08/20/2017
My Vegan Story :
My husband and I watched What The Health and immediately we were plant based. We had our three young teens watch it the next morning. We homeschool so this was educational and we told them to do research after watching it and then they can make the choice of whether a plant base diet is the best for them. We never want them to say we forced them into anything.

After the documentary they all cleaned out our pantry, fridge, and freezer and we went grocery shopping. Four days later my husband and I watched Earthlings... that morning, my husband said he could never be vegan because he loves his leather jacket. Well after we watched Earthlings, he didn't say a word. He got up, took his jacket out of the closet and said, with tears running down his face "I will NEVER wear this again". He gave it to Good Will and he threw away his leather wallet.

Our oldest son found vegan leather wallets for them. We didn't let the kids watch Earthlings but I would try and tell them about it and every time, all I could do was cry. That was enough for them. We did buy the video so that if at any time they want to watch it they can.

Our oldest son, who is now almost 18, graduated from college 2 weeks ago. In one of his classes, the semester after becoming vegan, he did a report and presentation about it. The whole class was crying and his professor finally told him he could be done. He got an A. After class he was bombarded in the all with questions from classmates of all different ages and walks of life. That was a very proud moment for this mama.

This last semester in his ethics class, his professor knew he was vegan and for the final oral debate his group had to defend why animal testing is good. The professor is also vegan and told my son that he put him in this group on purpose. My husband and I didn't know anything about this until after the it was over. He said everyone in the class was supposed to stay quite during all speeches and not even clap. He got up there and said, in short "Without animal testing, our would would be in ruins because if the radioactive spider didn't bite Peter Parker, then the Green Goblin would have destroyed the world". He said the class erupted in clapping and laughing. The professor just looked at him, grinned and nodded his head. He received and A for that one too.

So we are vegan for the animals and we have never looked back. We owned a very successful bakery for 10 years making those big beautiful cakes that you see on TV. We were not on TV even though everyone told me I need to be. We closed down the business the day after we watched Earthlings. It was a no brainer. I wasn't going to purchase animal products anymore.

We still had orders on the schedule for the following year and I fulfilled those but I didn't take any new orders. The business was officially closed and out of business August 2018 but I still get weekly calls of people begging me to make their cakes. I politely tell them no.

We have learned so much in the past two years. We started a new business, vegan candles. They're 100% made in the USA, nontoxic, etc., and after 8 months of research and development we launched April of 2018. When we go to markets, shows, events etc. we get to meet and educate people about veganism, why our candles are vegan, what we stand for, and why we are vegan. And they get to see that vegans are not assholes like the world makes them out to be, lol. Well, some are but you have those in every group.

People love our product and what we stand for. Our customers keep coming back whether they find us at an event that is listed on our online calendar or by ordering on our website. We were even on a lot of Christmas lists this past Christmas so that was kind of cool. When our kids are grown and able to be on their own, in about 2 years, my husband and I are going to RV full time and travel our country going to markets, events, shows, etc. that are vegan and non vegan to meet new people, educate, and sell our candles. For right now we stick with the few states that are in a 9 hour driving distance.

