My Vegetarian Story: From avid meat eater to happy vegetarian

My Vegetarian Story From avid meat eater to happy vegetarian

How did I turn out to be a vegetarian? It all started about two years ago. I don’t even remember the exact date when the change took place, but I do remember all the important events that made me take this decision. It was a sudden change. One day I woke up and said: “From this moment on I’ll stop eating meat.”.  And so I did.

“I’ll never give up meat… ever!”

Let’s start with the beginning. A while ago, before I made the transition to a vegetarian diet, my cousin told me she had decided to give up meat and become a vegetarian. I, an avid meat eater [I was eating meat every day, at almost every meal!], told her she’s crazy! I started telling her she will harm her body and all kinds of stupid things like that, and the grand finale was “I’ll never give up meat, ever! I could never be a vegetarian!”. I’m still a bit embarrassed when I remember that I even asked her idiotic questions like the already famous “Where will you get your proteins from?”

My Vegetarian Story: The Spiritual Change

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My transition to a vegetarian diet was also influenced by a spiritual change. About two years ago, I went through a not-so-happy part of my life. I felt lost. I felt like I had no stability, no certainty for a better future. I was depressed. Nobody knew that of course. I’m actually pretty good at hiding my emotions. I was feeling like the road I took was not the right one for me. It was like I was offered a life I did not want, a life others have organized for me, without my consent. I felt like an outsider.

In those critical times, I started watching lots of documentaries. It was like I had found a refuge in them. The more I was learning, the better I felt. I think I watched almost all existing nutrition documentaries in that time. I also watched some documentaries about religion, spirituality and personal development. The documentaries I’ve seen had a huge impact on my way of thinking. It was like a thick veil was taken off my eyes and I could finally see clearly! I started developing as a person and slowly, I began to make my own path in life.

The nutrition documentaries I saw, made me realize how badly was I eating. I wasn’t into fast food or other junk foods, but still, I was eating a lot of meat. The documentary that made me say “From now on I’ll stop eating meat” was Earthlings. Up until today, I didn’t finish watching the whole movie. 10 minutes were more than enough for me. The next day I decided I’ll become a vegetarian, and so I did. I just couldn’t live with myself knowing that my diet was not only causing me harm, but also all those poor animals.

Therefore, for me, the diet change also had ethical grounds. Right after I became a vegetarian, I also started blogging.

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My Vegetarian Story: List of Must-Watch Documentaries

Nutrition documentaries:

  • Forks over Knives
  • Food Matters
  • Food INC
  • Simply Raw: Reversing Diabetes in 30 Days
  • Healing Cancer from Inside Out
  • Supersize me
  • The Beautiful Truth

Other interesting documentaries:

  • The Secret
  • Zeitgeist – The Movie
  • Zeitgeist – Addendum
  • Zeitgeist III: Moving Forward

My Vegetarian Story: List of recommended nutrition books:

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  • The China Study: The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted
  • The Gerson Therapy: The Proven Nutritional Program for Cancer and Other Illnesses
  • The Enzyme Factor 
  • Superfoods: The Food and Medicine of the Future 
  • The Macrobiotic Path to Total Health: A Complete Guide to Naturally Preventing and Relieving More Than 200 Chronic Conditions and Disorders

My Vegetarian Story: The perfect diet?

I can’t say my diet is perfect. If I want to eat chocolate, I’ll eat chocolate! Moderation is key! But, overall I eat better. I know some people would say that the vegetarian diet is not entirely healthy and that a vegan or even a raw vegan diet is better. Well, we’re not the same! We are all different and have different needs. I think we should all test these diets on ourselves and decide which one is the best for us. For me, a vegetarian diet with macrobiotic principles is ideal. But it may not be good for you! My advice is to read a lot and watch many documentaries., then decide what is best for you.

Here are some useful articles I wrote a while ago:

Macrobiotic Diet 101 | Everything you need to know about macrobiotics!

Vegans and Vitamin B12

Healthy Sugar Alternatives

How to Choose Healthy Whole Grain Bread

Do you really know what you eat?.

My Vegetarian Story: Wake up people!

Let’s leave the ethical part aside and talk about real health facts.

Meat isn’t what it used to be. It’s one thing to have your own pig in the backyard and feed him with high quality, non-GMO forages, and it’s another thing to buy processed meat from the supermarkets. ALL meat you find in supermarkets is filled with antibiotics, GMOs, hormones and other bad stuff that cause cancer and auto-immune diseases. I’m not even going to talk about highly processed meat products like sausages, ham etc. You have to be suicidal to eat that!

