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6/14/10 8:55 A

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I have a large list of food allergies and sensitivities. Altering my diet from the way most Americans eat seemed like the smart thing to do. As a kid, I would get SO sick from eating whatever food my parents put on the table, but they thought it was ME being a "picky eater." Wrong-o. It was my body reacting to all the nasty hormones farmers injected into their animals. All the antibiotics and preservatives shoved into our food. Processed food! I can barely hold down any of it.

All throughout high school, I told my parents, "I'm going to become a vegetarian." However, they never supported me, so I didn't get very far in my vegetarianism (they footed the grocery bills!)

Luckily, it's been a few years since I've been in high school. I'm still pretty dependent on my parents still (poor college student), but now they understand my reasoning behind vegetarianism a lot better than they used to, because I finally had the chance to sit them down and explain the facts about the meat industry. They find it as horrifying as I do.

I like eating fresh foods. Not only does my body feel stronger, but I am less irritable throughout the day, my complexion is clearer, my hair is shinier, and I overall feel so much better about myself.

I know this sounds silly, but I have pictures of beautiful celebrities that are veg hanging up on a cork board in my kitchen.. right below the kitchen cabinets. Their beauty helps me remember all the awesome benefits of being a vegetarian. Glowing skin, a peachier outlook on life, and generally feeling the healthiest we vegetarians have ever felt in our lives.

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6/13/10 2:17 P

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I'll say right off the bat that I'm not a "true" vegetarian. Recently, I made a decision to cut out the white and red meat in my life (all the while, my fiance was born a carnivore and loves meat very much) BUT keep the fish and seafood. I also still love cheese, so what I decided to do is...Cheese stays unless I'm doing the cooking. If I order out or go to the store and buy something cheesy, I won't be picky. Milk is pretty much out - substituted it with unsweetened almond milk. A whole lot less calories and tastes delicious.

It wasn't a health decision or even that I think eating meat is cruel, because in my honest opinion, eating meat is a part of human life whether we like it or not. At any point in human history, people couldn't and didn't survive on just fruits, nuts, vegetables, and berries. Now, of course, it's a different story but it's like asking a horse to suddenly start sleeping on their back.

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STACYTESS1 Posts: 9
6/8/10 2:40 P

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I was vegetarian off and on throughout my childhood, but there was nothing that really motivated me to stick with it. It wasn't until I was living on my own in college that I realized that I had total control over my food choices. I became vegetarian, but I felt like I was a hypocrite because I considered myself a peace activist, yet I still consumed animal products. I made the change to vegan and haven't looked back since. It's been 9 years and I can't remember what my life was like before being vegan.

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JONQUILEMM Posts: 5
6/7/10 7:14 P

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I went vegan almost exactly one year ago after watching the film "Earthlings." It's a very hard documentary to watch... it doesn't pull any punches and is pretty graphic (just a warning in case anyone decided to check it out - it is available to watch streaming online), and I knew I couldn't go back after seeing that. That was it for me! I spent a week online, tracking down info on the vegan lifestyle, reading blogs, getting recommended reading lists and recipes, and I haven't knowingly eaten an animal product since. It's pretty strange that I haven't even missed meat at all, since I absolutely loved meat, but there you go. :) The only thing I still struggle with not eating is the inimitable cheese... I still crave it occasionally, a year later!

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6/6/10 11:07 P

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I just always loved animals, and I didn't want to kill them, so I became a vegetarian. And I'm completely against hurting them or anything too, and they still kill animals involved in dairy and eggs, so I turned vegan. Now I've read so much I don't think I can go back. Not only am I convinced it's healthier, but I just don't feel like exploiting animals anymore, especially when veganism is so easy (steep learning curve, but really not hard at all), and so delicious!

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6/6/10 12:11 P

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I worked for 6 months in a meat packing plant. That would turn anyone from meat.

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6/6/10 12:10 P

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I worked for 6 months in a meat packing plant.

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6/1/10 12:01 P

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Originally, I chose a vegan lifestyle because I felt broken hearted by the level of violence in this world, and I didn't think animals should be ignored in my burgeoning horror.