This is our story. I can't wait to see how it grows over the years!
Vegan Since :
05/01/2019
My Vegan Story :
I have been off and on vegan for years. Was vegetarian most my adult life and part of my teen years. I’ve completely committed to the vegan life today and proud to say there is no looking back. My life’s goal is to protect all the beautiful and innocent lives of every animal and to protect our beautiful planet. Vegan for life 🌱🌈💖
Vegan Since :
07/01/2012
My Vegan Story :
I read the book Eating Animals. Such powerful words. I learned about Farm Sanctuary, and the incredible Gene Baur from this book. I was trying out vegetarianism, and after reading the book, I went for it.
I was a fairly new vegetarian when I visited Farm Sanctuary in California. After spending the day there, I learned about the dairy industry. At that very moment, I, along with both of my teenage (at the time) children became vegan. In 2012, there were not as many choices, nor was it as accepted as it is now. Never ever thought of looking back. It's one of the best decisions I've ever made.
Vegan Since :
05/27/2010
My Vegan Story :
Watched Earthlings
Vegan Since :
05/03/2018
My Vegan Story :
Began pescetarian 3 years earlier when I realized I loved all animals and it was not like it was a decision but rather an awakening to my love for them and stopped eating land animals that day. A year or so later I notched it down to vegetarian and then finally to vegan. I give the dog in my life full credit for making me aware of how all animals deserve to live their full lives and were not meant to die for us to eat. Also, I must credit a few documentaries that shared the truth...
Vegan Since :
05/30/2011
My Vegan Story :
Love animals and the best way to show for it its not eating them
Vegan Since :
06/01/2017
My Vegan Story :
I watched “What the Health” with my wife and we decided to become vegan to be more healthy.
Vegan Since :
05/12/2006
My Vegan Story :
going to see factory farming with my own eyes made me vegan
Vegan Since :
05/14/2015
My Vegan Story :
Watched several documentaries on factory farming and found better vegan alternatives
Vegan Since :
05/25/2019
My Vegan Story :
I've been a vegetarian since high school, finally made the commitment to go vegan and even opened up a vegan general store in Charlotte, NC.
Vegan Since :
05/01/2019
My Vegan Story :
I’ve been vegetarian for almost a year. Still trying to convert to vegan. When I shop I look at the ingredients, I’m sure I still sometimes mess up but I’m still trying.
Vegan Since :
09/12/2017
My Vegan Story :
I turned vegan because I finally watched a documentary called “Cowspiracy”. I had avoided this documentary and all the rest, because I was afraid of the truth. I pledge to be vegan as well as raise my two children vegan proudly, and I wish that soon the rest of my family will too.
Vegan Since :
04/01/2014
My Vegan Story :
It all started due to health issues & it kept getting easier. My health improved...haven’t looked back ever since.
Vegan Since :
06/03/2017
My Vegan Story :
I’m allergic to dairy and eggs and my sister is vegan. I moved down here and lived with her for a bit so I became vegan too.
Vegan Since :
05/24/2019
My Vegan Story :
Started for health reason and preference.
Vegan Since :
04/07/2015
My Vegan Story :
My sister shared a video with me by Gary Yourofsky and I dropped everything the next day 😀 I'm an now 80% raw vegan and going to100%!
Vegan Since :
01/01/2010
My Vegan Story :
Vegan for the animals, the environment, & for health!
Vegan Since :
02/10/2016
My Vegan Story :
Tried a plant based diet for lent and never went back!
Vegan Since :
05/14/2006
My Vegan Story :
Vegetarian since birth (thanks to parents) and become vegan after watching documentary on Dairy Industry practices in 2006.
Vegan Since :
10/01/2016
My Vegan Story :
I went vegan for ethical reasons and plant-based for my health. Having grown up with dogs, I eventually got dogs myself. It was the amazing bond I formed with my pooches as an adult that opened up my empathetic eyes to the complex and beautiful spectrum of emotions that animals possess, and ultimately, provided me with the conduit to vegetarianism in 2014. After watching Earthlings, and resonating so profoundly with the message of activists like Gary Yourofsky, James Aspey and Earthling Ed, I went vegan in 2016.
Vegan Since :
05/13/2019
My Vegan Story :
Day after eating steak, woke up with the taste of blood in my mouth. Never ate meat again!
Vegan Since :
10/01/2016
My Vegan Story :
I went vegan for ethical reasons and plant-based for my health. Having grown up with dogs, I eventually got dogs myself. It was the amazing bond I formed with my pooches as an adult that opened up my empathetic eyes to the complex and beautiful spectrum of emotions that animals possess, and ultimately, provided me with the conduit to vegetarianism in 2014. After watching Earthlings, and resonating so profoundly with the message of activists like Gary Yourofsky, James Aspey and Earthling Ed, I went vegan in 2016. During this period, I had transitioned fairly seamlessly from an omnivorous junk food diet, to highly processed, vegan junk so I was a poor candidate to discuss, let alone showcase the health benefits of whole food, plant-based veganism. Documentaries like What the Health and Forks over Knives along with compelling literature such as The China Study and How Not to Die were pivotal influences in my decision to give up junk food, take control of my health and become a “poster boy” for plant-based eating.
Vegan Since :
06/15/2017
My Vegan Story :
Hello! “Vegan Community Kitchen” is a vegan restaurant located in Apex, North Carolina. For potential job offerings contact us
Vegan Since :
05/13/1985
My Vegan Story :
Can I update this later????
Vegan Since :
01/01/2013
My Vegan Story :
I've alway had a deep love for animals, but it took me way too long to make the connection about the food on my plate and the animals I claimed to love were the same. I took a long discussion and a couple of artistic photos to flip that switch. I went vegetarian in 2010, but that wasn't enough for me. In 2013 went Vegan and never looked back. I'm not perfect and have slipped up at times (mostly because I didn't read a label close enough), but this is the lifestyle that not only feeds my body, it feeds my soul.
Vegan Since :
01/01/2000
My Vegan Story :
I've been vegan since some time in early 2000. My reasons have shifted over the years, but I am primarily interested in the environmental benefits nowadays.
Vegan Since :
11/07/2017
My Vegan Story :
I watched the Yourofsky speech and the rest is history!
Vegan Since :
12/25/2008
My Vegan Story :
I began working on our global environmental crises in Dec 2005 after watching former Vice President Al Gore's global warming presentation on TV. By Nov 2006, I had a suspicion that if we restore forests on the land used for grazing farmed animals, that might completely reverse climate change. However, there were no peer-reviewed scientific papers reaching that conclusion and I was deeply puzzled by the scientific literature that indicated that my dairy consumption as a lacto-vegetarian was only a little bit worse than going vegan.