Eggs. Are not what they used to be. I eat eggs but ONLY from a 100% safe source [a friend’s small farm]. Those hens are fed with non-GMO forages and run freely in the garden. They do not contain hormones or antibiotics. If you can buy eggs from a safe source it’s ok to eat them, if not…DON’T! They’re as bad as meat. All the hormones and other bad substances that are being pumped into those poor hens, end up in the eggs too. Learn more about eggs here: All about eggs in our diet. Are they good or bad?

Dairy products. After the age of 2-3 years old, we can no longer properly digest dairy products. There is a great number of lactose intolerant people in the world. Doesn’t that bring up some questions? I eat dairy products, but not that often, and again ONLY from a 100% safe source. I advise you to read this article Why milk and dairy products are bad for your health, to find out more about this. Also, you should read The China Study: The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted. It’s a great book!

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We live in a world where we are constantly getting sick by the food we choose to eat. We’re in such a bad situation that it’s even difficult to find healthy fruits and vegetables because even they are filled with pesticides and growth hormones and are irradiated for the sake of beauty and increased production. Let’s change the world we live in by changing ourselves. The change comes through us! Any small change you make, matters and has a greater impact on the world that you might think! Start by giving up all processed foods and eat real, whole foods instead. You’ll see how good you’ll start to feel.

And a final piece of advice, never stop learning! You don’t have to listen to me, or others, find your own answers to your questions! Learn, evolve, become a better person! 

I’m looking forward to reading your comments. I’m really curious to find out your stories too. Leave a comment and don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions. I will gladly help! Hugs!

My Vegetarian Story: From avid meat eater to happy vegetarian was last modified: August 30th, 2016 by Ruxandra
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34 Comments on “My Vegetarian Story: From avid meat eater to happy vegetarian”

  1. Susan

    Hi! I loved reading your blog about how you started the Vegetarian way of life. I have just ordered 2 of the books you have suggested; The China Study & The Gerson Therapy. I have been Vegetarian for 28 years and Vegan for the last 8 but we never stop learning! I am very lucky that in our part of the world we have a weekly organic market. Fresh local food every week! I have 2 neighbors that have hens roaming free…so I get my eggs from them. We also have a local farmer in the hills that makes all his own delicious cheeses. His goats and cows live on rolling hills, they are never sent nor sold on from his farm and each one has a name.
    Unfortunately (or fortunately depending how you look at it) I have a dairy intolerance so can’t partake in his beautiful cheeses…..but if I have guests then I buy and use his rather than the mass produced product ones from supermarkets.
    So, thank you for your blog and I look forward to hearing more about your travels and findings!
    Susan Australia

    1. Ruxandra

      Hi Susan! Thank you! Wow! Congrats on the lifestyle choice! 28 years! Amazing! 😀 It’s wonderful that you have access to eggs and dairy from safe sources! Fresh local food is the best! 😀

  2. Apeksha

    Hi!
    I’ve always been a vegetarian and I am constantly asked questions like, “WHAT about protein?” Or “if you were stuck on an island, would you eat meat?” Haha!! Anyway, lovely article! I’m so happy that you switched to a healthier and more ethical lifestyle. Along with that I’ve also been eating more organically and locally. I drink milk and eat eggs from a local farmers market. Most of our herbs are grown in home, and we don’t even use plastic waterbottles because of the possible GMO. Eating and living cleaner does create a big life change!!

    1. Ruxandra

      Hey! 🙂 Thank you! That’s awesome! I dream of having my own garden with my favorite herbs, fruits and veggies. 🙂 Up until I make my dream come true, my boyfriend’s parents are our supplier of organic foods. :))

  3. Linda C

    What a wonderful sight! I’ve enjoyed reading all the posts. I am in my first week as a vegetarian and hope to move to vegan. I feel better already and am filling a spiritual void as well.

    Thanks everyone!

  4. Smaranda Munteanu

    I just came across your site today searching for amaranth recipes and wow did I come away with so much more!! I love the layout, the recipes and your ideas. Thank you so much for putting all of this info together so concisely. p.s the amaranth patties were deeelish!!!

    1. Ruxandra

      Thank you so much, Smaranda! 😀 I will improve the design even more, stay tuned! The updated version will be launched most likely this August. 😀

  5. Pradeep Kundan

    i love the way the information is merged and easy to read . i have download a weekly play for gluten and vegan and will try this . will keep you posted . thank you

  6. ADELINA VIRTAN

    Hi Ruxandra!

