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6/6/13 6:18 P

No. Animals are yummy.

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6/6/13 6:16 P

vegetarian, 28 years. "like the animals" reasons. I'd go completely vegan, but cheese is too yummy!

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6/6/13 4:07 P

No, I like the meat

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6/6/13 2:19 P

No...that is how I get my protein...and my husband is a butcher.

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6/6/13 2:11 P

I am a vegetarian because I don't like the taste/texture of meat in my mouth. I have gone vegan a few times, but I really enjoy eating cheese, cottage cheese and my two diet staples: Greek Yogurt and Ricotta cheese so the veganism didn't really stick.

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6/6/13 1:55 P

to quote Pulp Fiction: Bacon tastes gooood. Pork chops taste gooood.

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6/6/13 1:46 P

1) Nope
2) Nope
3) Bacon... and cheese... and bacon emoticon

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6/6/13 11:34 A

not, do have any idea how much I love my proteins? Did i mention I work at a steak house?

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6/6/13 10:34 A

not because I like meat

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6/6/13 10:07 A

I'm a carnivore, not a vegetarian. I've never liked veggies, and probably never will like them to the extent that is healthy for me. So I'll be content with taking veggie supplements like Five Alive and help me get veggie nutrients that I wouldn't receive naturally.

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6/6/13 10:04 A

not - because I don't like vegetables!!!!! It's a struggle for me to eat them all each day.

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6/6/13 9:59 A

My husband and I decided to eat vegan and it lasted about 5 months. I am a picky eater and get bored with food easy. Now, we try to at least eat vegetarian (I really missed cheese and yogurt - the substitutes just aren't that good) but limit the dairy. I saw huge health benefits from a vegan diet so I know it really is good for you - I'm just not very daring when it comes to trying new things so my options get limited.

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6/6/13 8:38 A

Not. I am not a huge fruit and veggie fan, there are only certain types of each I'll eat so I don't think I'd make a very good vegetarian and the vegan things seems like too much work :)

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6/6/13 8:34 A

Not - not interested

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6/6/13 8:22 A

I eat meat and other animal products like dairy and eggs. I am allergic to soy (hives!) and I can't stand the taste of it or even dairy alternatives like almond milk. Mostly I eat chicken and fish and rarely red meat.

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6/6/13 8:04 A

I eat vegetarian 4-5 days a week and on the other days I have to have some chicken or fish.

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6/6/13 1:48 A

I have been a vegetarian for nearly 40 years. This was a lifestyle choice which I made because of animal welfare issues connected to farming and slaughtering methods plus, I didn't particularly enjoy meat and can live well and healthily without it.

Edited by: REDPANDA10 at: 6/6/2013 (01:49)

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6/6/13 12:50 A

I can't stand fatty meat, makes me throw up!

I love all kinds of veggies and fruits!

I can't give up meat totally as I LOVE seafood!

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6/6/13 12:49 A

Vegetarian unless I kill it myself or I know where it comes from.

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6/5/13 11:58 P

I guess I have become a flextarian or nutritarian for my health. It just so happens weight loss has been an additional benefit.

Right now, I am limiting animal products to 2 servings per week, and those usually are an egg dish and yogurt.

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6/5/13 11:37 P

I'm a flexitarian. Sometimes I go vegetarian.

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6/5/13 11:31 P

I'm an omnivore. It takes all kinds of foods for me to get the nutrition my body needs.

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6/5/13 10:34 P

I started eating vegan 3 days ago to see if I noticed any changes. I am feeling pretty good :)

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6/5/13 9:49 P

I am such meat eater. I need to for my hypoglycemia. Meat raises my blood sugar when it gets low.

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6/5/13 9:32 P

I eat vegan most of the time for health reasons but I do have chicken or fish sometimes when needed. I'm more concerned with making sure I don't consume a lot of dairy since my system reacts badly to it minus eggs~

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6/5/13 8:26 P

Consummate omnivore. I LOVE LAMB. And sushi.

