How Long Do People Stay Vegan? - Update #1

After three days the first round of results are in. I'm hoping to get to at least 100 votes for a fair sample of people.

So far-
How long have you been vegan?
0-6 months -11.84%
6 months-1 year -10.53%
1-3 years -32.89%
3-5 years -11.84%
5-10 years -14.47%
10+ years -18.42%

Have you stayed vegan the entire time?
Yes -89.13%
No -10.87%

Sorry for the crude tables, I'll put together a nice one for the final results.

The 0-6 months, 6 months - 1 year, and the 3-5 year categories are all very close. This give us a few clues. People may have a hard time making it past the one year mark, between year one and year three are common times to fall off the wagon, or this poll hasn't been distributed to enough people. I'll give it some more time to see any more changes before making any solid judgements.

The results so far from the second poll surprise me a little bit. I honestly didn't think that people would admit that they hadn't stayed vegan the entire time. Either I underestimated everyone or the anonymity of the poll encouraged honesty. Either way it's pretty rad.

There have been 75 votes already, as soon as it gets over 100 I'll put together the final report.

Thank you to everyone who has already voted, and if you haven't here are the polls again.

How Long Have You Been Vegan?

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Have You Stayed Vegan The Entire Time?

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How Long Do People Stay Vegan?

In the grand scheme of time, people who claim veganism as a way of life is fairly new.  In ancient times, they were either gatherers or bad hunters...  

I know that there are tons of studies coming out that back my own stance up that humans are designed to be herbivores, but we all know that meat eating has been the common practice.  I doubt that there are many people who have been vegan their entire life, so I want to conduct a crude study to figure out where everyone else is.

The Set Up

The goal of this (not-so) scientific experiment is to figure out what the average amount of time that people have been vegan, and what percentage of people have stayed vegan the entire time.  With this information, I focus this blog on the time frame that people usually "fall off the wagon." 

That, and I'm a curious guy to begin with and think this will give some interesting results.  If the majority of people fall off at the three-year mark, you may be able to prepare yourself to make it past that milestone.

Enough about me, what I need from you, is to vote in both polls and help me spread the word.  For consistency's sake in the first poll, consider your veganism beginning when stopped being vegetarian completely.  In the second poll, don't count any accidental animal eating.  Consider it a conscious decision to be vegetarian (or omni) again.

Also, please spread this around so we can get a large sample of people.  Link it, tweet it, FB it, throw up smoke signals, whatever.

The Stay Vegan Poll

How Long Have You Been Vegan?

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Have You Stayed Vegan The Entire Time?

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Thanks for voting, now go spread the word!

Stay vegan!

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Vegan Without Sacrifice

Sunday night is pizza night here at the Stay Vegan compound.  After tonight's pizza, I had a bit of a revelation which ties into the previous post on How I Stay Vegan.  I realized that we can take any food from the restaurants that we loved so much before becoming vegan, and recreate them sans animal. This may not seem like a big deal to some, but when you really think about it, it's like skipping a big part of the original sacrifice that was made when becoming vegan (too bad it took me four years to figure this out).

I recommend finding the menu of your favorite pre-vegan pizza restaurant and doing your best to recreate it. Use soy cheese and mock meat if you want to make it a little more true to the original.  Or even better, recreate an entire meal that you shared with someone special.  It's really the ultimate comfort food.

This isn't turning into a food blog, I swear!

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