Then I remembered growing up in the country where we killed our own chickens and dressed them before we cooked them, and I decided for a while to eat only free-range local proteins raised by my friends.

Then my friend, Nathan, the freaking hippy, made me feel guilty for "murdering" so many animals all the time. :) He is very wild and crazy and probably wrong, too, but I am honored to know him, and I love his passionate living. SOOOO, I went crazy like Nathan, but doing so almost killed my husband, whose hypoglycemia is much worse than mine. A year and a half after adding meat back in, he is still recovering from the severe adrenal exhaustion that a vegan diet caused his body. He can't run or hike or do half the things we used to share with each other, and it has REALLY hurt our relationship. So now Nathan is guilty, and he accepts Brent's meat-eating without a word against it.

And finally, I am still a vegan because it turns out that I hate meat. I love plant proteins, which is apparently rare. I don't like junk food, anyway, because I grew up lazy with a stay-at-home mommy, who cooked from scratch every meal, every day. Now she even makes me grilled portabellos and quinoa salads when we have family barbecues so she can still "take care of me." :)

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5/29/10 9:26 A

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Hiya all!

I have been a vegetarian (lacto ovo) for over 20 years and I stopped eating meat because I found out how animals on factory farms are treated.

Later I also came to realize that each of the animals people eat have personalities and loves and fears just like my companion cats and well I am certainly not about to kill and eat my pets.

My DH and I are both veggies and we are raising our 2 sons veggies. I don't begrudge them eating what they want when they group up and leave the nest but until then no meat/fish for my boys.

Edited by: GOLDIELOCKSBEAR at: 5/29/2010 (09:29)
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5/28/10 11:15 A

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Hi, I'm new to the site. I've been a vegetarian for almost three years but I still find I am having trouble finding my healthy groove. Although I am no longer eating meat I feel I'm still not eating as healthy as I could be.

I stopped eating meat because of all the casual information that came my way started piling up on me. Like, the amount of hormones pumped into animals, and how the world's seafood supply will be practically gone in 20 years. I live by the Indigenous world view of reciprocity and respect for all living things and 'for the next seven generations'. Although I do still eat cheese and eggs, I try to buy organic when I can. I look forward to any and all suggestions to aid my journey.


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PEPE865 Posts: 521
5/27/10 5:18 P

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Hi! I'm a newbie here and really happy to meet a group that won't make fun of veggies.

I've been a vegetarian for about 20 years. Once in a while I have a craving for a hamburger but when I'm at the store and I look at raw meat it goes away fast. I must not dislike the taste of meat since I get happy when I find veg versions of things like meat loaf or bacon, my 2 favorite sandwiches.

I really don't know why I became a a veggie, it just happened. Maybe it started when I was 5 years old and my pet chicken disappeared and Kentucky Fried appeared for supper. I don't think I ever really liked eating meat but didn't know there was a choice. My then husband would actually get mad if I didn't take a piece at meals. I'm not sure why it mattered to him but it did. He was not an abusive man in any way but he just could not understand anyone who didn't want to eat meat. I think his real fear was that I wouldn't cook meat for him. I finally annnounced I wouldn't eat meat at all but I didn't care what anyone else ate. The best part? He took over cooking and even made a separate little meatless version for me.

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LORDAVON Posts: 10
5/25/10 3:12 P

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I'm vegetarian because I can't stand the taste of meat. This frustrated my parents greatly growing up (I used to put peanut butter on steak to hide the taste and I wouldn't eat any meat plain -- had to have a masking sauce or condiment) because the household was definitely omnivore.

When I got to college they had a vegetarian option and by the end of my first semester meat was completely gone from my diet.

I've been vegetarian now since 1992 and I've never regretted it. My husband is 'psuedo-vegetarian' -- he still eats meat if we're dining out or have ordered take-out, but mostly eats vegetarian at home.

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HEALTHYKITCHEN1 Posts: 1
5/24/10 9:00 A

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hi. I am new to this website and admittedly not so great on the computer but I have been a chef for a while and I can tell you that if you don't mind trying to cook you will never miss those chicken sandwiches again! Vegetarian food like amy"s and Quorn products can help get you through while you give yourself the opportunity to explore veg. cuisine. Good luck!

