Started With Health, But Got Motivated Because of Animal Cruelty
I became a vegan in 3 steps:
-I read The China Study
and I wanted to be healthy. I wanted my family to be healthy too, but was finding it difficult to "sell" even more elimination from my young kids diet (we didn't eat processed foods--no microwave, we didn't drink milk--lactose, we didn't do corn syrup--yuck, etc).
-I remember reading a line somewhere stating that by allowing my kids to eat meat I was lying to them about where their food came from. I began educating my kids with information concerning animal cruelty not thinking it was going to affect me so profoundly, but it did.
-I wanted to lose weight, which hasn't happened as quickly as some vegans (but I realized that it was more my overall diet, and not the veganism). Ironically, we weren't processed food eaters before, but became more processed after switching to veganism and in an effort to make the transition easier, I resorted to fake meat products, etc. I'm now working on eliminating them all together.