In Dec 2008, I was visiting the village of Karech in Rajasthan, India, where people had built a stone fence in 2002 to protect 250 acres of common land from cows and goats grazing on that land. To the left of the fence, I could see barren land with old dairy cows walking around eating anything that was growing on the ground and to the right, I could see a lush green forest. I immediately realized that the scientific literature was minimizing the impact of dairy production, while assigning the majority of the ecological burden of cattle rearing on beef production. In that village where people treated the cows as sacred and did not kill them even after their milk production had declined, the ecological devastation caused by dairy production was being fully revealed.

I went Vegan on the spot.

Within a week after I went Vegan, I felt a huge sense of guilt lift off my shoulders. I had been subconsciously carrying that guilt since the age of seven when I had first understood that I was consuming the milk intended for the baby calf and not me. Within a month after I went Vegan, I lost all my arthritic pains, sinus inflammation, acid reflux and hemorrhoids, and I felt like a sixteen year old again.

Though it began through an environmental portal, my Vegan journey encompassed the ethical and health aspects within a month or so. Today, I am committed to fulfill a pinky promise I made to my granddaughter, Kimaya, that the world will be largely Vegan before she turns 16 on Nov 19, 2026.
Vegan Since :
12/21/2015
My Vegan Story :
I’m a kitchen and bathroom remodeled in Maryland. My son went vegan when he started college and educated me soon after. I started as a vegetarian the day before thanksgiving then went full vegan one month later. Best decision of my life. It was initially all about the environment but now it’s everything.
Vegan Since :
01/29/2003
My Vegan Story :
Breast cancer survivor. Started for my health. Now ethical and an ARA
Vegan Since :
01/01/2003
My Vegan Story :
I am a cancer survivor and veganism saved my life!
I am organizer of Augusta GA Animal Save and Climate Save AGS and AV Augusta GA.
BEAR WITNESS WITH US!
Vegan Since :
09/01/2018
My Vegan Story :
Learning to be vegan again is much easier the 2nd time around. ✌? ❤️
Vegan Since :
01/08/2019
My Vegan Story :
Tullens fruit farm offers a finest quality, fresh and delicious English/British apples, apples and pears, no sugar added organic apple juice, easy apple recipes, lamb breeds. See traditional apple varieties which were always grown such as Cox Orange Pippin apple, Worcester Pearmain and Bramley apple.
Vegan Since :
01/01/2019
My Vegan Story :
None.
Vegan Since :
09/28/2015
My Vegan Story :
My super cool older cousin came home from college and dared me not to eat any meat on Thanksgiving day of 1996. I was 9, I took the dare! That night she showed me a VHS tape that she had brought back from college - it was being passed around amongst her friends. It was similar to footage from Earthlings. I never ate another animal again! I didn't learn about the rest until 19 years later, and I continue to learn more every single day. We went vegan in 2015. My son did it the same day, despite me trying to convince him to wait and let me try it first. I'm so thankful he had more sense than me at 5 years old! Now he goes by VeganEvan and speak all over the country! We do activism everywhere we go 🙂
Vegan Since :
04/04/1991
My Vegan Story :
I was a microbiologist working in the pharmaceutical industry and touring animal labs and farms as part of my work. This enabled me to realize that the normalized violence inflicted upon animals on farms and in labs was a direct result of my own personal food choices. Becoming vegan was my response to the disturbing things I witnessed.