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5/19/10 1:47 P

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The planet can not sustain us if we all eat meat.

If you think about the world as a whole, it's a very simple decision. Only when you think of your own desires is it tough.

Personally, I think this might be one of the reasons why more women are vegetarians then men!!!!! haha

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While I could find several reasons for me to explain why I chose to work to a vegan diet, but I think I'll stick to the main two.

During my Junior and Senior years of high school, and my freshmen year of college, I went through a great deal of stress. Sure, I went and I saw a therapist (I still see one), and I tried relaxation techniques, but this wasn't enough. My first semester of my freshman college year I would eat meat or a meat product, and less then five minutes later have it come back up. I had finally stretched my stress levels to the point that what I was eating was making me sick. But, in my head, I hadn't connect to that point yet. I simply figured that if meat's making me sick, I shouldn't eat it any more - simple as that.

The second reason on why I'm working towards a vegan diet is - as silly as it sounds to me - due to an article I read online. www.mookychick.co.uk/body/vegetarian
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It shouldn't seem to convincing - it's short, and there's no evidence that anything the writer is saying it true - but it stuck with me. I just found the information so gross and horrible. Poor cows...

Very recently I had to come to the decision that I could be a carnivore with a constantly guilty conscience (something that would /not/ be good for my stess levels), or I could go vegan and have a healthy conscience (and save my stress levels). I dunno why I had to call it a decision, because there wasn't much in the way of a choice to be made. I'm working on a vegan diet.

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5/14/10 8:32 A

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I saw on Oprah I think advertising the documentary Food Inc. I decided to watch it on Netfix. I told my husband after watching it I wanted to be a vegetarian. He said yeah right. I was the type of girl looking for the best cheeseburger in town.

I started to do more research and watched Ellen's show on factory farming. I decided I would read Jonathan Foer's (sp) book on factory farming called Eating Animals. That for me was enough to make me stop.

I've been meat free for a few months now and haven't missed my cheeseburger craving at all.
My cheeseburger, buffalo wing, steak eating husband was a little against my new diet and kept telling me we only live once eat and be happy. My reply was I'm happy, I'm not contributing to factory farms, reducing my carbon footprint, and when you eat healthy you feel better and that there makes you happy.

hubby has high cholesterol and his pills make him dizzy and sick. HELLO eat healthy = no pills= feeling better= being happy. So he now eats a little healthier and he feels better.

P.S I'm always right LOL

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5/13/10 11:40 A

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I have been a vegetarian my entire life. My mom never made meat for either me or my two brothers. . . So it is as natural to me as breathing. I later learned that I am lactose intolerant so milk was out! I used to be grossed out by eggs -- but I can handle them a bit better now. . .

Now I am vegetarian by choice and I love it. . . It is expensive to be healthy though, and also you want to make sure you don't get stuck in a food rut.

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5/12/10 12:49 P

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i switched from carnivore to vegetarian when i was 6 because of a movie i watched with my family. i was the only one grossed out,no one could get me to eat meat, well they didn't push, but then when i was about 11 i started slowly back on meat and have been on and off it for years, but now i just can't stomach it because i over-think things, and i also feel guilty and disgusted

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5/5/10 7:56 A

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beging vegetarian is something i always wanted to do but until sp taught me to pay more attention to what i ate, i didnt really hae the motivation to try it. i could barely control my eating as it was before sp. ive been on sp since jan 18th 2010 but have only been veg for 2 weeks. so far i love it. what made me decide to do this now was when i bumped into vids Meet your meat ..and vegan for the people on youtube. im slowly trying substitutes for dairy. thats been a challenge but im doing ok. vanilla almond milk is yum. making this change has also forced me to try lots of new veggies and fruits and recipes. cooking has become super exciting. my fiance has also joined me on this new venture and we re both really enjoying it. ps trader joes i love you!