That being said, I don't eat a lot of meat (I will crave and eat beef around that time of the month). I'm not fond of eggs—we have a love-hate relationship, sometimes I love them, sometimes I eschew them, but a dozen lasts me a long time [I keep them around mostly for baking].

Cheese. I love thee, but thy calorie count is too high. I've been avoiding it as a purchase lately, but if I go somewhere where it will be (snack plate etc.) I'll indulge a little. Milk—I only drink skim and I used to drink it by the bucketful, but I've cut back. I only pick it up if I'm really craving it. [I will have to check on my calcium intake at some point. :( ] Yogourt—I should, but I don't do it often. I've never been fond of it, although there was a period of time where I did very well when I had a yogourt a day as a snack/part of a meal.

So you can call me an omnivore with vegan and vegetarian tendencies. [Quite frankly, humans are omnivores—I'd be silly not to eat meat unless I was taking a moral stand of some sort.]

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6/5/13 7:09 P

I have adhered to a vegetarian (never vegan) diet at intervals in the past. However I will and currently do eat meat. I do try to limit how much meat I consume, as it seems particularly wasteful to overindulge on something that another creature had to lose its life for me to have it! I don't have a moral issue with eating meat but I do have a moral/ethical issue with eating it wastefully. Even when it's me that does it. (Says she who was downing a fast-food chicken lunch 3x/week for the past 2 years. Sigh).

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6/5/13 6:31 P

Vegan here..... IMHO eating dead animals is just wrong and disgusting.

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6/5/13 4:11 P

I do best when I stick to 6+ servings of veggies and fruits and get my protein from lean sources like fish and chicken. I don't like tempeh, or tofu. So I can't seem to get enough protein without using animal products. And I don't want to eat a lot of starch

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6/5/13 3:11 P

Not. I love poultry, fish, steaks, meat.

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6/5/13 3:04 P

I've been vegan for the past 8 months or so. I primarily did it for health reasons but the animal/enviromental reasons are compelling as well. I though I would have a hard time giving up cheese but it wasn't nearly as difficult as I thought it would be. The hardest part is looking for vegan options when eating out. Thankfully most restaurants have their menus online so I can peruse the options ahead of time.

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6/5/13 1:15 P

I am neither vegan nor vegetarian. However, I can easily do without meat except for a once in a while craving for it. Vegan would be hard because I love eggs and cheese. I am very fond of grains, vegetables, fruits. Today I am cooking for my household and we are having sesame udon noodles with kale. I 'll see how that goes over. Some of my dishes are labeled "keepers" and others are not. I am very conscious of the carbon footprint I leave behind on the earth, as well as the treatment of the animals we eat.

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6/5/13 1:11 P

No - I like the taste of meat.

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6/5/13 1:11 P

I love chicken & fish, especially salmon. I only eat red meat once or twice a month & when I do it is less than 3 ounces. I never cared for red meat,rarely do I have a hamburg.

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6/5/13 1:05 P

I enjoy the taste of meat IN things (in sphagetti sauce, chili, casseroles, etc.), but I'm not really someone who enjoys eating it on its own (e.g. a steak or a chicken breast). I'll do it, but then I get to thinking about what I'm eating (a dead animal who was probably not treated all that well in life and who probably didn't have the best ending). Now, I'm not an "animal rights" person, but I very much believe in animal welfare and in treating them correctly.

I really do have a problem with how we treat our food animals (and have first-hand experience visiting a feedlot, a pig farm, chicken farm, and multiple dairy farms). I've talked to people who have been to slaughterhouses and who work in them, but I've never been there. Really, some of what's done would be absolutely shocking to the average person. Having said that, many dairy farms aren't all that bad, but I've been to one that was (and seen things like baby calves out in 110 degree heat with dry, dry water containers, untreated wounds/abscesses, cows that were afraid of the dairyman, etc.). Many of the people who I've met who farm our food animals really seem to have no compassion whatsoever towards them, even on the best of farms, and many of the people who I've met who work at these sorts of places are not people I'd ever want for friends or neighbors (crude behavior and language, uncaring about the animals they work with/against animal welfare laws, a lot of disdain towards women/chauvinistic behavior).