I married Joe and we had two healthy vegan pregnancies. The parenting journey has been the highlight of my life. Wanting to give our children the best possible odds for a healthy and good life inspired me to do a lot of research and some of my views about what is best for our health changed as a result.

But the bedrock of our family has been being vegan, which provided an ethical framework and has been an incredible blessing in other ways too, including helping me to see that the same kinds of conflicts-of-interest and biased science that have supported big ag have also misled the public about many other important "choices" we have and what we believe to be "true."

Our born-vegan daughters not only survived our pioneering vegan parenting -- but made it all the way into adulthood without ever taking antibiotics and never having broken any bones (in spite of one being a gymnast who did back handsprings on the balance beam -- and was the only member of her competitive team to have never broken a bone.) Our older daughter Sarina now does vegan education and blogs on YouTube as "Born Vegan."
Vegan Since :
11/01/2013
My Vegan Story :
My vegan transition was very quick. Around halloween 2013 my daughter asked me to watch a video with her...sneaky. It was the documentary Vegecated. After watching it she asked me if I would do the 6 week challenge with her. I agreed and we watched more videos on nutrition and food preparation. After about 2 weeks we decided that this was a sustainable of living. While it was challenging at first to read all the labels in the grocery store, little by little it became easier. While initially I chose veganism for my health, my conviction to stay on this path is for the animals and for the environment. I truly believe that the future health of our planet is dependent on a total transition to plant based lifestyle for all humans. And as a byproduct of compassionate living we will eradicate all forms of oppression and hate.
Vegan Since :
12/01/2012
My Vegan Story :
Vegan
Vegan Since :
06/01/2016
My Vegan Story :
I'll add my story later
Vegan Since :
01/10/2011
My Vegan Story :
I became plant based after reading Eat To Live by Joel Fuhrman. An online friend asked me why I wascalled myself plant-based. After some discussion, I committed to veganism.
Vegan Since :
01/01/1990
My Vegan Story :
Please don't make me fill out anything that is not completely necessary- makes the process longer!
Vegan Since :
10/04/2012
My Vegan Story :
I watched Gary Yourofsky's Best Speech Ever video and knew I could never eat animals again 🙂
Vegan Since :
01/06/1996
My Vegan Story :
My vegan story is unusual. The abridged version is: I experienced secondary trauma when I was 23, and something about that opened my mindheart to the connection between meat and violence. I never ate animals again.
Vegan Since :
05/02/2015
My Vegan Story :
We were vegetarians for about 25 years and went vegan about 3 years ago. We only wish we did it sooner. We learned about the dairy industry and the terrible suffering of the cows and wanted nothing to do with it. We also learned the truth about the egg industry and it made us sick. Vegan for life!
Vegan Since :
06/11/2017
My Vegan Story :
I am from Indiana, every meal is based around meat. I never thought I would ever become Vegan. Last May I went on a trip with a friend and she pointed out how I had went a whole 5 days without meat. I felt great. I decided to eliminate meat from my diet. A month later I watched Dr Rao’s ‘What the Health’, it changed the game for me. I decided at that moment that I was done with animal products. I realize how deep the program runs. I am now Vegan for the Animals and I feel a deep connection to their pain. I am a guardian of the Earth. We are all part of this gift.
Vegan Since :
11/03/2018
My Vegan Story :
Call me! 818-203-4736, email me paigepr@msn.com
Vegan Since :
10/09/2017
My Vegan Story :
It became clear that it was the right thing to do. I want to make the world vegan and I try to everyday.
Vegan Since :
03/14/2014
My Vegan Story :
The day I decided to become vegan was the day when I went to the emergency room. I had already been a vegetarian for six years prior and swore I wouldn't give up cheese. Prior to going to the ER, I had eaten my mom's mac and cheese, her banging sour cream mashed potatoes, and a whole lot of sweets loaded in dairy. Two days later I ended up in the ER from eating too much of the dairy products amd they said they might have to remove my gall bladder. Luckily, I passed call stones in doctors care amd decided from that day forward that I will not eat dairy again! Since then, it has been interesting creating new and uniquely different meals. Becoming vegan has opened my eating pallet a totally different way!
Vegan Since :
07/18/2014
My Vegan Story :
Joined a petition against a church's pig rassle, then saw undercover vidoes of animal ag. Devastated, but it woke me up, realized it was wrong to eat animals. Did tons of research, learned about agriculture, who the animals are, what sentience means, what vegan means, ahimsa; learned about health, resources, and wild lives. All are thoroughly, negatively impacted by raising animals, fowl, fish, and insects for food. Continue to research and advocate for the many reasons to go vegan.
Vegan Since :
02/18/2016
My Vegan Story :
Once you know better, you do better!
Vegan Since :
09/20/2018
My Vegan Story :
Thought about it for a long time and finally took the step. Cannot believe that I was missing out on this for so long. Anyone who says I’m missing out on flavors, etc. are misled!
Vegan Since :
10/01/2012
My Vegan Story :
A lifelong vegetarian, I made the upgrade to vegan when I watched vegucated! Once you know, you cannot un-know, and that is how it started for me.
Vegan Since :
07/01/2015
My Vegan Story :
It has been an amazing experience, with positive health benefits as well.
Vegan Since :
05/23/2015
My Vegan Story :
I was very ill in 2015, and I could barely walk. Within 6 weeks, I had lost 30 lbs and inflammation had disappeared.
Vegan Since :
10/08/2018
My Vegan Story :
Studying to become a yoga teacher in 2000, I became vegetarian for ahimsa reasons. Finally met my vegan sweetheart in 2010 and went vegan immediately, making all my dreams come true 🙂 Founded the first Central Coast (CA) Veg Fest in 2018.
Vegan Since :
09/12/2015
My Vegan Story :