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5/4/10 7:43 P

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I have been ovo-lacto veg about a year and a half. I woke up one day and decided that I did not want to eat meat anymore. With all that you hear about factory farming and how animals are treated, I decided I no longer wanted to be a party to that. I have more energy now and I feel like I can respect myself more now since I no longer live a hypocritical lifestyle :)

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5/4/10 7:38 P

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I have been ovo-lacto veg for a year and a half and do not miss meat at all. For those of you talking about protein sources, if you are lacto veg and eat yogurt, there is a greek yogurt by Stonyfield farms called Oikos, it has 22 or 23(maybe more-I don't have it in front of me) grams of protein to it. just a suggestion.....

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5/4/10 3:20 P

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Hello I just woke up about 3 days ago and decided I need to go Vegetarian. Well, it wasn't quite that simple of course. Lately I have been feeling like whenever I eat meat, any kind of meat, it just makes my stomach feel sick. I have been thinking about going vegetarian for awhile but it was really weird I woke up 3 days ago and my first thought was: I need to go vegeatrian now. So, I am. Honestly I have no intention of doing it forever...I mean, we're omnivores for a reason. But when I do reintroduce meat into my diet it will only be the finest organic grass fed etc meat I can get my hands on. No more 9 dollar bags of flash frozen chicken breasts. I'm also just trying to be healthier, way healthier and I will be looking into vegan options for milk and cheese as well. My body deserves a break! Anyways, I'm glad to be doing this and working on a new healthy lifestyle for myself.

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5/4/10 10:30 A

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I have been vegetarian on and off since I was 12. There are a lot of reasons to be vegetarian: health, environmental and moral. All of these reasons influenced my decision to cut down on meat then one day I came home and the person I was living with at the time was cooking chicken and it smelled like bleach. Blech. Haven't eaten it since.

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4/30/10 12:28 P

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I am new at this --only about a week to be honest. I have read a lot about eating vegetarian choices and how much more healthy they are. Every other culture around the world has a more vegetarian approach and has less medical issues than we do as Americans. I also watched a DVD called Food Inc and it was amazing. There is a lot of good information in this movie and it really does make you think. I watched it two times to make sure i did not miss a thing. I have been studying nutrition for about 10 years. I think i will be ok with protein, but i joined this team to give and receive ideas on more healthy vegetarian dishes. emoticon I will still be eating fish 2 times a week but the rest of the time the only protein sources will be nuts, beans, cheese and yogurt. I do not like milk (because I had to drink it as a child and hated it then too) and it honestly doesn't make sense anyway to drink the milk from another animal?? Sorta weird really--calves on the farms arent running around to sheep or you dont see sheep running up to the goats.... . Oh well, that is just my weird opinion.
So, i am new and i would LOVE to learn more emoticon

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4/29/10 2:32 P

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Became a vegetarian in my 20s for personal reasons. Found I couldn't stick with it because I just got tired of salads and rice and beans. There weren't that many veggie cookbooks with recipes I found particularly appealing back in those days, nor were there many farmers markets selling fresh products. I lasted one year. About a year ago I suffered a really bad and unusually long vertigo episode and found it difficult to digest meat and fish. After three weeks there was absolutely no reason to look back and I have not. I'm a better cook than I was 30 years ago and there are so many more options for vegetarians--more conventional stores selling organic foods and produce; more restaurants catering to the needs of vegetarians; great health food stores in most NYC neighborhoods. When the family gets together I volunteer to bring the sides; they look forward to the "new" veggie options to go with the traditional foods they like.

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4/28/10 10:28 A

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I also started when I was a teenager. (16) I still can't seem to get things balanced after all of these years. I hope this helps. I found it in one of my hoards of cookbooks.

