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My name is Chris Ballester I am 28 years old.
Like the majority of people I grew up eating meat on a daily basis. I thought eating animals was just normal part of life. The idea of not doing so seemed somewhat far-fetched. I have always considered myself to be an animal lover, so I had on occasions felt somewhat guilty about eating meat to some extent, but at the same time I didn't even consider that becoming vegetarian was an option for me.
Prior to becoming vegetarian I always had the perception in my mind that vegetarian males were skinnier than other males and couldn't really put on any muscle. However I had never actually met a vegetarian male prior to becoming vegetarian.It was not until I was 25 I started to think differently about life and I started transitioning to become vegetarian and eventually become vegetarian around 18 months ago.
My reasons for becoming vegetarian were solely ethical reasons as I really do love all animals.
Since becoming vegetarian I significantly improved my level of fitness and overall physique. No doubt I am in the best shape of my life. So I think I definitely have proved my old self wrong in that regard.
I have no intentions of trying to convince anyone into becoming vegetarian. I think that's a choice someone must make on their own terms. I think trying to make people feel guilty about eating meat can understandably make you quite defensive. Its natural for someone to defend their position when challenged (as vegetarians/vegans do defend their position). Most people were raised eating meat, so to not eat meat can seem like a pretty out there idea.
I still have a long way to go on my journey but my goal is to try to inspire others along the way. I feel very grateful to have learnt some important lessons quite early in life. I also have very supportive family and friends which i appreciate.
It takes courage to be different. Just because everyone else does something in a certain way doesn't mean that you have do it too. That applies to any part of your life.
Please share my story if you think it could inspire others.