Vegetarians: When Did You Stop Eating Meat?

This month is Meat/Un-Meat Month, which means that we're examining meat-eating in general, while also offering plenty of meat tips for the omnivores among us. We want to take a step back now and prompt a discussion among those of us who do not eat meat. Whether it's by choice, by religious conviction, or for health, when and why did you stop eating meat?

But first — a few ground rules. While we would love to hear your stories and even to challenge ourselves as omnivores, please respect the choices of others to eat meat, eggs, and other animal products — or not to eat those things as well! Sometimes this sort of discussion can deteriorate very quickly into self-righteousness on both the omnivore and non-meat sides, and that is not what we are looking for. Please share your thoughts while being mindful and respectful of others' choices. We're very confident in you, our community, to teach us all sorts of new things in a really helpful manner.

Related: Vegetarians: Will You Cook Meat For Other People?

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Faith is the executive editor of The Kitchn and the author of three cookbooks. They include Bakeless Sweets (Spring 2013) as well as The Kitchn's first cookbook, which will be published in Fall 2014. She lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband Mike.