Chick Peas and Chard

2 tbs of olive oil
1 diced large onion
2 pinches of saffron threads
2 garlic cloves
sea salt and black pepper
1/4 cup parsley leaves
1 cup cilantro leaves
1/2 teaspoon of ground cumin
2 tsp tomato paste
14 chard leaves with stems (2 bunches)
2 15 ounce cans chickpeas, preferably organic, with liquid, or 3 cups home cooked

Heat 1 tbs of oil in skillet. Cook onion and saffron over medium heat for 12 mins. Pound garlic with 1/2 tsp of salt, the cilantro, parsley, and cumin to make a rough paste. When onions are cooked until soft. Add the both green paste and tomato paste to the skillet w/onions. Clean & slice chard, put them in a pot w/2 cups of water. Cook for 5mins and drain. Keep the chard cooking water.Trim chard stems and dice. Throw them back into the water to cook for 10 more mins. Add chickpeas and onion with the liquid.(sub 1 cup of water or veggie stock) Simmer again for 10mins. Season with salt and pepper. Drizzle remaining olive oil over dish.




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4/27/10 8:23 P

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Started as a teenager for both personal (didn't really like meat) and political (factory farming, etc) reasons. 31 years later I am still lacto-ovo, although I tried vegan for a few years. For traveling around the world, I add fish on occasion. Technically a pescatarian (or a 'hypocrite' as a colleague puts it!). Found out that despite this, I have high cholesterol (runs in the family) and so am choosing vegan meals more often but can't say I am a vegan. One of the hardest things is getting enough protein without all the carbs, and it would be nice to share high protein, low carb recipes. Cheers!

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4/27/10 12:26 P

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I guess if I really analyze this question I was a vegetarian in the making right from childhood. My Mom was very health conscious and she began cooking less and less meat. By the time I was a teen in the 80's we only ate meat maybe once or twice a week and of those two times it was rarely red meat. We ate lots of different kinds of beans and things. My friends thought we were a bit weird, although many came to eat dinner with us anyway.

After I moved out and got married I prepared lots of meat because that's what my husband liked. By the time I was 25 (I'm 40 now) my parents decided to become completely vegetarian. I was intrigued but my husband was dead set against it and I was worried that it would be too hard to cook meals. By the time I had children, my parents had been vegetarian for two years. THen the kids and I went to visit them for 2 weeks. I told my Mom to just cook normally to not worry about cooking meat for me. I LOVED it and I realized how easy it was to cook vegetarian meals that were tasty and my kids also loved.

As soon as I got home I went out and researched and picked up a few cook books and vowed to try being a vegetarian for 30 days. I thought if I don't like it after that I can always go back. I really liked it. Hubby not so much. So I cooked two meals. (What a drag.) Eventually we split up but not because of being vegetarian. For the longest time my kids and I were completely vegetarian. My son and youngest daughter weren't even introduced to meat as babies but they did get to try out mashed beans at the right time. Later though the kids ended up eating meat at their father's house and they sometimes won't eat the beans or tofu so I do occasionally make meat for them. I have happily been a vegetarian for 12 years and I have never regretted my first decision.

I've been very lax with my eating lately. I'm still a vegetarian but I would like to clean it up. I want to eliminate processed foods and limit dairy, fish and eggs. I am also being tested right now for a thyroid condition so I want to make sure that I'm not eating things that are making it worse.

I'm glad I've found this group, it will help me in my journey.

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4/26/10 2:13 P

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I found a southern cooking vegetarian cookbook! If you get it, tell us how it worked out. (Or go to the topic about books )Reviews look good. Also on that Amazon page, an African American veggie cookbook. (getting a bit off topic here but I'm a librarian, what can I say.)
http://www.amazon.com/Cookin-Southern-Ve
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4/26/10 2:04 P

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The best way I've found to find out how to cook vegetarian is to find vegan recipes. Here is a picture of the vegan pyramind.
http://theriverreporter.files.wordpress.
com/2009/03/vegan-pyramid-800x600.jpg

I am very much like you, and you shouldn't have cheese or full fat dairy products either. It sounds grim but I have been pretty much vegetarian for two months now and have lost 3 pounds and more important my cholesterol and sugar are down.
You are going to have to learn to cook at home and it is way more delicious than salads. I started with recommendations from my daughter, a long time vegetarian. Vegan Table and Vegan a Go Go are great books.
You do have to watch the carbs and salt (from canned beans)

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4/26/10 8:18 A

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I love to make:
-veggie pita wraps
-stir fry with brown rice or quinoa
-lots of soups, this week it's split pea and zucchini
-quorn with spinach on a tostada shell
-boca burgers...yum!
-fajitas

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I would appreciate it very much if ya'll could give me some ideas for food. I went to the store and all the packaged rice, is cholesterol free but there is so much sodium. And I don't need that either. I guess I need to take a full day to just read labels on the different foods. I did get some fruit (one serving size for work) and some for home and some frozen veggies and stuff to make salads.