But, yes, I still eat meat because I enjoy the taste in some things and because it's an easy source of protein. I think it's hard to eat a healthy vegetarian diet and even harder to eat a healthy vegan diet. I've known several vegans (in fact, my best friend is vegan) and none of them have had healthy diets (way too high in carbs, lacking in protein, lacking in vitamins and minerals...things like B12 and iron). I'm not saying it's not possible to eat a healthy vegan diet, I'm just saying it's hard and most people don't/won't/can't put in the effort needed. My husband is a diabetic and it's hard enough for him to eat a healthy diet that includes lean meat, so there's no chance we're converting to a vegetarian or vegan diet here. If it was just me, by myself, I might consider it.

Edited by: LOVE4KITTIES at: 6/5/2013 (13:10)

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6/5/13 1:00 P

I did do a vegan diet for 21 days, and it was OK. But, honestly, it was waaaay too much work to try to find enough protein without eating any meat products. Also, I don't believe in forcing it on my girls, so I was basically cooking 2 separate meals every time I cooked. Also, it made me not feel that great.

Now, I do eat way more veggies than I eat meat, but I don't cut meat out completely. I do feel bad for how the animals are treated, but a lot of the meat I eat is wild. (i.e. venison, fish, etc.).

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6/5/13 12:55 P

not officially, but I seem to get the question a lot from people who see what I eat.

I do tend to eat more fruits & vegetables and will often go days without any beef, poultry, or fish. I can go weeks or months without eating red meat...not planned, it just happens.

but I would never give up cheese. I love cheese, milk, yogurt, etc.

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6/5/13 12:40 P

I just started this week trying to eat more vegetarian meals. I am trying to limit my meat to 1-2 days a week, if I can, and even then I try to eat more fish and chicken than beef. I have heard many good benefits about being a vegan, I am trying to get healthier. Also, every article I read, people who became vegans lost weight once they changed over. So I hope to get both of the benefits, weight loss and being healthier.

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6/5/13 12:36 P

I was a vegetarian for 8 years, but now eat chicken again. I've recently seen a few documentaries about how animals are treated, and I am thinking of going back to being a vegetarian. I eat a mostly vegetarian diet anyways, so it wouldn't be too far of a stretch for me.

Edited by: CLRWILLIAMS25 at: 6/5/2013 (12:38)

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6/5/13 12:23 P

I am not, I like meat.

Although I do admire someone that can stick to a healthy plant based diet. It looks really hard

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6/5/13 12:17 P

I am pescatarian because I would be able to source a fish. I stopped eating all meat (poultry included) in April 2003 when I saw a video on SARS. This led me to exploring the atrocious ways animals are treated, how they are full of hormones, antibiotics and other objectionable substances. I mostly do eat vegetarian organic meals but since I do sometimes eat fish I cannot be called vegetarian. emoticon

Edited by: REBCCA at: 6/5/2013 (12:21)

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6/5/13 12:07 P

I'm neither. I don't eat meat at home but my family serves it and I eat it at their houses. I also will order meat at a restaurant because it's usually the lowest calorie option. I don't like it but it seems the best option. I've never been vegan but for a long time i was researching low fat raw vegan. I am still thinking about it. I already cook separate meals for my husband and myself anyway.

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6/5/13 11:58 A

I eat sometimes vegetarian dishes and sometimes I prefer meat, I also can stomach some vegan stuff. Why, because I love veggies and meat.

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6/5/13 11:55 A

Just wondering how many here are vegan... vegetarian or neither. If not, WHY not? Thanks!

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