    Reading your story made me realise just how much we, humans, are alike, and yet so unique.
    Times have been hard on me. Being in a foreign country, living each day wishing I was back in my beautiful Transylvania, eating eggs and vegetables and fruits that my parents grow, feeling restless every day, like a misfit in this society, thinking of packing my bags and just going off into the sunset until nobody hears from me again.
    All this time, the only thing that kept me going were motivational videos, spiritual and philosophical videos of a lot of great people that resonated in my heart, and the inner knowing that there is more out there for me that I can ever imagine. I just had to be patient.
    I started practicing yoga about a half a year ago. I became a vegetarian two weeks ago. I wasn’t much of a meat eater, and the decision was that much easier. And I feel great!
    I feel like everything is possible!
    I stumbled onto your blog looking for vegetarian recipes! And I wasn’t dissapointed! Keep up the great work! You’re one amazing human being!

    All the best!
    ADELINA

    1. Ruxandra

      Hi Adelina!

      Your story is beautiful. We grow when we face difficulties, and they finally make us better. 🙂 Thank you! You too!

      Hugs!

      Ruxandra

  7. Diana

    Dear Ruxandra,

    Congratulations on your AMAZING blog. I am happy that my research brought me to your blog and I am looking forward to tasting all varieties of recipes you generously made available here. I will start with the hummus, as I am also a lover of it 🙂 Healthy and loving Hugs, Diana

    1. Ruxandra

      Thank you, Diana! 😀 Hope you’ll like all the recipes! I look forward to hearing from you again and letting me know how they turned out. 🙂 Hugs!

  8. cathrielah

    hi very interesting i thank you for your bravery choosing a better way to live for you and for nature itself. i have been totaly vegan since 1972. i am 59 years old. i encourage you to continue to elevate your conciousness and watch how wonderful the positive knowlede of life will com your way. stay focused on life and living

  9. Veronica

    I really enjoyed your article. Back in high school, they showed us a video about how they kill cows, pigs and chickens, and how all of that meat is package for us to buy at the stores. The day, I decided I never wanted to eat meat again, but as I grew older I started slowly eating meat again, now I am in my 30’s and I have been contemplating for some time to go back and stop eating meat again, well, a couple of days ago, my decision became final. I can’t enjoy meat anymore, the images of those animals come to my mind and it makes it impossible to not feel guilty. So I have stop eating meat for 2 days now and I am not planning to go back. Thank you for your article.

    1. Ruxandra

      Thanks, Veronica! 🙂

      I wish this was done in every highschool. Everybody should know the truth and where their food comes from.

      Maybe you wasn’t prepared to make this decision yet when you were younger. It’s never too late to make this lifestyle change. I’m glad you decided to become a vegetarian again. From my experience, when behind deciding to adopt a vegetarian diet there’s also an ethical reason, the chances to go back to an omnivore diet decrease dramatically.

      I hope you’ll stay on this path. The first few months are the hardest, but then it all comes naturally.

      Take a look at my free meal plans. Maybe they will help you to get started! If there’s anything else I can help you with, let me know. 🙂

      Best,

      Ruxandra

  10. carrollharshbarger

    It can be difficult if you have been a meat eater since you grow up. It would never be easy for you once you decide to eat veggies without meat. This can be considered a sacrifice.However, this can be done once you are motivated and determined to become vegetarian for the rest of your life.

  11. Hariharan

    Dear Ruxandra, it was very nice to read your article and the transformation to a vegetarian.
    Really great thanks to you for maintaining such a blog and keep continuing the good job.

    Regards,
    Hari

  12. Ratida

    Hi Ruxandra,

    Ratida from Thailand.
    Your website/blog is really interesting and inspiringmy so much.
    I’ve never heard of “Macro Food” before until there is a course in Janurary 2015 which will be taught by Isogai Sensai, Oshawa’s student & leading Macro teacher from Japan….that’s where i started serching information then i found you.

    There are lots of food — delicious food — in Thailand. I hope I can easily find ingredients from the market.
    Please keep doing this. You will help lots of people.

    Thank you and keep in touch.
    Ratida

  13. Ratida

    Hi Ruxandra,

    I’ve been living with health concious for years, amazingly i’d never heard of “Macrobiotic Food” until I saw an ads about Macrobiotic Course teaching by Isogai Sensai, one of Macro Food leading teacher from Japan. Of course he’s also Oshawa’s student.

    Anyway, after searching for information, your website showed up and it’s really interesting and inspiring me so much. I will try / follow your receipts. I probably cannot be a vegan forever since my dad loves meat and I gotta take him out quite often. At least, without dad, I will be….

    Your blog is also interesting and keeping me reading them for hours…..hahhahaaa….