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I became vegetarian over a series of years. I figured if I can't kill it, I won't eat it, andmy philosophies on vegetarianism have expanded since then.
I've never been more proud to be a vegetarian because it is the environmentally, ecologically, and morally conscious thing to do.


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I stopped eating supermarket meat due to watching "Meet Your Meat" and realized that the majority of the meat in the supermarkets comes from sick animals - it can't be healthy eating if the source is not in good health. I have not fully decided if I will go vegan since we are thinking about raising our own chicken for meat and eggs. (At least that way we can control their environment)

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My doctor has ordered me to stop eating meat, fat, fast foods and eating out. My cholesterol is high and we need to get it down (so I won't have to take medicine), and I'm overweight and need to lose about 100 pounds. I would like to be healthier, and feel better and have more energy by the time I turn 50. I will be 48 next month. emoticon

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In June 2010, I will have been on the vegan path for 2 years. I read Diet for a New America by John Robbins and that pretty much changed my life--I had a real paradigm shift. It gradually turned into a spiritual practice and a new freeing way of life. It is a way to fully integrate my values into a tangible lifestyle choices. I don't have to say I love animals and then worry about the incongruency of eating them. I just have so much reverence for all the creatures on the planet--killing them for food, clothes, shoes, medicine, research or anything else makes no sense to me. I think there are many levels of thought and politic around adopting a "vegan" lifestyle. I think everyone has to find what works for them. I think the way to show others about this choice is not my preaching or admonishing about politics or health benefits but showing others how workable this really is.
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LEGALGRL's Photo LEGALGRL Posts: 76
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I also HIGHLY recommend this website for those of you just starting out on a veg'n diet or for those looking for fresh ideas:

vegancoach.com

This website has taught me so much, and it has made being veg'n so much easier!

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LEGALGRL's Photo LEGALGRL Posts: 76
4/22/10 6:39 P

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I chose a veg'n lifestyle for a number of reasons. First, it just seems healthier to me. Plant-based foods are typically low in saturated fat (especially compared to their animal counterparts). I also read Dr. Fuhrman's book Eat to Live, and that really opened my eyes to the stuff we've been hearing forever about being overweight and the ensuing negative health consequences.

Second, I was at a vegan restaurant a while ago and picked up a free magazine. The magazine had an article about how animals were treated when being raised for food - not to mention how they were killed. It was very disturbing. I had a hard time eating a steak without seeing the sad little cow faces all scrunched together in an overcrowded pen.

Third, I learned about the impact eating meat has on the planet. It takes up so much of our natural resources to raise animals for food, including their food, water, and space, the land space needed, the oil consumption, and the list goes on and on. The impact on the planet of each person eating meat-free just one day was astounding, let alone how the Earth would benefit if everyone ate a plant-based diet.

That's the long (and not so short) of it. I'm very happy with my choice, even though I get a lot of questions from those not familiar with a veg'n lifestyle.

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4/22/10 3:58 P

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At the end of 2009 while vacationing in Mexico I read "Skinny Bitch". After I read the chapters on animal cruelty I made a decision to never eat meat again. I got my husband to join me on this journey, although he is more motivated by the health benefits.

I started out vegan, but found eating out was too difficult and have modified to a lacto-ovo diet. My husband eats more towards the vegan way. My husband has seen dramatic results with his previously high cholesterol numbers now in the normal range. I love the food and don't miss the meat!