I was pescaterian for a year, at 57 years old, decided to go vegan a year into it. As much as I liked the taste of meat, I never wanted anyone to die for me. So, I said, no more. Better late than never! Now I am WFPB certified. A volunteer with a local vegan/animal rights group. I protest, do investigations and anything else I can to to promote animal welfare and compassion.
Vegan Since :
05/01/1994
My Vegan Story :
I learned about eating better while worming in the natural foods industry. The more i learned, the more i stopped eating, until i was completely vegan.
Vegan Since :
09/23/2010
My Vegan Story :
Refused to accept my Type 2 diabetes diagnosis. Changed my diet cold turkey after reading about a vegan diet. Reversed my diabetes in 3 months, never looked back. Never took any medication since 2010. I run Durhamveg since 2016, created Durhamveg Fest last year and just opened a vegan restaurant in my city.
Vegan Since :
09/21/2018
My Vegan Story :
Vegetarian since 96/97, no meat and no fish. I gave up wearing leather, silk, down, wool and fur before I became vegetarian. I've been reading labels on products since I turned vegetarian and don't buy products tested on animals.
Vegan Since :
09/21/2018
My Vegan Story :
Been veg*n a long time.
Vegan Since :
09/18/2018
My Vegan Story :
Been vegetarian since almost ever then became vegan for the animals. I will fight for animals rights for ever and wish to open an animals sanctuary.
Vegan Since :
03/01/2013
My Vegan Story :
I became vegan after participating in a 30 day vegan pledge program.
Vegan Since :
01/01/2018
My Vegan Story :
Was vegetarian started vegan in January
Vegan Since :
09/01/2014
My Vegan Story :
I went vegan after meeting a woman at a wedding that was being catered by a BBQ place. She wasn't eating anything so I inquired why. Over the next couple hours, she introduced me to veganism and I went vegetarian the next day. Over the following month, I researched, purchased cookbooks and generally became informed. That was 4 years ago and it was the best decision I've ever made.
Vegan Since :
01/01/1999
My Vegan Story :
I became vegan essentially when I moved out of my parents house! I stopped eating meat in 1993 after reading Diet for a New America by John Robbins.
Vegan Since :
08/10/1990
My Vegan Story :
I became a plant based eater after reading the book How To Eat To Live. Never turned back
Vegan Since :
08/19/2011
My Vegan Story :
I am a vegan girl who decided to start a Vegfest in my city for 2018. It went amazing, we had 89 vendors and 10k visitors and we are gearing up for our next Vegfest May 11th 2019.
Vegan Since :
08/22/2017
My Vegan Story :
I was vegetarian for about a year because I became aware, and saw how animals were treated whether that be the food system, testing, or in products. I had heard animals were also treated like crap in the production of milk, eggs, cheese etc. And around this point I had not seen videos but decided to go vegan because animal exploitation is wrong, my mom and dad looked at me like a was crazy, and the only way I could prove to her that this was valid was through showing her validated statistics regarding the food system, and videos of the animal abuse, by the point I had watched one video it was enough to convince me to become straight vegan, it was hard at first but thankfully to the bounteous options Publix and Kroger have I was more than fine. And vegan lifestyle fits me well, for about a year it was hard however now I no longer crave meat or dairy products and my horrible allergies have disappeared, thanks for reading (:
Vegan Since :
08/10/2012
My Vegan Story :
Joyful vegan since 2012 after one year a vegetarian and most of my life an omnivore.
Vegan Since :
09/14/2017
My Vegan Story :
In the summer of 2017 I was encouraged by my mom to start a candy company. At the same time my sister began a plant based journey and asked that I craft treats that she could also enjoy. From there I tested several recipes to find just the right combination of ingredients to craft delicious confections without any animal products.
Vegan Since :
08/08/2018
My Vegan Story :
I firmly believe in being a vegan and therefore I am here.
Vegan Since :
06/25/2015
My Vegan Story :
Awakened in 2015, having been a slumbering vegetarian for 34 years! Planning with my partner, Martin, to set up a vegan B&B/Retreat/Activist Centre in England in 2019 - watch this space!
Vegan Since :
06/01/2018
My Vegan Story :
I am the founder of Veenofs and an all-natural vegan bodybuilder. My mission now is to promote a vegan lifestyle and great vegan products that I truly believe in, which excludes exploitation of - and cruelty to - animals for the purpose of clothing, food, and experimentation.
Vegan Since :
06/28/2018
My Vegan Story :
Check us out at: https://vegfestoahu.com
Vegan Since :
06/26/2018
My Vegan Story :
I'm not vegan but I enjoy learning new ways to cook.
Vegan Since :
04/01/2016
My Vegan Story :
My wife had been vegan for many years and I was starting to feel sick so I decided to give it a try. I started to feel better and lost between 50-60lbs. I noticed that I did not miss having meat and other animal products so I have continued. I am now a vegan as I believe that we are supposed to take care of the earth and all of its inhabitants and that animals are not food but they are here for their own purpose not to be food for us.
Vegan Since :
01/01/1988
My Vegan Story :
Always an animal rights advocate, the light went on about who and what I was eating and to what I was contributing.
Vegan Since :
04/01/2017
My Vegan Story :
I was off & on vegetarian most of my adult life but it wasn't until I discovered the dairy industry that I become vegan overnight. I am a mother so Veganism was a simple choice for me. I am vegan for love.
Vegan Since :
06/10/1998
My Vegan Story :
I have not had meat since 1968 Became vegan in 1998
Vegan Since :
04/08/2017
My Vegan Story :
Went Vegan cold turkey because I was curious and wanted to see whether I could live healthier without consuming animal products. Never looked back.
Vegan Since :
03/01/2014
My Vegan Story :
Love being vegan and love how healthy I feel!
Vegan Since :
03/01/2011
My Vegan Story :
I became vegan in 2011 after watching "Best Speech Ever" by Gary Yourofsky! Right before I went vegan I had my blood work done and my total cholesterol was high, 168. I was also getting sick like allergies twice a year. It was causing drainage accompanied with weazing and infections which was why I got my blood work done.

