Each month, we highlight a different reader's "vegiversary"—the anniversary of when they went veg. Share yours at vegetariantimes.com/vegiversary.
Reader Name:Meghan Hardy
Location: Raleigh, N.C.
Vegetarian Since: January 1997
What motivated you to go veg?
I was 12 years old and realized I couldn't bear to eat animals anymore. I loved them too much.
What's your favorite veg-friendly restaurant, and what do you order there?
The Remedy Diner in Raleigh. They have an amazing mock Buffalo chicken sandwich called Under the Volcano.
What fruit or veggie best describes you?
A pineapple. I thrive in the tropics, am sweet, and can defend myself if necessary.
What’s your most treasured piece of cookware?
My mom has an old glass bowl from her grandmother, and we always use it making cookies at Christmastime.
What’s your best advice for new vegetarians/vegans?
Don't let meat-eaters who question your choice get to you.