    Thanks for sharing & motivating.
    Keep in touch.
    Ratida from Thailand…Land of Smiles, Nature, and FOODs.

    1. Ruxandra

      Thank you Ratida for your kind words!

      Veganism/Vegetarianism is a personal choice and it shouldn’t depend on your family or friends. I have plenty of friends who are vegetarian despite the fact that their families are not.

      I hope you’ll make the best decision for yourself! 🙂

      Best,

      Ruxandra

  14. Aliona

    Hi Everyone!I became a vegetarian almost 4 months ago, and it was the best decision ever I took in my life since now!!!I cannot imagine how I could eat meat, how I could eat somebodies body, that’s crazy?! The only excuse is that I was taught to eat like that……I grew up in a village, so the main food we used to have on the table was: goat milk(all the possible diary products), eggs and of course meat (pork, chicken, goat kid for Easter, rabbit, goose, duck, turkey, fish).The most awful fact was that I was feeding all this great creatures, I was playing with them, kissing, hugging, and loving them from birth until they got into my plate………….the best thing I can remember is that I couldn’t eat rabbit meat (I simply didn’t like), now I’m proud of that “no rabbit meat period”!!!
    Now, my family still lives in the same place, and eats the same products, but now they eat more chicken meat full with hormones….sorry for them actually!!! Now, when I started to be a vegetarian,my family and my boyfriend’s family think that I have psychological issues and I’ll die soon, or I’ll get very sick or … who knows….I’m happy though because, first, my boyfriend supports me, and second I feel happy in my body now, knowing that I have the right energy and easiness to follow my dreams and to be happy enjoying every moment of my beautiful life!!!
    Feel free to fill your life with happy moments and happy food!
    Thanks for your blog Ruxandra!Like it a lot!
    P.S. I live in the Republic of Moldova and actually is really hard to find here all the necessary products for a vegetarian,so I think I’ll have to go to Romania to buy some!!!

    1. Ruxandra

      Hi Aliona!

      I know how you feel… people feel insecure about their own lifestyle choices and instead of changing they decide to judge us instead. I’m very happy for you that you stayed strong and didn’t let them influence you! This is especially hard at first. After a while you’ll get used to all the mean comments.. It’s also great that you have somebody close who understands and supports you. This is very importand and will help you a lot! Is your boyfriend a vegetarian too?

      Thank you for your comment! I’m glad you told me your story. 🙂 Good luck and congrats again for you wonderful choice! 🙂

  15. Linda Marek

    I just discovered your website today and I could spend hours reading all the recipes. I grew up in a traditional meat and potatoes British family and my husband’s background is Czech and Ukrainian so you can imagine the reaction from our families when my husband and I decided to try a vegetarian lifestyle. We had already eliminated pork and hotdogs because we knew they were not healthy. Pigs have a really bad digestive system and they will eat anything including feces and dead animals. This is why they were forbidden for the Jews to eat along with shellfish and skinfish (the vacuum cleaners and sponges that clean the oceans and lakes). That being said, I don’t believe God created the animals for us to eat because he put Adam and Eve in a garden and told them they could eat any of the seed-bearing fruit (except for the one forbidden tree which was a test of their obedience and trust and they failed it). Notice how Monsanto wants to make seedless fruit so farmers will have to keep buying the seed from them. I try to find fruit with seeds because that’s the life of the plant but it’s getting harder. After Adam and Eve had to leave the Garden, God told them they would have to work hard to get their food from the ground. He still never mentioned animals. It was about 1500 years later when they got off the ark after the flood and there probably wasn’t any vegetation left that God gave them the list of animals they could eat. Edible animals had to have a split hoof and chew the cud which made them able to digest their food. The Bible has a list of foods that are labelled clean and unclean and now we know really good reasons why. I prefer to eat what God had originally intended for us – fruits like in the Garden of Eden and vegetables from the ground. My husband and I took a cooking course from a vegan restaurant just for fun but their seminars convinced us that it was the best way to eat Even when I was a child I had a hard time knowing I was eating animals but I still loved steak and never have dreamed I could go without it for 30 years. After a month, the smell of meat cooking (especially ground beef) made me feel sick to my stomach and I could watch people around me eating filet mignon without the slighest envy. Sorry for rambling.

    1. Ruxandra

      Hi Linda!

      First of all, thank you for your comment! It was very enlightening and I never thought about veganism that way.