6 years after going vegan I had to know my bloodwork. It was down to 125! I wasn't sick that entire time. And I had only removed animals and their secretions. I did nothing else.

For that first 6 years I only knew what not to eat but really didn't know how to eat until 2017. I started studying nutrition a little and learned about a whole-food, plant based diet and how it's the healthiest.

When I realized no one needed to eat animals at all (unless they're in extreme desperate circumstances of course) I also realized it was likely hurting everyone; the slaughterhouse worker, the consumer, the health care system, zoonotic disease, on and on....
I became very intrigued by nutrition most notably. If the healthiest way to be is vegan then why kill animals at all?
So, now I have devoted my entire life to learning what I can about nutrition, advocating, and capturing other people's vegan stories for vegan linked. ❤
Vegan Since :
05/12/1988
My Vegan Story :
In Des Moines, IA, I plan monthly dine outs for a group of vegans, vegetarians or want-to be's. Everyone is invited, as long as they order plant food for that evening's dinner.
Vegan Since :
05/14/2015
Vegan Since :
05/15/2018
Vegan Since :
05/01/1997
My Vegan Story :
I became vegetarian ten years prior to becoming vegan. I became vegan for ethical reasons.
Vegan Since :
01/27/2013
Vegan Since :
05/07/2018
My Vegan Story :
I became a vegetarian as a child, then was educated about the dairy industry, and went vegan.
Vegan Since :
05/01/2011
My Vegan Story :
Hello, I've been working on the website hard since April 1st 2024. So, you may see some changes. But, I've made significant progress. All the core functionality is there though. So join, make friends, post to the blog, add listings, and add events to build up your community and a vegan world! Ok, back to work. Here's a bit of my vegan journey. I need to update it but here's a start:

