Jesus!!! i don't remember well.. I was 11 when i started.. to be more precise stopped eating meat.
Had to fight everybody around, to let me eat what I want!
I was very lucky that my brother Sergio became veg 2 months after I did. together we could fight my parents easier..
So how did I do it. Well it was that period of my life
when people usually ask a lot of questions like what is the sense of life, what is good and what is bad etc. I went through Bible, then through some Buddhist books, then some Dao so I got different ideas and answers to these err.. question..
Also I was practicing martial arts.. it happened so that I was going to Kung-Fu classes with guys much older then I was. And there were a couple of them visiting a Krishna temple and preaching about Krishna a lot. So thus happened the introduction to vegetarianism i.e. I found out that it is possible to
not eat meat and be healthy and what is not the least important strong.
Cause the strongest guys from our club were vegetarians.
So how exactly did I stop?
Well... I was eating meat that day, probably wasn't too hungry so I was playing in my plate with it. Looking at my food very carefully. Then at one moment I started noticing all these veins, the bones, muscle tissues the skin. And I thought: Shit!!! This is very similar to what I consist of.. How can I eat it? I wouldn't like to be eaten like this, so why do I do the same to others... There were a lot of other thoughts about this but since then I stopped eating meat...
That's my story.