      I also struggled at first with some of my family members’ reaction. Here in Romania we have a saying “The best vegetable is pork.” It may sound weird, but that’s how most of the people here think. It’s sad that many of them see veganism as a “diet”, as if it deprives them of the foods they really want to eat. I see it as a blessing. It was the best decision of my life. I started as a vegetarian and now I gave up dairy and eggs. I’ve never felt better 🙂

      I was aware that God doesn’t want us to eat animals, that’s why fasts exist, to purify us, mind, body and soul. But I never thought about the Adam and Eve story like you did. It really puts things into a different perspective and I completely agree with you!

      About Monsanto, unfortunately they slowly start to enter in Romania too, but we still have lots of affordable farmers’ markets and the possibility to buy real, organic fruits and veggies. I really don’t understand this “trend” of buying seedles fruits and veggies, that really escalated in US. I could never eat seedles melons or tomatoes…they’re just not natural! I’m glad you think the same way I do regarding this matter.

      You’re right. I find the smell of meat abolutely disgusting now! It’s very strange how our senses change.

      Thank you again for you comment! It makes me so happy to talk to people with the same principles and interests as I have. I’d love to keep in touch!

      Best,

      Ruxandra

      1. Linda

        The first time we went to visit my husband’s parents and told them we were going to try becoming vegetarian, my Czech father-in-law went out and bought filet mignon and lobster, 2 of my favourites. The filet mignon was very tough and stringy – not all all like it should be. I didn’t say anything but even he noticed and said he was very disappointed with it. It made it very easy to decide never to eat it again. The lobster also wasn’t tasty. I grew up in Nova Scotia so I had lobster quite often but this lobster just turned me off for good. I was thankful I suddenly had no desire for it all. My Ukrainian mother-in-law made a big deal out of having to make 2 separate spaghetti sauces when we were there, but really, they could have lived without meat in theirs for the few times a year we were there. That’s when I noticed how the smell of ground beef cooking bothered me. It made me feel sick to my stomach. It actually smelled rancid and it probably was. Vegetarians have a much keener sense of smell and taste. My mother-in-law was so afraid we were going to die from lack of protein that she put cheese in almost everything she served us. It was quite a few years before I eliminated dairy. I finally realized that it gives me a headache and plugs up my sinuses and makes my throat feel gummy. Since I am a singer, I can’t have a gummy throat I still eat eggs but only organic ones from free-run chickens from the farmers’ market. In my city, there is a once-a-month “Rawluck” event where everyone takes a raw vegan gluten-free dish. It’s a great way to taste new recipes and meet people who are trying to eat healthy and suppost each other. We get between 10 and 40 people. We always have a speaker who presents a topic like colonics, or iridology, sprouting, etc., or a film like “Forks Over Knives”. People should look into starting one of these. We pay $5 each to cover the venue we rent but someone might be able to find a free place or someone’s house to start with. I don’t know who pays for the website: http://www.meetup.com/Barrie-Raw-Food/ There are a lot of Meet-up groups for games, karaoke, art, etc. and this Rawluck is one. If you post the website, someone might be able to get one started in their area.

        1. Ruxandra

          Hi Linda!

          You’re right! My smell sense also changed a lot! I find meat smell absolutely disgusting now. I also had some trouble with my family and my boyfriend’s family when we first transitioned to vegetarianism, but fortunately they have now accepted our decision, and even more, they actually gave up meat!

          I also gave up dairy recently, but still eat organic eggs just like you do. 🙂

          I love potlucks! Raw potlucks are the best! I’ll leave the link in your comment so people can see it. It’s such a reat initiative. Congrats!

  16. anonymous

    Thank you so much for writing this post. I recently went through a very similar thing – feeling like an outsider in my own life – making a HUGE change in my life that I knew was right, but at the same time left me feeling completely and utterly lost and depressed. I also started binging on documentaries and went from almost vegetarian to recently vegan. I can’t fathom being a part of factory farming and harming those beautiful creatures. You’re so right – meat, eggs, dairy…. it’s all just not the same anymore. It’s scary, and so very sad.

    Learning and growing as a person has really changed me in a positive manner. A huge veil has also been lifted from my eyes – it’s soothing to know someone else out there has been through a similar situation.

    I love what you’re doing with your blog. Thank you!

    1. Ruxandra

      Hi Kimberly!

      Thank you very much! I am so happy when I see that people start to change and see the world as it is. You’re right, it may be difficult at first. People see us as freaks most of the time, but those are the people you wouldn’t want near you. Stay strong! You’re doing the right thing!

      As we evolve and learn more, we should also try to inform others about the things we learn, and maybe others will too follow our path. Inform and not try to convince. People should make their own choices and not everyone is ready for taking this step.

      Wish you all the best and I hope that we’ll keep in touch!

      Ruxandra

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