I've been veg for about 11 years, initially I saw a pretty gut-wrenching video of an animal being skinned alive and I couldn't deal with any meat/fur/animal tested products for a few years. After that, my grandfather started getting sick a lot, and his horrible super-meaty diet was heavily fueling his horrible health, it scared me a lot, for the first time I realized what it was to be mortal! I CAN die if I don't take care of myself! That was a scary realization as a young teen, so on top of my vegetarianism I started eating healthier too. Now I'm very happily and healthily pescatarian (I still eat fish, specifically sustainably caught fish with scales, no other sea creatures) and I'd never go back. I wouldn't mind eating nice, organic, humanely treated meat once a month or so for the health benafits, but unfortunately I've LONG lost the enzymes to digest it and it would be a stomach-ache-adventure trying to regain them haha.