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4/21/10 2:09 P

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I am being a vegetarian for my health...I need to loose weight and get healthy, and I am horrible with moderation, so I just kicked meat out of my diet all together. Eventually, when I reach my goal weight..I MAY eat chicken OCCASIONALY, but not every day anymore..maybe once a month or something..but we'll see...Ive been vegetarian for about 2 weeks and so far ive been fine..once in awhile i get the craving for my favorite food, a chicken sandwich, but not too bad. :) 10 lbs gone in 2 weeks, 70 more lbs to go! lol

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I did it for Nathan because he is fabulous, even when he's crazy. For a pacifist, he is a truly violent person. :)

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I am new to this lifestyle, have been meat free for 5 days. I do not consider myself a vegetarian but a flexetarian. The reasons are 1. health 2. loose weight and 3. because of the cruelty and big business in meat industry. I have family that are dairy farmers and those cows have a good life, they put a lot into treating their animals well. I will not eat meat from grocery stores.
Last night I watched food inc, I was wondering if anybody knows about the food industry in Canada as that was an American film, please let me know.

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Actually, I became vegetarian as a side effect of being Buddhist. The Buddhist faith believes that you should love and care for all living beings, so tell me, how do you do that if you are eating them??? I have not eaten meat for 2 years, and I couldn't be happier with my decision. I realized about a year in, that I was not eating the correct veggie way because most of what I ate was deep fried or pizza. So now I am on the road to a happy healthy veggie lifestyle. emoticon

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Because I was sick and tired of being sick and tired!

Jesus's real name is Yahshua which means God is Salvation; many people call Him Yeshua or Y'shua which simply means Salvation. It's all good.

God's real name is YHVH in Hebrew or YHWH in Greek both man Yahweh.

I think it's awesome to know the real names of those I love.


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I choose a vegetarian lifestyle for the following reasons:

1. I am a religious person and believe that God never intended animals to be food.

2. I choose to NOT be ignorant and to look the other way when I hear about all the animal abuse that farm/food animals go through to make it to the consumers plate. Ignorance truly is bliss, to be insightful is to face the tough issues no matter how uncomfortable they are!

3. I have been at a 1 year plateau and am looking to jar my diet and my weight!

Vegetarian for 3 days! I was vegetarian last year but quit because I didn't know why I was losing my hair, when in actuality I wasn't, it's normal to lose about 100 hairs/day.

I am looking forward to eventually going vegan, last year I tried jumping into it WAY to soon. I want this to last, so I am taking it one eating step at a time.


Sincerely,
Angel

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I have been an on and off vegetarian for about 10 years. I am back into doing the ovo lacto thing after "falling off the wagon." I had gotten sick to my stomach around Easter from the meat I had eaten and now I am back to the veggie diet again. I do it for several reasons.

1) I feel better when I do not eat meat. My digestion is much more comfortable.

2) It saves money! emoticon

3) Everything is energy. When we eat meat, the fear and aggression the animal is feeling sends stress hormones into it's flesh and then we consume it. That just weirds me out.

Anyway, that's just my take on it.

~Mel

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i became a vegetarian about... 3 weeks ago. i always said i could never live without meat, but i'm actually finding it easier than i thought. my friend is a fitness instructor and was recently sharing his experience as a vegetarian since 2002. he told me about all the health benefits and how much better he feels. so i went home, researched it, and decided to give it a shot! i'm still confused about a lot of foods and i'm not a huge fan of veggies, but i'm trying to work them into my diet, since i obviously need to eat them...

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I became a vegetarian 13 years ago due to high cholesterol. I became a vegan 11 years ago because I really love animals, and believe that if I profess something and really believe it, that my whole life should follow. I don't understand how people who love animals can eat them.

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4/6/10 3:41 P

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I choose to be a vegetarian for the sole purpose of losing weight. Yes, i know it may sound bad but last time i stopped eating meat i lost 30 pounds in 3 months it was amazing.

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I choose a vegetarian lifestyle for taste preferences. I grew up with a sister that became a vegan when we were both in high school, so I knew about the many vegan/vegetarian food options alongside animal flesh options. As I got older I started eliminating more and more meat, poultry, and fish when I realized that I never enjoyed eating it! I feel free and healthier for this decision. It has evolved into ethical reasons as well.


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