My mother was a bit worried about me being vegan, and made me research first to show her that I could get all my nutrients on a vegan diet. After that I was allowed to go vegan. By that time, my family was mostly vegetarian after gradually cutting meat out of their diet (thanks to me). My sister, the second oldest (I’m the oldest), went vegan at the same time I did in March 2007. Then, my next sister followed a few months after. About two years later, my parents decided to go vegan. The last two to become vegan were my two youngest siblings. They were forced to drink milk because my parents believed they needed it for healthy growing bones. But that changed after my parents read The China Study: Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss, and Long-term Health, and they were taken off milk straight away. So I influenced my whole family to go vegan. I never tried to change them—each person made the decision to go vegan themself. I am truly grateful to have a family like them!
~ Emmy James (November 25, 2011)