I went vegan after watching Gary Yourofsky's best speech in 2011. I literally did nothing more than stop eating what little animal I was eating already and just ate more of everything else I ate, including french fries. In 2017 I had my bloodwork done to save money on my insurance. My total cholesterol was 121!

I remembered having my bloodwork done about 6 years earlier; in late 2010, right before I happened to go vegan. My total cholesterol was 168 then. Six years of not eating animals, no other changes, brought my LDL and Triglycerides down that much and HDL up too. The visceral fat fast that had been progressively accumulating around my waist just like my father, and both of my grandfathers, vanished. And still now at 51 in 2024 I'm basically the same as I was when I was in my late 20's. And, I no longer get sick. Before going vegan I would usually get sick twice a year at the change of the seasons; hence the reason I had my bloodwork done in 2010.

All of this intrigued me. So, I started listening to doctors on YouTube. I also just started walking in my neighborhood for the first time. I would take these long walks and absorb so much of it that I was inspired to prepare more whole plant foods, dig deeper into nutrition, and that led into a little into science, biochemistry, anatomy, evolution, and logic, looking at how others are doing around me, how I've improved but my extended family didn't when they were in their 30's. I'm now 50 with the same body I had in my 20's and very sedentary with all this editing and not being very happy with walking in this neighborhood anymore.

I went vegan for ethical reasons in 2011. In 2017 I realized everyone can be vegan and may even be significantly healthier as a result eating a well-planned vegan diet. Understanding the potential a vegan way of eating has for human health I became obligated to do all I can to share this information, learn more, explore far, and help others along the way as much as I can. To make sure, again I had to ask, "is there any reason to eat animals?" and no one could justify it for anything other than social conformity, an infantile habituation really.

In an effort to organize my contributions and efforts, free content creation for vegan businesses and events, I started VeganLinked.com as a website directory. I didn't have the budget or help to accomplish much beyond that in the first stretch of working on the site. I took a break from developing the site after a few months into it and just left it on autopilot while I was building up the YouTube.com/VeganLinked channel.

Now the channel is approaching 100K subscribers. I’ve shot hundreds of interviews around the country on location, solo. I produced a documentary for Jane Velez-Mitchell in 2019. I bought a house an hour and an half from me in 2020 to produce videos with Dr. Garth Davis; after fixing the house up, renting it b/c I can’t afford it, putting an accessory building on the property and turning that into a studio.

Garth and I did about 5 videos before he and his family suddenly had to move back to Texas. At the same time Dr Kong approached me about the book she was working on called Vegan Voices; composed of stories from 50 different authors.

I offered to interview some of the authors from her book if she helped me with travel and coordination. And it was that first run that set motion for hundreds more interviews to come.

Right away, about 3 interviews in, I realized I needed to do a documentary. I had helped Jane with hers but that was her vision and entirely her style. I just did all the editing and helped think things through and shot some of it.

The documentary I would love to do hasn’t been done really. And it’s unfolding now through the interviews as they progress.

As time has permitted over the years I have tried to come back to the website. Each time I have spent a couple or few months dealing with the developers and ultimately brought it a step further. I worked hard on the site from 12/22 to 3/23 and really overcame some milestones (with listings & events) that were holding me back for years. This enabled me to focus on and try and take the site to a new level (with user profiles) which brought on new issues. Now in 2024 I’m getting past those user issues and implementing a forum and hopefully getting to a point of stylizing the site and actually start promoting it.

So, that’s just some of how things evolved in my vegan life; from ethics to health, to everything and everyone, to doing all I can and now this is all I do. I would love to pull off a huge documentary. But, thus far it’s just been me with really zero budget. Consequently, it may just end up being more of a compilation instead of reshooting specifically for the documentary and with a team.